Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Romance and Classical Studies

Douglas A. Noverr, Acting Chairperson

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in French, Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish. The wide range of courses taught encompasses the wealth and diversity of the cultural history around the globe where these languages have been spoken.

Many courses cross disciplinary boundaries to examine topics in philosophy, comparative literature, religion, political theory, and also cultural, gender and diaspora studies.

In addition to regular course offerings, the department also provides a number of opportunities for immersion through our study-abroad programs.

Students with previous foreign language experience must take a placement test to continue study in that language at the appropriate level.

The study of languages is an integral part of undergraduate liberal education. It is also an essential component of graduate education in many fields, such as art history, history, literary and cultural study, anthropology, and linguistics. Knowledge of foreign languages and cultures can be key to any career path having a global dimension, such as engineering, agriculture, the military, journalism, business, law, and medicine.

 


Undergraduate Programs


Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

The Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, provides a general foundation for the range of subspecialties that together inform us about the classical past and its impact on contemporary society. Students gain an appreciation for diverse ways in which the classical and ancient Mediterranean world continues to influence our lives today and are given the opportunity to focus on a specific aspect of the classical past.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate adviser in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Complete a minimum of 18 credits from the following. At least one course must be at the 300- or 400-level. 

1.   One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
CLA 190 Introduction to Classics 3
CLA 140 Greek and Roman Mythology 3
HST 205A The Ancient Mediterranean from 3000 BCE to 400 CE 4
IAH 221A Great Ages: The Ancient World (I) 4
IAH 221A requires approval of the minor advisor to ensure Classics and Ancient Mediterranean-related content. Other related courses may count toward the minor with approval of the advisor. 
2. Complete at least one course in each of three of the following core subject areas:
Latin
LTN 101 Elementary Latin I 4
LTN 102 Elementary Latin II 4
LTN 206 Nepos and Latin Prose 3
LTN 208 Catullus and Lucretius 3
LTN 305 Third-year Latin: Major Authors I 3
LTN 405 Fourth-year Latin: Major Authors II 3
Greek
GRK 101 Elementary Classical Greek I 4
GRK 102 Elementary Classical Greek II 4
GRK 105 Intensive Elementary Greek 6
GRK 205 Second-Year Classical Greek: Major Authors 4
GRK 305 Third-Year Classical Greek: Major Texts 4
The 100-level Latin or Greek courses used to fulfill a college or major language requirement cannot also be counted towards the minor. The courses can, however, be counted toward the minor if the language requirement is otherwise satisfied.
History/Art History
HA 209 Ancient Art 3
HST 330 Ancient Greek History to 200 CE 3
HST 331 Ancient Roman History 200 BCE to 500 CE 3
HST 481 Seminar in Ancient History (W) 3
HST 419 Studies in Ancient History  3
Classical Texts in Translation
CLA 160 Myth Legend and J.R.R. Tolkien  3
CLA 201 The Greek and Roman World in Film 3
CLA 309 Greek Civilization  3
CLA 310 Roman Civilization  3
CLA  333 Roman Law (W) 3
CLA 360 Ancient Novel in English Translation (W)  3
ENG  265 Classical Myths and Literature  3
ENG  324 Readings in Epic  3
IAH  231B Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D)  4
IAH 231B requires approval of the minor advisor to ensure Classics and  Ancient Mediterranean-related content. Other related courses may count toward the minor with approval of the advisor.
Archaeology/Anthropology
ANP  203 Introduction to Archaeology  3
ANP  264 Great Discoveries in Archaeology  3
ANP  363 Rise of Civilizations  3
ANP  451 European Archaeology  3
ANP  455 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt  3
HA  401 Greek Art and Archaeology  4
HA  402 Roman Art and Archaeology  4
Philosophy/Religious Studies/Political Thought
MC  270 Classical Republicanism  4
PHL  210 Ancient Greek Philosophy  3
PHL  410 Socrates and Plato Seminar  4
PHL  411 Aristotle Seminar  4
PLS  371 Classical Political Philosophy  3
REL  150 Introduction to Biblical Literature  3
REL  420 Birth of Christianity (W) 3

French

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in French

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in French.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the French major is met by completing French 320 or 340. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (1) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following French courses (36 to 40 credits):  
      (1) All of the following courses (21 or 22 credits):  
        FRN 320 Self-Expression in Writing (W) 3
        FRN 321 Oral Expression 3
        FRN 330 French Phonetics 3
        FRN 340 Introduction to Reading French Literature (W) 3
        FRN 415 Introduction to French Studies I: Metropolitan France 3
        FRN 416 Introduction to French Studies II: Francophone Cultures 3
        FRN 425 Advanced Studies in French Language 3
          or        
        FRN 430 French Linguistics 3
        FRN  492 Senior Writing Project 1
        The completion of French 492 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the French major. French 492 will be waived for French majors who study abroad on a program approved by the department.  
      (2) Additional credits in French courses at the 400 level as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major.  



