MA in Hispanic Language & Literatures

The program develops an advanced knowledge of Spanish and Spanish American literature and the traditions, aims, and methods of research scholarship.

Course Requirements

A minimum total of eight semester courses (32 credits) are required, with a minimum of two seminars (LS 850) per semester of coursework.

Required courses include: (1) CAS LS 504 History of the Spanish Language; (2) CAS LS 570 Don Quixote; (3) a course in medieval or Golden Age Spanish literature; (4) a course in Peninsular literature since 1700; (5) a course in Spanish American literature; and (6) elective(s). The courses in the history of the Spanish language and Don Quixote may be waived and replaced with other graduate-level courses in the field if the student has completed equivalent courses as an undergraduate major. The seminars may also serve to satisfy requirements in areas (3), (4), or (5). No transfer of credit normally shall be granted toward the fulfillment of the eight semester courses required for the degree.

Language Requirement

None, other than the proficiency requirement in Spanish as stated in the admissions prerequisites: Applicants should hold a BA or equivalent in Hispanic language and literature. Applications should be accompanied by: (1) an academic paper of not more than 15 pages, written in Spanish; (2) results of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test; and (3) a summary page of grades and descriptions of all courses taken in the field of Hispanic literature.

Departmental Review

A review of the student’s program and progress is conducted by the faculty in lieu of a comprehensive examination.

Advising

An advisor is assigned to each student. The advisor and student share responsibility for the development of an academically sound program, and the student should consult with the advisor about all aspects of the academic experience.

Courses

Hispanic Language & Literatures

  • CAS LS 504 History of the Spanish Language
  • CAS LS 505 Topics in Spanish Linguistics
  • CAS LS 551 Galdós
  • CAS LS 552 Lorca and His Contemporaries
  • CAS LS 553 Prose Fiction of the Spanish Golden Age
  • CAS LS 554 Jorge Luis Borges
  • CAS LS 555 Modern Spanish American Literature
  • CAS LS 556 Contemporary Spanish American Novel
  • CAS LS 557 Poetry of the Spanish Golden Age
  • CAS LS 558 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry
  • CAS LS 559 The Spanish Civil War in Literature
  • CAS LS 560 Los Novecentistas
  • CAS LS 561 The Generation of 1898
  • CAS LS 562 Colonial Spanish American Literature
  • CAS LS 563 Spanish Theatre Since 1868
  • CAS LS 564 Spanish Realism
  • CAS LS 565 The Spanish Picaresque Novel
  • CAS LS 566 Spanish Romanticism
  • CAS LS 567 Spanish Poetry of the Middle Ages
  • CAS LS 568 Prose Fiction of the Spanish Middle Ages
  • CAS LS 569 Nineteenth-Century Spanish American Literature
  • CAS LS 570 Don Quixote
  • CAS LS 571 Sentimental Romance
  • CAS LS 572 The Spanish American Colonial Experience: Early Texts, New Interpretations
  • CAS LS 573 Spanish American Literary Modernismo and Modernization
  • CAS LS 574 Literature and Politics in Post-Franco Spain (1975–2000)
  • CAS LS 575 Topics in Peninsular Literature
  • CAS LS 576 Topics in Spanish American Literature
  • CAS LS 577 Topics in Hispanic Thought and Criticism
  • CAS LS 578 Spanish Drama of the Golden Age
  • CAS LS 579 Topics in Hispanic Film
  • CAS LS 580 Mexico City in Literature and Film
  • CAS LS 581 The Mexican Revolution Revisited
  • GRS LS 850 Seminar: Topics in Spanish Literature
  • GRS LS 851 Writing in the Americas I
  • GRS LS 852 Writing in the Americas II
  • GRS LS 951, 952 Directed Study in Hispanic Language and Literatures

Italian

  • CAS LI 551 Narrative Poetry of the Renaissance
  • CAS LI 553 Petrarch and the Tradition of Love Poetry
  • CAS LI 555 Dante’s Hell
  • CAS LI 556 Dante: The Divine Comedy II: Purgatorio and Paradiso
  • CAS LI 590 Topics in Modern Italian Literature and Criticism
  • GRS LI 951, 952 Directed Study in Italian Language and Literature

Linguistics

See also the Applied Linguistics section for descriptions of other courses.

