The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Spanish at UNT prepares students for literary and cultural analysis as well as linguistics. An M. A. in Spanish increases the salary base of many positions and offers opportunities in translation and interpretation at the local, national, and international levels. This Master's can serve as a terminal degree for those wishing to teach at the secondary, community college, and university levels. Also, graduates who wish to continue with a doctorate in Spanish at another university are well prepared. UNT professors of Spanish have specializations in all of the main areas of Latin American and Spanish literature, and students may choose from a variety of classes during their course of study. All professors publish articles and/or books in their fields of specialization, and remain active by presenting at local, national, and international professional conferences.
As a prerequisite to the Spanish M.A. program, students must have completed at least 12 hours of advanced undergraduate Spanish classes and earned an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 or higher in Spanish. In certain cases exceptions may be made. Students not meeting the criteria may make a case for themselves by explaining in their cover letter any extenuating circumstances. If approved by the Spanish graduate faculty, they may be admitted into the program under the provision of earning a B or better during their first 12 credit hours in the Masters program. The following are the steps for admission:
- Apply to and be accepted into the UNT Toulouse Graduate School (https://tsgs.unt.edu/future-students/graduate-admissions) Deadlines: October 15 for the following Spring enrollment; April 15 for the following Summer enrollment; June 15 for the following Fall enrollment.
- TOULOUSE GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION DEADLINES
- Once accepted into the UNT Toulouse Graduate School, please send the following materials to Dr. Teresa Marrero, Spanish graduate advisor (email@example.com.):
- Cover letter stating your reasons for applying to the UNT Spanish MA program. State if you are planning on attending full or part time. State if you are interesting in a position as a Teaching Assistant in Spanish (must be enrolled full time in the Spanish graduate program and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better).
- Curriculum vitae (a resumé of your studies and employment related to your plan of study).
- Research paper in Spanish: well-organized, 6-8 pages double-spaced, 12 points, Times New Roman with a bibliography following the Modern Language Association standards.
- Audio file of applicant's spoken Spanish (speak 3-5 minutes on any subject).
All four items above will be saved as separate files (example: STUDENT NAME. CoverLetter, STUDENT NAME.cv, STUDENT NAME.ResearchPaper, STUDENT NAME.audio) and emailed in ONE message to Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Two to three letters of recommendation are required from present or former professors, supervisors or professional, work related associations. The letters need to be written on letterhead stationary when applicable and sent in PDF format directly to Teresa.Marrero@unt.edu. SUBJECT: STUDENT.NAME Graduate Recommendation Letter.
Once accepted, students may apply for a limited number of Teaching Assistantships (TAs) to help cover costs, though this will require full-time status (9 hours of classes per semester).
PLANS OF STUDY
Students choose from one of the following tracks of study (both tracks total 36 hours):
- MA EXAM: total of 36 hours. May be taken entirely from the Spanish graduate course offerings or combine with graduate courses from a minor area outside of the department. In case of having a minor, students will take 30 hours (10 classes) of Spanish graduate credit plus 6 hours (2 classes) of graduate credit in a minor area outside of the department. Total: 36 credit hours. Students select 3 areas of examination and must pass all three in order to receive their degree. Exams are written, take two hours each, and are given in the major (Spanish) area only. No oral defense.
- MA THESIS: total of 36 hours. May be taken in the following combinations: 30 hours (10 classes) in Spanish and 6 hours (2 courses) of thesis credit. Or, with a minor: 24 hours (8 classes) of Spanish graduate credit, 6 hours (2 classes) of graduate credit in a minor area outside of the department, and 6 hours (2 classes) of thesis. Students work with a major professor expert in the student's chosen area who serves as the director of the thesis and two other members of the committee, one of whom must be a member of the Spanish graduate faculty. Oral defense required.
Please click here for complete information on the Spanish MA thesis options.
The Spanish M.A. Reading List can be found here.
Please click here for FAQ on Spanish MA exams.
Please click here for FAQ on Transfer Credits.
Dr. Jorge Aviles-Diz (Associate Professor of Spanish):
- Specialization: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature
- Graduate Classes: Spanish Realism, Generation of 1898, Spanish Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century, Enlightenment to Romanticism
Dr. Pierina Beckman (Associate Professor of Spanish):
- Specialization: Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature
- Graduate Classes: Spanish Golden Age Novel, Spanish Golden Age Theater
Dr. Will Derusha (Associate Professor of Spanish):
- Specialization: Transatlantic Poetry
- Graduate Classes: Modernist Poetry, Poetry of the Vanguard, Ekphrasis in Poetry, Poetry, Federico García Lorca, Rubén Darío, Spanish Culture
Dr. Jongsoo Lee (Associate Professor of Spanish):
- Specialization: Pre-Hispanic, Colonial and Nineteenth Century Latin American Literature
- Graduate Classes: Latin American Romanticism & Realism, Colonial Literature
Dr. Samuel Manickam (Associate Professor of Spanish, Chair):
- Specialization: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American Narrative
- Graduate Classes: Mexican Novel, Latin American Novel, Latin American Essay, Mexican Short Story, Latin American Short Story
Dr. Teresa Marrero (Full Professor of Spanish):
- Specialization: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American and Latino Theatre
- Graduate Classes: Greek Classical Drama in Latin American Theater, Absurd to Collective Creation in Latin American Theater, Women, Tragedy and Contemporary Latin American Theater
Dr. Cristina Sánchez-Conejero (Associate Professor of Spanish):
- Specialization: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish Narrative, Cinema, and Culture
- Graduate Classes: Spanishness in Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Cinema, Post-Civil War Spanish Novel, Post-Franco Spanish Novel
Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros (Assistant Professor of Spanish)
- Specialization: Afro-Latinx/Afro-Latin American cultural production. Twentieth & Twenty-First Century Latin American Narrative
Graduate Classes: Afrolatinidades: (Re)Mapping Blackness through Latin American Cultural Production
Dr. Jiyoung Yoon (Associate Professor of Spanish):
- Specialization: Spanish Linguistics
- Graduate Classes: Advanced Spanish Grammar, Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Syntax and Morphology
Dr. Teresa Marrero, Spanish Graduate Advisor
Dr. Samuel Manickam, Chair, Department of Spanish
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