Spanish - M.A.
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies
109 Satterfield Hall
The Master of Arts degree in Spanish provides advanced education in Spanish, which integrates the language, linguistics, literature and culture of Spain and Latin America and the latest methodologies in the teaching of Spanish.
The Spanish major comprises the following concentrations:
- The Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy concentration is intended primarily for students who wish to teach in elementary and secondary schools or beginning and intermediate levels of post-secondary study, and to increase their effectiveness as teachers.
- The Language Literature and Culture concentration is intended for those who wish to increase their knowledge of literature and culture along with their command of the language for various purposes.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
- Official transcript(s)
- Goal statement
- A CD or MP3/wav file with a 5-10-minute oral sample in both applicant's first and second languages (conversational, not read from a script) (Effective Spring 2021: In lieu of an oral sample, applicants may submit a copy of a recent ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Certificate (no more than three years old)
- Writing sample(s) in applicant's second language, which should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the sample is original work and that the applicant received no help in its preparation. International applicants should also submit a writing sample in English (Effective Spring 2021: In lieu of an oral sample, applicants may submit a copy of a recent ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Certificate (no more than three years old)
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score
- Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
|SPAN 58216||CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC CULTURE||3|
|SPAN 68215||ADVANCED SPANISH COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION||3|
|Literature Electives, choose from the following:||3|
|APPROACHES TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE|
or MCLS 60622
|TEACHING LITERATURE AND CULTURE|
or SPAN 68240
|LITERARY AND CULTURAL TRANSLATION|
|Research Method Electives, choose from the following:||3|
|SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH METHODS|
or TRST 60001
|GRADUATE RESEARCH AND WRITING IN TRANSLATION STUDIES|
|Applied Linguistics Electives, choose from the following:||3|
|LINGUISTICS FOR THE LANGUAGE PROFESSIONS|
|THE PRACTICE OF SPANISH TRANSLATION |
and THEORY OF TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING
|Spanish (SPAN) Electives (50000 or 60000 level)||6|
|Choose from the following:||12|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||33|
|MCLS 50660||METHODS OF TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES 1||3|
|MCLS 60661||THEORIES IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION||3|
|Second Language Pedagogy Electives||6|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||12|
Students who are already licensed to teach language in Ohio may, with departmental approval, substitute a graduate second-language pedagogy elective for MCLS 50660.
|Spanish (SPAN) Electives (50000 or 60000) 1,2,3||6|
|Concentration Electives, choose from the following: 1,2,3||6|
Modern and Classical Language Studies (MCLS) (60000 level)
Spanish (SPAN) (50000 or 60000 level)
Translation Studies (TRST) (60000 level)
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||12|
A maximum 6 credit hours of individual investigation research may be applied toward the degree.
Students interested in a thesis option may register for a maximum of 6 credit hours of SPAN 68199.
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of their M.A. program at the 60000 level. Electives should be chosen accordingly in consultation with the student's academic advisor.
- All students in the Spanish M.A. are required to complete the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the Spanish. Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL.
- Students in the Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy concentration must successfully complete a final project, a portfolio or a comprehensive examination. Students are encouraged to enroll in study abroad programs (maximum 6 credit hours) and in specialized workshops in advanced language or pedagogy (maximum 4 credit hours). Departmental permission must be obtained before enrolling in such programs.
- Students in the Language, Literature and Culture concentration must successfully complete one of the following:
1. a comprehensive examination ;
2. a concentration exam and thesis
3. a final research project
- Students who anticipate enrolling in a doctorate elsewhere after completing the M.A. degree are urged to write a thesis. Students who write a thesis must successfully pass a comprehensive examination.