  • CAS LX 500 Topics in Linguistics
  • CAS LX 501 Linguistic Field Methods
  • CAS LX 502 Semantics
  • CAS LX 503 Semantics II
  • CAS LX 504 Topics in Pragmatics
  • CAS LX 505 Structure of African Language
  • CAS LX 506 Topics in French Linguistics
  • CAS LX 510 Phonetics
  • CAS LX 513 Phonology
  • CAS LX 518 Focus
  • CAS LX 519 Questions
  • CAS LX 521 Morphology
  • CAS LX 522 Syntax I
  • CAS LX 523 Syntax II
  • CAS LX 525 Prosody
  • CAS LX 533 The Structure of Creole Languages
  • CAS LX 535 Historical and Comparative Linguistics
  • CAS LX 540 Acquisition of Syntax
  • GRS LX 700 Language Acquisition and Linguistic Theory
  • GRS LX 865 Advanced Topics in Linguistics
  • GRS LX 951, 952 Directed Study: Linguistics

Methodology

  • GRS LL 699 Teaching College Languages I
  • GRS LX 699 Teaching College Linguistics

Reading Courses in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

  • GRS LF 621 Reading French for Graduate Students
  • GRS LG 621 Reading German for Graduate Students
  • GRS LI 621 Reading Italian for Graduate Students
  • GRS LS 621 Reading Spanish for Graduate Students
  • GRS LP 621 Reading Portuguese for Graduate Students

Related Courses in the Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature

Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature faculty offer a range of courses and directed study options focusing on the literatures of the German-speaking world, Russia, the Middle East, and Asia. These courses are open to graduate students in Romance Studies and other departments. A more comprehensive program of Comparative Literature courses for graduate students is currently under development.

  • GRS LC 951, 952 Directed Study in Chinese (Prereq: Consent of instructor and department)
  • GRS LG 621 Reading German for Graduate Students
  • GRS LG 951, 952 Directed Study in German (Prereq: Consent of instructor and department)
  • GRS LH 951, 952 Directed Study in Hebrew (Prereq: Consent of instructor and department)
  • CAS LJ 510 The Structure of the Japanese Language (Prereq: CAS LJ 112 or consent of instructor)
  • GRS LJ 951, 952 Directed Study in Japanese (Prereq: Consent of instructor and department)
  • CAS LR 554 Russian Theatre
  • GRS LR 951, 952 Directed Study in Russian (Prereq: Consent of instructor and department)
  • GRS LT 951, 952 Directed Study in Turkish (Prereq: Consent of instructor and department)
  • CAS LY 572 Arabic Translation and Interpreting (Grad Prereq: CAS LY 650 or consent of instructor)
  • GRS LY 613, 614 Advanced Arabic for Graduate Students
  • GRS LY 650 Introduction to Arabic Literature
  • GRS LY 684 Arabs Write War: Poetry, Prose, and Drama Since 1948
  • GRS LY 741 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination
  • GRS LY 770 Topics in Arabic Literature
  • GRS LY 771 Topics in Arab Culture and Arabic Language
  • GRS LY 951, 952 Directed Study in Arabic (Prereq: Consent of instructor and department)
  • CAS XL 520 Theory of the Novel
  • CAS XL 540 Theory and Practice of Literary Translation
  • CAS XL 550 Topics in Literary Criticism
  • CAS XL 556 Topics in Literature and Culture
  • CAS XL 560 Topics in Religion and Literature
  • GRS XL 656 The Heretical Jew
  • GRS XL 741 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination
  • GRS XL 742 Travel Writing and the Muslim World
  • GRS XL 792 Introduction to Literary Study
  • GRS XL 951, 952 Directed Study in Comparative Literature