MA Romance Languages - Spanish Concentration
- A total of thirty-three (33) semester hours.
- Students interested in taking collateral hours — i. e. coursework in another discipline or department which is related to the field of concentration— will need to consult with the coordinator to see if these hours are available in their concentration and if they are eligible. At least 23 hours must be taken in 7000-level courses (eight  courses in all).
- Satisfactory completion of minimum standards for eligibility to take the comprehensive exams. Students in the program must seek advice from the coordinator to determine that the coursework they carry fulfills these minimum standards.
- A reading knowledge of a foreign language other than that of the concentration. This
may be demonstrated in the following ways:
- achieving a grade of B (3.0) or higher in a fourth-semester language course (e.g. FREN/GERM/ITAL 2020 or equivalent),
- achieving a grade of B (3.0) or higher in a graduate reading course (FREN 7000 and GERM 7000 are the only two courses available for this option. They are usually offered in the summer. Or,
- achieving a grade of B (3.0) or higher in one upper-division course at the 3000 or 4000 level (e.g. FREN 3302, GERM 3790, ITAL 3311, PORT 3301),
- achieving a grade of B (3.0) or higher in a graduate course taught in the target language at the 6000 or 7000 level (e.g. FREN 6302, PORT 6024).
- students who provide evidence of knowledge of a foreign language other than that of the concentration equivalent to a fourth-semester language course or superior may arrange with the section head of the specific language for a written test to prove competency.
- A comprehensive written and oral examination after completion of 33 hours and fulfillment of the reading knowledge requirement. These examinations will be conducted in the language of the concentration. For a full description of the comprehensive examination procedures, click here.
In addition to the course work, candidates are provided with a reading list, which can be found here. This particular reading list serves as a guide and a general orientation only. However, the emphasis is on the actual reading list discussed in each class.
Reading Knowledge of a Second Language
All candidates shall acquire a reading knowledge of a foreign language other than that of the concentration. (See #4 under the section "Program Requirements" in this document). In the case of international students, English will not be accepted to satisfy this requirement.
3 courses in Peninsular literature at the 7000 level
3 courses in Latin American literature at the 7000 level
2 courses in Spanish Linguistics at the 7000 level
Each of these courses carries 3 credit hours. They must be taken in the Department of World Languages and Literatures (unless an exception was approved by the graduate coordinator) and they must be at the 7000-level. This is minimum coursework without which the student is not eligible to take the comprehensive exams.
There are also additional requirements for eligibility.
This minimum coursework gives you 24 hours of graduate work. The rest of the courses to reach the minimum of 33 may be (these are only suggestions):
- SPAN 6563 - Spanish Lit Genres (3), unless this course was taken at the undergraduate level (4563)
- PORT 6024 Introduction to Brazilian Short Stories (3), unless this course was taken at the undergraduate level (4024)
- Additional 7000-level courses in SPAN Linguistics
- Additional 7000-level courses in Spanish literature or Spanish –American literature
In regard to 4000/6000 level courses. Students who have already taken a combination 4000/6000 level as an undergraduate student or whose topic is determined to have already been covered as an undergraduate student (although the title may be different) WILL NOT be able to count these courses (if taken at the 6000 level) for graduation.