Graduate Programs

The Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown University trains students to be both specialists and generalists, language teachers and literature scholars, researchers and active intellectuals.

Our faculty represents a broad range of topics and approaches, with particular strengths in early modern and colonial literature, modern and contemporary Latin American narrative, poetry and transatlantic studies.

Class sizes are kept small, to ensure close interaction between students and faculty during the six years of the program, and students receive careful guidance on individual plans of study, professional issues, and job placement.

Additional Resources

We encourage our students to take advantage of the many opportunities for disciplinary exchange and collaborations that characterize intellectual life at Brown, especially through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and the Program for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Excellent general scholarly resources are available through the David Rockefeller Library, while the John Carter Brown and Hay libraries contain extraordinary holdings in special materials. Finally, our students also have the opportunity to take courses at neighboring institutions such as Harvard and Yale.

Application Information

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Not required


Where applicable, a current TOEFL score (minimum 90 points) or IELTS (minimum overall band score: 7)

Official Transcripts:


Letters of Recommendations:


Writing Sample:

In Spanish on a subject related to Hispanic literature (12–15 pages double–spaced maximum; do not exceed this length, and do not submit more than one sample)

Personal Statement:

Two–page (maximum) statement of your research interests, in English



Additional Requirements:

A 2–minute video statement in Spanish about a book or article which has been important to you in your studies (please send a recorded video directly to; you may prepare notes in advance, but please do not read your response; we're most interested in hearing you talk about a subject of interest to you)


Application Deadline

Completion Requirements

Fifteen courses, including one in language instruction methodology; 25-30 page major paper; preliminary exam covering all periods of peninsular and Latin American literature; oral exams in specialized field; reading knowledge of two languages other than Spanish and English; six semesters of teaching are normally required; dissertation.

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Department Chair
Sarah Thomas
Director of Graduate Studies
Felipe Martínez-Pinzón

Contact and Location

Department of Hispanic Studies

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box 1961
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