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Ohio University Graduate Studies in Spanish
The M.A. in Spanish is an upbeat, competitive program whose graduates have placed in prestigious Ph.D. programs and diverse careers. Our two-year program is generalist in nature, as it includes courses in Peninsular literature and culture, Latin American literature and culture, linguistics, and applied linguistics.
M.A. grads from 2015, ’16, and ’17 celebrate graduation day 2016
OU M.A. students present papers at the Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures
Minimum Requirements for the Master’s Degree:
- The MA in Spanish consists of a total of 50 semester hours (48 for students without TAships). Students enroll in at least 3 classes per semester (12 semester hours). Required classes include:Comprehensive written and oral examinations in the major language are required. These examinations are based on course work and the M.A. Reading List, which is available on line in the Spanish Graduate Handbook. The usual time required to meet the course requirements for the M.A. is two academic years.
- 3 classes in Spanish literature and culture
- 3 classes in Latin American literature and culture
- 3 classes in Hispanic linguistics
- 1 seminar (SPAN 6902, counts as one of a, b, or c above)
- 1 class on teaching methodology (SPAN 5640)
- 2 semesters of SPAN 6920 for students with TAships (1 hour each semester)
Students are expected to complete the Spanish M.A. Reading List during the three semesters preceding their comprehensive exams, held in April of the last semester in the program. During the last semester, students may register for SPAN 6940 (4 hours) in place of one of the regularly scheduled courses in order to review the works on the Reading List. SPAN 6930 (independent study) can be used for special projects in any academic year term, but cannot replace one of the student’s regularly scheduled courses.
The Spanish Section attempts to offer a course or a seminar on all major areas during a two-year period. Every semester, there is at least one course offered in: Hispanic Linguistics, Peninsular literature and culture, and Latin American literature and culture. Students can also opt for courses with the prefix ML.
Specific Spanish courses offered on a rotation basis (courses in parentheses are not currently in the rotation):
- 5551 Medieval Spanish Literature
- 5530 The Literature of Golden Age Spain
- 5558 Don Quijote
- 5560 19th Century Spanish Literature
- 5565 20th Century Spanish Literature
- 5570 Contemporary Spanish Literature
- 5460 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
- 5437 Applied Phonetics
- 5439 Modern Spanish Usage
- 5640 Teaching Spanish: Theory and Methodology
- (5441 Stylistics)
- 5457 History of the Language
- 5513, 5514 Spanish American Literature I, II
- 5517 Themes in Spanish American Prose
- 5518 Contemporary Spanish American Literature
- (5384 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America)
- (5349 Culture and Civilization of Spain)
- 6902 Seminar (topic varies)
- 5110-5320 French for Graduate Reading Requirement
- 5110-5320 German for Graduate Reading Requirement
- 5110-5320 Italian for Graduate Reading Requirement
- 5110-5320 Russian for Graduate Reading Requirement
- 5110-5190, 6110 Portuguese
Other courses focusing on teaching/methodology:
- Modern Languages (ML):
- 5635 Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary School
- 5645 Teaching Modern Languages
All students who are appointed as teaching assistants in the Department of Modern Languages must take 3 graduate courses (minimum) per semester, in addition to 6920, which is required of first-year teaching assistants. Students are encouraged to take a third language (3-4 cr. each semester) during their second year (or first year with permission). The maximum number of credits covered by the assistantship is 18.
Other highlights to our program include:
- High school teachers can register to take graduate courses as non-degree students.
- FLES (Foreign Languages in Elementary Schools): Students interested in exploring teaching as a career path are encouraged to volunteer with our FLES outreach programs.
- Annual speakers and conferences held at the Athens campus – graduate students are expected to attend these.
- Enhanced language option: students may study a third language during one or two years of the program.
- Thesis option: complete an extensive research project in literature or Hispanic linguistics.
- Sevilla, España: This exchange program allows one student per year to study at Universidad de Sevilla in Spain during his or her second year of the M.A. program. TEFL Certification as well as other course work are available. Participants return to Ohio University after their year in Sevilla in order to complete the last year of the M.A. program and take the comprehensive exams.
- Cuenca, Ecuador: Six-week TEFL program offered in Cuenca, Ecuador during the summer session. Students pay OU tuition. Competitive sscholarships available
Role of the Graduate Students in the Department:
Each language section has its honor society or a language club. We hold informal conversation hours, show foreign language films, and sponsor lectures and social get-togethers. In addition, the Department is involved in several cultural events and colloquia. All graduate students are expected to participate in these activities.
Funding Opportunities – Teaching Assistantships:
A prospective student is considered for admission to the graduate program and for financial support in the Department of Modern Languages as soon as the following information has been submitted online. Deadline for priority consideration is January 15th.
Students who are appointed as Teaching Assistants will receive a stipend, plus a full scholarship (tuition waiver) for the academic year. The stipend is for approximately eight months. All students are responsible for paying a general fee each term and student health insurance. (If the student is already covered by a health insurance policy, proof must be provided to the cashier at O.U.). The university also charges a Technology fee each term. Please see our FAQ for more details.
- Online application form along with a nonrefundable application fee via the following link: http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/. Information on fees, reference forms and graduate programs can also be found at this link.
- Copies of official transcripts from a) each institution where a bachelor’s degree has been or will be granted; b) any institution attended after completing a bachelor’s degree, or from which any graduate coursework was attempted, regardless of whether or not a degree has been or is being completed; and c) any college or university attended within the past four years from which credit was or is currently being completed.
- Copy of Diploma and/or Degree Certificate - If the transcript/mark sheet does not name the degree and date earned, you must submit a Registrar (or equivalent office) certified or attested copy of the degree diploma and/or degree certificate. Chinese students must submit both the Degree Certificate and the Certificate of Graduation.
- If the above documents are not in English, you will need a certified translation into English of all documents.
- If applicants are non-native English speakers, official score from iBT TOEFL sent directly from ETS to Ohio University (use code 1593). Candidates seeking funding as Teaching Assistants must score a minimum of 80 overall and 24-30 on the speaking section.
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably from professors who can comment on your academic progress, if you have experience teaching –or similar- a letter from your employer is also very valuable).
- A copy of your resumé or CV.
- A written statement of purpose in both English and Spanish.
Selection Procedure for Recommending Appointments and Reappointments:
After an application is complete, the departmental committee reviews it. If the committee decides the application should move forward in the process, committee members conduct a Skype or phone interview with the candidate.
The best-qualified applicants will be offered a teaching assistantship including a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver (scholarship). After admission and/or receipt of an assistantship offer, applicants may accept at any time through April 15th. Reappointment can be expected for the duration of the program, provided the student maintains at least a 3.00 grade point average in academic work and performs assigned responsibilities to the satisfaction of the department as evaluated by the supervisor and other faculty/administrative members.
Duties and Stipends of Teaching and Graduate Associates:
A student on graduate assistantships may be assigned classroom teaching, FLES teaching or other office duties. The most common source of funding in our program are teaching assistantships.
Duties: Teaching assistant teach one beginning language course (4 credit hours) per term. In addition to the 4 hours spent in the classroom, the teaching assistant must also devote time to class preparation and grading under the guidance of the Language Program Director. Each teaching assistant is expected to establish regular office hours for advising students. Students who are appointed as teaching assistants will provide a minimum of 15 hours/week of service to the department.
Please read the Spanish M.A. Program Frequently Asked Questions: Frequently Asked Questions for further details regarding the application process.
Have questions? For further information regarding admissions, program options, or degree requirements, call us at 740-593-2765 or email us directly at:
(Info current as of March 2017)