Romance and Classical Studies
Graduate Studies in Spanish: About the Program
The Masters of Arts in Spanish program is a two-year commitment culminating in a significant research project or thesis in literature, cultural studies or linguistics. The second year on the BGSU campus builds on the linguistic and intercultural competency developed during the first year. In the first semester of the program, all M.A. candidates enroll in an online course that serves as an introduction to Hispanic literatures, while simultaneously introducing students to the rich library resources available through BGSU. The course is taught by one of the 9 graduate faculty professors on campus at BGSU and serves as a bridge to unite all students enrolled in their first year of studies, whether in Spain, Mexico or here in Bowling Green. Additionally, students spending their first semester in Spain are also required to take the Critical Theories course with Dr. Susana Juarez. The only other obligatory course in the 2 year program is the Teaching College Spanish course, which is required for all those intending to serve as Teaching Assistants in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. This course is typically taken during the students’ first semester on campus in Bowling Green concurrently with their first semester of teaching. All other courses in the program are chosen at the students’ discretion from the Spanish Graduate Program course offerings.
Before entering their second year of studies, all students are required to take and successfully complete the Spanish Qualifying Exam. This exam serves to assure that all students begin their 2nd year of MA studies on campus with sufficient background knowledge in the three major areas of study: Peninsular Cultures and Literatures, Latin American Cultures and Literatures and Hispanic Linguistics. The exam is a take-home exam in essay format; students are encouraged to seek clarification from their professors during this rigorous learning experience.
After successfully completing the Qualifying Exam, candidates pursue graduate studies under one of the following two plans:
- Plan I (thesis option): Candidates must complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit including a minimum of 30 hours of regular course work plus a thesis for which 6 semester hours of credit are granted.
- Plan II (non-thesis option): Candidates must complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit including a final research project (involving a paper and an oral presentation).
Students under both plans must also demonstrate advanced proficiency in the language.