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PORTUGUESE Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.A.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

31 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

54 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

25 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

It is rare for student not to take 100% of their credits in graduate coursework. All program courses numbered 400 and above are designed for graduate students.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

15 credits must be taken in graduate courses numbered 400 and above (all program courses numbered 400 and above are designed for graduate students). A minimum of 18 credits must be taken as graduate seminars.

In practice all doctoral coursework, except some cases of fulfillment of language requirements or some instances of the 12 credits of the doctoral minor, is designed exclusively for graduate students.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from undergraduate courses from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree, but students who have taken graduate level courses are allowed to petition with their advisor’s consent up to a maximum of 7 credits.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from undergraduate courses from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree, but students who have taken graduate level courses are allowed to petition with their advisor’s consent up to a maximum of 7 credits.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed:

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

One-credit proseminar (Port 707); 15 credits in the form of five 3-credit core courses (taken among the following: Portuguese 411, 412, 467, 468, 451, 361, 362, 330).

Fifteen credits of electives are required. Six of these elective credits must be taken as seminars. Port 899 (Directed Study) may only satisfy elective credits. Students are strongly advised not to take a seminar in an area in which they have no previous preparation. Exceptions by consent of instructor.

All graduate students who are candidates for an M.A. degree in this department must take a minimum of two graduate-level courses in Spanish and/or Portuguese for credit each semester, exclusive of Independent Reading courses and audited courses.

Program-Specific Courses Required

The minimum requirements are: nine credits in the major and six in each of the two supporting fields. Course credits earned in the M.A. program, with the exception of Port 311–312, Port 330, Port 361–362, Port 707 (the proseminar), and any transfer credits used to satisfy M.A. requirements, do satisfy the Ph.D. course requirements. A maximum of 3 credits of independent study (Port 899) in each of the areas of concentration may be used, with prior departmental approval, when corresponding courses are not offered in a timely fashion.

A minimum of six advanced courses (at least two must be seminars in the major) are required. At least four advanced courses are required beyond the M.A. One of these advanced courses may be taken outside the Portuguese program or transferred from another institution, with the adviser’s consent. The proseminar is for M.A. students only and does not count for doctoral credit.

Three credits of graduate coursework is the minimum requirement in literary theory.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

The doctoral candidate must present a minor in work done outside of Portuguese. The minor should be in an area related to the major field of interest. Requirements for the minor are established by the respective department. For a minor in Spanish, students should have a minimum of 12 credits at the 500 level or above. 3 of these credits must be taken as a seminar and 3, in consultation with the minor advisor, may also be taken as independent study.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

No other grade requirements.

Other Grade Requirements

No other grade requirements.

Probation Policy

Satisfactory progress depends on: maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0, adhering to the rule whereby students must take two courses within the department (or have the rule waived by petition), and fulfilling all academic requirements. Students who are not in good standing will not be given sections to teach as TAs, and those whose GPA goes below 3.0 are put on academic probation. If a semester of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Probation Policy

Satisfactory progress depends on: maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0, adhering to the rule whereby students must take two courses within the department (or have the rule waived by petition), and fulfilling all academic requirements. Students who are not in good standing will not be given sections to teach as TAs, and those whose GPA goes below 3.0 are put on academic probation. If a semester of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Advisor / Committee

All students have a substantial meeting with their advisers every semester to review their progress and work out the best strategies for future coursework and degree progress.

Advisor / Committee

All students have a substantial meeting with their advisers every semester to review their progress and work out the best strategies for future coursework and degree progress.

Assessments and Examination

An M.A./Ph.D. examination is required.

Assessments and Examinations

All Ph.D. candidates are required to take written and oral Ph.D. preliminary examinations (four written exams, one oral).

Time Constraints

The M.A./P.hD. qualifying exam is taken in the fourth or fifth semester of the M.A. program, very rarely beyond that.

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

Students are required to finish their doctoral dissertation within five years of the time they pass their Ph.D. preliminary examinations, unless they receive an extension.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements beyond English and Portuguese.

Language Requirements

Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate advanced proficiency —via specified sequences of language courses or via exam—in two languages other than Portuguese and English. These languages are generally selected from among the other Romance languages, Latin, Arabic and German, but may also include such languages as Turkish, Catalan, Galician, Maya, Nahuatl, Quichua, etc. Advanced proficiency is defined as six college semesters with a grade of B or better.