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MA Program in Spanish

Master of Arts in Spanish

The master of arts program in Spanish combines theoretical research and applied learning designed to advance students' knowledge of the Spanish language, the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and linguistics. The program helps students improve their professional credentials, provides them with the foundation they need to pursue doctoral studies, and prepares them for teaching in a community college and for employment in other fields that require a high degree of proficiency in Spanish. The members of the graduate faculty have diverse research and teaching interests, a reputation for scholarly excellence, and are committed to students' intellectual growth and academic progress.

Learn more about Spanish graduate course offerings for Spring 2015.

All students seeking teacher certification should consult the Office of Educator Preparation for official information on becoming a certified teacher in the State of Texas.

 

Graduate Curriculum

Students may pursue course work in Spanish, Central American, South American, Caribbean, Mexican, and Mexican-American literature and culture, as well as in language and linguistics. The MA program's thesis, internship abroad, or additional course work plan provides flexibility for students completing their degree requirements. Students have a non-minor option (33 hours), with all course work in Spanish, or may choose to complete a minor or six hours of course work in a related area of interest (36 hours), such as Latin American studies, women and gender studies, Southwestern studies or education (students seeking teacher certification should consult the Office of Educator Preparation for official information on becoming a certified teacher in the State of Texas).
 

Admission Requirements 

  • 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0, calculated over the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work leading to the bachelor's degree
  • 3.0 GPA in 12 upper-division undergraduate semester credit hours in Spanish including six hours in literature
  • Statement of purpose written in Spanish explaining the applicant's professional and personal interest in the MA in Spanish
  • Resumé that includes contact information for three references, at least two of whom should be professors familiar with applicant's academic work
  • Admission application fee

 

Degree Programs

 

Master of Arts in Spanish with minor (36 hours)

  • 24 hours in Spanish
  • six hours in an approved minor or related field
  • Plus one of the following: six hours thesis, six hours of internship in a country where Spanish is spoken, or six hours of additional coursework in Spanish
  • Additional requirement: comprehensive exam with written and oral components

 

Master of Arts in Spanish without minor (33 hours) 

  • 27 hours in Spanish
  • Plus one of the following: six hours of thesis, six hours of internship in a country where Spanish is spoken, or six hours of additional coursework in Spanish
  • Additional requirement: comprehensive exam with written and oral components

 

Graduate Minor in Spanish

  • Students with majors other than Spanish may select Spanish as a minor.
  • Students should have completed at least nine hours of advanced undergraduate Spanish with a GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale).
  • The graduate minor consists of a minimum of six hours in Spanish.

 

Graduate Course Offerings: Spanish (SPAN)

  • 5100 Practicum in Teaching Spanish. (1-0) Required as a condition of employment for graduate teaching and instructional assistants in their initial semester of employment. The course provides regular in-service and planned periodic evaluations of instructional responsibilities. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable with different emphasis. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
  • 5300 Foundation Studies in Spanish. (3-0) Course designed to develop knowledge and skills required for success in graduate-level studies in Spanish. Course content varies depending on academic preparation. This course does not earn graduate credit. Repeatable up to 12 hours with different emphasis. Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor in Spanish.
  • 5310 Topics in Hispanic Literature. (3-0) Topics may vary and include the study of specific genres, periods, authors, ethnic, and women's contributions to Hispanic literature. May be repeated for credit with different emphasis.
  • 5310A Voyages and Encounters in Spanish American Literature. (3-0) Thorough analysis of historical and fictional voyages. The course will address how encounters with indigenous, ethnic minority, and foreign cultures have influenced the development of individual, national and regional identities in Spanish America. Readings will include accounts of the conquest, colonial texts, and literature for the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • 5310B Don Quijote. (3-0) A close reading of the classic Spanish novel Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes.
  • 5310C Poetry of Spain and Spanish America. (3-0) A focus on the genre of poetry through a close reading of a selection of classical and contemporary poets from Spain and Spanish America.
  • 5310D Topics in Hispanic Literature: Gabriel García Márquez. (3-0) A study of selected works of Nobel Prize author Gabriel García Márquez, focusing on literature, history, politics, and popular culture of Latin America.
  • 5310E Topics in Hispanic Literature: Hispanic Film. (3-0) A study of Hispanic cultural issues through film and additional readings.
  • 5311 Studies in Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Peninsular Literature. (3-0) Selections of fiction, poetry, theater, essay, and film of medieval and Golden Age Spain. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5312 Studies in Spanish Peninsular Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. (3-0) Selections of fiction, poetry, theater, essay, and film of Spain from the 18th century to the present. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5313 Studies in South American Literatures. (3-0) Selections of fiction, poetry, theater, essay and film of South America. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5314 Studies in Central American and Caribbean Literatures. (3-0) Selections of fiction, poetry, theater, essay, and film of Central America and the Caribbean. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5315 Studies in Mexican and Mexican-American Literatures. (3-0) Selections of Mexican and Mexican-American fiction, poetry, theater, essay, and film. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5316 Studies in Spanish Peninsular Culture. (3-0) Culture, history, and society in literature, film, art, music, folklore and mass media of Spain. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5317 Studies in the Cultures of the Americas. (3-0) Culture, history, and society in literature, film, art, music, folklore and mass media of the Americas. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5318 Advanced Composition and Grammar. (3-0) The study of grammar and writing through composition and analysis of ideas and texts. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5319 Synchronic Spanish Linguistics. (3-0) Evaluation of aspects of the Spanish language including pronunciation, sentence structure, dialects, and relations to other languages. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5320 Diachronic Spanish Linguistics. (3-0) Evaluation of aspects of history of the Spanish language including pronunciation, word formation, sentence structure, dialects and relations to other languages. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5321 Spanish Applied Linguistics. (3-0) Examination of teaching methodologies of Spanish, incorporating current theories of second language acquisition and computer-assisted learning. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5322 Spanish for the Professions. (3-0) Topics vary and include the study of Spanish for business, law, medicine, criminal justice and/or the social sciences. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
  • 5390 Studies in Spanish Culture, Language or Literature. (3-0) Independent study under supervision of a graduate faculty member in Spanish, with in-depth readings and research on a specific topic. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit. Prerequisite: Approval by head of the Spanish Division and department chair. Application must be submitted prior to semester registration period.
  • 5399A Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student's initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until the student has completed the thesis in Spanish 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
  • 5399B Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollment. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
  • 5600 Internship and Foreign Study. (6-0) An independent study project of at least six weeks duration in a foreign country where Spanish is spoken, consisting of lectures, observations, and interviews relevant to the student's major and the interests of the language teacher. Prerequisite: Completion of all course requirements for the master of arts with a major in Spanish.

