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Spanish: Latin American Studies | Master's Program

MA in Spanish: Latin American Studies

Degree Requirements

  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate work, with at least 21 credit hours in courses taught in Spanish. Course work includes 21 credit hours of core requirements and 12 credit hours in a field of concentration.
  • Capstone experience (one of the following):
  • A qualifying paper or comprehensive examination. The exam is a two-part written comprehensive exam, one part in Spanish, one part in either Spanish or English. The core is covered in the first part and the field of concentration in the second. The comprehensive examination is given twice a year, toward the end of each semester.

Course Requirements

Core Courses (21 credit hours)

  • Core Courses (21 credit hours)
  • 9 credits from the following:
    SPAN-701 Latin American Theatre and Politics (3)
    SPAN-702 Latin American History and Politics from the Margins (3)
    SPAN-704 Central American Cultural Studies (3)
    SPAN-705 Seminar in Spanish and Latin American Studies (3) (topics)
  • 12 credits from the following:
    SPAN-553 Culture and Radical Politics in Latin America (3)
    SPAN-554 Classics of Latin American Literature (3) (topics)
    SPAN-555 Southern Cone Performance, Memory, and Activism (3)
    SPAN-556 Culture and Violence in Latin America (3)
    SPAN-557 Afro-Latin American Culture, Literature, and Music (3)
    SPAN-558 Colombia and the Amazonia (3)
    SPAN-559 Colloquium on Latin America (3) (topics)
    Note: For their core, students should choose courses covering
    at least four of the five Latin American geographical areas
    (Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Andean
    region, and the Southern Cone).
  • Field of Concentration (12 credit hours)
    Students construct a field of concentration, in consultation
    with an advisor, in one of the following areas. Other
    appropriate field of concentration courses may be approved
    by the program advisor.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration (e.g., culture and literature, international studies, history, communications, public affairs)
    HIST-640 Latin American Studies (3) (approved topics)
    SIS-577 International Relations in the Americas (3)
    SIS-653 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3) (approved topics)
    SIS-658 Financial Issues in Latin America (3)
    SIS-669 Human Rights in Latin America (3)
    SIS-676 Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)
    (approved topics)
  • Spanish Language Teaching Concentration
    EDU-521 Foundations of Education (3)
    EDU-609 Effective Teaching for Diverse Students (3)
    EDU-622 Language and Literacy Learning (3)
    SPAN-661 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
  • Translation and Linguistics Concentration (students can also complete a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation)
    ANTH-537 Topics in Language and Culture (3) (approved
    SPAN-658 Introduction to Spanish Translation (3)
    SPAN-659 Advanced Spanish Translation (3)
    SPAN-661 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)

Internships are encouraged and are credited within the field of concentration. They are usually taken pass/fail and can be done either locally (through SPAN-691 Proyecto Amistad) or abroad. A maximum of 3 credit hours of internships can be applied to the degree.

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