Program Description

The M.A. in Spanish provides an opportunity for students to further their knowledge of the Spanish language and of the cultures and literatures of the Latin/Hispanic world. Students completing this degree would increase their qualifications as secondary education teachers or would be prepared to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish.

 

 
Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissionsrequirements.aspIn addition: (send all materials directly to the Graduate Admissions Office)

• Undergraduate degree in Spanish or an undergraduate degree in any field in liberal arts and proven preparation in and command of the Spanish language; or educated native speaker with an appropriate command of the Spanish language;

• Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate university work.; GRE scores;

• Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from individuals familiar with the student´s academic abilities;

• Admission examination (interview, essay, and short translation) in the Department of Modern Languages, which will evaluate students on all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking;

• Study abroad strongly encouraged before starting the program or shortly after.

 

Program Requirements

• Students must develop a Plan of Study with the Director of Graduate Studies. A Plan of Study approved by the department/program and the graduate dean must be filed in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the 12th semester hour.

• Grade Point Average in all graduate courses must be maintained at or above 3.00.

• A final, written comprehensive examination.

• Completion of ACTFL Oral Proficiency Examination, at the student’s expense, is required. This examination is administered by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages and can be completed by telephone.

 

Required Introductory Courses:
SPN 533, Intensive Spanish Grammar Review or SPN 544, Bilingual Contrastive Grammar

SPN 655, Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

SPN 656, Critical Theory for Spanish/Latin American Literature

SPN 535, Culture and Civilization: Contemporary Latin America or SPN 436/536 Culture and Civilization: Contemporary Spain.

The following options are available to pursue. Thesis Option 1 or 2 or Non-Thesis Option.

Thesis Option 1:Required/Introductory courses above (four): 12 hours

Applied linguistics courses online from the Universidad A. de Nebrija (four): 12 hours

Spanish or Latin American literature (two): 6 hours

Thesis in (Spanish or Latin American) literature: 6 hours

Total: 36 hours

Thesis Option 2: Required/Introductory courses above (four): 12 hours

Spanish or Latin American literature (four): 12 hours Applied linguistics courses online from the Universidad A. de Nebrija (two): 6 hours Thesis in applied linguistics: 6 hours Total: 36 hours
Non-Thesis Option:

Required/Introductory courses above (four): 12 hours
Applied linguistics courses online from the Universidad A. de Nebrija (four): 12 hours
Spanish or Latin American literature (four): 12 hours

Total: 36 hours