May 28, 2022  
2020-21 Graduate Bulletin 
2020-21 Graduate Bulletin Archived

Hispanic Studies, M.A.

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The M.A. in Hispanic studies presents a comprehensive study of the linguistic, historical, cultural and literary studies in the Hispanic world. The primary focus is upon Latin American language, linguistics, literature, art and culture, but also includes peninsular literature and culture. Much like a traditional M.A. in Spanish, the program focuses on Spanish language, but also will provide the opportunity to study Brazilian Portuguese language and French Francophone culture. Language proficiency is required in Spanish.

M.A. Program in Hispanic Studies

The M.A. in Hispanic studies prescribes a 30-hour program if a thesis is written, or a 36-hour program without thesis. The thesis option includes six credit hours for thesis research and writing along with a mandatory defense of the completed thesis in an oral examination. Students considering further graduate work in a doctoral program are encouraged to enter the thesis program. Non-thesis students are required to pass a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of graduate work. Any request to substitute a course from another program must have approval of the department chair.

The degree program is designed to serve a broad range of students:

  1. those who plan to seek careers in professional fields requiring an understanding of Hispanic culture and fluency in the Spanish language
  2. those who plan to teach Spanish at the college level
  3. and those who seek the doctorate in Spanish or Hispanic studies.

Applicants for the M.A. in Hispanic studies must meet the following conditions:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Latin American studies or a related field with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have completed at least 12 hours of advanced undergraduate work (300 level or above) in Spanish as a way of documenting academic proficiency in the language
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from former professors

Students who do not meet minimum requirements of the program may be admitted on a provisional basis under the guidance of the program’s graduate advisor.

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