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Master of Arts in Spanish

Major: SPAN
Degree Awarded: MA
Unit: GA
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Program Information

General Information

The University of Louisville’s MA in Spanish offers broad-based coverage of fields in Hispanic studies, including literary/cultural studies, Spanish linguistics, and translation/interpretation. Through a combination of core courses taught exclusively in Spanish, electives, and faculty directed research, students develop mastery in one of these fields, preparing themselves for greater competitiveness in doctoral programs in Hispanic studies or Spanish linguistics; more effective service to the Hispanic community; and/or increased cultural competence in the global workplace. The Spanish MA also serves current primary and secondary school teachers of Spanish seeking to deepen their knowledge of the discipline. Study abroad opportunities are available and may be supported by one of several departmental travel grants.

The MA in Spanish requires 30 hours of academic work in Spanish at the graduate level. The program may be completed in four semesters.

Admission Requirements and Procedure

Applications to the MA program in Spanish are considered throughout the academic year, with start dates in fall and spring. In line with School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies regulations, all application materials must be received at least six weeks before the intended start date. A prerequisite for admission is advanced proficiency in Spanish (speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing) and significant previous study of Hispanic literatures and cultures. Applicants who do not hold a BA in Spanish or the equivalent by their intended start date may be required to take preparatory coursework to make up for any deficiencies. Upon approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, up to six hours of graduate-level coursework taken at another institution may be applied toward the degree.

To be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:

  • Graduate admissions application and application fee.
  • Transcripts from all accredited institutions where undergraduate and/or graduate credit was earned. Minimum GPA required for undergraduate work: 3.0 on a four-point scale.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters must be recent (written no more than a year prior to application date) and should attest to the applicant’s proficiency in Spanish and potential to do graduate work.
  • TOEFL scores (for applicants for whom English is a second language). Minimum required: 550 on the TOEFL Examination (paper test) or at least 210 on the TOEFL Exam (computer test).

NOTE: The Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish may grant provisional admission to students who do not meet individual requirements.

To be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish:

  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages in Spanish discussing the applicant's background in Hispanic studies (including coursework and study abroad) and how the MA in Spanish relates to her/his professional or personal goals.
  • A sample of academic writing of at least five pages, preferably a paper written as part of the requirements for a university-level course. (May be in English or Spanish.)

Mail statement and writing sample directly to:

Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish
Department of Classical and Modern Languages
University of Louisville

Louisville, KY, 40292

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages offers a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships in Spanish. Applications are considered in the spring for start in the following academic year. Spanish MA applicants who wish to be considered must submit all GTA application materials by February 28th. (Details and application form are available at the Classical and Modern Languages webpage.)


Semester Hours

SPAN 524

Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics



SPAN 554

Hispanic Culture through Film and Media



SPAN 611

Introduction to Hispanic Studies



SPAN 624

Topics in Hispanic Linguistics



SPAN 634

Spanish for the Workplace and Community



SPAN 644
Origins and Development of Hispanic Culture



SPAN 648 Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World



SPAN 661

Theory and Practice of Translation




Two electives in Spanish or in contingent fields (with

Director of Graduate Studies' approval)




Directed Research Project
No credit

Total Credit Hours                                           




NOTE: At least 18 credit hours must be taken at the 600-level (courses restricted to graduate students). As a culminating experience, all MA candidates are required to complete a Directed Research Project, presenting their findings in a public forum.

Departmental Faculty

Lluís Baixauli Olmos

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Rhonda L. Buchanan
Professor of Spanish

Director, Latin American Studies

David Coyne

Assistant Professor of American Sign Language (ASL)

William L. Cunningham

Professor of German

Matthieu Dalle
Associate Professor of French

Director of Graduate Studies in French

Bonnie Fonseca-Greber
Assistant Professor of French

John P. Greene

Professor of French

Gregory S. Hutcheson
Associate Professor of Spanish

Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish

Alan Leidner
Professor of German

Chair of Classical and Modern Languages

Robert Luginbill

Professor of Classics

Mary Makris

Associate Professor of Spanish

Augustus A. Mastri

Professor of Italian

Manuel F. Medina
Associate Professor of Spanish

Director of Brazilian Studies

Frank Nuessel

Professor of Spanish

Wendy Pfeffer
Professor of French

A&S Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Mónica Rodríguez

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Regina Roebuck

Associate Professor of Spanish

Clare Sullivan

Associate Professor of Spanish

Lisa Wagner

Associate Professor of Spanish

Li Zeng
Associate Professor of Chinese

Director of Chinese Studies

Contact Information

Spanish - MA

Call the main office of Classical and Modern Languages at (502)852-6686 and ask to speak to the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish.

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