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School/College: College of Letters and Science

Degrees Conferred:

  • M.A. in Spanish

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Overview

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Arts degree that focuses on the study of the Spanish cultures, language, linguistics, and literatures of the Hispanic world. Spanish M.A. graduates who subsequently wish to pursue the Ph.D. are very advanced in the process of mastering the area in which they wish to specialize in their doctoral studies. Those who choose not to continue studying toward a Ph.D. or a career in teaching will be able to pursue employment in other fields that require full proficiency in the Spanish language as well as mastery of Hispanic literature and culture.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has identified five learning outcomes for our M.A. majors in Spanish. These educational goals relate closely to the National Standard for Foreign Language Learning, as recommended by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages.

Students will be able:

  1. To communicate with an advanced or high-level of Spanish proficiency in all four skill areas including listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
  2. To develop an advanced understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures and communities throughout the world, and analyze and draw cross-cultural differences which will be essential to future careers in a growing global environment.
  3. To build a foundation of knowledge in the areas of Spanish or Spanish-American literature, culture, and linguistics, which will give students the breadth necessary for subsequent specialization in doctoral studies.
  4. To develop and expand research and analytical skills within the area of Hispanic Studies, including literary analysis, cultural studies, and linguistic analysis.
  5. To develop basic reading competencies in an additional romance language to prepare students for further research and provide broader career options.

The Department also participates, and works closely, with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Graduate Faculty

Associate Professors
Ferreira, Cesar, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
McCaw, John, Ph.D., Princeton University
Rei-Doval, Gabriel, Ph.D., University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
Wheatley, Kathleen, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Assistant Professors
Bird-Soto, Nancy, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vater, Katie, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Master of Arts in Spanish

Admission

An applicant must meet general admission requirements for the Graduate School, as established by the graduate faculty of the university, plus the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  1. A bachelor's degree with a major in Spanish, foreign languages with an emphasis in Spanish, comparative literature, Hispanic linguistics, or translation; or with a combination of courses that will, in the opinion of the Department, allow the student to participate fully in the program.
  2. A 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 credits of undergraduate course work.
  3. A narrative statement of intent, written in Spanish that describes the applicant's accomplishments and plans for the future.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or advisors.

Applicants who do not have the requisite 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 credits of the undergraduate degree may be considered for admission on probation. Students will be removed from probation at the end of their first semester of enrollment if they achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Major Professor as Advisor

All students must have a major professor who serves as an advisor and supervises their course of study. The Director of the M.A. program acts as the initial advisor for all entering students. By the end of the first semester, students will be matched with an advisor based on their academic interest.

Credits and Courses

A content-based examination is mandatory for all incoming students. The results of this examination are used to develop the program of study. Students with insufficient preparation for graduate study in one or more areas may be admitted with specific, program-defined course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses.

The student is expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters. The deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the individual graduate program unit. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree.

Those who have not completed at least one advanced-level college course in Latin American or Spanish history must do so in the course of their graduate program. Credits for this course will not count toward the minimum number of credits required for the M.A.

A minimum of 30 graduate credits beyond the baccalaureate degree is required for the M.A. in Spanish. All students must demonstrate reading competency in a second Romance language. In order to do so, they may take the departmental graduate reading exam or complete two semesters or eight credits in another language. Courses taken to complete this requirement do not count toward the minimum credits required for the M.A.

Specific course requirements and credit distribution are as follows:

  • Spanish 701 Historical Linguistics (or equivalent);
  • Spanish 720 Approaches to Hispanic Literary Theory and Criticism.
  • 12 credits in Spanish or Spanish-American literature and culture courses at the 700 level or above.
  • 6 credits in language and/or linguistics courses in Spanish.
  • 6 credits of electives in Spanish culture, language, linguistics, literature, thesis, or related courses

All teaching assistants are required to enroll in MALLT 700(706) Practicum in Spanish Language Teaching Methods or an equivalent course during their first year. This course counts toward the 6 credits of electives.

No 300-level courses will apply toward the degree, and a maximum of six (6) graduate credits in 400-level U/G courses may be used to fulfill degree requirements.

The M.A. degree in Spanish offers both non-thesis and thesis options.

