MA in Spanish

Admission to the Master of Arts program requires a 3.000 GPA in Spanish. Non-native speakers must have completed 24 credit hours of undergraduate Spanish beyond the basic language courses (for example, WSU classes SPAN 111, SPAN 112 and SPAN 210); 8 of these 24 credit hours should be at the junior-senior level (WSU classes 300 and above). Native speakers must have completed 12 credit hours of Spanish at the junior-senior level.

Program Requirements 

The MA degree in Spanish requires:

  • The completion of 32 credit hours beyond the BA degree, including at least two seminars that require research papers from the following:
    SPAN 623Seminar In Spanish2-3
    SPAN 831Seminar in Spanish Literature3
    SPAN 832_Seminar in Latin-American Literature3
  • A maximum of 9 credit hours of related fields may be included in the plan of study. Related fields typically include another foreign language; English, American and foreign literatures; art, Latin American history, or geography. All related field courses must be approved by the chairperson of the department of modern and classical languages and literatures or the graduate coordinator.
  • A minimum of 23 credit hours of Spanish (and maximum of 32 credit hours of Spanish on the plan of study), must include the following
    SPAN 526Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition3
    Select three of the following survey courses: 9
    Survey of Spanish Literature I (to 1700) 1
    Survey of Spanish Literature II 1
    Survey of Latin-American Literature (15th-19th Centuries) 1
    Survey of Latin-American Literature (20th and 21st Centuries) 1
  • A candidate for a degree must pass SPAN 526 or an equivalent course with a B or better at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Special recommendation is strongly made that all MA candidates in Spanish earn a minimum of 4 credit hours of transferable credit in a university located in a Spanish-speaking country.


Before the MA degree in Spanish is granted, all candidates must pass written comprehensive examinations based on two reading lists — Latin American literature and peninsular (Spain) literature — and an oral examination on an area of specialization of the student’s choosing. That reading list will be developed in consultation with faculty. No exam may be taken more than twice.