Master of Arts in Romance Languages

French and Spanish Concentrations

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The Romance Languages degree program incorporates a variety of concentrations and tracks. There are two concentrations:

Both concentrations have thesis and non-thesis options. The French and Spanish concentrations each have two tracks:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Literature/Cultural Studies

Regardless of the concentration or track, all new graduate teaching assistants must enroll for the Practicum in Applied Linguistics (either FR 512 or SP 502). For specifics related to the programs incorporating Spanish, please consult the degree requirements, detailed below.

Find detailed degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option for the Spanish concentration of the Romance Languages Master of Arts incorporates 30 hours of coursework (or 36 hours of coursework for the applied linguistics track). Both non-thesis options require success on a comprehensive written examination before granting the degree. Both non-thesis options of the Romance languages MA generally include a core of five required courses in these areas:

  • Teaching Practicum/Topics in Linguistics
  • Pro-seminar Research Methodology: Critical Theory or Quantitative/Qualitative Methods in Linguistics
  • Topics in Culture and Civilization
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Special Topics/Directed Readings

Spanish Concentration, Literature Track

The curriculum consists of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, of which 27 credit hours must be Spanish graduate courses. The students must take a minimum:

  • 9 credit hours in Peninsular literature,
  • 9 credit hours in Latin American literature,
  • 6 credit hours in Spanish linguistics,
  • 3 credit hours in Spanish electives
  • 3 credit hours in other elective graduate courses

The 27 Spanish graduate credit hours are divided among the following areas of study:

  • Golden Age Peninsular
  • 19th-Century Peninsular
  • 20th- and 21st-Century Peninsular
  • Colonial Latin America
  • 19th-Century Latin America
  • 20th- and 21st-Century Latin America
  • US Latinx Studies
  • Spanish Linguistics

A student may take the remaining three credits outside the Spanish section or may take an additional Spanish elective in order to complete the 30 required credits.

Spanish Concentration, Linguistics Track

Curriculum requirements: 36 hours of coursework. The applied linguistics track involves three components:

  • Language: 15 hours of course credit in Spanish language, literature, and culture (a minimum of 6 hours must be in peninsular literature and 6 hours in Latin-American literature)
  • Linguistics: a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (SP 556)
  • Applied Linguistics: 12 hours of coursework in second language acquisition and pedagogy (SP 502, and three of the following: SP 523, SP 581, RL 513, or other approved courses)

Thesis Option

A description of the typical configuration for the thesis options in the Romance Languages Spanish concentration follows. In addition to writing a thesis, both thesis options require success on a comprehensive examination.

Spanish Concentration, Literature Track

Curriculum requirements: 24 hours of coursework and a thesis. The curriculum centers on Peninsular and Spanish-American literature.

The Romance languages core requirements do not apply to thesis options. However, the curriculum must include either a course in critical theory or a literature course designated as theory enriched. In consultation with the Spanish graduate advisor, each student must also select a special area of interest in Hispanic literature in order to write the thesis. Six hours of SP 599 Thesis Research with the thesis director are required beyond the 24 hours of coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to keep syllabi from each course on file for reference.

Spanish Concentration, Applied Linguistics Track

Curriculum requirements: 30 hours of coursework and a thesis. In addition to the thesis, the applied linguistics track involves three components:

  • Language: 15 hours of course credit in Spanish language, literature, and culture (a minimum of 6 hours must be in peninsular literature and 6 hours in Latin-American literature)
  • Linguistics: a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (SP 556)
  • Applied Linguistics: 12 hours of coursework in second language acquisition and pedagogy (SP 502, and three of the following: SP 523, SP 581, RL 513, or other approved courses)

The Romance languages core requirements do not apply to thesis tracks. However, the curriculum must include a course in research methodology. Six hours of SP 599 with the thesis director are required beyond the 30 hours of coursework.