MA in Spanish

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MA in Spanish Program Overview

Our online Master of Arts in Spanish is designed to provide students with a broad background in Spanish language, literature, culture, linguistics, and teaching language methodology. Through a combination of core courses taught exclusively in Spanish and electives taken either in Spanish or in contiguous programs of study, students develop mastery in these fields, preparing themselves for increased cultural competence in the global workplace and greater competitiveness in doctoral programs in Hispanic studies, literature, or Spanish linguistics.

 

Our program's structure enables students to learn research methods, enhance language skills, and acquire a scholarly view of the Spanish-speaking world’s culture, literature, and linguistics. Designed with working people and parents in mind, our program is delivered in an asynchronous online format that allows you to complete coursework anywhere—even outside the United States—at any time of day. This is a non-thesis option program.

 

Bilingualism is a valuable skill in the daily interactions of modern life, but it can also be a tremendous professional asset. The Spanish-speaking population in the United States has surpassed 60 million. As Spanish language skills become increasingly applicable to nearly every profession, mastering Spanish can potentially double your job opportunities. These increased employment prospects are just one of the professional rewards our online MA in Spanish can help you reap. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that master’s degree graduates earn almost 20% more and have higher employment rates than those with an undergraduate degree alone.

 

Careers for MA in Spanish Graduates 

While Spanish proficiency can be advantageous in any career, many students with an MA in Spanish pursue careers as: 

 

·         Translators/Interpreters

·         Bilingual Educators and College Professors

·         Government Employees

·         Diplomatic Personnel

·         Writers/Editors

·         Content Developers

Research Component

3 Credits

Courses
Duration
Credits
SPAN 6300 - Literary Criticism and Research Methods
16 weeks
3
Introduction to modern literary criticism and graduate research methods. Application of literary theory to textual analysis. Review and practice of proper citation processes.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
Spanish Core

18 Credits

Courses
Duration
Credits
SPAN 6322 - Contemporary Mexican Literature
16 weeks
3
This course is a comprehensive study of the principal literary trends, authors, and works of contemporary Mexico and will include works by Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Elena Garro, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Poniatowska, and Laura Esquivel.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021
SPAN 6342 - 20th Century Spanish American Prose
N/A
3
The development of prose fiction in Spanish America during the twentieth century, covering the major trends. The course will begin with Regionalism and cover the works of Magic Realism, the Post-Boom, and Post-Modernism.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SPAN 6353 - Novelists of Post-War Spain
16 weeks
3
Historical and political background, social and literary development in Spain after the Civil War (1936-39), emphasizing novelists who appear from the 1940’s onward: Cela, Laforet, Quiroga, Delibes, Matute, Juan Goytisolo, Sánchez Ferlosio, Martín-Santos, and many others.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022
SPAN 6361 - Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
N/A
3
Selected masterpieces of the Spanish Golden Age. Reading will include varieties of poetry, dramatic genres, and narrative prose, particularly through the works of Garcilaso de la Vega, San Juan de la Cruz, Fray Luis de León, Santa Teresa de Jesús, Miguel de Cervantes, Lazarillo de Tormes, Lope de Vega, Francisco de Quevedo, Luis de Góngora, Tirso de Molina, and Calderón de la Barca.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SPAN 6321 - History of the Spanish Language
8 weeks
3
This course deals with the major features of the evolution of the Spanish language. The course objective will be to seek a general understanding of Spanish linguistic changes from its origins to its contemporary repertoire. Special interest will be focused on historical phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2023
SPAN 6331 - New World, Peninsular Spanish Dialectology
8 weeks
3
This course deals with the semantic content of Spanish language lexicons. We will deal with the contrast between Spanish vocabulary from Spain (Peninsular) and the dialectical variation among speech communities throughout the New World. Special attention will be given to synchronic changes due to linguistic borrowing and close relationships with neighboring languages.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022
Support Courses

9 Credits. Note: SPAN 6389 can be taken as a core course or a support course as needed, depending on the content area (Spanish American literature, Peninsular literature, or Linguistics.) As per the individual degree plan, a support course can be taken as a core course as long as it is in the same content area: Spanish American literature, Peninsular literature, or Linguistics. The following courses from the English Program can be taken as one of the support courses: ENGL 6352 Topics in Poetry, ENGL 6353 Topics in Drama, ENGL 6377 History of Poetics.

