Spanish - Archived 2019-20 Graduate Catalog

Chair: Phil Peek
Graduate Coordinator: Valeria Grinberg Pla
Address: 203 Shatzel Hall
Phone: 419-372-2667
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Degrees Offered

Program(s) Offered
MA, Spanish
Certificate, Spanish for Professionals and Educators

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master's degree, students in the Spanish program are expected to be able to:

  • Discuss critically and analytically, both orally and in writing, a variety of topics related to the Spanish language as well as Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures. 
  • Demonstrate advanced competence in the Spanish language. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the theoretical issues and research tools in the broad fields of literature, culture and linguistics from Spain and Latin America. 

Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Prospective students for the Certificate, MA or Dual MA programs should:

  • Have an undergraduate major in Spanish or
  • Have a Spanish minor with at least 20 semester hours of credit beyond the intermediate level and a record of study in a Spanish-speaking country or
  • Be heritage or native speakers of the Spanish language. 

Note: Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted in exceptional circumstances.

Admission Procedure
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in World Languages and Cultures should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate Admission section of this Graduate Catalog.  All application materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Degree Requirements
Master of Arts in Spanish
All candidates take a qualifying examination during the first year to establish a foundation for how to examine topics in linguistics, literary analysis and cultural studies related to the Spanish-speaking world, particularly Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Following successful completion of the qualifying exam, candidates choose between one of the following plans (students under both plans must also demonstrate proficiency in the language): Plan I (thesis option): Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and the writing of a thesis for which up to six semester hours of credit are granted. Plan I is recommended for individuals who expect to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Plan II (non-thesis option): Candidates must complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit as well as a final research project that includes a paper and an oral presentation.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures requires that at least 19 credits out of 36 be taken on campus.

Graduate Courses
Please access graduate courses online at Graduate courses offered by the department of World Languages and Cultures use the prefixes: FREN, GERM, ROCS, and SPAN.

Updated: 08/14/2020 10:41AM