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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Spanish (SPA)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 16.0905
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
World Languages Department (WLE)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CPR447
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
David Arbesu
Phone: 813-974-2548


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The Hispanic/Latino area of the Department of World Languages supports a broad, intellectually driven approach to teaching language, culture and literature in higher education. Languages and cultures are complex, multifunctional phenomena that link an individual to other individuals, to communities and to national cultures. The graduate program 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. Students who receive a Masters of Arts in Spanish from the Department of World Language Education at USF become well-educated communicators with deep translingual and transcultural competence. Thus, they are exceptionally prepared to either continue studies leading to the Ph.D., or find careers in related fields such as the teaching profession, translation, government and civil service and agencies, legal and paralegal services, or foreign and domestic business enterprises.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • undergraduate 3.0 GPA
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • A two-page statement of purpose in Spanish
  • an oral interview in Spanish (can be done by phone)
  • If degree is from abroad student must pass TOFEL—score of 213 for computer based test, or 79 for internet based test, or 550 for paper based test.
  • Approval from the program director in case of degree from another discipline

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements






FOW 6085
SPW 6806

Introduction to Hispanic Graduate Studies


Students must have taken, or plan to take, an Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics course, or equivalent, prior to or during their M.A. studies in Spanish. This requirement must be fulfilled before taking the M.A. comprehensive exam.

Select courses from:



Colonial Spanish American Literature
Spanish American Drama and Poetry
Spanish American Prose
Golden Age Poetry and Drama
Medieval Literature
19th Century Literature
Generation of 1898
Literature 1918-1936
Selected Topics
Golden Age Novel
Post Civil War Literature
Caribbean Literature
Directed Research



Students may also take 27-30 semester hours in Spanish and 6-9 semester hours in another related area, as approved by Graduate Director. Two 4000 level courses (BA) can count towards the degree provided the student is enrolled in the MA program or had a prior arrangement with the Graduate Director.

Areas of Emphasis
Select one of the areas of emphasis below:

Emphasis Option A: Languages and Cultures
Refer to core requirements above.
Non-thesis option

Emphasis Option B: Literatures and Cultures
In addition to core requirements above:
Proficiency in a second foreign language. The second foreign language requirement can be satisfied by having completed the second semester of a language other than Spanish within the last two years, or by taking a placement test and placing into level III of that language, or by taking the second semester of another language other than Spanish while pursuing the Spanish Masters. In special cases, a translation and brief oral interview can be arranged in place of these requirements.



Successful completion of a Comprehensive Exam at the end of coursework (typically in the second semester of the second year). This exam is based on the MA reading list.





Thesis: Master's


Students are strongly encouraged to undertake M.A. thesis work. If a student selects this option, he/she must complete27 semester hours of SPN/SPW 5000?6000 level courses (or 21?24 semesters hours in Spanish and 6?9 semester hoursin another related area, as approved by the Graduate Director.) Two 4000 level courses (B.A.) can count towards thedegree, provided the student is enrolled in the M.A. program, or had a prior arrangement with the Graduate Director. Inaddition, 6 semester hours (SPW 6971), towards completion of M.A. thesis, must be completed. OTHER INFORMATION

Three-Summer M.A. program
Students may also receive the M.A. in Spanish by enrolling in courses at the Tampa campus during the summer, whenever courses are available.. Generally the degree is received after three summers of study. Contact the Graduate Program Director for details.

Special Summer Programs Overseas
The Division of Languages and Linguistics, in cooperation with the International Affairs Center, offers several summer study programs overseas. These include study in Argentina, Spain, and Costa Rica. For complete details, contact the program advisors or the International Affairs Center.

To obtain a copy of the Masters of Arts in Spanish handbook, please visit the World Language Department in CPR 419.






College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —


Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

FOW6085, SPW5135, SPW5355, SPW5387, SPW5388, SPW5405, SPW5465, SPW5605, SPW5725, SPW5726, SPW5934, SPW6427, SPW6485, SPW6775, SPW6910, SPW6971,