M.A. in Languages and Cultures - Spanish Concentration

College of Arts and Humanities
Core Curriculum
LNC 501Linguistic Studies3
LNC 502Interpretive Strategies3
LNC 503Cultural Studies3
Language Area Concentration24
Exit Requirement 1
Total Minimum Credits Required33

Spanish Concentration

Electives in Target Language
Select any six courses from the list below. SPA 556 may be repeated for credit multiple times.18
Spanish Phonetics and Applied Linguistics
Spanish Through Time and Space
Advanced Spanish Grammar and Stylistics
Living in Two Languages
Contemporary Latin America
Spanish Comedia of the Golden Age
Shaping National Identity in Latin America
Mapping Latin America: From Jungle to City
Hispanic Women Writers
Art and Culture of Spain
Graduate Seminar in Hispanic Literary, Film, and Cultural Studies
Violence in Latin American Cinema
Adaptation: Literature to Film in Latin America
Nobel Laureates in Hispanic Letters
Select any two courses in Spanish from the Communication Area Courses and Cultural Studies Courses. Additional options selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator include Study Abroad for up to 6 graduate credits in Spanish, or courses in another language, including French, German, TESOL, Linguistics, Language Pedagogy, or an internship in the target language (LAN 525). Graduate courses in the College of Education and Social Work are also possible electives. Elective courses include (but are not limited to):6
Internship in Foreign Languages
Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education
Techniques of Second Language Teaching
Computer Applications for Language Learning
Seminar In Second Language Education
Implicit / Explicit Instruction and Corrective Feedback
Second Language Acquisition
Second Language (L2) Vocabulary Learning and Teaching
French Business Culture
Oral Proficiency
Francophone Literature & Culture
Writing Proficiency
French Theater
French Civilization
Topics in French Literature and Language
Topics in French Literature
French Film Studies
20th Century German Culture
Postwar German Literature and Film
Survey of German Film
German Society: Dramatic texts: Wilhelmine era to the Present
German Linguistics

The Exit Requirement for the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in French, German, or Spanish with optional Pennsylvania K-12 Teaching Certification consists of one of the following three options: 1) Research Portfolio, 2) Original Research Project, or 3) Comprehensive Exam. The student must notify the Graduate Director of their decision at least one semester prior to graduation. Students select one of the following options: 

  1. Research Portfolio.This option consists of three substantially revised 12-15 page research papers presented as a portfolio to a faculty committee during a defense. A minimum of two of the selected papers must be written in the target language.
  2. Original Research Project. This option consists of a new research project completed by the student under the guidance of a faculty member, and presented to a faculty committee during a defense. The student will produce a 25-page research paper in the target language. Multimodal formats in the target language may also be an option. 
  3. Comprehensive Exam. This option consists of a comprehensive written exam in the target language based on a reading list selected by a faculty committee selected by the student.