This is an unofficial description for this program. For official information check the Academic Catalog.

30 credits

Program Rationale:

The Master of Arts in World Languages 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 Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

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.

Application deadlines are as follows: June 1 for fall semester, November 1 for Spring semester, and March 1 for summer term.

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:

Hispano-North American Inter-University Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures Specialization 30 credits (Plan A or B)

Italian or Spanish for Certified Teachers Specialization 30 credits (Plan C)


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.

Learning Outcomes:

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


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.


ML 598: must be completed within the first fifteen credits of planned program

Total Credit Hours:  6 Credits

Directed Electives

One culture/civilization course and two literature courses


As approved by advisor

Italian Specialization 30 credits (Plan A or Plan B)

Directed Electives. Select Option 1 or Option 2:

Option 1

Four literature courses as approved by advisor.

one culture and civilization course:

ITAL 588: may be repeated up to 3 times with different topics

Option 2

WL 550 Intensive Studies in Modern Languages 3 Credits


  6 or 9 credits selected from Option 1  

ML 550: may be repeated up to 3 times with different topics


Plan B:

  Comprehensive Examination  

Spanish Specialization 30 credits (Plan A or Plan B)

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Gilbert L. Gigliotti
Interim Department Chair
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Willard-DiLoreto Hall
W401-29 and D402-07
Maria Casas
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Willard-DiLoreto Hall