Mar 03, 2021  
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, MA

Administrative Unit

The program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research through the Faculty of Spanish, Department of Literature and Languages, College of Arts and Sciences.


Educational Objective

Through the study and analysis of past, present, and emerging Hispanic cultures–their languages, literatures, and histories

  • Study the major movements and writers from Spain, and the United States (Latino and Chicano) and Latin America.
  • Become familiar with the characteristics of literary movements, contemporary literary trends, such as the nature of literary genres, sometimes fixed, and sometimes changing. At the same time, acquire literary terms in each genre.
  • Dominate techniques, writing strategies and demonstrate a critical and responsible attitude to the Spanish language.
  • Writing research and analytical papers (short and medium length) with evidence that the student implements the methodological basis of literary studies: a clear and attractive thesis, critical dialogue, the original proposal, optimal development of ideas, and an effective conclusion.
  • Increase linguistic proficiency and the history of the Spanish language. Study the sound system, the sentence patterns, the historical evolution, and the regional variants.

The Department of History, Literature, and Languages offer the Master of Arts in Spanish with emphasis in a) Mexican Studies b) Spanish linguistics c) Peninsular literature and culture d) Latin America (Spanish) literature. The courses include literary theory, the study of film, music, cultural studies, and other interdisciplinary orientation. The courses are designed to give our student a strong preparation in the language, literatures, linguistics, and all Hispanic cultural context. The educational training of students of the master degree program is professionally designed in two directions: 1) Acquire knowledge and enhance their skills to continue doctoral studies in Spanish. 2) Contribute to raising the level of schools (Elementary, Middle, and High school) where Master’s students are working as teachers and promote academic improvement.

Admission Requirements

Candidates who have not completed at least 18 undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH) in Spanish will be required to enroll in additional courses to complete their preparation for graduate work. The following list provides choices in content areas that may be needed: (1) SPAN 3301, Advanced Grammar and Syntax; (2) SPAN 3302, Advanced Composition and Conversation; (3) SPAN 3331, Spanish Conversation; (4) SPAN 4331, Spanish Phonetics and Phonemics; (5) SPAN 3321, Hispanic Civilization; and (6) SPAN 4301 Spanish Literature I, or SPAN 4302 Spanish Literature II, or SPAN 4311, Spanish-American Literature I, or SPAN 4351, Mexican Literature, or SPAN 4352, Mexican-American Literature. Candidates who do not have a B.A. in Spanish, either from UTPB or another accredited university, must write a six page essay in MLA format. This essay will be a critical analysis of literature, culture or research.

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • Six page essay in Spanish, MLA format (plus one bibliography page). This essay will be a critical analysis of literature, culture or research. Please email to

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours
  • Acceptable GRE scores (150 or higher on Verbal and Quantitative Section)
  • Six page essay in Spanish, MLA format (plus one bibliography page). This essay will be a critical analysis of literature, culture or research. Please email to
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • The student is a first generation college student
    • The student had other responsibilities such as work and mother-father duties.
    • The Student has one of the following: a) A BA in Spanish. B) A Minor is Spanish.

NOTE: Candidates who have not completed at least 18 upper division undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH) in Spanish will be required to enroll in additional courses to complete their preparation for graduate work.


The Master of Arts in Spanish consists of a minimum 36 semester credit hour in which a student may select either one of several options: (1) Directed Readings (Written Examinations); (2) Thesis; (3) Scholarly Article; and (4) Additional 6 Graduate Credit Hours (Portfolio Option). Up to 9 semester credit hours of senior level Spanish courses (4300-numbered SPAN courses, excluding HIST courses) may be included, pending consultation with the student’s advisor. After completing 18 credit hours, students who choose the Thesis or Scholarly Article option should submit to their committee a 5-10 page prospectus with a working bibliography.

Directed Readings (Written Examinations)

The three examinations will each cover one of the following areas: Linguistics, Latin American and Peninsular Literature. Spanish professors will review the comprehensive examinations taken. The professor specializing in each area will grade the examination first and then pass the examinations (without written comments or any marks) to the other professors. Each professor will sign the examination including a note specifying a pass or no pass. Afterwards, all of the professors will get together to review all three examinations. Students need to pass only two of the three areas in order to graduate.


At the MA level, the thesis should constitute a contribution to the scholarly discourse on a well-defined topic. The thesis will demonstrate the writer’s grasp of the history of that discourse and the major voices within it. The thesis will be a lengthy paper (typically 50-70 pages of text) combining original analysis with thorough research. The thesis is not a doctoral dissertation or a book. A total of 6 credits will be devoted to SPAN 6399.

Scholarly Article

A scholarly article, to be submitted for publication after its completion and the suggested revisions by the student’s committee, should be an original contribution to scholarship. The student’s committee must agree that the student’s proposed work at the prospectus level is a publishable article. The scholarly article option involves two phases, the first of which is the passage of a broad oral examination in the area in which the student wishes to write an article. Once the examination is passed, the student may write an article suitable for publication in a peer reviewed scholarly journal. Students choosing this option must also successfully perform an oral examination following the completion of their writing in which they defend their work. The examiners will be members of the candidate’s committee and a representative of the Graduate Faculty. The article will be a lengthy paper (20-25 pages of text) combining original interpretation with thorough research. A total of 6 credit hours will be devoted to SPAN 6399 for this option.

Additional 6 Graduate Credit Hours (Portfolio Option)

Students who do not wish to pursue any of the above options may take 6 additional graduate credits, for a total of 36 semester credit hours. In the semester they plan to graduate they should submit 3 of their graduate papers to be evaluated by their graduate committee; an oral examination will follow this evaluation in which the student will be asked to demonstrate how these papers have met the goals of the graduate program.

Special Program Features

The Master of Arts in Spanish at U.T. Permian Basin provides broad training to students in three areas: (1) Spanish linguistics, bilingualism, translation; (2) Latin American Literature; and (3) Peninsular Literature. It is designed generally for four potentially overlapping populations: (1) those pursuing careers in language teaching; (2) and/or those desiring preparation for doctoral-level graduate study; (3) the “life-long learners” who will find the terminal MA proposed here to be appealing and as fulfilling their wish to earn the MA in a field they will find relevant to their lives and the lives of those around them; and (4) those in businesses, industry and for-profit and non-profit organizations and agencies who find a need for advanced skills of communication across cultures and knowledge of the similarities that bind us.

Required Courses

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Spanish must complete 36 credits of graduate work.

Two Courses in Peninsular Literature (6 sch)

One Course in History/Hispanic Civilizations (3 sch)

Two Additional Course in Spanish Linguistics, Spanish-American Literature or Peninsular Literature (6 sch)

NOTE: SPAN 6389 Selected Topics , may be used for meeting a requirement in Spanish Linguistics, Spanish-American Literature, or Peninsular Literature, depending upon the course content and with the approval of the student’s advisor.

Non-thesis or Thesis Option (6 sch)

The programs Non-Thesis or Thesis option as the culminating experience of the degree includes two courses that will be unique.

SPAN 6390 Directed Readings  or SPAN 6399 Master’s Thesis  will be the only courses not available to all students in the program.