Graduate Hispanic Studies

Why Grad School in Hispanic Studies at UBC?

An MA is increasingly essential to stand out in a crowded professional job market. An MA in Hispanic language, culture, and literature highlights your internationalism as well as your powers of communication, critical thinking, and careful reading. Equally, an MA can also be a way of postponing the demands of the job market for a year or two and considering your options while you pursue your passion.

Our MA program is broad and wide-ranging, offering you the chance to take courses on a range of topics in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, as well as the possibility of studying literary and cultural theory or issues in second-language instruction. Course offerings vary from year to year, as they are related to the active research projects of program faculty. You have the option to pursue a topic in more detail and depth by writing an 80-page MA thesis.

A PhD involves advanced training and research that usually leads to a career in academia, though it can also lead to jobs in areas such as high-level administration, policy, or communications. Here, coursework broadens your knowledge and helps you to explore possible fields for subsequent investigation, as well as to learn key concepts and theoretical approaches by means of comparative analysis. After qualifying and candidacy examinations, you defend a thesis proposal before researching and writing a PhD thesis that is an original contribution to a field of knowledge.

You should study for a PhD at a well-located, top-rated institution with active faculty, attentive supervision, multiple opportunities for interaction, and a good fit with your own interests and approach. UBC is a world-class university, in a vibrant multicultural city, with a keen and enthusiastic team in Hispanic Studies and a nurturing environment in which you can grow and learn. It may well be the very best fit for you.

The Hispanic Studies program is lively and growing, but small enough that the individual student is always our priority. The faculty is a relatively young group of established and emerging scholars with expertise that ranges from medieval and golden age Spain to contemporary Brazil, from indigenism in the Andes to tourism in Catalonia. Our strengths include: twentieth and twenty-first century Latin America; twentieth and twenty-first century Spain; media, visual, and film studies; travel writing; and a variety of theoretical approaches such as postcolonial theory, cultural theory, and feminism. We are comfortable with interdisciplinary collaboration and work well both together and with faculty in other departments.

Graduate students join a tight-knit community and are encouraged to participate in and even help lead initiatives such as our research seminar, reading groups, research clusters, colloquia, and conferences organized both within the department and in interdisciplinary centres such as the Liu Institute for Global Issues or Green College. The program hosts visiting speakers to contribute to the university’s vibrant intellectual dialogue. As one of North America’s premier universities, UBC has an excellent library and other facilities.

PhD students are guaranteed funding and are involved in the life of the program as paid teaching assistants or research assistants, as well as having access to grants for conference and research travel.