The Master of Arts program in Hispanic Language & Literatures develops an advanced knowledge of Spanish and Spanish-American literature and the traditions, aims, and methods of research scholarship in those fields.

Degree Requirements

  • Eight courses on Hispanic literatures, cinema, theory or cultural studies at the 500 level or above. The LP 631 and LP 632 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers courses cannot be used for this requirement. Students must take all offered 800 level Spanish classes.
  • A sound command of written and spoken Spanish.


Students undertaking the terminal MA program typically complete their degree in one academic year (9 months).

  • Eight courses are taken during the academic year, consisting of a theory seminar and seven classes on Hispanic literature and film.
  • Students progressing on to the PhD take a pedagogy class in the spring term of their first year in the program and delay their eighth literature or film class to their second year in the program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced understanding of language and literature in Spanish in a global context and from all historical periods.
  • Writing and research skills appropriate to professional use and observe ethical practices.
  • Near-native mastery of the Spanish language, including the ability to write in Spanish at a level appropriate to professional use, and to communicate with native Spanish speakers
  • The ability to teach specific works and literary concepts at the advanced high-school level and to work as language instructors at the college level.

Additional details can be found in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin.