Spanish MA

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College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MA
Department : Modern Languages and Literatures Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://mll.cah.ucf.edu/graduate/spanish.php

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The master's program in Spanish is intended for those who wish to continue their study of the literature, linguistics and culture of the Spanish-speaking world at the graduate level.

CURRICULUM

The master’s degree program in Spanish has both thesis and nonthesis options. A total of 36 credit hours of course work for the nonthesis option or 30 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis (3 credit hours minimum) are required of students seeking the master’s degree in Spanish. After 9 credit hours in the program, students are expected to select either Literature or Spanish Linguistics as their specialization.
Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

A minimum grade of "B" must be earned in each required course. Students will be allowed a maximum total of 6 semester hours of "C" grades in elective courses. Students are allowed to transfer up to 6 credit hours of corresponding graduate courses with the grade of "A" or "B" from an accredited university. University policies and procedures will be followed for all degree requirements. Courses are to be chosen from the following categories in accordance with the number of hours designated in each, based on the student's specialization.

Literature Specialization

  • Research Methods—3 credit hours
  • Spanish Linguistics—3 credit hours
  • Culture and Civilization—6 credit hours
  • Literature—12 credit hours
  • Electives—6 credit hours
  • Nonthesis Option Electives, 6 credit hours OR Thesis Option, 6 credit hours

Linguistics Specialization 

  • Research Methods—3 credit hours
  • Spanish Linguistics—12 credit hours
  • Culture and Civilization—6 credit hours
  • Literature—3 credit hours
  • Electives—6 credit hours
  • Nonthesis Option Electives, 6 credit hours OR Thesis Option, 6 credit hours

Students must choose electives from the additional, available courses listed below in conjunction with their faculty adviser. The aim of the selections should be to complement the acquisition of knowledge in the particular area of Hispanic studies chosen. Courses must be selected so that at least one-half of required courses are taken at the 6000 level.

All students are required to take SPW 6919 Advanced Spanish Graduate Research, which results in a research paper that organizes and summarizes knowledge in a chosen area of study. All classes require a research paper that allows students to engage in independent learning.

All courses are taught face to face and are entirely in Spanish.

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Spanish Linguistics—3 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or 12 Credit Hours for Linguistics Specialization

  • SPN 5705 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3 credit hours)
  • SPN 5825 Spanish Dialectology (3 credit hours)
  • SPN 5845 History of the Spanish Language (3 credit hours)
  • SPN 6805 Spanish Morphosyntax (3 credit hours)

Culture and Civilization—6 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

  • SPN 5502 Hispanic Culture of the United States (3 credit hours)
  • SPN 5505 Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civilization (3 credit hours)
  • SPN 5506 Spanish American Culture and Civilization (3 credit hours)

Literature—12 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or 3 Credit Hours for Linguistics Specialization

  • SPW 5741 Contemporary Spanish American Southern Cone Literature (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6825 Seminar Series* (May be repeated for credit with different topics) (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6405 Medieval Spanish Literature (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6217 Spanish American Prose I (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6218 Spanish American Prose II (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6269 Nineteenth Century Spanish Novel (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6306 Spanish American Drama (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6315 Golden Age Drama (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6356 Spanish American Poetry (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6485 Contemporary Peninsular Literature (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6725 The Generation of 1898 (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6358 Modernismo (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6216 Spanish Golden Age Prose and Poetry (3 credit hours)
  • SPW 6775 Spanish Caribbean Prose (3 credit hours)

* Examples of Seminar Series Topics: Don Quixote, Spanish American Literature Written by Women, Gabriel García Márquez

Research Methods—3 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

  • SPW 6919 Advanced Spanish Graduate Research (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

All students in both the thesis and nonthesis options are required to take at least 6 credit hours of electives. These must be approved by your adviser.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

  • SPW 6971 Thesis Research and Thesis (6 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

Students in the nonthesis option must take an additional 6 credit hours of electives as approved by your adviser.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Comprehensive Examination and Reading List for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

Students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to qualify for the master’s degree in Spanish. This examination is based on knowledge of the civilization and literature of Spain and Hispanic America and/or on concepts of linguistic theory and analysis.

Since this examination will be given toward the end of the course work (only during fall and spring semesters), it is expected that the student will have developed an ability to analyze literature, culture, and linguistics at an advanced level. It is also expected that the responses, both written and oral, will show an excellent command of the Spanish language.

If a student does not successfully pass both the oral and written comprehensive examinations, he or she may be able to retake the exams in the following semester (fall or spring). Thereafter, if the student does not pass the examinations the second time, he/she will be removed from the program.

The Graduate Committee has developed a reading list made up of major Peninsular, Latin American, and Linguistics works with which the student must be familiar. The comprehensive examination will be based on the reading list and the courses that the student has taken. An oral examination will follow the written examination. This examination will allow the student to expand more readily on particular points of culture, literature, and linguistics, and to show ability in the use of the spoken language.

Independent Learning

All students are required to take SPW 6919 Advanced Spanish Graduate Research, which results in a research paper that organizes and summarizes knowledge in a chosen area of study. All classes require a research paper that allows students to engage in independent learning. The program also offers a thesis option.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide following:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Spanish or a related field.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Writing sample written in Spanish.
  • Interview with the Spanish MA Program Director.
  • Approval by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application information is also available at mll.cah.ucf.edu/graduate/spanish.php.

Prospective students are expected to have read widely in Hispanic literature/linguistics and to be competent in understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. They should also be familiar with the vocabularies of literary criticism and grammar.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Spanish MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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