Spanish - M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies
109 Satterfield Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2150
mcls@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/mcls


Description

The Master of Arts degree in Spanish provides an advanced education in Spanish, which integrates the language, linguistics, literature and culture of Spain and Latin America and the latest methodologies in the teaching of Spanish.

The Spanish major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy concentration is intended primarily for students who wish to teach in elementary and secondary schools or beginning and intermediate levels of post-secondary study, and to increase their effectiveness as teachers.
  • The Literature and Culture concentration is intended for those who wish to increase their knowledge of literature and culture along with their command of the language for various purposes.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A CD or MP3/wav file with a 5-10-minute oral sample in both applicant's first and second languages (conversational, not read from a script)
  • Writing sample(s) in applicant's second language, which should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the sample is original work and that the applicant received no help in its preparation. International applicants should also submit a writing sample in English

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Requirements

Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-SPAN-APLP]

Concentration Requirements
MCLS 50660METHODS OF TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES 13
MCLS 60601LINGUISTICS FOR THE LANGUAGE PROFESSIONS 3
MCLS 60661THEORIES IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 3
MCLS 60698SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH METHODS 3
SPAN 58216CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC CULTURE 3
SPAN 68215ADVANCED SPANISH COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
Second Language Pedagogy Electives9
Spanish Literature and Culture/Civilization Electives6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:33
1

Students who are already licensed to teach language in Ohio may, with departmental approval, substitute a graduate second-language pedagogy elective for MCLS 50660

Literature Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-SPAN-LIT]

Concentration Requirements
SPAN 68215ADVANCED SPANISH COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
Spanish Drama Elective3
Spanish Poetry Elective3
Spanish Prose Elective3
Spanish Literature, Culture and Language Electives 1,221
Minimum Total Credit Hours:33
1

A maximum 6 credit hours of individual investigation research may be applied toward the degree.

2

Students interested in a thesis option may register for a maximum of 6 credit hours of SPAN 68199.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students in the Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy concentration must successfully complete a final project, a portfolio or a comprehensive examination. In addition, students complete an exit oral interview and an exit essay examination in Spanish. Students are encouraged to enroll in study-abroad programs (maximum 6 credit hours) and in specialized workshops in advanced language or pedagogy (maximum 4 credit hours). Departmental permission must be obtained before enrolling in such  programs.
  • Students in the Literature concentration must successfully complete a comprehensive examination. Students who anticipate enrolling in a doctorate elsewhere after completing the M.A. degree are urged to write a thesis. Students who write a thesis must successfully pass a modified comprehensive examination.