Learning Outcomes for Spanish Ph.D.
PLO 1. Core Knowledge
- Students demonstrate competence in field of specialty (as defined by reading lists for Ph.D. exam).
- Students demonstrate broad familiarity with Spanish and Spanish American literatures, with adequate historical and geopolitical knowledge.
- Students demonstrate knowledge of theoretical issues related to their field.
- Students show familiarity with interdisciplinary approaches relevant to their area of specialization, such as those pursued in the fields of Critical Theory, Women’s Studies, Visual Studies.
- Students demonstrate reading knowledge of a foreign language other than Spanish or Portuguese.
PLO 2. Research Methods and Analysis
- Students gain an understanding of research methods and challenges at the graduate level.
- Students develop an independent research project in the form of a dissertation.
- Students develop familiarity with latest research tools and resources.
PLO 3. Engagement with the Profession
- Show familiarization with current questions and issues being addressed by scholars in their field and in related fields.
- Attend scholarly lectures hosted by department and school of Humanities.
- Gain experience in event organization and service (conference organization, film festival, serve as panel moderator in student conference, etc.)
- Present in student workshops and brown bag meetings (such as those hosted by the Latin American Studies program
PLO 4. Professionalization
- Present papers at graduate student conferences, workshops, and major conferences (such as LASA and MLA)
- Apply for internal and external fellowships and grants.
- Submit essays to refereed journals.
- Be prepared to present research and teaching in a clear and engaging way.
- Know what to expect from MLA job search process (cover letter writing, CV, Teaching Portfolio, conference interview skills, job talk)
- Be familiar with different forms of engagement with the profession (reviews, journal editorial board, disciplinary committees)
- Know what to expect from different job placements (community college, liberal arts college, research university)
PLO 5. Pedagogy
- Be prepared to teach language, culture and literature courses.
- Be able to design specific course syllabi in areas related to research.
- Develop constructive relationships with students throughout the quarter and beyond.
- Be prepared to give short lectures and lead group discussions.
- Hold office hours and guide students through writing assignments and exams.
- Be able to create suitable writing assignments and exams.
- Grade papers and exams fairly while offering constructive comments.
- Know how to deal with students with difficulties and issues such as plagiarism or academic dishonesty.
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