At the graduate level, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers:
Departmental MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Interdiscplinary MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures as well as another field in the humanities
Joint MA, a three-year degree that combines an M.A. in Languages, Literatures and Cultures with a English/TESL M.A.
In all three options students will choose one or more languages of specialization (Spanish or French). All three M.A. options stress the enhancement of research and critical skills and the acquisition of broad knowledge in linguistics as well as in cultures and literatures. They are designed to serve students who seek to become teachers, continue their studies in a doctoral program or pursue careers in the private, governmental, or academic sectors.
With a specialization in Spanish students acquire advanced skills in linguistics and literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students can take graduate classes about Latin American literatures and cultures, about Peninsular literatures and cultures, as well as classes in applied and theoretical linguistics. The research profiles of our faculty ranges from translation to applied and theoretical linguistics, from colonial literature, early modern and Golden Age theater and poetry to cultural studies of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Spain and the Southern Cone. This means students are sure to find advisors to guide them in their interests. Our innovative exams allow students to both acquire broad knowledge in linguistics and literature and to develop their own research agenda. The faculty also cooperates with many scholars in Latin America and Spain providing students with valuable contacts on site in case they want to conduct research abroad.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships help defray the cost of graduate school and offer the possibility of acquiring valuable work/teaching experience at the college level. There are also possibilities for awards in teaching and research and for conference travel.
Students form part of a vibrant community of scholars and teachers and a diverse department. Graduate students are actively engaged in many activities across campus. Furthermore, they edit and publish the department’s graduate journal Collage.
For questions about the graduate program, please contact the Graduate Coordinator: Antonio Pedros-Gascón.