Spanish, Modern Languages and Cultures
Department of Spanish, Modern Languages and Cultures
Graduate Program Director: Stephen Silverstein
The goals of the Master of Arts program in Spanish are
- to prepare students to pursue the Ph.D. in Spanish and related fields,
- to prepare students to be effective teachers, and
- to prepare students to work in business and professional activities that require Spanish in this country and abroad.
Baylor’s MA in Spanish provides a balanced study of canonical works in Latin American and Peninsular Literature together with a solid grounding in Hispanic Linguistics.
An applicant should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum of eighteen hours of Spanish beyond the sophomore level or the equivalent. An applicant should have a GPA in Spanish courses taken as an undergraduate that is predictive of success in this graduate program. Each candidate will be evaluated on an individual basis, and additional designated courses may be required as prerequisites for graduate work. All applicants must present the GRE General Test and, for international students, either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exam is required.
The sounds of Spanish and the formation of its words, and the relationship between these two, morphophonology. It includes pronunciation and transcription of Spanish.
Spanish word order and sentence formation, phrasal structures and constructions that are different from English.
The study of the meaning of words, sentences, and discourse and elements of conversation including context, usage and appropriateness.
In-depth experience with Spanish in medical contexts, including a community service-learning component, with emphasis on oral and aural proficiency. Must be taken in residence at Baylor in order to count toward the Certificate in Spanish for Health Professions.
A review of grammar applied to the writing of compositions and conversational practice. Emphasis on writing style, practical and cultural topics, dialogues, and interviews.
The theory and practice of translation, including poetry, short stories, and technical documents.
Representative playwrights of seventeenth-century Spain; extensive study of selected works. Lectures, reports, class discussion, and term papers.
Study of the major works of Cervantes with emphasis on Don Quixote, the cultural milieu of sixteenth and seventeenth century Spain, and the views of present-day literary critics. Lectures, class discussions, oral reports, and term papers.
Representative plays, poems, essays, and novels from nineteenth century Spanish literature, emphasizing in-depth analysis of texts.
Study of representative poets, playwrights, and novelists of this century. Lectures, student reports, class discussions, and term papers.
An in-depth study of outstanding eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American short stories in light of current practice and trends in literary analysis.
Major trends of Spanish American theater as reflected in the works of major contemporary playwrights. Readings, lectures, and reports.
A study of the origins and development of the Spanish-American novel (from 1816 to 1915). A study of the main literary movements as reflected or found in the novel, in an approved paper or project.
An overview of poetic trends in Latin American literature from pre-Hispanic times to the twentieth century.
A study of an author, work, period, genre, or current Hispanic literature or of an aspect of the Spanish language. Topic changes from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.
To fulfill requirements for non-thesis master's students who need to complete final degree requirements other than coursework during their last semester. This may include such things as a comprehensive examination, oral examination, or foreign language requirement. Students are required to be registered during the semester they graduate.
Theories and models of literary criticism, as well as library resources and their use applied to the analysis of texts in Spanish to produce scholarly papers.
A study of Spanish literature from the end of the first millennium through the consolidation of the various Spanish kingdoms under Ferdinand and Isabella.
Representative works of poetry, prose narrative, and drama from Boscan to Calderon. Close reading of texts with special attention to major historical, artistic, and literary trends of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Major historical and literary movements and major historical, literary, and artistic figures of nineteenth-and twentieth-century Spain. Analysis of texts through close reading.
This course is an introduction to the major movements and writers of prose fiction in Spain in the last two hundred years.
This course is designed to give an overview of literary trends in Hispanic-American literature from pre-Hispanic times to the eighteenth century.
This course is designed as a survey of the Latin American novel, short story, poetry and theatre from the nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century.
This course is designed as a survey of the Latin American novel, short-story, poetry and theatre of the first half of twentieth century.
This course is designed as a survey of the Latin American novel, short-story, poetry, and the theatre from the second half of the twentieth century to the present.
An introductory course for the field of linguistics and its components: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and language change.
Historical developments of the language from Latin to modern Spanish.
An examination of studies on the acquisition of Spanish as a first and second language; language acquisition in both formal and informal environments is studied.
The course intends to examine the grammatical structures of Spanish and English for students who are intermediate to advanced learners of Spanish.
The course intends to examine the phonological and morphological structures of Spanish as they relate to English.
Theory, review of literature, and practice in language acquisition and applied linguistics for graduate students who will be teaching Spanish as a second language.
Reading of intermediate-level Spanish texts. No previous language experience required. Limited to graduate students or to undergraduates by petition. Does not count toward foreign language requirement for undergraduate students.
Continuation of SPA 5370. Reading of intermediate-level Spanish texts. No previous language experience required. Limited to graduate students or to undergraduates by petition. Does not count toward foreign language requirement for undergraduate students.
A study of an author, work, period, genre, or trend of Hispanic literature or of an aspect of the Spanish language. May be taken more than once as topic changes from semester to semester.
Research, data analysis, writing, and oral defense of an approved master's thesis. At least six hours of SPA 5V99 are required.