Courses
Duration
Credits
SPAN 6343 - 20th Century Spanish American Poetry
16 weeks
3
The development of poetry in Spanish America during the twentieth century, covering the major trends. The course will begin with Modernism and end with contemporary poetry.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021
SPAN 6352 - Mexican American Literature
N/A
3
Mexican American literature focusing on native authors, to investigate the realities and experiences of the Mexican American community. This course will cover works on narrative, drama & poetry genres, from 1848 to present.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SPAN 6314 - Advanced Phonetics
8 weeks
3
The purpose of this course is to analyze the sound system and grammatical contrast between the English and Standard Spanish Language. This graduate course will include pronunciation drills, an introduction to elementary applied linguistics and an analytical approach to the general sound system. Extensive research related to oral linguistic corpus.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022
SPAN 6311 - Spanish Translation
N/A
3
Spanish Literary translation with practical approach to improving Spanish Morpho-Syntax rules for writing into English. This course focuses on the cultural contexts of the translation process.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SPAN 6333 - Spanish Romanticism and Realism
N/A
3
Examines the principal literary movements of nineteenth-century Spain—romanticismo and realismo—as well as related lesser movements—costumbrismo and naturalismo—through study of individual works, genre, and history. Authors such as Emilia Pardo Bazán, Leopoldo Alas “Clarín”, Benito Pérez Galdós, José de Espronceda, and Gustavo Adolfo Becquer will be revised.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SPAN 6389 - Selected Topics
16 weeks
3
Graduate courses which will be offered only once, will be offered infrequently, or are being developed before a regular listing appears in the catalog.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements 

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credits hours leading toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Essay (see section below for details).
  • Official transcripts.

Note: Candidates who have not completed at least 18 undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH) in Spanish will be required to enroll in additional courses to complete preparation for graduate work.

 

Conditional Admission Requirements

If you do not meet the GPA requirements for this program, you may qualify for conditional admission with the following requirements:

 

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 credits hours leading toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Essay (see section below for details).
  • Other evidence:
    • Minimum GRE score of 150 (or higher in Verbal and Quantitative section).
    • The student is a first-generation college student.
    • The student has other duties, such as work or parental responsibilities.
    • The student has one of the following:
      • a BA in Spanish.
      • a minor in Spanish.
  • Official transcripts.

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and can be mailed to: 

 

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

 

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

 

Essay

Candidates who do not have a BA in Spanish from an accredited university must write a six-page essay in MLA format. This writing sample must be written in Spanish on a topic of literature or linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world, including Hispanics in the USA.

 

Supporting Documents
All supporting documents related the graduate program should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office: 

 

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

 

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu

 

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

 

If you have any questions regarding the admission requirements, please email gradstudies@utpb.edu.

 

 

Associate Professor and Head of the Graduate Program
abrego_p@utpb.edu

Dr. Ábrego joined UT Permian Basin in August 2013. Dr. Ábrego earned her PhD in Hispanic literature from Vanderbilt University. Her academic areas of specialization include border literature and theory; migration and cultural exchange as expressed in literary, historical, filmic, and theoretical texts. She has collaborated in different academic publications in Mexico and the United States.

Associate Professor
moreno_j@utpb.edu

Dr. Moreno is an essayist, narrator, travel author, and contributor to cultural supplements, journals, and newspapers in Mexico City, Colombia, Spain, the United States, Denmark, and France. He is an associate professor and researcher at The University of Texas Permian Basin. He has written Querida Margot (short stories, 2018); Desires of Community: The Interstitial Character in the Novel and the Cinema of the Nineties in Mexico (essays, 2016); and a compilation of chronicles: Road to Ciudad Juárez: Chronicles and Border Stories (2014). Two more compilations will be published in 2021. In addition, he prepares Chronicles of Campus Visit.

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