Spanish Graduate Program
Program of Study
Options. The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a graduate program of study with two options:
- the thesis option requires 30 hours of graduate study (24 hours course work and 6 hours thesis) and a comprehensive examination;
- the non-thesis option requires 30 hours of course work and a comprehensive examination.
In both options, at least one half of the work credited toward the degree must be at the 600 level or above. In consultation with the Director of Graduate Study, the student may elect to take up to 6 hours of graduate courses in a related field. Students selecting the thesis option must research and write a thesis under the guidance of a committee consisting of a chairperson and two other members of the Graduate Faculty. An oral defense of the thesis is required.
Reading List. The comprehensive exam is based on a reading list that includes major works of Spanish and Spanish American literature, as well as works on Spanish and Spanish American culture and civilization, and Hispanic linguistics.
Second Foreign Language. The student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a language other than English and Spanish in one of the following ways:
- passing a reading examination (contact the Director of Graduate Study in Spanish for details),
- obtaining a score of "interview stage" on the department's Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam , or
- completing 204-level (or higher) course work in the additional language with a grade of B (3.0) or better.
The department will consider this requirement met for students who document by official transcript that they have passed an appropriate course in a language other than English and Spanish at the intermediate level or higher, within the five years allowed for completion of the M.A..
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultural Studies
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a 15-hour Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultural Studies. The certificate is designed for professionals who may have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Spanish but who are able to demonstrate strong intermediate-level language skills in Spanish (equivalent to having completed a minimum of 21 undergraduate semester hours above the 204 level). Specific goals of the certificate program are: 1) to increase students' language skills in Spanish to a high level; 2) to prepare qualified candidates for cross-cultural professions; and 3) to prepare community college, four-year college or university instructors who, according to accreditation guidelines, must have at least 18 hours of graduate credit in order to teach Spanish (and would thus need to take one additional course beyond the certificate). Read More...Request Information on M.A. or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Spanish