Non-Thesis Option

Students pursuing the non-thesis option must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credits of acceptable graduate-level course work (including the courses specifically required) and receive a passing grade on the final comprehensive examination.

Thesis Option

Students pursuing the thesis option must complete a minimum of twenty four (24) credits of acceptable graduate-level course work, successfully defend a thesis for which a maximum of six (6) credits is granted, and receive a passing grade on the final comprehensive examination.

Students in the thesis option should choose an area of specialization for the thesis as early as possible. After a thesis topic is chosen, students, with the approval of the major professor, select two additional members of the graduate faculty in the area of concentration to serve as the thesis committee. A member of the graduate faculty specializing in the student's area of concentration acts as the thesis director and chair of the committee. Students writing a linguistics-based thesis may use either the APA, LSA, or MLA style. All other theses must be written following the MLA style.

Upon the approval of the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee, a student may be allowed to write the Spanish M.A. thesis in Spanish; each request will be examined on an individual basis to ensure the highest quality of theses and the linguistic ability of each petitioner. Those approved to write the thesis in Spanish must also provide an abstract written in English.

Comprehensive Final Examination

Students enrolled in the thesis and non-thesis options take the same M.A. comprehensive examination. Students are urged to take the examination no later than the fourth semester of graduate study. The examination may be repeated once.

Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.

