Modern Language M.A.

30 credits

Program Rationale:

The Master of Arts in Modern Language is designed for students wishing to pursue language, culture, and literature work at the graduate level.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in this program are expected to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of different literary approaches and research;
  • an ability to analyze major works of literature in the language in which graduate work will be undertaken;
  • knowledge of topics related to the cultures of the language in which graduate work is undertaken; and
  • competence in the grammar and knowledge of the structure of each language in which graduate work is undertaken.

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

Applicants for this degree program should have a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 24 credits in preparation in each language in which graduate work will be undertaken. Only Italian or Spanish may be chosen as the language of specialization. With approval of the advisor, candidates with sufficient backgrounds in a second language may be permitted to include up to two appropriate graduate courses in this language in their programs.

The department’s Graduate Studies Committee reserves the right to assess a candidate’s oral and writing proficiency through an oral interview or written sample.

 

Course and Capstone Requirements:

Note: No more than nine credits at the 400 level may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

The MA program offers a selection of four specializations:

Hispano-North American Inter-University Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures Specialization 30 credits (Plan A or B)

Students must complete nine credits of their planned programs of study at the University of Salamanca during a six-week summer session.

Core

SPAN 560Structure of Spanish Language

3

ML 598Research in Modern Languages

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Directed Electives

Total Credit Hours:15

Literature:

Choose 12 credits from

SPAN 515Colonial Spanish-American Literature

3

SPAN 520Modernismo

3

SPAN 525Contemporary Spanish-American Poetry

3

SPAN 526The Spanish-American Short Story

3

SPAN 530Contemporary Spanish Novel

3

SPAN 535Contemporary Spanish-American Novel

3

SPAN 545The Spanish-American Essay

3

SPAN 551Drama of the Golden Age

3

SPAN 55319th-Century Spanish Literature

3

SPAN 571Generation of '98

3

SPAN 57220th-Century Spanish Literature

3

SPAN 576Cervantes

3

ML 500Studies in Modern Languages

3

Culture and Civilization:

Choose 3 credits from

SPAN 534Women Writers of the Spanish-Speaking World

3

SPAN 588Topics in the Contemporary Spanish-Speaking World

3

ML 550Intensive Studies in Modern Languages

3

Electives

Selected in consultation with advisor.

Total Credit Hours:6-9

Capstone

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Plan A:

SPAN 599Thesis

3

or

Plan B:

Comprehensive Examination

Note: Nine credits will be transferred as substitutes from the University of Salamanca as electives.

Italian or Spanish for Certified Teachers Specialization 30 credits (Plan C)

Rationale:

This specialization is designed for Italian or Spanish teachers wishing to pursue further coursework in language, culture, and literature as well as in foreign language theory and methodology at the graduate level. Students who are teachers will develop, with their advisors, programs of study that take into consideration their educational background and degree of competency in the language.

Learning Outcomes:

In addition to the above mentioned learning outcomes, students in this specialization also are expected to demonstrate knowledge of major educational issues.

Admissions:

In addition to our general graduate admission criteria, students interested in this specialization for Certified Teachers must be certified, and have a baccalaureate degree, with at least 24 credits of the language in college or equivalent preparation, before being admitted to this program.

Professional Education

ML 490Teaching World Languages II: Acquisition in Young Children for Teachers of World Languages

3

ML 492Topics in Language Teaching

1 TO 3

Additional course as approved by advisor

Total Credit Hours:6-9

Core

ITAL 560Advanced Written Italian

3

or

SPAN 560Structure of Spanish Language

3

ML 598Research in Modern Languages

3

Total Credit Hours:6

ML 598: must be completed within the first fifteen credits of planned program

Directed Electives

One culture/civilization course and two literature courses

Total Credit Hours:9

Electives

As approved by advisor

Total Credit Hours:3-6

Capstone

Total Credit Hours:3

Plan C:

ML 595Special Project in Modern Languages

3

Italian Specialization 30 credits (Plan A or Plan B)

Core

ML 598Research in Modern Languages

3

ITAL 560Advanced Written Italian

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Directed Electives. Select Option 1 or Option 2:

Total Credit Hours:15

Option 1

Four literature courses as approved by advisor.

Select from:
ITAL 47014th-Century Italian Literature

3

ITAL 47616th-Century Italian Literature

3

ITAL 561Topics in Italian Literature

3

ITAL 57120th-Century Italian Literature

3

ML 500Studies in Modern Languages

3

ITAL 561:Topics in Italian Literature (may be repeated up to 3 times with different topics)

one culture and civilization course:
ITAL 588Topics in Italian Cultural Studies

3

ITAL 588: may be repeated up to 3 times with different topics

Option 2

ML 550Intensive Studies in Modern Languages

3

and

6 or 9 credits selected from Option 1

ML 550: may be repeated up to 3 times with different topics

Electives:

Courses as approved by advisor, including but not restricted to:

ITAL 588Topics in Italian Cultural Studies

3

ITAL 488Italian Life and Culture

3

ITAL 561Topics in Italian Literature

3

ITAL 588Topics in Italian Cultural Studies

3

IS 590Graduate Field Study Abroad

3 OR 6

IS 596Independent Studies

3

Total Credit Hours:6-9

Capstone:

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Plan A:

SPAN 599Thesis

3

or

Plan B:

Comprehensive Examination

Spanish Specialization 30 credits (Plan A or Plan B)

Core:

SPAN 560Structure of Spanish Language

3

ML 598Research in Modern Languages

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Directed Electives:

Total Credit Hours:15

Literature:

Choose 12 credits from:

SPAN 515Colonial Spanish-American Literature

3

SPAN 520Modernismo

3

SPAN 525Contemporary Spanish-American Poetry

3

SPAN 526The Spanish-American Short Story

3

SPAN 530Contemporary Spanish Novel

3

SPAN 535Contemporary Spanish-American Novel

3

SPAN 545The Spanish-American Essay

3

SPAN 551Drama of the Golden Age

3

SPAN 55319th-Century Spanish Literature

3

SPAN 571Generation of '98

3

SPAN 57220th-Century Spanish Literature

3

SPAN 576Cervantes

3

ML 500Studies in Modern Languages

3

Culture and Civilization:

one of the following:

SPAN 534Women Writers of the Spanish-Speaking World

3

SPAN 588Topics in the Contemporary Spanish-Speaking World

3

ML 550Intensive Studies in Modern Languages

3

Electives:

Selected in consultation with advisor

Total Credit Hours:6-9

Capstone:

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Plan A:

SPAN 599Thesis

3

or

Plan B:

Comprehensive Examination