A dynamic program strong in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary research and teaching

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers courses leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish, with emphases on literature or linguistics, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing. 

The literature track focuses on training in literary analysis and a broad knowledge of representative works; the linguistics track provides training in linguistic analysis and argumentation and a broad knowledge of the principal subfields of Hispanic linguistics. The Ph.D. program combines structured coursework with individual research in Hispanic Linguistics or in Latin American, Latino/a and Spanish literatures and cultures. Students in the literature track can specialize in one or more of the different areas of scholarly focus represented by the faculty, ranging from medieval Iberia and colonial Latin America to contemporary cultural production. Students in linguistics can specialize in any of the areas represented by the linguistics faculty of the department: formal syntax, acquisition, phonology or sociolinguistics. The M.F.A. program is designed to train fiction and non-fiction writers and to prepare educators to teach students through creative writing in Spanish. It includes writing workshops in several genres and courses in literary studies from the department’s own graduate offerings and offerings in related programs. 

Our graduate students have ample opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty. They are very active in presenting and publishing their work and in achieving funding for their research. Our doctoral students have gone on to secure positions at various colleges and universities, and the graduates of our M.F.A. program have been successful in publishing their creative work. 

For information on the M.A.T. program in foreign and second languages education, visit the College of Education

Master of Arts in Spanish

The Master of Arts program in Spanish allows students to focus their studies in of two emphases: Hispanic literature or Hispanic linguistics.

Learning Outcomes

  • mastery level of competence and proficiency in spoken and written Spanish. Ability to change between languages and registers with ease as well as express sophisticated ideas in both English and Spanish;
  • ability to perform a formal analysis of literary texts from a variety of genres, including narrative, poetry, theater and those situated at the limits between traditional notions of genre as well as the visual arts;
  • knowledge of the various periods and subfields of Spanish literature from the Renaissance to the present, including major literary, cultural and historical movements, and the relationship between Spain and its (former) colonies;
  • understanding of Critical Theory and its potential use for analyzing objects of study from a variety of media; and
  • ability to think critically and make sustained and convincing arguments in relation to scholarship in the field, as well as express original opinions and thinking, as evidenced in a body of scholarship such as final papers or a dissertation.

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Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts program in Spanish Creative Writing requires students to complete courses in writing, including several workshops and other relevant coursework, culminating in a creative thesis. They also are required to do a final public reading in the spring semester of their second year.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish

The Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish is a research-oriented degree, allowing students to choose from two different tracks: literatures/cultures, training students students in textual analysis and literary history, criticism, and theory, and Hispanic linguistics, which provides training in linguistic analysis and theory.

Learning Outcomes

  • mastery level of competence and proficiency in spoken and written Spanish. Ability to change between languages and registers with ease as well as express sophisticated ideas in both English and Spanish;
  • ability to perform a formal analysis of literary texts from a variety of genres, including narrative, poetry, theater and those situated at the limits between traditional notions of genre as well as the visual arts;
  • knowledge of the various periods and subfields of Spanish literature from the Renaissance to the present, including major literary, cultural and historical movements, and the relationship between Spain and its (former) colonies;
  • understanding of Critical Theory and its potential use for analyzing objects of study from a variety of media; and
  • ability to think critically and make sustained and convincing arguments in relation to scholarship in the field, as well as express original opinions and thinking, as evidenced in a body of scholarship such as final papers or a dissertation.

Want to get started?

Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.