Master of Arts in Modern Language

30 credits

Program Rationale:
The Master of Arts in Modern Language is designed for students wishing to pursue language, culture, and literature work at the graduate level.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Students in this program are expected to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of different literary approaches and research;
  • an ability to analyze major works of literature in the language in which graduate work will be undertaken;
  • knowledge of topics related to the cultures of the language in which graduate work is undertaken; and
  • competence in the grammar and knowledge of the structure of each language in which graduate work is undertaken.

Admissions:
Applicants for this degree program should have a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 24 credits in preparation in each language in which graduate work will be undertaken. Only Italian or Spanish may be chosen as the language of specialization. With approval of the advisor, candidates with sufficient backgrounds in a second language may be permitted to include up to two appropriate graduate courses in this language in their programs.

The department’s Graduate Studies Committee reserves the right to assess a candidate’s oral and writing proficiency through an oral interview or written sample.

Course and Capstone Requirements:
Note: No more than nine credits at the 400 level may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

The MA program offers a selection of four specializations:

1. Specialization in Spanish
30 credits (Plan A or Plan B)
Core (6 credits):
SPAN 560 Structure of Spanish Language 3
ML 598 Research in Modern Languages 3
Directed Electives (15 credits):
Literature: Choose 12 credits from SPAN 515, 520, 525, 526, 530,535, 545, 551, 553, 571, 572, 576, ML 500
Culture and Civilization: SPAN 534 or 588, or ML 550
Electives (6-9 credits):
Selected in consultation with advisor
Capstone (0-3 credits):
SPAN 599 (Plan A) or Comprehensive Examination (Plan B)
2. Specialization in Italian:
30 credits (Plan A or Plan B)
Core (6 credits):
ML 598 Research in Modern Languages
ITAL 560 Advanced Written Italian
Directed Electives (15 credits). Select Option 1 or Option 2:
Option 1
Four literature courses as approved by advisor.
Select from:
ITAL 470 14th-Century Italian Literature
ITAL 476 16th-Century Italian Literature
ITAL 561 Topics in Italian Literature (may be repeated up to 3 times with different topics)
ITAL 571 20th-Century Italian Literature
ML 500 Studies in Modern Languages
and
one culture and civilization course:
ITAL 588 Topics in Italian Cultural Studies (may be repeated up to 3 times with different topics)
Option 2
ML 550 Intensive Studies in Modern Languages (may be repeated up to 3 times with different topics) 6 or 9
and 6 or 9 credits selected from Option 1
Electives (6-9 credits):
Courses as approved by advisor, including
but not restricted to: ITAL 588, ITAL 488, ITAL 561, ITAL 588, IS 590, IS 596
Capstone (0-3 credits):
Plan A (3 credits): Thesis (ITAL 599)
or
Plan B: Comprehensive Examination
3. Specialization in Hispano-North American Inter-University Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures:
30 credits (Plan A or B)
Students must complete nine credits of their planned programs of study at the University of Salamanca during a six-week summer session.
Core (6 credits):
SPAN 560 Structure of Spanish Language 3
ML 598 Research in Modern Languages 3
Directed Electives (15 credits):
Literature: Choose 12 credits from SPAN 515, 520, 525, 526, 530, 535, 545, 551, 553 571, 572, 576, ML 500
Culture and Civilization: Choose 3 credits from SPAN 534, 588, ML 550
Electives (6-9 credits):
Selected in consultation with advisor.
Capstone (0-3 credits):
SPAN 599 (Plan A) or Comprehensive
Examination (Plan B).
Note: Nine credits will be transferred as substitutes from the University of Salamanca as electives.
4. Specialization in Italian or Spanish for Certified Teachers.


Rationale:
This specialization is designed for Italian or Spanish teachers wishing to pursue further coursework in language, culture, and literature as well as in foreign language theory and methodology at the graduate level. Students who are teachers will develop, with their advisors, programs of study that take into consideration their educational background and degree of competency in the language.

Program Learning Outcomes:
In addition to the above mentioned learning outcomes, students in this specialization also are expected to demonstrate knowledge of major educational issues.

Admissions:In addition to our general graduate admission criteria, students interested in this specialization for Certified Teachers must be certified, and have a baccalaureate degree, with at least 24 credits of the language in college or equivalent preparation, before being admitted to this program.

Courses and Capstone Requirements: 30 credits (Plan C):

Professional Education (6-9 credits):

ML 490 Teaching World Languages II: Acquisition in Young Children for Teachers of World Languages (3 credits)

ML 492 Topics in Language Teaching (3 credits)

Additional course as approved by advisor.

Core (6 credits):

ITAL 560 Advanced Written Italian or SPAN 560, Structure of Spanish Language (3 credits)

ML 598 Research in Modern Languages (must be completed within the first fifteen credits of planned program (3 credits)

Directed Electives (9 credits):

One culture/civilization course and two literature courses.

Electives (3-6 credits):

As approved by advisor.

Capstone (3 credits):

ML 595 (Plan C)

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