10 units may be taken from any of the courses listed above. However,
a maximum of only four 400-level courses (20 units maximum) may be counted toward the Master
of Arts degree in Spanish. Courses taken as an undergraduate do not
count and may not be repeated toward fulfillment of the master’s
degree requirements. No more than 13.5 quarter units (9 semester units)
of transfer graduate credit are allowed, subject to approval by the
departmental admissions committee.
Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA in all work undertaken as a graduate student.
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Successful completion of a “capstone experience” consisting
of written examinations on the Graduate Reading List in each of the
three fields listed in number 1 above. In addition all students must
pass an oral comprehensive examination.
of Arts in Spanish program is designed to enable students to perfect all
their communications skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.
The curriculum is carefully planned and integrated to ensure a foundation
of professional skills, and a uniform degree of coverage in the areas
of Spanish and Spanish-American literature and culture, linguistics and
second-language acquisition pedagogy, and the business-related fields
of interpretation and translation. Students gain an excellent preparation
to become far more effective teachers of Spanish or professionals who
are able to interact expertly throughout their careers with Spanish-speaking
To meet these
objectives, the program provides: (1) balance for those who wish to terminate
their studies at the Master’s level and whose primary aim is to
teach in a community college; (2) advanced training for teachers who wish
to improve their professional skills and status; (3) a variety of courses
for students who plan to continue toward the Ph.D. degree at another institution;
and (4) continuing education for those who wish to extend their knowledge
as an end in itself through an interesting and stimulating series of classes
in literature, criticism, language and culture.
Reading List Review
with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
may apply to the University for post-baccalaureate status and simultaneously
to the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures for admission to
the master’s degree program in Spanish. Admission to the graduate
program leading to the Master of Arts Degree in Spanish requires the following:
Acceptance to the University as a post-baccalaureate student,
Submission of the Department’s application form (available from
the departmental office),
A baccalaureate degree in Spanish from an accredited college or university
with an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or 3.0 in
Spanish major) during the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units),
a baccalaureate degree in an appropriately related field (to be determined
by the departmental admissions committee) with a grade point average
of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or 3.0 in major) during the last 90 quarter units
(60 semester units).
who have a baccalaureate degree in a subject other than Spanish must complete
the six-course (30 unit) undergraduate core requirements of Spanish with
a GPA of 3.0 before being considered for admission to the master’s
degree program in Spanish. At the discretion of the departmental admissions
committee, additional courses may be required. The undergraduate core
Spanish 300 or Spanish 409
One of the following:
of the following:
One of the following:
or Spanish 420
of Graduate Students
four classifications for students in the Spanish graduate program:
- Students accepted by the university for post-baccalaureate study may
take Spanish courses with approval from the instructor. These courses
may be taken solely for personal pleasure, for professional development,
or as a means of establishing a record in the Modern Languages and Literatures
Department that will lead to classified standing. However, it is important
to note that a Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified Student may take no more
than two five-unit courses that count towards the requirements for the
MA in Spanish.
Classified - A student who meets most but not all of the requirements
for admission as a Classified Graduate Student may be admitted as a
Conditionally Classified Graduate Student. The Graduate Committee for
the Modern Languages and Literatures Department will determine the conditions
that the student must meet in order to be advanced to Classified Graduate
Student status. A Conditionally Classified Graduate Student may take
no more than two five-unit courses that count towards the requirements
for the MA in Spanish while meeting the specified conditions.
- A student who meets all the requirements for admission to the master’s
degree program in Spanish will be admitted as a Classified Graduate
Student. A Classified Graduate Student may take any graduate-level course
meeting the requirements of his or her plan of study as long as the
appropriate prerequisites have been met.
- Classified students who have maintained a 3.0 GPA will be advanced
to candidacy in the quarter in which they intend to graduate.
the Graduate Coordinator is an important first step in the MA program.
It is the student’s responsibility, in consultation with the Graduate
Coordinator and departmental advisors, to choose appropriate courses.
The Graduate Coordinator guides students during the period of graduate
study and responds to any misgivings students may have while in the program.
It is essential that MA students stay in contact with the Graduate Coordinator,
so the department can provide current information to help the student
move expeditiously through the program. Students have a responsibility
to schedule regular meetings with the Graduate Coordinator and their advisors.
Each MA student
in Spanish must have an Examination Committee to conduct both the written
and oral examinations specified in number 4 of the Program Requirements
(See also SPAN 690 Comprehensive Examination). The committee will be comprised
of faculty members representing each of the three fields specified in
number 1 of the Program Requirements. The Graduate Coordinator can provide
assistance in forming this committee.
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