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SPANISH 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., with available tracks in literature, and linguistics

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Students are required to take a minimum of 18 credits of graduate coursework. In practice it is rare for students not to take 100% of their credits in graduate coursework. Some incoming MA students are required to take the anomalous course Spanish 323 (for writing skills), which is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students.

All courses numbered 500 and above are designed for graduate students, and all courses numbered above 506 (501–506 are graduate survey courses) are considered advanced graduate courses.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

A minimum of 33 credits out of 51 total must be taken in graduate courses numbered 500 and above. All courses numbered 500 and above are designed for graduate students, and all courses numbered above 506 (501–506 are graduate survey courses) are considered advanced graduate courses.

In practice all doctoral coursework, except some cases of language requirement fulfillment or doctoral minor fulfillment, 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

M.A. with concentration in literature: Candidates take one course in each of five of the seven areas; one of the five must be a linguistics course (either descriptive or applied). Students with a concentration in literature will be examined on the M.A.–Ph.D. qualifying exam in any area of literature in which they do not take a course. A further 15 credits are electives which may be taken in any of the areas—i.e., program-specific courses, with the advisor’s consent. Advisor’s consent is also required for taking any course that is not program-specific.

The same applies to the M.A. with concentration in linguistics: One course each must be taken from two of the five literary areas. The final 6 credits may be taken in any area, with the advisor’s consent. With the advisor’s consent, the remaining 12 credits may be taken in any area, or in literary theory; up to 6 of these 15 credits may also be taken in the study of another language other than English and Spanish. Students intending to continue on to the Ph.D.

Program are encouraged to take courses that will fulfill Ph.D. requirements.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Yes. Doctoral candidates in both Hispanic literature must take 12 graduate credits in their major field (including 6 credits of seminars), 6 credits in each of two supporting fields, and 3 credits in each of the two remaining fields. They must also take a literary theory courses, which usually means one of the two offered in the program.

For the Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics, The minimum requirements are: 12 credits in the major and 6 in each supporting field. Spanish 817–818 (Romance Philology) or 429 (Introduction to the Romance Languages) may satisfy course requirements in any of the three areas of concentration. A maximum of 3 credits of independent study (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. In addition, majors in Peninsular Spanish must take 6 credits in medieval literature and 3 in Golden Age literature; majors in American Spanish must take 6 credits in Colonial Spanish American literature and 3 in medieval literature; majors in applied Spanish linguistics must take 3 credits in Modern Peninsular literature, 3 in Modern Spanish American literature, and 3 in Peninsular or Spanish American literature. Course credits earned in the M.A. program, with the exception of Spanish 545, Spanish 323, and any transfer credits used to satisfy M.A. requirements, do satisfy the Ph.D. course requirements.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete a doctoral minor.

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 advisors 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 advisors 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./Ph.D. 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 Spanish.

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 Spanish 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.