The curriculum includes at least 11 courses:
1) 3 required courses: Pedagogy (plus a practicum to be taken each semester that the student teaches), Core introductory course, Comparative Literature or Allied Field; and
2) 8 graduate seminars in Iberian and Latin American Studies.
Areas: M.A. students will cover 8 out of the 12 areas listed below through course work and by conducting two required summer independent reading assignments. (See below for more details on these assignments under “The M.A. Exam in Iberian and Latin American Studies.”)
Spanish-American Literatures and Cultures
1. Colonial Latin America
2. From Independence to the 1870’s
4. The Avant-Garde
5. 20th – 21st Centuries
Iberian Literatures and Cultures
7. Renaissance and Baroque
8. Enlightenment and 19th Century
9. The Avant-Garde
10. 20th – 21st Centuries
11. Latino Literature and Culture
12. Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures (or comparative Latin American, including Brazil)
Areas by coursework: M.A. students must cover at least 6 of these 12 areas with coursework over four semesters.
Course offering should be outlined in advance (subject to changes, of course), foreshadowing the next 3 to four semesters
Areas by reading-exam: 2 additional areas are covered through “The M.A. Exam in Iberian and Latin American Studies,” as described bellow. Successful completion of the M.A. Exam in Iberian and Latin American Studies and coursework are needed for an M.A. in Iberian and Latin American Studies.
Note: the two areas examined by “The M.A. Exam in Iberian and Latin American Studies” must correspond to areas not covered in coursework unless the planned coursework surpasses the 6 areas required.
Note: Students take more than the minimum number of six literature/culture courses mentioned above (typically 8, as in the sample curriculum below), but some of these fall within the same area.
Core Introductory Course
Seminar Span. Am.
Seminar Span. Am.
Seminar Peninsular Comparative Literature or Allied Field
Summer (2 areas)
Span. Am. Area
Seminar Span. Am.
Seminar Span. Am.
During the summer between semesters 2 and 3, students will prepare a written examination in two areas that are not going to be covered through their two-year course work.
During the second semester in the program, in consultation with the Graduate Liaison, each student and a professor or group of professors will write two reading lists in the selected areas as well as the set of questions for the exam. Students will answer one question per area in 15-20 pages approximately (30-40 pages total for the two areas), double-spaced, with bibliography. The written part of the examination is due by the first day of classes of the third semester.
Students who do not pass the written part of one or both area exams must revise their answers to the satisfaction of the area professor(s) and Graduate Liaison. They will have until the first day of classes after the mid-term break of the spring semester (Semester 4) to do the revisions. Then (around the eleventh week of the fourth semester), students will present an oral examination before a minimum of 2 faculty members in the program. Students who do not produce a satisfactory examination after his/her oral will not be awarded the M.A.
The thesis must be a minimum of 50 double-spaced pages of text. To be considered for this option, the student must present a written request to the Spanish graduate coordinator no later than the end of the Spring semester of the first year in the program and receive approval from the Spanish faculty. The thesis may be written in Spanish or in English, although students are encouraged to write in Spanish.
The following procedures provide further guidance regarding the thesis. The approved topic is researched and the results presented under the supervision of a thesis director. The thesis should follow the guidelines in the Graduate School's Guide for Formatting and Submitting Dissertations and Theses, available at the Graduate School office. The thesis director indicates final approval of the thesis and its readiness for the readers by signing the thesis. The candidate then delivers the number of signed copies of the completed thesis required by the department to the department chair. Students should be cognizant of deadlines for graduation established by the Graduate School and the department. These copies are distributed to the two official readers appointed by the department. Readers are normally appointed from among the regular teaching and research faculty in Romance Languages and Literatures. The appointment of a reader from outside the department must have the Graduate School's prior approval. The thesis director may not be one of the official readers. Each reader must unconditionally approve the thesis and the department should promptly report the results to the Graduate School. After the readers approve the thesis, the candidate should deliver two clean copies signed by the thesis director to the Graduate School office on or before the date specified in the Graduate School Calendar. There it will be verified for compliance with the style manual. The candidate then should deliver the verified copies and the Graduate School approval form to the Hesburgh Library, where he or she pays the binding costs. Should a student and adviser decide to microfilm a thesis, information concerning the University Microfilms International Master's Publishing Program may be obtained from the Graduate School office.
The B.A.-M.A. program requires the completion of an undergraduate first major in Spanish consisting of at least 10 undergraduate courses at or above level 20202, followed by a total of 8 graduate courses, two of which must be taken during the senior year.
Between semesters 1 and 2 of the fifth year, B.A./M.A. students will prepare a written examination in one area that is not going to be covered through their course work.
During the first semester in the M.A program and before the Thanksgiving break, in consultation with the Graduate Liaison, each student and a professor or group of professors will write a reading list in the selected area as well as a question for the exam. Students will answer the question in 15-20 pages approximately, double-spaced, with bibliography. The written part of the examination is due by the first day of classes of the last semester.
Students who do not pass the written part of the area examination must revise their answer to the satisfaction of the area professor(s) and Graduate Liaison. They will have until the first day of classes after the mid-term break of the spring semester to do the revisions. Then (around the eleventh week of the last semester), students will present an oral examination before a minimum of 2 faculty members in the program. Students who do not produce a satisfactory examination after his/her oral will not be awarded the M.A.
Students interested in the B.A.-M.A. Program must contact the Graduate Director no later than spring of their junior year. Those accepted to the Program will be invited to formally apply to the Graduate School in the Fall.