Spanish - MA

Understanding Theory

Demonstrate an understanding of historical trends and current issues in linguistic theory.

Conducting Research

Apply tools of the discipline to plan, conduct, and report research.

Professional Preparation

Students will demonstrate (a) a broad understanding of professional academic issues and protocols, (b) the ability to successfully teach courses in the target language, and (c) preparation to enter doctoral or other professional programs and careers.

Students must choose one of the following areas of specialization before applying to the program: Hispanic Literatures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Spanish Pedagogy.

Requirements for Hispanic Literatures Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses: 21 hours, including Span 601B, three 1-credit mini-courses (2 in literature and one in linguistics, pedagogy, or literature), and five courses in Peninsular or Spanish American literature. At least two courses must be taken from each of the two regional emphases.  (Span 638 and 602 may not be used to fulfill this minimum regional requirement.)
  • Electives (6 hours): 3 hours in Hispanic linguistics and 3 hours in Spanish pedagogy. (Span 673R does not count toward this requirement.)
  • Thesis or two-paper option: 6 credit hours of Span 699R, plus an oral defense.
  • Examinations: comprehensive, culminating written exam in specialty.
  • Completion of three semesters (college level or equivalent) of a second foreign language other than English in addition to language of specialization.
  • Teaching requirement: teach at least one Spanish language class (100/200 level).

Requirements for Hispanic Linguistics Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses: 21 hours, including Span 601A, 625, and 626, three 1-credit mini-courses (2 in linguistics and one in literature or pedagogy), and three courses in Hispanic linguistics.
  • Electives (6 hours): 3 hours in Peninsular or Spanish American literature and 3 hours in Spanish pedagogy. (Span 673R does not count toward this requirement.)
  • Thesis or two-paper option: 6 credit hours of Span 699R, plus an oral defense.
  • Examinations: comprehensive, culminating, written exam in specialty.
  • Completion of three semesters (college level or equivalent) of a second foreign language other than English in addition to language of specialization.
  • Teaching requirement: teach at least one Spanish language class (100/200 level).

Requirements for Spanish Pedagogy Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses: 21 hours, Span 601C, 671, 676; three courses in Spanish Pedagogy; and three 1-credit mini-courses (2 in pedagogy and one in literature, linguistics, or pedagogy).  (Span 673R does not count toward the core requirement).
  • Electives (6 hours): 3 hours in Hispanic linguistics and 3 hours in Peninsular or Spanish American literature.
  • Thesis or project option: 6 credit hours of Span 698R or 699R, plus an oral defense.
  • Examinations: comprehensive, culminating written exam in specialty.
  • Completion of three semesters (college level or equivalent) of a second foreign language other than English in addition to language of specialization.
  • Teaching requirement: teach at least one Spanish language class (100/200 level).
Fall Deadline:
February 1
Winter Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

Additional Requirements:
  1. Previously written research paper in Spanish
  2. One-page composition outlining academic objectives in English or Spanish
  3. Bachelor's degree in Spanish or other subject. If in another subject, you must have Spanish courses equal to our Spanish minor.  Additional information may be obtained from the section heads of Linguistics, Literature and Pedagogy or from the graduate coordinator http://spanport.byu.edu/portuguese/ma/
  4. 3.3 GPA in last 60 semester hours
  5. 3.5 GPA in Spanish courses
  6. One document outlining each Spanish class you have taken that is 300-level or higher.  Do not include 100-200 level courses.
    • First column: List the university where the course was taken
    • Second column: List course number
    • Third column: List course title
    • Fourth column: List the grade you received in the class
Required Tests: GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS
Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students:
36
International:
7
Female:
20
LDS:
36
Minority:
7
BYU Undergraduate:
30
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year:
19.6
Admitted Per Year:
13.6
Percent Admitted:
69.39%
Average GPA:
3.69
Admitted Student Average Test Scores: Past Five Years
Old GRE Verbal Score:
490.00
Old GRE Quantitative Score:
509.52
GRE Verbal Percentile:
55.57
GRE Quantitative Percentile:
34.93
GRE Writing Score:
3.76
GRE Writing Percentile:
44.02
*New GRE Verbal Score:
151.42
*New GRE Quantitative Score:
146.42
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree:
2.58
Graduated Per Year:
9.0
*New GRE Revised General Test with a two year average of scores. When applicable.

Contact Information

Phone: (801) 422-2196
Fax: (801) 422-0628
Address: 3190 JFSB
Email: spanportgradstudies@byu.edu
Website: http://spanport.byu.edu/department.html

Disclaimer

The university makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this catalog, but reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice.
 
Since change is a part of university life, curriculum and program changes will likely occur during the time the current Graduate Catalog is in circulation.

Honor Code

The university expects that all students, regardless of religion, will maintain the behavioral standards of the school, including the Honor Code. These include high standards of honesty, integrity, chastity, morality, and dress and grooming, in addition to abstinence from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse. The Honor Code Statement is found here.