Minor in French

The Minor in French, which is administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, will provide students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of the French language and French and Francophone cultures.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in French.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in French.

Requirements for the Minor in French

               
1. All of the following courses (15 credits):  
  FRN 320 Self-Expression in Writing (W) 3
  FRN 321 Oral Expression 3
  FRN 330 French Phonetics 3
  FRN 340 Introduction to Reading French Literature (W) 3
  FRN 415 Introduction to French Studies I: Metropolitan France 3
  or      
  FRN 416 Introduction to French Studies II: Francophone Culture 3
2. Complete 6 credits of course work in French at the 400-level as approved by the student’s academic advisor.  

 


Minor in Italian

The Minor in Italian, which is administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, will provide students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of Italian language and cultures. Graduates with a minor in Italian will see an advantage in their job search as they will be able to demonstrate to employers a recognized level of achievement in Italian and to combine their interest in Italy with their career goals.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. Students seeking teacher certification in Italian should consult the requirements for the Disciplinary Teaching Minor in Italian in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Italian.

Requirements for the Minor in Italian

Complete 20 or 21 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (17 credits):
ITL 201 Second-Year Italian I 4
ITL 202 Second-Year Italian II 4
ITL 320 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
ITL 330 Italian Culture and Civilization 3
ITL 350 Introduction to Italian Literature 3
2. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
IAH 209 Art, the Visual, and Culture (D) 4
IAH 221B Great Ages: The Medieval and Early Modern Worlds (I) 4
ITL 355 Italian Literature in English Translation 3
ITL 360 Topics in Italian Language and Culture 3
ROM 355 French, Italian and Spanish Cinema Since 1930 4
Students must obtain approval from the Department of Romance and Classical Studies prior to enrollment in ROM 355 and IAH 209 and IAH 221B.

Spanish

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Spanish major is met by completing Spanish 320 and 350. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (1) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following Spanish courses (36 to 40 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (27 credits):
    SPN 310 Basic Spanish Grammar 3
    SPN 320 Cultural Readings  and Composition (W) 3
    SPN 330 Phonetics and Pronunciation 3
    SPN 342 Media and Conversation 3
    SPN 350 Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature (W) 3
    SPN 412 Topics in Hispanic Culture 3
    SPN 420 Spain and its Literature 3
    SPN 432 Latin America and its Literature 3
    SPN 440 The Structure of Spanish 3
    See the Department for an approved list of courses which may be used to substitute for Spanish 412.
    (2) Three of the following courses (9 credits):
    SPN 452 Topics in Spanish Language I 3
    SPN 462 Topics in Spanish Literature 3
    SPN 472 Topics in the Literatures of the Americas 3
    SPN 482 Topics in Spanish Linguistics 3
    SPN 491 Special Topics in Spanish 3
    Each course may be repeated for up to 9 credits.
    (3) Spanish electives:  Additional credits in 400–level Spanish courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in the major.
    b. Intensive contact with Spanish is required in order to learn the language. Students majoring in Spanish are expected to study abroad for at least eight weeks, but should a student be unable to meet that expectation, one  of the following options must be approved:
    (1) internship for at least eight weeks in a Spanish-speaking environment.
    (2) service learning for at least eight weeks in a Spanish-speaking environment.
    Majors and teaching minors are strongly encouraged to take their second Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities course in Spanish, if this option is available.
    Any student who cannot complete the required experiential component must enroll in Spanish 492 Senior Writing Project for 1 credit. The completion of the experiential requirement or Spanish 492 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the Spanish major.


Minor in Portuguese

The Minor in Portuguese, which is administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies,  promotes study of the liberal arts and assist in creating more globally aware, internationally focused graduates with knowledge of the language as well as the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.


Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Portuguese

Complete 17 credits from the following:

               
1. All of the following courses (9 credits):  
  PRT 320 Advanced Portuguese 3
  PRT 340 Topics in Luso-Brazilian Culture 3
  PRT 350 Introduction to Literary Analysis (W) 3
2. Eight credits from the following courses as approved by the advisor  
  for the minor (8 credits):      
  PRT 101 Elementary Portuguese I 4
  PRT 102 Elementary Portuguese II 4
  PRT 150 Portuguese for Speakers of Other Romance Languages I (I) 4
  PRT 201 Second-Year Portuguese I 4
  PRT 202 Second-Year Portuguese II 4
  PRT 250 Portuguese for Speakers of Other Romance Languages II (I) 4
  PRT 290 Independent Study 1 to 4
  PRT 340 Topics in Luso-Brazilian Language and Culture 3
  PRT 490 Independent Study 1 to 4

Minor in Spanish

The Minor in Spanish, which is administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, will promote study of the liberal arts and assist in creating more globally aware, internationally focused graduates with knowledge of the language as well as the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Spanish.

Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

               
Complete a minimum of 21 credits from the following:  
1. All of the following courses (6 credits):  
  SPN 310 Basic Spanish Grammar 3
  SPN 320 Cultural Reading and Composition (W) 3
2. Complete 15 credits of course work in Spanish at the 300 and 400-level as approved by the student's advisor for the minor.  

 


Teacher Certification Options

The following disciplinary majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree are available for teacher certification:  French and Spanish.

The following disciplinary minors are also available for teacher certification:  French, Italian, Latin, Spanish-Elementary, and Spanish-Secondary.

Students who elect one of the disciplinary majors or one of the disciplinary minors referenced above must contact the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

For additional information, refer to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.

 


Graduate Study

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies offers the programs listed below.

Master of Arts
  Applied Spanish Linguistics
  French
  Hispanic Literatures

Doctor of Philosophy
  French, Language and Literature
  Hispanic Cultural Studies

 


French - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in French provides students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of French and Francophone literature, culture, and linguistics while developing the skills necessary to engage these fields in a critical, professional way. The Master of Arts in French is the first step in any number of careers, teaching in secondary schools or community colleges, working in government or industry, or pursuing further study in a doctoral program.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must also meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Master of Arts degree program in French on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree in French, or have completed the courses in French that are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in French at Michigan State University or their equivalents.
  2. A grade–point average of at least 3.00 in undergraduate French language and literature courses.
  3. The results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) forwarded to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in French

The program is available under Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis). A total of 33 or 34 credits is required for the degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the graduate advisor. The student must meet the requirements specified below:

               
Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B  
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  a. The following course:  
    ROM 803 Foundations of Contemporary Language Teaching 3
  b. One of the following courses:  
    AL 827 Pro-seminar in Critical and Cultural Theory 3
    ENG 802 Literary Criticism and Theory 3
    FRN 850 Introduction to Critical Theory 3
    ROM 805 Topics in Critical Theory 3
2. Two courses in each of the following fields (18 credits):  
  Medieval and Early Modern French Studies  
  FRN 805 Evolution of the French Language 3
  FRN 810 Studies in Medieval French Literature 3
  FRN 815 Studies in 16th-Century French Literature 3
  FRN 820 French Literature of the 17th Century 3
  FRN 890 Independent Study 3
  FRN 891 Special Topics in French 3
  Post-Revolutionary and Modern French Studies  
  FRN 825 Studies in 18th Century French Literature 3
  FRN 830 Studies in 19th Century Literature 3
  FRN 890 Independent Study 3
  FRN 891 Special Topics in French 3
  Contemporary French and Francophone Studies  
  FRN 806 Topics in French Linguistics 3
  FRN 835 Studies in 20th Century Literature 3
  FRN 890 Independent Study 3
  FRN 891 Special Topics in French 3
3. Complete 6 credits of electives at the 400-level or above in consultation with the student’s advisor. The student’s advisor must approve all course enrollments. Students may complete a cognate field outside of the department which would include at least two graduate courses for which the student has had suitable preparation. Courses in a language other than French, if taken at the 400-level or above, may constitute a cognate area.  
               
Additional Requirements for Plan A  
1. Complete 4 credits of FRN 899 Master’s Thesis Research.  
2. Pass a final oral examination that covers the student’s program of study, thesis, and reading list.  
               
Additional Requirements for Plan B  
Complete one of the following options:  
1. Complete 3 credits of FRN 897 Master’s Examination and pass a final written and oral examination that cover the student’s program of study and reading list.  
2. Complete 3 credits of FRN 898 Master’s Research Project and pass a final oral examination that covers the student’s program of study, master’s research project, and reading list.  

 


French, Language and Literature - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in French, language and literature, provides study in the language, literature, and cultures of France.  Students who are enrolled in the program complete an emphasis in French literature, the Romance languages and literatures, interdisciplinary studies, or comparative literature.

