French, Spanish, and Romance Languages Options

A single degree program incorporates a variety of options and tracks.  There are three options: the French Option, the Spanish Option, and the Romance languages Option (which combines languages). All three options have thesis (Plan I) and non-thesis (Plan II) tracks. The French and Spanish options also allow for an applied linguistics track (thesis or non-thesis). Regardless of the option 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 degree requirements.

Degree descriptions can also be accessed in the Course Catalog

General description of the Thesis track of the MA in Romance languages (Plan I)

A description of the typical configuration for the various thesis tracks of the Master of Arts in Romance languages follows. In addition to writing a thesis, all thesis tracks require success on a comprehensive examination (see exam formats below).

Spanish Option, standard version (emphasizing literature) with thesis (Plan I)

Curriculum requirements: 24 hours of coursework and a thesis. The curriculum centers on Peninsular and Spanish-American literature. Requirements include success on a comprehensive written examination, based on the coursework, before granting of the degree.

The Romance languages core requirements do not apply to thesis tracks. 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. Degree requirements include success on the written comprehensive examination. No oral component is required. The six-part written examination will be based both on coursework and a reading list in each area.  Students are required to take exams in the following areas: either three Peninsular areas (of the student’s choosing) and two Latin American areas (of the student’s choosing) or vice versa, and one area of linguistics. From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers. 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 Option, applied linguistics track with thesis (Plan I)

Curriculum requirements: 30 hours of coursework and a thesis. Curriculum requirements: 30 hours of coursework and a thesis. In addition to the thesis, the applied linguistics track involves three components: language, linguistics, and applied linguistics. The language component consists of 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). The linguistics component is comprised of a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (SP 556). The applied linguistics component consists of 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. Degree requirements include success on a comprehensive examination, which is based on the coursework. From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers (two pertaining to applied linguistics, one pertaining to Spanish linguistics, one pertaining to peninsular literature, one pertaining to Latin American literature, and one pertaining to an elective). Six hours of SP 599 with the thesis director are required beyond the 30 hours of coursework.

Romance Languages Option, with thesis (Plan I)

Curriculum requirements: 30 hours of coursework and a thesis. The curriculum requires study of French and Spanish, one as the major and one as the minor. The major includes a minimum of 18 hours. The minor includes a minimum of 12 hours. More than the minimum is recommended for both the major and the minor. Graduate courses in Italian studies are available on occasion (see the RL prefix in course listings). Requirements include success on a comprehensive written examination, based on the coursework, before granting of the degree. For exam particulars, consult with the Graduate Adviser.

General Description of Non-thesis tracks of the MA in Romance languages (Plan II)

The non-thesis tracks for the Spanish and Romance languages options of the Master of Arts incorporate 30 hours of coursework (or 36 hours of coursework for the applied linguistics version). Included in all non-thesis tracks of the Master of Arts in Romance languages is a core of five courses in the five areas listed below.

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

All non-thesis tracks require success on a comprehensive written examination before granting of the degree (see exam formats below).

Spanish Option, standard version (emphasizing literature) without thesis (Plan II)

The curriculum consists of 30 hours of graduate coursework, of which 27 hours must be taken in the Spanish section. The students must take a minimum of three courses in Peninsular literature, three courses in Latin American literature, two courses in Spanish linguistics, and at least one more Spanish elective, in order to obtain 27 credits, 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 Latino 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 Option, applied linguistics track without thesis (Plan II)

Curriculum requirements: 36 hours of coursework. The applied linguistics track involves three components: language, linguistics, and applied linguistics. The language component consists of 21 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). The linguistics component is comprised of a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (SP 556). The applied linguistics component consists of 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). Requirements include success on a comprehensive examination, based on the coursework, before granting of the degree.

Romance Languages Option, without thesis (Plan II)

Curriculum requirements: 30-36 hours of coursework. The curriculum requires study of French and Spanish, one as the major and one as the minor. The major includes a minimum of 18 hours. The minor includes a minimum of 12 hours. More than the minimum is recommended for both the major and the minor. Graduate courses in Italian studies are available on occasion (see the RL prefix in course listings below). Requirements include success on a comprehensive written examination, based on the coursework, before granting of the degree. For exam particulars, consult with the Graduate Adviser.

MA Comprehensive Exam Structure for Spanish