A student must satisfactorily complete graduate studies totaling at least 72 points (at least 32 in residence at New York University) with at least a B average, pass the Ph.D. candidacy requirements, and present an acceptable dissertation. There are several required courses: Seminar in Theory, SPAN-GA 2965, Guided Individual Readings, SPAN-GA 2891, the Dissertation Proposal Workshop, SPAN-GA 3545, taken in two consecutive semesters, and Professional Writing Practices I and II, SPAN-GA 2950 and 2953. Any student wishing to teach during the Ph.D. program is required to take Foreign Language Teaching Methodology Workshop, SPAN-GA 1120, while those not wishing to teach must take Research, SPAN-GA 3991, instead.
Students must have an advanced proficiency in Spanish and a reading proficiency in Portuguese. Reading knowledge of an additional research language is required for all doctoral students The choice of that language (exclusive of Spanish, Portuguese, or English) should be consistent with the student’s interest and contemplated field of specialization (e.g., Italian or German for a scholar of early modern Spain, French for a contemporary Hispanist, etc.) and should be decided upon in consultation with the director of graduate studies. Students must satisy this requirement by the end of the 3rd year.
To reach Ph.D. candidacy, in addition to the above requirements, students must first pass a Comprehensive Evaluation consisting of a written and an oral examination on three individualized reading lists. These lists will cover the students’ Dissertation, Theory, and Teaching fields and are developed by the student in collaboration with the three advisors. To prepare for the Comprehensive Evaluation, the student must enroll in Guided Individual Readings, SPAN-GA 2891, with the Dissertation Advisor, a workshop designed to guide the student in the preparation of the dissertation project paper. Finally to achieve candidacy, students must also defend their Dissertation Proposal, a 30-50 page outline of the planned dissertation. The Dissertation Proposal sets out the intellectual justification of the project, the theoretical frameworks that will be used, and the project's relation to existing work in the field. It must specify the structure of the dissertation and include a synopsis of each chapter and a bibliograhy. The Dissertation Proposal is defended before a committee of three members who form the core membership of the student's dissertation committee.
To fulfill the requirements for the doctoral degree, students must complete all course and language requirements, satisfy the Ph.D. candidacy requirements, and write a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of a thesis adviser. When the dissertation is completed and approved by the candidate’s adviser and readers, an oral examination is held at which the candidate presents and defends the results of the research before a faculty committee.
Concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies: The concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is interdisciplinary in nature and creates a framework and community for diverse approaches to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It complements doctoral students’ work in their home departments with interdisciplinary study of the broad range of culture in the medieval and early modern periods, as well as of the theories and methods that attend them. The concentration is designed to train specialists who are firmly based in a traditional discipline but who can work across disciplinary boundaries, making use of varied theoretical approaches and methodological practices. The concentration consists of twenty credits distributed under the following courses: Proseminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, MEDI-GA 1100, Late Latin and Early Vernaculars, MEDI-GA 2100 or other approved course, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies Workshop, MEDI-GA 2000, 2 points per semester taken twice in an academic year. Students must also take one approved course in the area of Medieval and Renaissance Media: Visual and Material Cultures, and one approved course in a medieval or early modern topic. At least one course, not counting either the Proseminar or Workshop, must be taken outside a student’s home department. In addition, students pursuing the concentration will present a paper at least once either in the Workshop or in a conference offered by the Medieval and Renaissance Center.