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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies

Program description

The Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies focuses on the fields of Latin American and Peninsular Spanish literatures, film, and cultures, as well as on the teaching of Spanish as a second/foreign language. Our program offers graduate courses in Medieval, Golden Age, and Colonial literature, 19th-21st Century Latin American literature and film, 19th-21st Century Peninsular literature, culture, and film, foreign language teaching methods (e.g., pedagogy), and classroom second language acquisition.

The program provides a theoretical foundation and practical application to conduct research in the different areas aforementioned. Besides preparing students in literary theory, criticism, and research methods, the program emphasizes an interdisciplinary and trans-regional approach to all the Latin American and Peninsular Spanish literary and cinematic traditions, epochs, genres, and cultural expressions (both, high, and popular).

Our approach to literature, film, and culture bridges theoretical frames provided by fields of studies as diverse as Gender Studies, Psychology, Cultural Studies, Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Sociology, Economics, Philosophy, Fine Arts, and History, to name a few. Admission is competitive and qualifying graduate students can be financially supported by teaching assistantships. Graduate student teaching assistants also receive practical training in the teaching of Spanish as a second/foreign language.

We strongly encourage the professional and academic advancement of our graduate students and, for that purpose, we offer funding support that allows students to attend professional conferences, and/or study abroad programs during their academic career at Washington State University.

To encourage and facilitate quality performance in all student activities, we provide students with semi-private offices, including computers and easy access to our Language Learning Resource Center. Located in Thompson Hall, our department is the oldest building on the Pullman campus, and is included in the National Register for Historical Buildings.  It has been remodeled to better accommodate teaching, scholarly activity, and to provide quiet spaces for students to study.

Our M.A. students complete their program prepared to pursue a career as college educators, or to pursue doctoral studies at different universities. We have been very successful in placing our students in some of the top programs in the Nation, including Yale, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and the University of California-Berkeley, among others. Our program also provides an excellent background for future K-12 Spanish teachers, although additional training and State certification is required in addition to our graduate program degree.

We strongly encourage the professional and academic advancement of our graduate students and, for that purpose, we offer funding support that allows students to attend professional conferences, and/or study abroad programs during their academic career at Washington State University.

To encourage and facilitate quality performance in all student activities, we provide students with semi-private offices, including computers and easy access to our Language Learning Resource Center. Located in Thompson Hall, our department is the oldest building on the Pullman campus, and is included in the National Register for Historical Buildings.  It has been remodeled to better accommodate teaching, scholarly activity, and to provide quiet spaces for students to study.

Program Objectives

This Masters Program prepares students for:

  • Success in a Ph.D. program in Spanish and other areas of advanced graduate education.
  • Teaching careers as instructors in community colleges or universities. In the case of students who have earned their Teaching Certificate(s) at the undergraduate level, completion of the M.A. will increase their knowledge and preparedness to teach Spanish at the K-12 level, and increase their chances for promotion.
  • Careers outside academia that require advanced analytical and communication skills.
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Questions?

Contact the Hispanic Studies graduate program director:

Francisco Manzo-Robledo
Email: franman@wsu.edu
Phone: 509-335-4612

Ready to Apply?

Apply now on the WSU Graduate School website