Spanish Graduate Program

Spanish Graduate Program

About Languages and Cultures (M.A.)

Millersville and West Chester universities launched a new joint graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, in fall 2014. This single joint degree will be presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of students’ course work. The 33-credit degree program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Current course offerings at Millersville University

Current course offerings at West Chester University


Admission to the MU-WCU joint program is open to those applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Applicants must meet established University criteria of Advanced Low Level on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview, Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). Students scoring less than the Advanced Low Level (AL) may complete a provisional semester after which they must be retested.

Spanish Curriculum

For course descriptions and more information on the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning, visit the Graduate Catalog

I. Core Courses (9 s.h.)
All students – French, German, and Spanish – must complete the following three core courses, taught in English:
     LANC 501 Linguistic Studies (3)
     LANC 502 Interpretive Strategies (3)
     LANC 503 Cultural Studies (3)

II. Communication (6 s.h)
At least two courses required
     SPAN 509 Applied Linguistics (3)
     SPAN 512 Phonetics (3) or SPAN 513 Advanced Phonetics (3)
     SPAN 521 Functional Grammar Review (3) (does not count for the degree)
     SPAN 522 Composition (3)
     SPAN 523 Stylistics and Composition (3)
     SPAN 524 Translation and Interpretation (3)
     SPAN 525 Advanced Oral Practice and Self-Expression (3)
     SPAN 531 Evolution of the Spanish Language (3)

III. Culture (6 s.h.)
At least two courses required
     SPAN 541 History of Spanish Civilization (3)
     SPAN 542 History of Spanish American Civilization (3)
     SPAN 551 Geography of Spain, Physical and Economic (3)
     SPAN 552 Geography of Spanish America, Physical and Economic (3)
     SPAN 561 History of Hispanic Art (3)
     SPAN 571 Aspects of Contemporary Spain (3)
     SPAN 572 Aspects of Contemporary Latin America (3)
     SPAN 581 Seminar in Medieval Spanish Literature (3)
     SPAN 582 Seminar in Renaissance Literature (3)
     SPAN 583 Seminar in Golden-Age Literature (3)
     SPAN 584 Seminar in 18th Century Literature (3)
     SPAN 585 Seminar in 19th Century Literature (3)
     SPAN 586 Seminar in 20th Century Literature (3)
     SPAN 587 Seminar in Latin American Literature (3)

IV. Electives for the Professions (12 s.h)
All students – French, German, and Spanish – may choose any additional courses in their respective Communication and Culture courses that are offered or approved courses in a specialty area from another department. No more than two of these courses may be taught in English and no more than three of these courses may be transferred from another university, other than West Chester University.
     SPAN 501 Modern Methods of Teaching Spanish (3)
     SPAN 589 Current Topics (3)
     SPAN 698 Research Paper (3) (Independent study)
     SPAN 699 Thesis (3) (must be recommended by advisor) 

V. Degree Requirements
Requirements for all students are uniform and include a specialized written and oral exam, or a written research project with an oral presentation, or a portfolio defended in an oral exam with the faculty.

Course Details - Graduate Students

Course Offerings Summer 2018 (June 11-July 6, 2018)

SPAN 542 History of Spanish American Civilization - Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean  (3 credits) Online Course        
This interesting course is a study of cultural aspects of Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico through the analysis of political topics, social issues, and artistic production. We will consider various angles of how geography shaped the history of the area and what are the dynamics of migration within the region and from the islands to the United States. The content includes discussion of the motivations driving Caribbean music, language use, religious expressions, movies, and literature. What does reggaetón have to do with race, gender, language, and sexuality? Is Puerto Rico a colony? What are the main contributions of the Hispanic Caribbean to a globalized world? We will examine all this and, most importantly, we will learn more about the two main elements of a Caribbean party: dancing and food. Taught by Dr. Wilfredo Valentín-Márquez

SPANISH 589: Current Topics.  The Greatest Spanish Poets in the 20th Century  (3 credits)  Hybrid  Course 
Spanish verse in the Twentieth Century has given impressive, gripping, and enticing poetry. Famous for literary giants such as Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca, Spanish poetry has come to define much of the Western canon. In this course, we examine some of the best Spanish-language poets of all time, who have produced timeless works throughout his politically complicated and rich life. Literary movements that defined their milieu, such as Modernism or Surrealism, as well as the historical context in which they lived will be examined. This course blends video conferences and online discussions with two days of face-to-face time with instructor (June 19 and July 2). The two days of face-to-face instruction is designed in an immersion format in the target language, in which all the students will have lunch with the instructor. Taught by Dr. Marco Antolín.

Course Offerings Spring 2018

LANC 502 Interpretive Strategies
A course for students of foreign languages and cultures which helps them develop advanced critical and analytical skills to be applied to texts of different genres and cultures in the target language of study. Online course which is taught in English, but examples and some parts of the coursework are dedicated to French, German and Spanish - the languages of the MALC program.
Offered online at Millersville University. MU students register through the MU course registration system.

SPAN 532 Pragmatics
Application of philosophical, sociological, and linguistic theory to the use of language in the professional workplace. Interdisciplinary analyses of how and why Spanish speakers choose to use particular language forms that convey different linguistic possibilities and different meanings in different cultural contexts. Offered online at Millersville University. MU students register through the MU course registration system.

WCU students interested in these courses need to submit a Visiting Student form to their home department.

Spanish Courses offered at West Chester University

SPAN 556 Seminar I "Contemporary Spain"
This course is offered face-to-face on Wednesdays from 4:25 to 7:10 pm. For more information, visit the website of the Languages & Cultures department at West Chester University. To register, please complete the Visiting Student form and email it to the department office.

For more information about the program offerings in Spanish, please contact Dr. Marco Antolín.