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MA Spanish

The Master of Arts in Spanish

The Master of Arts in Spanish offers students academic and practical training in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking communities of Spain, Latin America, and the United States. Our faculty members bring a strong interdisciplinary focus to both scholarship and teaching, and our courses cover a wide variety of topics in all areas and historical periods. These include, among others, Hispanic linguistics, colonial Spanish American literature, medieval and renaissance Spain, contemporary Spanish film and culture, transatlantic studies, or 19th- & 20th-century Latin American literature.

Teaching Spanish

Whether you are pursuing your dream of becoming a teacher or interested in receiving some financial help to complete your studies, the Master of Arts in Spanish provides you with the opportunity to be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and gain valuable training as a teacher of Spanish language and culture. Our TAs receive a 100% tuition waiver and are put in charge of teaching one or two sections of Spanish courses per semester. Accordingly, a vital part of our program involves courses in teaching methodology and linguistics, and it involves practical classroom experience under the supervision of a faculty member. If you are applying to the Spanish MA Program and are interested in a Graduate Assistantship, please contact the Interim Graduate Program Director: Dr. Pablo Brescia.

Careers & Placement

Students graduating with a Master of Arts in Spanish from the Dept. of World Languages at USF are well-educated communicators with deep translingual and transcultural competence. Our graduates have been accepted into some of the most prestigious Ph.D. programs in the country, have found careers in related fields such as translation, foreign and domestic businesses, government, and civic service agencies, or have accepted teaching positions at both local and national schools and colleges.

Admissions

USF Requirements for Admission

Students are required to meet the admission requirements of both the USF Graduate School and the Master of Arts in Spanish Program. Applications are competitive and judged in their entirety. The Spanish Section evaluates which candidates are a better fit for the program by considering the strength of the credentials (transcripts, letters), the student’s previous experience, proficiency in Spanish and English, statement of purpose, and overall qualifications. Admission rate is approximately 50%. Admission into the program does not necessarily entail a Teaching Assistantship, which are competitive and subject to availability and funding. Requirements for admission into the Master of Arts in Spanish are:

  • Application for admission to USF
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in the United States showing a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A statement of purpose of three (3) pages in length, written in Spanish.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation sent or e-mailed directly to the Graduate Program Director.
  • An oral interview in Spanish and English (either in person, over the phone, or via Skype). 

International students: International students who do not have a BA from the United States must show proof of a comparable degree from an international university. In order to be considered official, all transcripts submitted must be translated / certified by an approved agency. Please have your transcripts and translations sent to: University of South Florida. Office of Admissions. 4202 East Fowler Avenue. SVC 1036. Tampa, FL 33620.

International students, or those students who do not have BA from an institution in the United States, must take the TOEFL and score at least 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 550 (paper-based test). Those students who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship must also show a score of at least 26 in the speaking portion of the exam. Students who score 20-25 in the speaking portion may also be considered provided they take an additional course. For the TOEFL, please use code 5828 for the University of South Florida.

Program Application Deadlines: TBA
For questions or further information contact:

Dr. Pablo Brescia
Interim Graduate Program Director
Dept. of World Languages - CPR 444
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
Email

Courses

SPW 5135: Colonial Spanish American Literature
AS WLE PR: SPW 4131. 3 SEM HRS.
Introduction to Colonial Spanish American Literature from the discovery through the Romantic period.

SPW 5339 Golden Age Drama
AS WLE PR: SPW 4100. 3 SEM HRS.
Lope de Vega, Alarcon, Tirso, Calderon, and others.

SPW 5375 Latin American Short Story
AS WLE. 3 SEM HRS.
The course examines the state of the Spanish-American short story in the 20th Century through reading, analysis, and discussion of primary and secondary texts.

SPW 5387 Spanish American Prose
AS WLE PR: SPW 4131. 3 SEM HRS.
Emphasis on the gaucho theme and contemporary prose fiction.

SPW 5405 Medieval Literature
AS WLE PR: SPW 4100 or equivalent. 3 SEM HRS.
Course gives an in-depth study of principal works and authors of the period such as the Poema de Mio Cid, Libro de Buen Amor, and La Celestina.