Courses - Spanish

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

348 Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish. 3 cr. U/G.
Basic skills necessary for professional translation. Translation of texts from English into Spanish. Summarizing texts; sight translation. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 308(P); Spanish 318(C) or 319(C); grade of C or better in English 102(R) or score at level 4 on EPT recom.
377 Introduction to Galician Culture. 3 cr. U/G.
Main concepts and issues in understanding the unique culture of Galicia, in northwestern Spain, from a variety of perspectives. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 308(P); Spanish 318(C) or 319(C); cons instr.
443 (340) Spanish Phonetics and Phonology. 3 cr. U/G.
Theory of Spanish sounds; phonetic transcription; practice in pronunciation. Language lab may be required. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 341(P).
444 (344) Spanish Syntax and Morphology. 3 cr. U/G.
Comprehensive review of Spanish syntax and morphology; the meaning of words, sentences, and discourse. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 341(P).
446 Hispanic Sociolinguistics. 3 cr. U/G.
Critical analysis of the relationship between language and society in the Hispanic world. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 341(P).
461 (365) Topics in Hispanic Culture: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
The culture of a group of Hispanic people from a particular social and/or historical perspective, with a focus on one or more manifestations of that culture. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st & 6 crs of 400-level Spanish.
497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, contact, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
506 Seminar in Spanish Literature: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
One or more areas of Spanish peninsular literature across periods, genres, or regions. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 474(P).
507 Seminar in Spanish-American Literature: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
One or more areas of Spanish-American literature across periods, genres, or regions. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 472(P).
508 Seminar in Hispanic Literature: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
A literary subject with manifestations in more than one Hispanic literature, including Latino literature, with focus on the differences between/among them. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P), 472(P), & 474(P).
541 (441) History of the Spanish Language. 3 cr. U/G.
External and internal history of the evolution of the Spanish language. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 341(P); one 400-level Hispanic linguistics course or cons instr.
545 (445) Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
One or more branches of linguistics, such as dialectology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, etc., in relation to the Hispanic languages. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: Spanish 341(P); one 400-level Hispanic linguistics course or cons instr.
570 (405) Seminar in Spanish Golden Age Literature: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Topics on the poetry and/or the narrative and didactic prose of the late sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 474(P).
571 (453) Seminar in Spanish-American Colonial Literature and Civilization: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Poetry, narrative, didactic prose, and dramatic literature of Spanish America up to the eighteenth century. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 472(P).
572 (409) Seminar on Cervantes: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
'Don Quixote' and/or other works by Cervantes. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 474(P).
575 (455) Seminar in 18th & 19th Century Spanish-American Literature & Civilization: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Topics on the poetry, fiction, drama and/or essay of the Spanish-American countries during the 18th and 19th centuries. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 472(P).
577 (457) Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Topics on the poetry, fiction, essay, and/or drama of the Spanish American countries after 1888. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 472(P).
578 (417) Seminar in Modern Spanish Literature and Civilization: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Topics on the poetry, fiction, and/or drama of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spain. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 474(P).
597 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Designed to enable students studying language abroad to receive course credit at appropriate level. Retakable w/ change in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance in Study Abroad Prog.
697 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Designed to enable students studying language abroad to receive course credit at appropriate level. Retakable w/ change in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance in Study Abroad Prog.
700 (706) Practicum in Spanish Language Teaching Methods. 1 cr. G.
Practical application within Spanish of methods and concepts taught in MALLT (MAFLL) 700. Retakable to 2 cr max. Prereq: grad st; MALLT (MAFLL) 700(C) or cons instr.
701 Historical Linguistics. 3 cr. G.
Evolution of the language from Latin to medieval Spanish and from medieval to modern Spanish, including contemporary varieties. Prereq: grad st; Spanish 341(R) or equiv.
702 Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Seminar in selected subfields of Hispanic linguistics. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
703 Seminar on Language and Society: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Analysis and discussion of advanced issues on the interaction between language and society in the Hispanic world and/or different areas of interest. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
705 Seminar in the Structure of the Spanish Language: 3 cr. G.
Selected problems in Spanish linguistics. Prereq: grad st.
707 Introduction to Translation: Spanish to English. 3 cr. G.
Basic skills necessary for professional translation. Translation of texts from Spanish into English. Summarzing texts; sight translation. Spanish 707 & Trnsltn 707 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Not open for cr to students w/grad cr in Spanish 347. Prereq: grad st; Spanish 308(P) or equiv.
717 Seminar in Advanced Translation: Spanish to English. 3 cr. G.
Comparative study of Spanish and English syntax; advanced translation (Spanish to English) of texts from the humanities, social and political sciences, technical writing, advertising. Spanish 717 & Trnsltn 717 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Not open for cr to students w/grad cr in Spanish 447. Prereq: grad st; Spanish 707(P) or grad cr in Spanish 347(P), or writ cons Trnsltn coord.
720 Approaches to Hispanic Literary Theory and Criticism. 3 cr. G.
Literary theory and criticism from and pertinent to Hispanic literatures and cultures.Prereq: grad st
751 Seminar in Medieval Literature and Related Topics: 3 cr. G.
Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
755 Seminar in Renaissance Literature and Related Topics: 3 cr. G.
Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
757 (753) Seminar in One or More Areas of Siglo de Oro Literature and Related Topics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
763 Seminar-Romantic Literature in Spain &/or Spanish America & Related Topics: 3 cr. G.
Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
767 Sem on Realistic Literature in Spain &/or Spanish America & Related Topics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
768 Naturalism and Its Influences. 3 cr. G.
A study of Naturalism and its influences in Spain during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Prereq: grad st.
769 (765) Seminar in 20th Century Literature of Spain and/or Spanish America & Related Topics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
770 The Modern Spanish Novel. 3 cr. G.
A study of the novel in Spain since the death of Franco in 1975. Prereq: grad st.
771 Seminar in Early Spanish American Literature and Related Topics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
781 Seminar in Hispanic Literature: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
782 Modern Spanish Women Writers. 3 cr. G.
A study of women writers of Spain during the 20th and 21st centuries. Prereq: grad st.
785 Detective Fiction of Spain. 3 cr. G.
A study of the detective genre in the literature of Spain. Prereq: grad st.
790 Thesis. 1-6 cr. G.
Independent study and research on a master's thesis under supervision of the student's advisory committee. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st; cons advisory committee.
791 Spanish Culture and Related Topics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
An in-depth examination of the culture of Spain with special attention paid to the history of the country and to the formation of a Spanish identity. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
793 Spanish American Culture and Related Topics: 3 cr. G.
In-depth examination of the development of a Latin American culture with a focus on key aspects of that culture after independence. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
799 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Individual program of supervised study in the student's area of emphasis or interest, different from content of course offerings, supervised by a graduate faculty. Topics selected in agreement with and the approval of supervising professor. Retakable w/chg in topic to 3 cr max. Prereq: grad st; 3.0 gpa in Spanish grad courses, writ cons instr & dept chair.
888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee assessed for 1 cr. Prereq: grad st.

Courses

Some students take electives in the following curricular areas.


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