Graduate Program in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies

Master of Arts in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
Doctoral Program in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
Our PhD Students: Research Interests and Dissertation Titles
Contact Information

Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs led by nationally and internationally renowned faculty.  Faculty and student research is enriched by an interdisciplinary approach across periods and areas.

Faculty research includes the following areas:

  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Visual Studies
  • Feminism and Gender Studies
  • Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature
  • Intellectual and Political History

Moreover, faculty members and students actively collaborate with other UIC programs such as Latin American and Latino Studies, African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, English, Philosophy, History, and Art History.

Our Master of Arts degree aims to prepare students across fields and expose them to a variety of critical and theoretical approaches, as well as to diverse national literatures.  The Doctoral program allows students to focus on their particular area/s of interest, establish pertinent interdisciplinary connections to their work, and develop their research agendas through specialized seminars and one-on-one work with our faculty. Ph.D.'s also have the option of designing their thesis project so as to work in conjunction with faculty members in other units, such as English and Latin American and Latino Studies Program.

Doctoral students are also encouraged to pursue an Interdepartmental Concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies or an Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women Studies.
Another important aspect of the graduate program is the importance placed on professional development The department offers a specialized yearlong seminar that prepares students for the job market and for life as an academic. Additionally, graduate students acquire extensive experience as instructors in basic language and introductory major courses, as well as attend seminars and workshops on teaching methodology, the use of technology in the classroom, the creation of a teaching portfolio, and classroom management.

Prospective students with a B.A. degree in a related field may apply directly to our Ph.D. program. Students who already possess an M.A. in a related field should also apply to the Ph.D. program.  Another possible option is a terminal two-year M.A.  See requirements below for all programs.

For those interested in the Master in the Teaching of Spanish, refer to the link dedicated to that program.

For more information on the graduate programs contact the Hispanic Studies Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Steven Marsh,


Our M.A. programs are designed to:

  • Provide students a greater breadth and depth of study in their chosen fields;
  • Prepare students for successful careers in such areas as business, publishing, administration, government, and teaching;
  • Prepare students to enter doctoral programs in their chosen fields at this or other universities.


The PhD program aims to:

  • provide students specialized and professional-level knowledge of their fields;
  • train students through theory and practice to teach at the university level;
  • prepare them to participate in the various activities of their professional fields;
  • train them to research and write lectures and publishable papers;
  • guide them in their choice of dissertation topic; and
  • supervise the writing of the dissertation.

For specific information about the MA and PhD programs in Literature and Cultural Studies, please see the Hispanic Studies Graduate Handbook link below.


How to apply to the Graduate Programs in Hispanic Studies
Course Descriptions of Graduate Courses in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Handbook
Information for newly-admitted M.A. and Ph.D. students
Hispanic Literature Reading List


Mailing Address:
Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies (MC 315)
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7117

Campus Location: 1722 UH
Telephone: (312) 996-5218
Head of the Department: Margarita Saona,
Director of Graduate Studies: Steve Marsh,
Graduate Program Administrator: Rocío García
E-mail address:

Program Codes: 20FS1312MA (MA); 20FS1900PHD (PhD)