Jun 16, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalogue 
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Spanish, M.A.

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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Brian Chandler

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a program leading to the Master of Arts in Spanish. The goals of the program are: (1) to raise the level of communicative competence of native and non-native speakers of Spanish; (2) to provide critical and practical skills necessary for analyzing, assessing and addressing academic and societal issues related to Hispanic language and culture; (3) to provide knowledge and advanced skills in Spanish language and Hispanic culture necessary for higher-level graduate work; (4) to increase, improve and promote cultural understanding and awareness of regional, national and international Spanish-speaking communities; and (5) to produce professionals capable of dealing with the demands brought by the ever-increasing U.S. Hispanic population and by the global job market.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following materials to the Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission.
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate, including US and foreign institutions).
  3. Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a professor familiar with candidate’s academic performance.
  4. Two recorded speaking samples, one in English and one in Spanish, in which the applicant introduces her/himself, describes a person she/he admires, or describes a trip she/he took. Send directly to Program Coordinator (The speaking samples should be sent as data files and not music CD files.)
  5. A 500-word written statement of objectives in English.
  6. A 500-word writing sample in Spanish in which the applicant states and defends an opinion.
  7. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

Applicants seeking admission to the master’s degree program in Spanish must hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall 3.00 GPA or its equivalent (determined by a personal interview with the faculty or an officially recognized test procedure, such as an “intermediate high” rating on the ACTFL proficiency scale). Admissions decisions are based upon the examination of several factors, and where other indicators of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria may still be considered for admission.

Degree Requirements (30 total hours)

The M.A. program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study (only six of which may be transferred from another institution). Students may select a thesis or non-thesis option.

Non-Thesis Option:

Students pursuing the non-thesis option will complete 30 hours of graduate course work and must complete a comprehensive exam. The 30 hours of coursework must be distributed as follows:

Core requirements (12 credit hours)

Electives (18 hours)

Chosen from any of the remaining SPN graduate courses.

Thesis Option:

Students pursuing the thesis option must complete 27 semester hours of graduate course work in addition to registering for SPN 599  (3 hours) in their last semester, for a total of 30 semester hours. Students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam, and defend a thesis acceptable to the student’s thesis committee, prior to graduation.

Core requirements (15 credit hours)

Electives (15 credit hours)

 Chosen from any of the remaining SPN graduate courses.


SPN 511 , SPN 512 , SPN 521 , SPN 522  [Note:  Repetitions of these courses (variable topics) may be used to satisfy the electives requirement provided the topic is different from the topic used to satisfy the core requirements.]

Additional Information

A student must maintain no less than a 3.0 GPA on all graduate-level courses and has five calendar years to complete the degree program. This five-year period begins with the student’s first term of work after formal admission to the program.

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