2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Apr 26, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages & Cultures, M.A. - Spanish Emphasis

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World Languages & Cultures

The Spanish graduate program provides intensive training in the analysis and research of Latin American and Peninsular literary and cultural studies and language pedagogy. The Master of Arts in Spanish Literature prepares students to approach texts and cultural production from a variety of methodological and theoretical paradigms, and to conduct research in the field. Students will acquire knowledge of a broad body of canonical and non-canonical texts from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean from an interdisciplinary perspective. Skills and knowledge developed in the MA program prepares students for continued graduate work in the humanities and other professional disciplines. Faculty areas of expertise are diverse and consider national, transnational and post-national perspectives on research areas including Hispanic cultural history, Afro-Caribbean music, indigenous literary trends, subaltern, environmental, and queer studies.

All of our graduate classes are discussion based seminars, so students enjoy a communal approach to learning and meaningful intellectual relationships with the faculty. Teaching Assistants will receive training in language pedagogy. The University of Utah has an excellent research library, rare book collection, film and video collections and access to numerous electronic data bases and resources. For more information please visit the Spanish M.A. website.

Minimum Degree Hours: 30 graduate credit hours

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in literature and culture, or a strong undergraduate record in Humanities if the Bachelor’s degree was obtained in another academic subject.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0. Liberal Education courses covering prominent works of literature and philosophy will strengthen an applicant’s eligibility.

Significant deficiencies in this preparatory coursework must be made up before admission into M.A. status; for minor deficiencies, admission is possible but “make-up” courses may be added to the degree requirements outlined below.

Required Coursework

Two core courses (Bibliography and Research, Literary Theory and Criticism), and six to seven courses in the area of specialization; one or two of these courses, possibly more in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, may be replaced by approved courses. Students writing a thesis must register for thesis-research credit hours.

MA students take a minimum of 10 department courses, including the following core courses:

Completing Your Degree

Format of M.A. Exam: All candidates will take a uniform comprehensive examination based on the MA reading lists revised in Spring 2008. Students may bring the following items with them to the exams: a dictionary, scratch paper, and a bland disk or CD-ROM.

Students will select 3 areas out of the 6 listed on the official MA Reading List, with the following conditions:
o At least one area must represent the period before 1700
o At least one area must represent the period after 1700
o At least one list must cover Peninsular Literature
o At least one list must cover Latin American Literature

Students will inform the Spanish Graduate Advisor in writing of her/his exam areas by October 30th. Once the student has expressed these preferences, no changes will be allowed. Written exams are 3 hours long and proctored over the course of 2 days. Within 1-2 weeks after the written exams an oral defense will complete the MA examination process. All exams will take place in March.

Language Proficiency

Students must prove “Standard Proficiency” (third-semester language course 2010) in one language other than English and Spanish. Completion of the MA Language Proficiency requirement will satisfy part of this language requirement.

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