SPW 5465 19th-century Literature
AS WLE PR: SPW 4101. 3 SEM HRS.
An appreciation of the romantic and realist periods in Spanish literature.

SPN 5525 Modern Spanish American Civilization
AS WLE PR: SPN 3520 or equivalent. 3 SEM HRS.
Advanced readings and discussions dealing with Spanish American civilization and culture, including a study of social, artistic and political trends. Text and discussion in Spanish.

SPN 5567 Modern Spanish Civilization
AS WLE PR: SPN 3500 or equivalent. 3 SEM HRS.
Advanced readings and discussions dealing with contemporary Spanish civilization and culture, including a study of recent social, artistic and political trends. Texts and discussions in Spanish.

SPW 5597 Latin American Culture in Fantastic Literature and Film
AS WLE. 3 SEM HRS.
A panoramic view of Spanish-American fantastic and science fiction literature and film in order to analyze their relationship to historical, philosophical, and cultural trends from the end of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 21st Century.

SPW 5605 Cervantes
AS WLE. 3 SEM HRS.
Cervantes' masterpiece Don Quijote de la Mancha.

SPW 5725 Generation of 1898
AS WLE PR: SPW 4101. 3 SEM HRS.
The major figures of the period and their main followers.

SPW 5934 Selected Topics 
AS WLE PR: Graduate standing. 3 SEM HRS.
Study of an author, movement, or theme.

SPW 6427 Golden Age Novel
AS WLE. 3 SEM HRS.
Realistic prose-fiction of the Renaissance and Golden Age.

SPW 6485 Post Civil War Literature
AS WLE PR: SPW 4101. 3 SEM HRS.
The drama and novel since 1936.

SPW 6775 Caribbean Literature
AS WLE. 3 SEM HRS.
Emphasis on contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican literature.

SPW 6806 Introduction to Hispanic Graduate Studies
AS WLE. 3 SEM HRS.
Introduce students to speaking, reading, and writing at the graduate level and provide an overview of the MA in Spanish at USF.

SPN 6845 History of the Spanish Language
AS WLE. 3 SEM HRS.
Traces the development of Spanish from its Latin origins to the present.

SPN 6846 Spanish Paleography and Textual Criticism
AS WLE. PR: SPN 6845. 3 SEM HRS.
Analysis of Spanish historical documents, paleography, and textual criticism.

SPW 6910 Directed Research 
AS WLE PR: Graduate Standing. 1-19 SEM HRS.

SPW 6971 Thesis: Master's 
AS WLE PR: CC. S/U. 2-19 SEM HRS. 

Requirements

Student Accomplishments

Spanish MA Students: Placement & Achievements

Cristhian Alfonso (MA 2016) was accepted to the Ph.D. Program at the University of Georgia.

Verónica Rodríguez (MA 2016) has accepted a job as Spanish teacher at Bridge Prep Academy in Tampa, FL.

Nilofer Bharwani (MA 2016) is now working for the Peace Corps and will travel to Ecuador as Secondary English Teacher Trainer.

Elizabeth Cornet Ovalles (MA 2016) has accepted a job as Spanish teacher at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, FL.

Philip Allen (MA 2015) was accepted to the Ph.D. Program at the University of Florida and received a University Fellowship.

Marisol Rosario (MA 2015) is now a Spanish teacher at the Ana G. Méndez University System.

Alejandro Cortés (MA 2015) is now a Spanish teacher at Middleton High School in Tampa, FL.

Gonzalo Páez (MA 2015) is now teaching at Pasco eSchool and St. Petersburg College.

Develyn González (MA 2015) is a Spanish teacher at the Ana G. Méndez University System.

Yoha Carrera (MA 2014) teaches Spanish at the Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, FL.

Vivian Mills (2014) was accepted to the Ph.D. Program at the University of Washington.

Delaram Kalayeh (MA 2013) was accepted to the Ph.D. Program at Nebraska University.

Valeria Wolters (MA 2013) has accepted a job as Spanish and ESOL teacher at Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Wesley Chapel, FL.

Kathryn Henry (MA 2013) has accepted a job as Spanish teacher at the Methodist School Center in Brooksville, FL.