Students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in French, language and literature, are required to complete courses in French literature. The six traditional fields of French literature are listed below:

Medieval literature and Old French language
16th-century literature
17th-century literature
18th-century literature
19th-century literature
20th-century literature

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in French, language and literature,  an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.
  2. Have three professors who are qualified to assess the applicant's ability to pursue advanced graduate study forward letters of recommendation to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A master's degree in French or a total of 30 credits of approved course work.
  2. A grade–point average of at least 3.00 in undergraduate French language and literature courses.

Guidance Committee

Initially, the student's guidance committee usually consists of five or six faculty members.  After the student has passed the comprehensive examinations, the committee consists of four faculty members including the chairperson of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. 

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in French, Language and Literature

The student must:

  1. Pass the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy Qualifying Examination in French. The student must take this examination before the end of the first semester of enrollment in the program. This examination is given once in the Fall and once in the Spring. A student who fails this examination may retake it only once, the next time it is offered.
  2. Complete the following courses:
    ROM    800    Research Methods and Bibliography of the Romance Languages (1)
    ROM    805    Topics in Critical Theory (2) 
  3. Complete one of the following concentrations. Courses that were completed prior to enrollment in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in French, language and literature, may be used to satisfy this requirement.
    1. French Literature:
      1. At least two courses at the 800 level or above in each of the six fields of French literature listed above.
    2. Romance Languages and Literatures:
      1. At least two courses at the 800 level or above in each of four of the six fields of French literature listed above.
      2. At least two courses in each of two of the traditional fields in a minor literature (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, or Latin).
    3. Interdisciplinary Studies:
      1. At least six courses at the 800 level or above from the six fields of French literature listed above including:
        1. At least two courses in each of two of the fields.
        2. At least one course in each of two of the remaining fields.
      2. At least two courses in a cognate area related to French literature.
      3. At least four courses from one or more of the following areas:  linguistics, pedagogy, and cultural studies.
  4. Complete additional courses as required by the student’s guidance committee.
  5. Demonstrate a reading proficiency in two languages other than French or English that have a body of literature or criticism relevant to the student's area of concentration.  Students are encouraged to choose Latin as one of the two languages.
  6. Teach at least one college–level course in French.
  7. Pass a four-part comprehensive examination that corresponds to the student's concentration. The four parts include:
    1. A four-hour written examination in the student’s primary field as defined by the student in consultation with the guidance committee.
    2. A four-hour written examination in the student’s secondary field as defined by the student in consultation with the guidance committee.
    3. A 25-page dissertation prospectus, including an extensive bibliography. A description of the problems that are anticipated and the methodology that is to be employed in the project shall be included in the prospectus.
    4. An oral examination related to items 7.a., 7.b., and 7.c. The student must complete items 7.a., 7.b., and 7.c. prior to taking the oral examination.

      The examinations are based upon the student’s course work and reading lists and administered by  the student’s guidance committee after the student has completed all of the courses that are required for the degree, excluding French 999.

      A student who fails any  part of the comprehensive examination may retake that examination only  once.
  8. Submit a dissertation based on original research which demonstrates a sensitivity to literary values, sound critical judgment, and mastery of subject matter.

 


Hispanic Literatures - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree program in Hispanic Literatures is designed primarily for students who plan to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree and to join the faculties of colleges or universities as scholars and teachers.  The program provides study in the language, literatures, and cultures of Spain and Latin America, with an emphasis on Spanish and Spanish–American literatures and scholarly investigation.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Master of Arts degree program in Hispanic Literatures on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree in Spanish, or have completed the courses in Spanish that are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at Michigan State University or their equivalents.
  2. A grade–point average of at least 3.00 in undergraduate Spanish language and literature courses.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Hispanic Literatures

The program is available under Plan A (with thesis) or  Plan B (without thesis).  A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the graduate advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

1. Complete at least one course in each of the following fields of Spanish and Latin–American literature:
Medieval literature and Old Spanish language
16th– and 17th–century Spanish literature
18th– and 19th–century Spanish literature
20th–century Spanish literature
Colonial Latin–American literature
19th-century Latin–American literature
20th-century Latin–American literature
2. Complete at least 21 credits in Spanish courses at the 800 level or above. Courses used to satisfy requirement 1. may also be used to satisfy this requirement with advisor approval.
3. Plan A
1. Complete 6 credits of SPN 899 Master's Thesis Research.
2. Pass a final oral examination that covers the student's program of study, thesis, and reading list.
Plan B
1. Pass a written and oral examination based on the student's course work and reading list. This examination is given only during the spring semester.

