General description of the Thesis option of the MA in Romance languages
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:
- 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)
- 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.