Graduate School Policies and Procedures apply to this program
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The Master of Arts Program in Spanish at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center offers an alternative to exclusively literary studies that traditionally lead to doctoral programs. By integrating language, literature and cultural studies with ancillary work in other disciplines, the degree provides the broader expertise that will lead to or enhance careers in teaching, government, social services, business and international trade. Students will tailor the program to their specific interests and needs by developing a topical focus including courses within and outside the Department of Modern Languages. Students choose from two options for completion of their Master’s degree: either they complete their coursework and take a comprehensive written and oral exam in their last semester, or they complete a six credit thesis under the direction of Spanish faculty. This program is not offered online.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their Spanish faculty advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- Students must complete 30 credit hours, with a minimum of 21 SPAN credit hours.
- Students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate level (5000 or above) credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in all courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the program GPA. Students cannot complete course requirements as pass/fail.
- All credit hours for the certificate must be earned at the University of Colorado Denver.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- Candidates in Spanish must satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School as outlined in this catalog and will be required to complete 33 hours of course work distributed with respect to the Thesis or Non-Thesis Options outlined below.
- No more than one undergraduate course (three semester hours) may be applied toward the MA degree, and that course must have been taken at the 4000 level or above and in an ancillary field outside the Department of Modern Languages.
- Failure to maintain a 3.00 Program GPA will result in the student being placed on academic probation. Courses completed with grades below the letter grade of B- (GPA 2.7) may not be applied toward fulfillment of the requirements for any graduate (doctoral or master’s) degree within the Graduate School.
- Students may elect to take three courses (nine semester hours) outside the department.
|Complete the following course:||3|
|SPAN 5000||Introduction to Graduate Studies in Spanish||3|
Literature and Culture
|Complete two of the following courses:||6|
|SPAN 5030||The Learning and Teaching of Heritage Speakers||3|
|SPAN 5110||Contemporary Spanish Literature||3|
|SPAN 5130||Medieval Spanish Literature||3|
|SPAN 5150||Masterpieces of Spanish Literature||3|
|SPAN 5170||Golden Age Drama||3|
|SPAN 5330||Modern Culture of Spain through Film and Narrative||3|
|SPAN 5340||Race, Class, and Gender in Spanish Golden Age Literature||3|
|SPAN 5350||Don Quijote||3|
|SPAN 5360||Women and the Spanish Civil War||3|
|SPAN 5399||Special Topics: Spanish Peninsular Literature||3|
|SPAN 5411||Contemporary Spanish-American Novel||3|
|SPAN 5450||Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature||3|
|SPAN 5521||Mexican Literature I: pre-Columbian and Colonial||3|
|SPAN 5522||Mexican Literature II: 19th to 21st Centuries||3|
|SPAN 5525||Orientalisms In The Hispanic Traditions||3|
|SPAN 5590||Ibero-American Thought||3|
|SPAN 5970||Special Topics in Literature||3|
|Complete two of the following courses:||6|
|SPAN 5010||History of the Spanish Language||3|
|SPAN 5020||Spanish Sociolinguistics||3|
|SPAN 5040||Spanish Classroom Methods and Practice||3|
|SPAN 5060||Dialects of the Spanish-Speaking World||3|
|SPAN 5070||Spanish Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition||3|
|SPAN 5076||Spanish in Colorado||3|
|SPAN 5080||Spanish in the United States||3|
|SPAN 5690||Methods of Teaching Modern Languages||3|
|or MLNG 5690||Methods of Teaching Modern Languages|
Topic Focus Electives
|Complete a minimum of four graduate-level Spanish courses for Topic Focus/electives in literature, linguistics, culture, methodologies of teaching. 1||12|
Students may include up to two courses (3-6 credits) from outside the Modern Languages Department, as approved by their advisor.
|Complete a Master's Thesis, according to Graduate School Policies and under guidance of the graduate program director.||6|
|SPAN 5950||Master's Thesis (preparation and writing)||6|
|Complete a minimum of two additional graduate-level Spanish courses for Topic Focus/electives in literature, linguistics, culture, methodologies of teaching.||6|
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