University General Course Catalog 2015-2016 
    Nov 29, 2020  

World Languages and Literatures, M.A. (Spanish Specialization)

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I. Contact Information

Dr. Daniel Enrique Perez, Spanish Graduate Program Director
(775) 682-8905

II. Brief Introduction

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a program of graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Arts with a major in foreign languages and literatures. Candidates for the advanced degree may specialize in Spanish.

III. Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

The mission of the graduate program in Spanish is to educate students in the language, cultures, and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world at the highest possible level, to provide students with a broad knowledge base from which to pursue more specialized studies, and to offer a depth of experience in scholarship that will advance their future professional activities. The department’s excellent placement record attests to its commitment to the intellectual and professional formation of its graduate students.

IV. Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting university and graduate school requirements, applicants must possess 1) a BA degree (or equivalent) in Spanish, or a BA degree (or equivalent) in a related field and 18 semester credits in upper-division courses in the language; and 2) a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent) in the language. Visit for more information.

V. Program Requirements

The program offers two tracks:

  • Plan A: thesis track (30 credits),
    • At least 18 credits, including six thesis credits, must be in 700-level courses. If a minor is approved, at least six graduate credits are required in the minor area.
  • Plan B: non-thesis track (32 credits), 
    • At least 15 credits must be in 700-level courses. No thesis is required. If a minor is approved, a minimum of nine graduate credits are required in the minor area.

Although a minor is not required, students may elect to include a minor field of specialization, which must be approved by the student’s advisory-examining committee.

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VI. Total Units

Plan A: 30 graduate units.

Plan B: 32 graduate units.

VII. Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available and applicants to the program are encouraged to apply.  Visit for information on financial support.

VIII. Undergraduate Prerequisites

The student must meet the general university requirements for admission to graduate standing. In addition, each student must have acquired a degree of proficiency in Spanish approved by the department, and generally must have a grade-point average no lower than 3.0 in the major field of concentration as an undergraduate.

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