Graduate Studies in Spanish:
The Spanish section of the Department of Modern Languages offers a Masters of Arts in Spanish. 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.
Funding is available through Teaching Assistantships for qualified applicants.
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Selection Procedure for Recommending Appointments and Reappointments:
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 and received by the Department’s Graduate Committee:
Submit to Graduate College:
- Online application form along with a nonrefundable application fee submitted to the Graduate College 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.
- Official transcripts from post-secondary schools, sent to the Graduate College.
- 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.
- You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript, marksheets, diploma and/or degree certificates with your on-line application, but you must also submit official copies by mail. An official transcript is one that arrives in an envelope that has been sealed by the issuing institution. Transcripts that have been opened, photocopied, or marked as unofficial are not accepted in lieu of official transcripts.
- If the above documents are not in English, you will need a certified translation into English of all documents.
- Official score from TOEFL sent directly from ETS to Ohio University (code 1593).
Send the following directly to the Department of Modern Languages:
- 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 written statement of purpose in both English and Spanish.
- All candidates will be required to schedule an interview to be conducted via phone or Skype.
Additional requisites for international students:
International students must also send originals of diplomas, officially translated transcripts and TOEFL score. A minimum of 550 [600 preferred] (paper based) and 80 (internet based) is required for admission and to be considered for assistantships. Official TOEFL scores must be sent to Graduate College directly by ETS. Even when the applicant obtains a passing score, he/she might be required to take the test again upon arrival. Failure to pass this test means that the student cannot receive financial support.
The best-qualified applicants will be offered a graduate assistantship including a monthly stipend and a tuition scholarship. After receiving the assistantship offer, all applicants are required to respond –accepting or denying- within 10 days. 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 stipend may be assigned classroom teaching, FLES teaching or other office duties. It is expected that students on graduate stipends provide a minimum of 15 hours/week of service to the department.
Duties: Teaching associates teach one beginning language course (4 credit hours) per term. In addition to the 4 hours spent in the classroom, the teaching associate must also devote time to class preparation and grading under the guidance of the Language Program Director. Each teaching associate is expected to establish regular office hours for advising students.
Teaching Associates will receive a stipend, plus a full scholarship 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.
For additional information concerning duties, rules, regulations, etc. refer to the Spanish Graduate Student Handbook.
Minimum Requirements for the Master’s Degree:
- The MA in Spanish consists of a total of 50 semester hours
- 7 core courses
- 4 elective courses
- 1 seminar
- 2 semesters of SPAN 6920
- All new Teaching Associates must take 6920 (Problems in Teaching College Spanish) during the first two semesters (1 cr. per semester).
- 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. Advanced courses in the department are not always offered during the summer.
The Spanish M.A. is awarded after successful completion of a minimum of 12 courses, one of which must be a seminar. Every student must fulfill a seven-course “core” requirement consisting of the following (one of these will be a seminar):
- 2 Peninsular Spanish content courses
- 2 Latin America content courses
- 2 Spanish linguistics courses
- SPAN 5640 – Teaching Spanish
The remaining 5 courses can be taken from departmental offerings in SPAN or ML courses.
Students are expected to work on completing the Spanish M.A. Reading List during the three semesters preceding their comprehensive exams. Comprehensive exams will be held in April of the last semester in the program. During the aforementioned 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. There is at least one course offered in: Hispanic Linguistics, Peninsular literature and culture, and Latin American literature and culture each semester. Students can also opt for courses with the prefix ML.
Students registering for summer school can take 6930 (Independent Study), 6940 (Directed Readings), 5110, 5120 (to work on a second language), or other courses in the department, when offered. Students must register for a total of 9 hours to benefit from tuition scholarships.
During the summer session, additional 6930 credits are available when no graduate courses are offered by the department.
Under no circumstances may 6930 credits count toward the 12 graduate courses required for the M.A. Requests for any hours taken under 6930 must be approved by both the graduate faculty member directing and grading the study and by the Chair of the Graduate Committee.
Specific Spanish courses offered on a rotation basis (SPAN):
- 5375 History of Art in Spain
- 5570 Contemporary Spanish Literature
- 5551 Medieval Spanish Literature
- 5560 19th Century Spanish Literature
- 5565 20th Century Spanish Literature
- 5460 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
- 5437 Applied Phonetics
- 5439 Modern Spanish Usage
- 5640 Teaching Spanish: Theory and Methodology
- 5441 Stylistics
- 5513, 5514 Spanish American Literature I, II
- 5517 Themes in Spanish American Prose
- 5518 Contemporary Spanish American Literature
- 5530 Golden Age Drama, Golden Age Novel
- 5457 History of the Language
- 5558 Don Quijote
- 5384 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
- 5349 Culture and Civilization of Spain
- 6902 Seminar
- 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
- Modern Languages (ML):
- 5635 Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary School
- 5645 Teaching Modern Languages
All students who are appointed graduate 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 associates. The maximum number of credits covered by the scholarship is 18. Students are encouraged to take a second language (3-4 cr. each semester) during their second year (or first year with permission).
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.
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: graduate students are also encouraged to take a third language available during the second year of the program and during summer sessions.
- Institute for the Empirical Study of Language, Ohio University: participate and/or design your own research project in Applied Linguistics under the guidance of a professor from Linguistics, Psychology, Modern Languages, or the College of Health Sciences and Professions – Communication Sciences and Disorders.
- One-Year MA Program: This option is available exclusively to applicants that are current High School teachers. The completion of the one-year program typically takes 1 academic year and 2 summers.
- Sevilla, España: This is an exchange program that allows students to spend one year at Universidad de Sevilla in Spain during the second year. TEFL Certification is available. Participants are required to 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. All tuition waivers apply (students on graduate assistantships can enroll in the TEFL program without paying tuition).
- Castilla – La Mancha, España: One-year appointment teaching English for MA or BA grads. (check for availability)
- Mérida, México: teach Spanish with the study abroad program in the spring term during their second year.
For further information regarding admissions, program options, or degree requirements, email us directly at:
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Department of Modern Languages
Athens, OH 45701
(Info current as of July 2013)
Department of Modern Languages – Gordy Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701