With the approval of the graduate advisor, a minor field of study may be included in the requirements for the degree.  Ordinarily a minor field consists of at least three graduate courses for which the student has had suitable preparation.  Courses in a language other than Spanish at the 400-level, may constitute a minor field.


Hispanic Cultural Studies - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Hispanic Cultural Studies provides study in the literature, language and cultures of Spain and Latin America.  Students will select a primary and a secondary area of emphasis.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Cultural Studies with regular status, all applicants must:

  1. Possess a master’s degree in Spanish or Hispanic Studies or a total of 30 credit hours of satisfactorily approved course work.
  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.25 in undergraduate Spanish language, literature and culture M.A. course work.
  3. Submit letters of recommendation from three professionals who are familiar with their work and qualified to assess applicant’s ability to pursue advanced graduate study.
  4. Demonstrate English language proficiency.
  5. Submit all application materials as required by the Graduate School's Office of Admissions.

Guidance Committee

Of the four regular faculty required for the guidance committee, at least three must be members of the Spanish faculty.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Hispanic Cultural Studies

  1. The student must complete 24 credits of graduate course work beyond the Master of Arts degree as approved by the student's guidance committee.
  2. The following course:
    SPN    807    Literary Theory        3
    An approved equivalent of this course may be approved by the graduate advisor.
  3. Demonstrate reading proficiency in two languages other than Spanish that have a body of literature or criticism relevant to the student’s area of specialization.
  4. Teach at least one college-level course in Spanish and submit a detailed prospectus of the final dissertation project and a preliminary bibliography to the guidance committee.
  5. Pass comprehensive examinations.
  6.     Submit a dissertation based on original research.
  7. Successfully defend the dissertation.

Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language provides the foundation and academic preparation to pursue advanced work in Spanish linguistics and further develop fluency in the Spanish language. Students will actively engage with scholarly work in the area of Spanish second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, syntax, and historical linguistics through reading, writing, and discussion. Students gain a cultural understanding and behavior as they study language acquisition and social patterns of language use.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Master of Arts degree in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language, an applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Spanish or in Linguistics or a bachelor’s-equivalent degree in Spanish philology (international students) with course work in Spanish at the 400-level.
  2. Completed Linguistics 401 or its equivalent. This may be completed during the first semester of the master’s program, if admitted. This course will not count towards the credit requirements for the degree.
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language

The Master of Arts degree in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language is available under Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). A total of 30 credits is required for the degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the graduate advisor. The student must complete the requirements specified below.
 
Requirements for Both Pan A and Plan B
1. Complete 9 credits from the following foundational courses. At least one must focus on Spanish.
LIN 424 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 3
LIN 431 Introduction to Morphology 3
LIN 434 Introduction to Syntax 3
LIN 437 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
LIN 824 Phonological Theory I 3
LIN 834 Syntactic Theory I 3
SPN 801 Spanish Syntax 3
2. Complete 6 credits in Second Language Acquisition. At least one course must focus on Spanish.
LLT 860 Second Language Acquisition 3
LLT 863 Second Language Acquisition of Morphosyntax 3
SPN 804 Spanish as a Second Language: Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives 3
SPN 806 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics 3
Students who enroll in SPN 806 must select a course section that  specifically deals with second language acquisition.
3. Complete 6 credits in Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism. At least one course must focus on Spanish.
LIN 471 Sociolinguistics 3
LIN 871 Advanced Studies of Sociolinguistics 3
SPN 803 Language Variation and Change in Spanish 3
SPN 806 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics 3
Students who enroll in SPN 806 must select a course section that specifically deals with sociolinguistics and bilingualism.
4. Complete up to 9 credits of elective courses from the following:
LLT 841 Topics in Second/Foreign Language Learning and Teaching 3
ROM 803 Foundations of Contemporary Language Teaching 3
SPN 805 Evolution of the Spanish Language 3
SPN 890 Independent Study 1 to 3
Students may also use courses from items 1., 2., and 3. above that were not used in fulfillment of those requirements.
Students pursuing Plan A  may use the 6 credits of master’s thesis research to fulfill this elective requirement.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. Complete 6 credits of SPN 899 Master's Thesis Research.
2. Pass a final oral examination in defense of the thesis.
Additional Requirements for Plan B
1. Pass a final certifying examination based on course work and the departmental reading list for the Master of Arts in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language.