Program Details

 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for the M.A. in Spanish:

  • A baccalaureate degree. In Spanish or a related field that requires upper-division coursework in undergraduate Spanish (e.g., Latin American Studies, International Studies, International Business), with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • An application essay. Addresses the applicant's motivation for enrolling in the M.A. in Spanish, including particular research interests and career or professional goals. Students seeking enrollment in the LLC concentration must write this essay in Spanish and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in Spanish by attaching an additional writing sample (a college term paper or similar document).  Students seeking enrollment in the TTS concentration may write the essay in either English or Spanish but must demonstrate high levels of literacy and proficiency in both languages by providing writing samples in each.
  • An oral interview. With the Graduate Program Director.
  • Three letters of reference. For those interested in the LLC concentration, at least two of the letters must be from professors. For those interested in the TTS concentration, at least one of the letters must come from a professor, and letters not written by a professor must be from professionals working in the field of Spanish, translation and interpreting, or a closely related area (e.g., Latin American Studies, International Studies, International Business).  Letters not written by professors should not come from a friend or family member, but from a work supervisor or somebody in a similar professional capacity. 
  • TOEFL. For international applicants whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL does not apply for applicants who have a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university. In order to be valid, the TOEFL must have been taken within two years of application to the M.A. program. For further information, contact the Office of International Admissions.

 

Financial Support & Funding Sources

The department offers a limited number of graduate assistantships and a limited number of non-resident tuition waivers. Tuition at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, both for in-state and out-of-state students, is among the lowest in the country and provides an excellent return on the dollar. Visit the Graduate School for additional funding sources.

 

Prerequisite Requirements

LLC concentration applicants who do not have advanced-level undergraduate coursework in Spanish language and the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America will be required to take a minimum of two courses in these areas as part of their preparation for enrollment in the M.A. program. Such coursework may be taken as a post-baccalaureate graduate student, and up to 6 credit hours of such coursework with a grade of B or higher may be transferred forward to the M.A. program upon admission to the program. Applicants should consult with the Program Director for counseling.

 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Spanish requires 30 graduate credit hours. For any course to count toward the M.A. in Spanish, it must have been taken within six years from the date of enrollment in the program. No more than 6 credit hours evaluated with a grade of C may be counted toward the minimum hours required for the master's degree. Up to 6 credit hours of appropriate graduate coursework may be accepted for transfer from another accredited institution. Additional non-residence credit for graduate study abroad may be possible via departmental pre-approval.

The Master of Arts in Spanish requires either 30 hours of graduate coursework or 24 hours of graduate coursework plus a master's thesis (6 credit hours).

  • With the approval of the department, 3 hours of electives in related areas may be taken as part of the 30 hours.
  • Up to six hours of appropriate graduate credit may be accepted for transfer from another accredited institution. For any course to count toward the M.A. in Spanish, it must have been taken within six years from the date of enrollment in the program.  
  • Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA in the courses on their degree plan of study in order to graduate. No more than six hours evaluated as C may be counted toward the minimum hours required for the master's degree.

For both concentration options—Language, Literature and Culture (LLC) and Translating and Translation Studies (TTS)—the M.A. in Spanish requires a common set of four graduate core courses (12 hours), one in each of the following areas:

  • Spanish literature
  • Spanish American literature
  • Spanish or Spanish American civilization and culture
  • Spanish linguistics

 

Language, Literature, and Culture (LLC) Concentration

The LLC concentration consists of graduate coursework in Spanish and Spanish American literature, Spanish and Spanish American civilization and culture (including film studies), Spanish linguistics, methodology, Spanish for the professions and specific purposes (e.g., business and international trade), special topics in Spanish, and up to 3 hours of professional internship in Spanish. A scholarly thesis may also be written, which constitutes 6 hours of coursework. 

The Language, Literature, and Culture (LLC) concentration allows for an in-depth development of Spanish language skills and is especially recommended for teachers of Spanish. This track also provides excellent preparation for individuals who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish, for whom courses in literature and linguistics are especially recommended. Graduates have been admitted to Ph.D. programs at numerous prestigious universities in the United States.

Students may take either: (1) 30 credit hours of elective courses or (2) 24 credit hours of elective courses plus a master's thesis (6 credit hours). See planning sheet. 

