Graduate Spanish

Ohio University >
Print Friendly
The Spanish section of the Department of Modern Languages offers a Masters of Spanish through a two-year program with summer teaching possibilities. Both thesis and non-thesis programs are available. Other highlights to our program include:
High school teachers can register to take graduate courses as non-degree students.
Sevilla, España: 3-year program with possible TEFL Certification. This is an exchange program that allows a student to teach English during their second year at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain.
Cuenca, Ecuador: Six-week TEFL program offered in Cuenca, Ecuador during the summer session. All tuition waivers apply.
Castilla – La Mancha, España: One-year appointment teaching English for MA or BA grads.
Mérida, México: teach Spanish with the study abroad program in the winter quarter during their second year.
TA: Competitive Teaching Associateships are available and should be applied for at time of regular application.
One-Year MA Program : High school teachers may apply to earn their Masters of Spanish through this option.
FLES: Students interested in teaching in the schools as a career are encouraged to volunteer with our FLES outreach programs.
Annual speakers and conferences held at the Athens campus.
Enhanced language option: 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 School from Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences.
The MA in Spanish is an upbeat, competitive program whose graduates have placed in prestigious PhD programs and diverse careers. For more information scroll through our website or contact us at: modern.languages@ohio.edu.
For more information about any of these programs, please contact the Department of Modern Languages by email or phone at (740) 593-2765.
Spanish Graduate Student Handbook 2008-10 (pdf)
Spanish Graduate Student Handbook 2009-11 (pdf)
GENERAL INFORMATION
(This is a single document. You can scroll through it or click on individual items in the following list.)
Selection Procedure for Recommending Appointments and Reappointments
Duties and Stipends of Teaching and Graduate Associates
Minimum Requirements for the Master’s Degree
Role of the Graduate Students in the Department
Career Opportunities Information
Course Load
Courses
Further Information
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 documents have been received by the Department’s Graduate Committee:
1. Application form along with a nonrefundable application fee, both sent to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGSS), McKee House, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701.
For application, fees and additional information on graduate programs go to: http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/
2. Two official transcripts from post-secondary schools, sent to OGSS. International students must also send copies of diplomas, TOEFL score and score on TSE (Test of Spoken English).
Send the following directly to the Department of Modern Languages:
3. Three letters of recommendation.
4. A written statement of purpose in Spanish.
5. For candidates who are non-native speakers of Spanish we require a cassette tape with a sample of their target language ability.
The best qualified applicants will be offered a graduate stipend and a tuition scholarship. The Department expects the student to respond to the offer within 10 days. Reappointment can be expected for the duration of the student’s M.A. studies, providing the student maintains at least a 3.00 point average in academic work and performs assigned responsibilities to the satisfaction of the supervisor.
International students have to pass the TOEFL and the Test of Spoken English before they can receive financial support from Ohio University. This test must be taken first in their country of origin and the results sent to OGSS. Even when the student passes the test, it must be taken again at Ohio University during orientation week prior to the beginning of classes. Failure to pass this test means that the student cannot receive financial support.
Top
Duties and Stipends of Teaching and Graduate Associates
A student on graduate stipend may be assigned classroom teaching or language lab duties. It is expected that students on graduate stipends provide a minimum of 15 hours of service to the department per week.
Duties: Teaching associates teach one beginning language course (4 credit hours) per quarter. In addition to the 4 hours spent in the classroom, the teaching associate must also devote time to class preparation and and grading under the guidance of the first-year language coordinator. Each associate is expected to establish regular office hours for advising students. The total amount of time involved in teaching is estimated to be 15 hours a week. If, for any reason, the associate cannot meet his/her class, the first-year coordinator must be notified before the class is to meet. Teaching associates may not tutor any students of the first-year language courses for pay.
Stipend: Associates will receive a stipend, plus a full scholarship for the academic year and for the summer quarters immediately preceding and following the year of the appointment. The stipend is for nine months. All students are responsible for paying a general fee each quarter and for 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 of about $ 50 per quarter.
Top
Minimum Requirements for the Master’s Degree
General requirements for all M.A. candidates:
A. A reading knowledge of a second modern language or Latin is required. This requirement may be met by: 1) having completed one year of language study as an undergraduate; 2) completing the second language through the 100 level sequence as a graduate student.
The second language requirement may also be fulfilled by completing two graduate courses in the Linguistics Department. This option may substitute for one of the two listed above. These courses do not count as part of the eleven courses required for the M.A. The grade B is the minimum level of proficiency for all of the above; B- is not sufficient.
B. All new Teaching Associates must take 699 (Problems in Teaching College French or Spanish) during the first three quarters.
C. 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 from the Graduate Advisors. 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.
Specific requirements in Spanish:
The Spanish M.A. is awarded after successful completion of a minimum of 12 courses, two of which must be seminars. Every student must fulfill an eight-course “core” requirement consisting of the following:
4 literature courses (at least one Peninsular and one Latin American)
3 linguistics courses
1 civilization
The remaining 4 courses can be taken from departmental offerings.
Top
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 festivals. All graduate students are expected to participate in these activities.
Top
Career Opportunities Information
Students are encouraged to discuss career goals with their graduate advisor or other members of the language staff as soon as they begin their studies. It is also helpful to visit the Career Planning and Placement Office (Lindley Hall), where students can register and be advised of many resources available for career planning. Students who take two years to complete work for the M.A. have the option of obtaining some preparation in teaching English as a foreign language by taking appropriate courses in the Department of Linguistics. Many countries offer positions in this field, especially for people who are proficient in the native language. Industry, business, banking, and travel need employees who not only speak and write foreign languages, but are also knowledgeable about the lives and cultures of the people who communicate in the language. Students wishing to teach are well advised to acquire a good knowledge of a second foreign language.
Top
Course Load
All associates in the Department of Modern Languages must take 3 graduate courses (minimum) per quarter, in addition to 699, which is required of first-year teaching associates. The maximum number of credits covered by the scholarship is 18. All new students must take 3 courses in their language section during their first quarter.
Top
Courses
The Language Sections will attempt to offer a course or a seminar on all major periods during a two-year period.
Students registering for summer school can take 698 (Independent Study), 696 (Directed Readings), 511, 512, 513 (to work on the second language), or a seminar in the department, when offered. Students must register for a total of 9 hours to benefit from tuition scholarships.
Students are expected to work on completing the M.A. Reading List during the five quarters preceding their comprehensive exams. However, during the quarter in which they take their exams or the preceding quarter, they may register for 696 (5 hours) in place of one of the regularly scheduled courses in order to review the works on the Reading List. The grade for 696 is determined by the student’s performance on the comprehensive exam. Independent Study 698 can be used for special projects in any academic year quarter, but cannot replace one of the student’s regularly scheduled courses. During the summer session, additional 698 credits are available when no graduate courses are offered by the department.
Under no circumstances may any 696 or 698 credits count toward the 11 graduate courses required for the M.A. Requests for any hours taken under 698 must be approved by both the graduate faculty member directing and grading the study and by the Chair of the Graduate Committee.
Graduate students may take courses in other areas. However, a student receiving a stipend by the Department of Modern Languages may normally take only one course a quarter outside the Department. During the first quarter on campus, students may register for only three courses, which must be in their major language. This is intended to help the teaching associate in his/her adjustment to graduate studies.
Spanish
521, 522 Medieval Spanish Literature
525, 527 19th Century
529 Generation of ’98
532 20th Century
536 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
537 Phonetics
539 Modern Usage
540 Teaching Spanish: Theory and Methodology
541 Stylistics
543, 544 Spanish American Literature
547 Themes in Spanish American Prose
548 Contemporary Spanish American Literature
553, 555 Golden Age Drama, Golden Age Novel
554 Golden Age Poetry
557 History of the Language
558 Don Quijote
559, 560 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America, of Spain
602, 603 Seminar
Other Languages
511, 512, 513 French for Graduate Reading Requirement
511, 512, 513 German for Graduate Reading Requirement
511, 512, 513 Italian for Graduate Reading Requirement
511, 512, 513 Russian for Graduate Reading Requirement
Modern Languages
510 Media in Foreign Language Teaching
530 Video in the Foreign Language Classroom
535 Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary School
545 Teaching Modern Languages
Top
Further Information
For further information regarding admissions, program options, or degree requirements, email us directly at:
modern.languages@ohio.edu
You can click here to see a listing of the Spanish Graduate Faculty and their contact info.
And, you may write to:
Graduate Chair
Department of Modern Languages
Gordy Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
(Info current as of Aug. 2005)Gra

