The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers three programs at the graduate level: (1) a 30 credit hour non-thesis program leading to the Master of Arts in Spanish, (2) Bachelor's/Master's Combined Program in Spanish, and (3) an 18 credit hour post-baccalaureate certificate program in Hispanic Studies.
MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN SPANISH
The goals of this program are: (1) to raise the level of communicative competence of native and non-native speakers of Spanish; (2) to provide critical and practical skills necessary for analyzing, assessing and addressing academic and societal issues related to Hispanic language and culture; (3) to provide knowledge and advanced skills in Spanish language and Hispanic culture necessary for higher-level graduate work; (4) to increase, improve and promote cultural understanding and awareness of regional, national and international Spanish-speaking communities; and (5) to produce professionals capable of dealing with the demands brought by the ever-increasing U.S. Hispanic population and by the global job market.
Applicants are required to submit the following materials to the Graduate School: 1. An application for graduate admission. 2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate, from U.S. and foreign universities). 3. Three recommendations. 4. Two recorded speaking samples, one in English and one in Spanish, in which the applicant introduces her/himself, describes a person she/he admires, or describes a trip she/he took. (The speaking samples should be sent as data files and not music CD files.) 5. A 500-word written statement of objectives in English. 6. A 500-word writing sample in Spanish in which the applicant states and defends an opinion. Applicants seeking admission to the master’s degree program in Spanish must hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from an accredited college or university with an overall 3.00 GPA or its equivalent (determined by a personal interview with the faculty or an officially recognized test procedure, such as an “intermediate high” rating on the ACTFL proficiency scale). Admissions decisions are based upon the examination of several factors, and where other indicators of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria may still be considered for admission. The application deadline for fall admission is April 1 (March 1 for consideration for financial aid and assistantships); for spring admission, the application deadline is November 1.
The application deadline for fall admission is midnight eastern time April 1 (midnight eastern time March 1 for consideration for financial aid and assistantships); for spring admission, the application deadline is midnight eastern time November 1.
The M.A. program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study (only six of which may be transferred from another institution) and the successful completion of capstone written and oral individualized comprehensive exams based on coursework. The 30 hours of coursework must be distributed as follows:
1. Core requirements (12 credit hours)
- SPN 500 Advanced Writing Techniques.
You must choose 3 of the following 5 courses (9 hours total):
- SPN 507 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology,
- SPN 511 Topics in Spanish Civilization,
- SPN 512 Topics in Spanish American Civilization,
- SPN 521 Studies in Spanish Literature, and
- SPN 522 Studies in Spanish American Literature.
2. Electives (18 hours) chosen from any of the remaining graduate courses. [SPN 511, 512, 521, 522 (variable topics) may be taken to satisfy this requirement provided the topic is different from the topic used to satisfy the literature/civilization requirement.]
You must maintain no less than a 3.0 GPA on all graduate-level courses and has five calendar years to complete his/her master’s degree. This five-year period begins with your first term of work after formal admission to the program.
For more information contact:
Brian T. Chandler, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 962-2299
FAX: (910) 962-7712