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.

Course offerings in Spring 2019
Course offerings in Summer 2019


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)
     SPAN 532 Pragmatics (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 SPRING 2019

LNC 503 Cultural Studies (3 credits) Online Course
A graduate course on the theoretical and practical approaches to the study of cultural context, practice and production. Students will explore the various threads of modern cultural criticism to interpret cultural production and practices in terms of local-global tensions. Students will also learn how to apply these methodologies to cultural contexts in their target language of specialization.

This course is offered through West Chester University. MU students interested in this course need to submit a Visiting Student form to the Language and Culture Studies department office at MU.

For other course at WCU, please visit their website.

For more information on the Spanish program, please contact: Dr. Valentín-Márquez.

Course Offerings Summer 2019

SPAN 571 Aspects of Contemporary Spain - Youth Cultures in Contemporary Spain (3 credits)
Online Course (June 10 to July 5)
We will study the role played by young people in the society of contemporary Spain (1936-2018), as well as their representation in and contributions to literature and popular cultures. We will explore, among others, the involvement of young people in the Spanish Civil War, their situation during the Francoist Dictatorship, the colorful counterculture movement of the Movida in the 1980s, the hard-rock and grunge of the 1990s, the pan-European enthusiasm of the “Erasmus generation”, or the disenchantment of the 2010s. We will work with different kinds of materials, including texts, movies and music, whose analysis and discussion will offer us a comprehensive view of the richness and complexity of youth cultures in Spain. Taught by Dr. José Pablo Barragán.

SPAN 589 Current Topics - Living in Two Languages: The sociolinguistics of Spanglish (3 credits)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:15, June 10 to July 5
This course explores the history and sociolinguistic aspects of the use of Spanish in the United States, analyzing issues related to contact with English. Emphasis will be given to language attitudes and implications for identity and inter-ethnic relations. The course especially scrutinizes Spanglish to underscore its value as a complex, highly-structured system and to confront attitudes of linguistic prejudice against its speakers. Thus, the course helps teachers, social workers and other professionals to better contextualize their commitment to attending the needs of ethnolinguistic minorities: it contributes to develop an understanding of the dynamics of language use among bilingual, heritage speakers of Spanish in the United States. Taught by Dr. Wilfredo Valentín-Márquez.

For courses at WCU, please visit their website.

For more information on the Spanish program, please contact: Dr. Valentín-Márquez.