3390 Spanish

Program Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Dual B.A./M.A. Program in Spanish

Department of Modern and Classical Languages
841 Langdale Hall

William Nichols, Interim Chair
Germán Torres, Associate Chair
Peter Swanson, Director of Graduate Studies

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in French and Spanish. The Master of Arts degree emphasizes advanced study in the language, culture, and literature of the student’s specialty, including courses of particular interest to foreign language teachers.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Department of Modern and Classical Languages by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages has the following requirements:

  1. An undergraduate major or its equivalent in the language to be studied.
  2. A minimum of three literature courses, including the introductory course, or equivalent.
  3. A complete dossier which must include: (a) a letter of intent expressing the objectives of the student in entering the program; (b) two letters of recommendation from people familiar with the candidate’s academic work (dossiers will not be considered without both letters); and (c) a writing sample of an analytical nature in the target language. (At the discretion of the Graduate Committee, an entrance exam may be required.)
Program Financial Information

Effective summer 2009, lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. As a result, students will no longer be required to purchase lab fee cards. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (30 hours):
  1. Basic Requirements:
    1. Students may choose to emphasize a particular field of study — literature, culture, or linguistics/pedagogy — by (A) selecting a faculty advisor in that field, (B) taking a minimum of 2 courses in that field, and (C) writing a thesis or a non-thesis paper in that field.(See 2a. & 2b. below)
    2. A written exit examination
    3. An oral exit examination
    4. Proficiency in a foreign language other than the student’s major
  2. Thesis/Non-Thesis Option
    1. Thesis Option:
      1. Twenty-four hours of graduate coursework
      2. A written thesis proposal
      3. Six hours of thesis research
      4. A thesis
    2. Non-Thesis Option:
      1. Thirty hours of graduate coursework
      2. A research paper. (See MCL graduate handbook

A student must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in all courses counting towards the Master of Arts degree. Only courses passed with a grade of B or higher will count toward the degree.

Dual B.A./M.A. Program in Spanish

The department offers a dual Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Spanish. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.