Student Learning Outcomes
1. Identify the different literary theories, analyze and criticize linguistic, literary, and cultural representations of the Spanish-speaking world
2. Recognize the language specific structures of Spanish and its dialects
3. Recognize, interpret, and summarize the most important literary, linguistic, and cultural fields of the Spanish-speaking world
4. Conduct research in Spanish on the linguistic, literary and cultural fields
5. Demonstrate cultural awareness of the specificity of the different areas of study
During their first year in the program, students must take the following requirements:
SPA 601 - Literary Theory and Research Methods
One 600-level course in Peninsular Literature & Culture Area
One 600-level course in Latin-American Literature & Culture Area
One 600-level course in Spanish Linguistics Area
One 600-level course in Latino Literature & Culture Area
Total = 15 credits
For the remaining 18 credits, students may choose from any remaining 600-level SPA courses to concentrate in one of the four focus areas.
In the M.A. program, students work to improve proficiency in the use of the Spanish language. All but three credits of coursework must be taken in Spanish. Students concentrating in the Spanish Linguistics focus area may petition a second non-SPA prefix course to be substituted for SPA courses with approval of the Spanish faculty. Students have ongoing opportunities to develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills at a professional level. The program also permits students to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country and to perform internships and service learning experiences in the Syracuse area Spanish-speaking community.
The M.A. program provides students with thorough training in research, including the scholarship of discovery, application, dissemination, and teaching. The program enables students to become proficient and discriminating in the use of scholarly resources available at libraries and via the Internet.
All students must complete a graduate project and oral defense in the selected area of study chosen, in order to graduate from the program. Students must submit a proposal for their graduate project by May of their first year in the program. After approval of the proposal, two Spanish faculty members will supervise the student in the graduate project, which is completed once orally defended and approved by a committee of three Spanish faculty members.
The graduate project is the culmination of the students’ theoretical development in the program. They are expected to produce an original piece of research with a theoretical element and textual/linguistic analysis. The project can take on numerous forms such as a research article for publication, a community based research project resulting in a poster session/exhibition at a local/national/international conference on their field, an archival project using Special Collections at Bird library, Point of Contact, or other archives, a multi-media presentation of findings to an audience of experts and peers, etc.
Students are prepared to be effective and committed language instructors. They acquire computer skills relevant to scholarship in the areas of literary criticism and language instruction. They have the opportunity to obtain the Certificate in University Teaching through participation in the Future Professoriate program, and the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Language Teaching: TESOL/TLOTE in the Linguistic Studies Program.