Spanish: Latin American Studies (MA)
Admission to the Program
In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants should be proficient in Spanish and preferably hold a BA in Spanish or a related field. Both part-time and full-time students are welcome in the program. Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose, sample of written work in Spanish, and two letters of recommendation as part of their formal application to the program.
- 33 credit hours of approved graduate work, with at least 21 credit hours in courses taught in Spanish. coursework includes 21 credit hours of core requirements and 12 credit hours in a field of concentration.
- Capstone experience: Complete one of the following:
- Comprehensive examination: 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.
- One qualifying paper.
Core Courses (21 credit hours)
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).
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)
- SPAN-560 Latin American Caudillos, Caciques, and Dictators (3)
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.
Note: 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 Internship: Spanish: Proyecto Amistad ) or abroad. A maximum of 3 credit hours of internships can be applied to the degree.
Note: May include 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
- EDU-609 Effective Teaching for Diverse Students (3)
- EDU-622 Language and Literacy Learning (3)
- EDU-630 Foundations of Education (3)
- SPAN-661 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
Translation and Linguistics
Note: Students may also complete Translation: Spanish (Graduate Certificate).