Master of Arts in Spanish

Requirements (46 units)

The M.A. in Spanish focuses on the strengthening of the knowledge of Spanish teachers as well as of the intensive study of literature, linguistics, and culture for those students who will be continuing their advanced studies. The degree is also appropriate for those students seeking employment in the public or private sector in positions that serve the Latino community or require knowledge of Spanish at an advanced level.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, which include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, specific requirements for classification in the program are:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate major in Spanish from an accredited institution consisting of at least 30 semester units, or 45 quarter units, or equivalent, of upper-division course work;
  2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B"), and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all Spanish classes;
  3. Good standing at the last college attended (verified by student transcripts, see below);
  4. Three letters of recommendation;
  5. A one- to two-page statement describing the student's professional goals in the area of Spanish;
  6. Submission of official transcripts from all previous college work to the department's graduate committee;
  7. Verification of oral and written proficiency in Spanish at the ACTFL level of advanced mid or higher as determined by an entrance exam given by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, CSUSB. (This requirement is waived for candidates who received their B.A. in Spanish from CSUSB within the last five years of application to the M.A. in Spanish.);
  8. Students who do not meet the above criteria may be admitted as conditionally classified graduate students per approval by the Graduate Committee and may be required to take additional upper-division Spanish undergraduate courses. Students who do not possess a B.A. in Spanish (but have a degree in another discipline) may also be required to take selected upper-division undergraduate courses (earning a minimum grade of "B" (3.0) in each assigned class).

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, the student must have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Completion of the writing requirement for graduate candidacy through completion of a program-specific writing intensive mandatory course,SPAN 606, with a grade no lower than B;
  3. Completed a total of 16 to 20 quarter units of classes with an overall grade point average of 3.0 ("B");
  4. Submission of appropriate documentation verifying knowledge of a language other than English or Spanish at either the 103 or third quarter (or equivalent) level.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Advancement to candidacy;
  2. Successful completion of 46 quarter units of acceptable graduate work with at least 36 units completed at CSUSB. All course work taken at other institutions must be approved by the Graduate Committee;
  3. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 ("B") in all graduate-level course work;
  4. Successful completion of SPAN 696;
  5. Successful completion of SPAN 697 (based on core courses in either option as well as a reading list prepared by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures);
  6. The graduation writing requirement is met upon the successful completion of SPAN 697.

Degree Requirements (46 units)

Hispanic Literature, Linguistics, and Civilization (Program Code: SLLC)

Designed for students who wish to pursue an in-depth study of Spanish, Spanish American, and Latino literatures along with Spanish linguistics, and to prepare students for further advanced study.

Core Courses (30)
SPAN 606Research Methods4
SPAN 608History of the Spanish Language4
SPAN 612Studies in Hispanic Cultures4
SPAN 615Second Language Acquisition in Spanish4
SPAN 620A-DSpanish Linguistics4
SPAN 625A-FSpanish Peninsular Literature and Culture:4
SPAN 630A-FSpanish-American Literature and Culture:4
SPAN 696Graduate Portfolio2
SPAN 697Comprehensive Examination0
Electives (16)
Sixteen units of electives chosen from Spanish 500- and 600-level courses. A maximum of eight units from SPAN 515, SPAN 516 or SPAN 517 may be counted towards this elective category. 16
Total Units46

Hispanic Applied Linguistics (Program Code: SHAL)

Designed for Spanish teachers, translators, and bilingual professionals, this track provides students with a strong background in applied linguistics and Hispanic cultures, as well as exposure to the literatures and the language of the Spanish-speaking world.

Core Courses (30)
SPAN 606Research Methods4
SPAN 608History of the Spanish Language4
SPAN 612Studies in Hispanic Cultures4
SPAN 615Second Language Acquisition in Spanish4
SPAN 620A-DSpanish Linguistics4
SPAN 696Graduate Portfolio2
Eight units chosen from:8
Seminar in Applied Linguistics: Translation Techniques
Seminar in Applied Linguistics: Spanish for the Professions
Seminar in Applied Linguistics: Language and Media
Seminar in Applied Linguistics: Applied Spanish Grammar
SPAN 697Comprehensive Examination0
Electives (16)
Sixteen units of electives chosen from Spanish 500- and 600-level courses. A maximum of eight units from SPAN 515, SPAN 516 or SPAN 517 may be counted towards this elective category. 16
Total Units46