Spanish MA


The Masters Degree in Spanish seeks to prepare students for a global economy, a multicultural community and a changing workplace through the study of language, culture, linguistics, translation, interpretation and Spanish in the workplace. Prerequisite for admission to the Spanish MA program is the ability to read, comprehend, speak, and write the language with advanced-level proficiency. Any undergraduate major is acceptable for admission; however, students without the equivalent of a major in Spanish may be required to take preparatory courses prior to being admitted to the Spanish MA program. The Spanish MA requires 30 hours of academic work in Spanish at the graduate level. At least 18 of the 30 hours must be in courses open to graduate students only (i.e., courses at the 600 level). All students are required to complete and present a directed study project. The MA in Spanish may be completed in four semesters (fall/spring). Most courses are offered in late afternoon or evening.

The program offers courses that will be useful to classroom teachers of Spanish as well as to individuals who seek training in order to work and live actively in a more global or multi-ethnic local community.  The core courses expose students to culture, linguistics, translation and interpretation. Electives are used to ensure that all students have broad cultural as well as practical, pedagogical experience.  Study abroad is encouraged and may be supported by one of several department travel grants.

Graduate level coursework done as a non-degree student may transfer into this program.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate School outlined in the General Information section.

Time Limit and Residency for Masters

All work for the Spanish MA must be completed within six years of admission to the program. The student must complete a minimum of 24 hours at the University of Louisville.

Prerequisite for all Spanish courses in the department offered at the graduate level is the ability to read, comprehend, speak, and write the language. This usually means having completed the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Spanish.
In addition, it is strongly recommended that the applicant have some knowledge of a second romance language.

Degree requirements

  • Thirty hours of academic credit, 18 hours of which must be in courses open to graduate students only (i.e., courses at the 600 level). Completion and presentation of a directed study project, under the supervision of a faculty member.


  • SPAN 524      Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics  (3 credits)
  • SPAN 554      Hispanic Culture through Film and Media  (3 credits)
  • SPAN 611      Introduction to Hispanic Studies  (3 credits)
  • SPAN 624      Studies in Hispanic Linguistics  (3 credits)
  • SPAN 634      Spanish for the Workplace and Community  (3 credits)
  • SPAN 644      Origins and Development of Hispanic Culture  (3 credits)
  • SPAN 648      Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World  (3 credits)
  • SPAN 661      Theory and Practice of Translation  (3 credits)
  • SPAN 5XX or  SPAN 6XX   Two electives in Spanish  (6 credits)*


Total Credit Hours: 30

In addition to coursework, all students are required to complete and present a directed study project prior to graduation.

*With the approval of the director of graduate studies, students may take six hours of electives within the Humanities Division, in courses at the 500 or 600 levels.

Combined BA/MA in Spanish

The combined BA/MA in Spanish allows current University of Louisville Spanish majors to take up to 9 hours of graduate course work that will meet undergraduate degree requirements and be counted toward the hours required for the MA. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, students will begin the graduate program and must complete the appropriate number of hours remaining and other requirements for the degree option they select before being awarded the Master of Arts degree in Spanish.


Graduate students who have been admitted to the graduate program should contact Dr. Gregory Hutcheson for advising at gshutch (@) or (502) 852-1635.  Graduate students must be advised at least once a year in order to be able to register. Please include your Student ID number in all correspondence so that your questions may be addressed more promptly.

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