General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30
|SPAN 8001||Hispanic Bibliography and Research||3|
|Non-advanced (5000-level) courses 1|
|Advanced (6000-level and higher) courses 2|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Student may take a maximum of 12 credits.
Student must take a minimum of 18 credits.
Language Examination: Students must pass a written reading-comprehension examination in a foreign language other than Spanish. Examinations are usually taken in the Romance languages or German. Other languages may be accepted with approval.
The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to evaluate the breadth and depth of students' knowledge of the discipline. Students must write a four-hour written comprehensive examination based on a reading list from three course fields within the department: Spanish Peninsular Literature, Spanish American Literature, and Hispanic Linguistics. The examination is taken after the student fulfills the 30-credit course requirement and passes the reading-comprehension exam in a language other than Spanish or English.
All examinations must include representation from each of three course fields: Spanish Peninsular Literature, Spanish American Literature, and Hispanic Linguistics. Graduate Faculty from each of the three fields write the questions and evaluate responses on a scale of "A" to "F." Each answer is then evaluated by a second reader. To be evaluated as passing, a grade of "B-" or higher must be achieved in response to each examination question. Evaluators look for an understanding of core concepts; the application of principles of critical analysis to texts from the reading list for the M.A. examination; and the ability to write expository prose.
Comprehensive examinations are administered once a term. They are scheduled by the Graduate Chair, with whom students must register. The M.A. examination is given over a period of one week and is proctored by the Graduate Chair or an Administrative Assistant.