The Ph.D. program in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures prepares students to be well-rounded scholars able to conduct independent research of publishable quality in their fields of specialization. We place great emphasis in assisting our students in the process of establishing an academic dialogue with colleagues in their own and other fields.
Our low faculty-student ratio allows for very close faculty mentoring and professional training. From the beginning of the program we encourage and support our students to actively present their work at scholarly conferences and professional meetings, as well as to begin a promising publication career. We see as necessary to provide curricular flexibility and professional mentoring in fields not strictly related to academia. For that reason our students are offered advice in workshops and other university-wide networking opportunities to help them envision professional paths in editorial positions (publishing houses, news agencies), cultural institutions (libraries, foundations), and U.S. government agencies and private companies seeking individuals with specialized knowledge in multicultural and foreign affairs. We encourage our students to take advantage of Catholic University's location in the political and diplomatic heart of the U.S.
The department offers Teaching Fellowships, which include full tuition wavers, on a competitive basis. Additional scholarships and funding opportunities are available.