Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Core Course
SPAN 8001Hispanic Bibliography and Research3
Other Courses27
Non-advanced (5000-level) courses 1
Advanced (6000-level and higher) courses 2
Total Credit Hours30

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.

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Examination:
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.