Graduate Hispanic Studies

The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies offers a dynamic curriculum focusing on a contextualized knowledge of the languages, literatures, and cultures of Latin America, Spain and other Spanish-speaking communities within the US and Canada. The following areas of research are central to the curriculum and intellectual agenda of the program: the current state of literary, cultural and linguistic criticism, visual culture, contemporary debates on the first nations of the Hispanic World, redefinition of minorities in the digital age, and specific issues concerning multilingualism and multiculturalism.

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in cutting edge research and all aspects of academic activity.  Our diverse faculty has both national and international distinction, and active interdisciplinary interests in the departments and programs of Latin American Studies, History, Art, Anthropology, Linguistics, English, European Studies, Women’s Studies, etc. Our graduate students are an integral part of this intellectual community, which is continuously enriched by scholarly projects where our students gain research and professional experiences. These opportunities include:

  • The Graduate Student Forum
  • The FHIS Graduate Student Symposium
  • The biennial Graduate Student Conference
  • The Early Romance Studies Research Cluster
  • The Second Language Acquisition Research Cluster
  • The Film Workshop (discussion and screening of visual arts)
  • The Critical Thinking and the Rise of New Social Movements Research Cluster

Complementing faculty interests, the program hosts scholars and writers from throughout the Hispanic world to campus lectures and conferences. Recent visitors have included Alberto Moreiras (Subaltern Studies and Latin American Literature), Bruno Bosteels (Marxism and Literature), Eve Zyzik (Spanish Linguistics), Francisco Matito (Golden Age Spanish literature), Norman Cheadle (Argentine Narrative and Cultural Studies), Odile Cisneros (Avant-garde Spanish American Literature), Jesús Torrecilla (Peninsular Literatures), Jaume Subirana (writer), among others. Graduate students participate in conferences and lectures which are sponsored by our Department or jointly with Latin American Studies Program, Green College, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Liu Institute for Global Issues, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC-Okanagan, etc.

UBC’s Koerner Library ranks among the top research libraries in North America. There are extensive holdings in all Hispanic areas, especially in periodicals and Latin-American studies, both Spanish and Portuguese. The Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) houses significant collections from the colonial period as well as random treasures such as records of the trials of the Spanish Inquisition.

Each graduate student in our program has access to the Departmental Reading Room and computing facilities. Teaching Assistants are provided with offices, and the majority of full-time students receive financial support in the form of fellowships or teaching assistantships. The Graduate Student Travel Fund contributes to conference travel expenses for both MA and PhD students.

The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies has prepared a guide packed with information about all the support services available to graduate students at UBC. It covers registration, finances, housing, grad student rights and responsibilities, medical and dental plans.