Click for Graduate Handbook 2013-2015 

Click for Graduate Handbook 2012-2014 

Click for Graduate Handbook 2011-2013 

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.

 

The MA in Spanish is an upbeat, competitive program whose graduates have placed in prestigious Ph.D. programs and diverse careers. For more information about the program, funding opportunities, application requisites and instructions, etc. scroll through our website or contact us at: modern.languages@ohio.edu.

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Official transcripts from post-secondary schools, sent to the Graduate College.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. If the above documents are not in English, you will need a certified translation into English of all documents.
  6. Official score from TOEFL sent directly from ETS to Ohio University (code 1593).

 

 

Send the following directly to the Department of Modern Languages:

  1. 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).
  2. A written statement of purpose in both English and Spanish.
  3. 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:

 

  1. The MA in Spanish consists of a total of 50 semester hours
    1. 7 core courses
    2. 4 elective courses
    3. 1 seminar
    4. 2 semesters of SPAN 6920
  2. All new Teaching Associates must take 6920 (Problems in Teaching College Spanish) during the first two semesters (1 cr. per semester).
  3. 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.

 

Specific requirements:

 

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.

 

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 The Literature of Golden Age Spain 
  • 5457 History of the Language
  • 5558 Don Quijote
  • 5384 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
  • 5349 Culture and Civilization of Spain
  • 6902 Seminar

Other Languages:

  • 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

 

Course Load:

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.

 

Opportunities Abroad:

  • 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.

 

Further Information:

For further information regarding admissions, program options, or degree requirements, email us directly at:

modern.languages@ohio.edu

And, you may write to:

Graduate Chair

Department of Modern Languages

Gordy Hall

Ohio University

Athens, OH 45701

 

(Info current as of July 2013)

Department of Modern Languages – Gordy Hall

Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701

Tel: 740-593-2765