Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Spanish Graduate Program

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers courses leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Spanish and the Master of Hispanic Studies (M.H.S.). The Spanish graduate program is designed to prepare students for careers in teaching, business, government, world affairs, diplomacy, social service and law enforcement, and for doctoral studies in Spanish in the areas of literature, linguistics, or foreign language education. Students may begin their graduate studies at the beginning of the fall semester.  There is no spring entrance.

Please contact the Spanish Graduate Director, Dr. Jorge Muñoz, for information.

Master of Hispanic Studies (M.H.S.)

This degree consists of at least 36 credit hours and, while offering an introduction to the linguistic, literary and cultural heritage of Spain and Spanish America, places added emphasis on perfecting audio-lingual skills as well as practice in reading, expository writing, and oral presentation in Spanish. It prepares students for a variety of careers, for example, high school teaching, employment in the business world--which is experiencing an ever-increasing demand for well-prepared, bilingual personnel--and also for further graduate study. Students may choose an optional concentration consisting of no more than 6 additional credit hours in a graduate field or fields related to their major program, for example, English as a Second Language, History, Political Science, Business, or Women's Studies.

Master of Arts in Spanish (M.A.)

This research-oriented degree requires at least 30 credit hours in Spanish at the 6000 and 7000 levels (including thesis credits) and a Master's thesis. It is intended for students possessing the B.A. degree in Spanish who desire to pursue a traditional approach to the language and its literature. The emphasis in this program is on a comprehensive study of linguistics, literature, or cultural studies with major consideration given to history, analysis, criticism, and theory. This degree also serves as preparation for doctoral study at other institutions.

Teaching Assistants

Qualified candidates may apply for a teaching assistantship in Spanish. In addition to a waiver of tuition, teaching assistants receive a stipend. During his or her first year in the graduate program, the student receives extensive training as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, while taking a minimum of 18 semester credits in graduate courses. During the second year, the student normally teaches three four-credit elementary Spanish courses, while taking a minimum of 4 courses. Though a Summer teaching assignment is not guaranteed, GTAs may be granted summer teaching according to what departmental needs, budget, and enrollment will allow.

Teaching assistants work closely with the Coordinator of the First-Year Language sequence. The academic year begins with a two day orientation workshop where graduate teaching assistants have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the textbooks and instructional methodologies incorporated in the Elementary Spanish classroom at Auburn.

Last Updated: September 06, 2017

Student Testimonial:
David Milton

BA Spanish 2004
BS International Business 2004
Master of Hispanic Studies 2006
I recently celebrated one year as Hispanic Outreach Manager for St. Vincent's Health System. Hispanic Outreach plays an important role in St. Vincent's mission by creating healthcare access for a vulnerable population that is ill without health insurance and by promoting educational programs that help local Hispanics navigate our healthcare system and ultimately lead a healthier life.