Caribbean Studies Concentration

Doctoral Concentration in Caribbean Studies in the Departments of English, History, and Modern Languages and Literatures  (*pending Board of Trustees approval*)

The Doctoral Concentration in Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary doctoral concentration in Caribbean Studies to be earned in conjunction with the individual Ph.D. requirements for the Departments of English, History, and Modern Languages and Literatures. Ph.D. students pursuing the doctoral concentration would take a minimum of two Caribbean-focused courses (6 credit hours) within their home department, and a minimum of two Caribbean-focused courses (6 credit hours) outside of their department.

 

Graduate students working on the Caribbean already enroll in seminars and reading courses with faculty in other departments, gaining valuable historical, literary, and social scientific perspectives on their own fields of study. In providing a more formal structure for this interdisciplinary pedagogy, the Caribbean Studies doctoral concentration will:

  1. Enhance the ability of participating departments to recruit strong Ph.D. students working on the Caribbean;
  2. Enable participating departments to better prepare Caribbean-focused graduate students as both scholars and teachers;
  3. Make participating students more competitive on both the academic and “alt-ac” job markets.

Ph.D. in Modern Languages and Literatures -  Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies with a concentration in Caribbean Studies

The requirements set out below for the Ph.D. in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies are minimum requirements. The Graduate Studies Committee, Director of Graduate Studies, and individual advisors may set additional requirements.

  1. The requirements:
    1. for students entering on the “five-year plan” (with a B.A. or M.A., see below), passing satisfactorily a minimum of 60 graded credit hours in approved courses, 30 of which must be open to graduate students only;
    2. for students entering on the “four-year plan” (with an M.A. in a closely related field, see below), passing satisfactorily a minimum of 48 graded credit hours in approved courses, 24 of which must be open to graduate students only;
  2. Passing MLL 701MLL 711MLL 714MLL 799, and a minimum of 15 graded credit hours in the area(s) of research emphasis to be determined on an individualized basis in collaboration with the graduate advisors.
  3. For students in the Literary and Cultural Studies concentration, three credits of Critical Studies of Language/Linguistics and three credits in any Arts and Sciences discipline focusing on Colonial or Early Modern Studies (18thcentury or earlier).
  4. At least six credits in an approved cognate discipline to be determined in consultation with graduate advisors.
  5. Nine credits in Literary/Cultural Studies or Critical Studies of Language/Linguistics, for students pursuing an optional minor concentration.
  6. Doctoral Concentration in Caribbean Studies - Students pursuing the doctoral concentration in Caribbean Studies must take as part of their required course credit hours a minimum of four Caribbean-focused courses (12 credit hours) as shown below.

A minimum of two courses (6 credits) selected from the following:

  • FRE 775: Topics in Francophone Studies
  • MLL 702: Bilingualism
  • MLL 703: Topics in Critical Studies of Language
  • MLL 721: Atlantic Crossings: Literature and Immigration in the Age of Globalization
  • MLL 727: Topics in Caribbean Studies
  • SPA 733: Topics in Colonial Literature
  • SPA 735: Topics in 19th Century Latin American and Caribbean Literature
  • SPA 736: Topics in 20th Century Latin American and Caribbean Literature

 

A minimum of two courses (6 credits) selected from the following:

  • ENG 658: Studies in Transatlantic Literature
  • ENG 665: Studies in African American Literature
  • ENG 666: Caribbean Literature
  • ENG 667: Caribbean Popular Culture
  • ENG 668: Studies in Race and Diasporic Literatures
  • ENG 686: Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • ENG 687: Studies in Literature and Culture since 1950
  • ENG 688: Studies in Latino/a Literatures and Cultures
  • ENG 689: Comparative Americas Studies
  • HIS 602: Africa and the African Diaspora
  • HIS 602: Africa in Cuba / Cuba in Africa
  • HIS 652: Race in Latin America
  • HIS 652: Travels through Latin America
  • HIS 654: Afro-Caribbean Religion: Healing and Power
  • HIS 654: Haiti in History
  • HIS 654: Caribbean Intellectual History and Social Movements
  • HIS 662: Slavery and Capitalism
  • HIS 669: Black Protest Thought
  • HIS 669: Rethinking African-American Culture
  • HIS 669: History of Global Slavery
  • HIS 708: Slavery in the Atlantic World
  • HIS 708: Atlantic Histories
  • HIS 716: Caribbean Field Prep

 

Or other courses with advisor or DGS approval.

7. In addition to proficiency in English and the major language of study, demonstrating the following:

  1. reading knowledge of two other languages; or
  2. holistic knowledge of one other language (for example, by passing the equivalent of a course at the 300-level).Note: Appropriate languages of study will be determined in collaboration with the student’s advisors (e.g. students of Latin America may be encouraged to study Portuguese or an indigenous language; students focusing on early modern Spanish or French studies may be encouraged to study Italian; students working in the French-speaking Caribbean many need to take Haitian Kreyòl; etc.);
  3. if areas of specialization include Medieval, Early Modern, or Colonial Latin American Studies, students must demonstrate reading knowledge of Latin.                                              

  1. Passing a Breadth Exam. Depending on the student’s interests, the exam shall consist of three parts, according to one of the following configurations:
    1. one geographic region over three time periods;
    2. two geographic regions over two or three time periods;
    3. two geographic regions over one or two time periods and one area of critical sociolinguistics;
    4. two areas of critical sociolinguistics and one geographic region over one-time period.   ​Note: Students entering the doctoral program with an MA in a relevant field may petition to waive the Breadth Exam (normally taken in the spring semester of the second year) after the first semester of study. The Graduate Studies Committee will consider petitions on an individualized basis.
  1. Passing a Qualifying Exam on an approved topic. The exam typically includes three general approaches focusing on:
    1. literature, cultural studies, or sociolinguistics;
    2. critical theory;
    3. a cognate discipline (e.g. history, sociology, philosophy, law, art, film, etc.). 
  2. Successfully defending a dissertation prospectus.
  3. Completing and defending satisfactorily a dissertation. 
  4. Satisfying the requirements of the Graduate School as stated in the GraduateBulletin.
  5. Students can also opt to complete two doctoral concentrations and/or one doctoral certificate while choosing courses to fulfill the requirements for the degree.