Graduate Faculty

  • Beale-Rivaya, Yasmine, associate professor. BA, MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. (historical Hispanic linguistics; Mozarabic; Al-Andalus; language change and contact)
  • Cuadrado, Agustín, associate professor. BA, Universidad de Valladolid; MA, Bowling Green State University; MA, Universidad de Valladolid; MA, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares; PhD, University of Arizona (contemporary Spanish narrative; Spanish cinema; literary and cinematic theory)
  • Echeverría, Miriam Balboa, professor of Spanish. BA, Universidad de Concepción, Chile; MA, PhD, University of Washington. (women's studies, Latin American literature, modern Spanish literature)
  • Fischer, Robert Allen, professor of French and chair of the Department of Modern Languages. BA, MA, University of Cincinnati; PhD, Pennsylvania State University. (French, applied linguistics and computer-assisted language learning)
  • Gragera, Antonio, associate professor of Spanish. BA, University of Extremadura; MA, Auburn University; PhD University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (Hispanic linguistics and second language acquisition)
  • Harney, Lucy Diane, professor of Spanish. BA, B.M., MA, M.M., Texas Tech University; PhD, The University of Texas at Austin. (19th- and 20th-century Hispanic literature and cultural studies, business Spanish)
  • Intersimone, Luis Alfredo, assistant professor. BA, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán; MA, PhD, Rutgers University. (19th- and 20th-century Spanish American literature; contemporary southern cone studies, and Peronismo)
  • Jaffe, Catherine, professor of Spanish. BA, Georgetown University; MA, PhD, University of Chicago. (18th- and 19th-century Spanish and comparative literature; gender and reading; women writers)
  • Juge, Matthew L., associate professor of Spanish. BA, University of Virginia; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. (historical linguistics)
  • Locklin, Blake Seana, associate professor of Spanish. BA, Princeton University; MA, PhD, Cornell University. (Latin American and comparative literature)
  • Martínez, Sergio, associate professor. Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies. BA, MA, California State University, Fresno, PhD, University of Arizona. (19th- and 20th-century Spanish-American literature)
  • Porras, George Yuri, associate professor. BA California State University, Sonoma, MA, PhD, Ohio State University. (Spanish literature and theater of the Golden Age; Spanish culture; Zarzuela)
  • Pujalte, Nieves, assistant professor. BA, University of Alicante, Spain, MA, PhD, Ohio State University. (18th- and 19th-century Spanish literature; Spanish culture; travel literature)
  • Ugalde, Sharon Elizabeth, professor of Spanish. BA, University of California at Davis; MA, PhD, Stanford University. (20th- and 21st-century poetry of Spain, emphasis on women authors)

Financial Assistance

Qualified graduate students in the M.A. program may apply for appointments as instructional assistants or teaching assistants. Application forms for both positions are available from the Department of Modern Languages and on its Student Employment page. The Graduate College offers scholarships on a competitive basis, including the Texas State Graduate Scholars Program, The College Graduate Scholarships, and the Texas State Celebrity Classic Scholarships. For scholarship information, visit the Graduate College's Graduate Scholarship site.

Contacts

Dr. Yuri Porras
Spanish Graduate Advisor
Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: CEN 137
Phone: 512.245.2466
Fax: 512.245.8298
E-mail: gradspanish@txstate.edu

The Graduate College
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4605
Phone: 512.245.2581
Fax: 512.245.8365
E-mail: gradcollege@txstate.edu

For more information, including the current Graduate Catalog, visit the Graduate College web site.