Elective Courses (24-30 hours)

Students can select 5-6 course from among the following list. With the approval of the department, students may take 3 elective credit hours in related areas as part of the 24-30 credit hours.  To do so, students must submit a written request to the Graduate Program Director explaining how these hours of elective courses will enrich their program.   

See detailed descriptions of the courses here:

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Master's Thesis

The master's thesis (SPAN 6902) may include Spanish and Spanish American literature; Spanish and Spanish American civilization and culture (including literature and film studies); Spanish linguistics, methodology, applied language (Spanish for business and international trade); and other special topics in Spanish.

 

Translating and Translation Studies (TTS) Concentration

The TTS concentration consists of graduate coursework in history, theory and method of translation and in the analysis and translation of different types of texts and discourse: e.g., business, technical, medical, legal, scholarly, and literary. It may also include special topics courses in Spanish-English translation, a professional internship in translating, and a translation thesis (equivalent to 6 hours). Coursework in Spanish for the professions and specific purposes (e.g., business and international trade) is especially appropriate for the TTS concentration. This specialized concentration serves individuals interested in a career in professional translation or in enhancing their career or work opportunities as language and culture specialists in today's global economy and in a nation where Spanish is becoming increasingly important. It also provides preparation for those who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. in fields such as Spanish, linguistics, translating and translation studies, intercultural communication, or international studies.

Students may take either: (1) 30 credit hours of elective courses or (2) 24 credit hours of elective courses plus a master's thesis (6 credit hours). See planning sheet.

Spanish Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two from SPAN 5000-6999 (excluding SPAN 6902)

Translating and Translations Studies Elective Courses (18-24 credit hours)

With the approval of the department, students may take 3 elective credit hours in related areas as part of the 24-30 credit hours. To do so, students must submit a written request to the Graduate Program Director explaining how these hours of elective courses will enrich their program.

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Thesis (0-6 credit hours)

The master's thesis (TRAN 6902) may include the history, theory, and method of translation; linguistics for translators; translation project management and technologies; and the analysis and translation of different types of texts and discourse: business, technical, medical, legal, scholarly, and literary.

 

Advising

Graduate students are advised by the Graduate Program Director and by designated graduate faculty members in good standing.

 

Faculty

Graduate Faculty
  • José Manuel Batista, Ph.D., University of Georgia. Latin American Poetry, Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, Post-colonial Theory.
  • Carlos Coria-Sánchez, Ph.D., University of Georgia. Latin American Literature, Mexican Women Writers and Feminism, Spanish for Business and International Trade.
  • David Dalton, Ph.D., University of Kansas, Latin American Literature, Theater, Cinema
  • Michael Scott Doyle, Ph.D., University of Virginia. Translating and Translation Studies, Spanish for Business and International Trade, 20th Century Spanish Literature.
  • Concepción Godev, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University. General Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Pedagogy.
  • Ann B. González, Ph.D., University of South Carolina. Central American Literature, Children's Literature in Spanish, 20th Century Spanish American Narrative.
  • Jeffrey Killman, Ph.D., Universidad de Málaga, Málaga, Spain. Translating and Translation Studies.
  • Maryrica Ortiz Lottman, Ph.D., Princeton University. 16th and 17th Century Spanish Literature, especially Theater; Trans-Atlantic Studies; Gender Studies.
  • Christopher Mellinger, Ph.D., Kent State University. Translating and Translation Studies, Computer-Assisted Translation, Medical Interpreting.
  • Anton Pujol, Ph.D., University of Kansas, M.B.A., University of Chicago. Translation Studies, Spanish for Business, 19th Century Peninsular Literature.
  • Monica Rodriguez-Castro, Ph.D., Kent State University. Translating and Translation Studies
Associate Graduate Faculty
  • Paloma Fernández Sánchez,  Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington. Spanish (Caribbean Literatures and Culture), Comparative Literature, Gender Studies.
  • Olga Padilla-Falto, PhD, Georgetown University, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Language Teaching Methodology.

 

Application for Degree

Students should make application for their degree by completing the online Application for Degree through Banner Self Service no later than the filing date specified in the University Academic Calendar.