Combined Bachelor/Master of Arts in Spanish

To be considered for admission to the combined degree program, you must have completed at least 75 and no more than 90 credits in a bachelor’s degree program at FIU and meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program to which you are applying. The application must be submitted before starting the last 30 credits of your Bachelor’s degree program. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions. A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status. Only 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than nine credits, may be applied toward both degrees.

Admission Requirements

  • Current enrollment in the BA in Spanish at FIU.
  • Current GPA must be of 3.5 or higher.
  • Two letters of faculty recommendation.
  • A writing sample in Spanish consisting of a research paper of analytical nature---preferably a term paper or thesis---on a literary subject. The paper must follow the MLA style and must include an original argument with explication of the text (minimum of 7 pages not including references).
  • A resume.
  • A statement of purpose, written in English, addressing the candidate’s goal and objectives in pursuing a master’s degree in Spanish.
  • Approval of the Spanish Graduate Committee. Admission to the Combined BA-MA is competitive and meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee entrance into the program. The Spanish Graduate Committee will carefully evaluate all application materials and will make a decision based on the potential of the student to finish graduate work successfully. Special attention will be given to the quality of the writing sample.

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Completion Requirements

Requirements for BA in Spanish Effective Fall 2010

(All students admitted Fall 2010 and onward)

To undertake a major in Spanish, a student must demonstrate a proficiency in the language at the intermediate level. This may be done by an examination administered by the Department, or by completing SPN 2201 (non-heritage learners) or SPN 2341 (heritage learners).

Required Credits for a Major in Spanish: (33)

(24 credits of Core Courses and 9 credits of electives)

Core Courses

SPN 3301 Review Grammar and Writing 3

or

SPN 3343 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers 3
SPN 3422 Advanced Grammar and Composition I 3

or

SPN 3423 Advanced Grammar and Composition II 3
SPW 3820 Introduction to Peninsular Spanish Literature 3
SPW 3130 Introduction to Spanish American Literature 3
SPN 3733 General Linguistics 3

(or equivalent)

SPN 4936 Senior Seminar 3
One additional course in Spanish Linguistics 3
One additional course in Spanish 3

or

Spanish American Literature

(Students who have advanced proficiency in Spanish may replace the six language credits with electives in Spanish at the 3000 or 4000 level with the written permission of their advisors).

Elective Courses

Nine credits of electives in Spanish at the 3000 or 4000 level from a range of courses in Spanish/Spanish American literature, Spanish linguistics, Hispanic culture, and Translation/Interpretation.

  • SPN 3733 General Linguistics (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for other linguistics offerings.

Overlap

Nine credits will be taken at the 5000 or 6000 level and may be used to satisfy both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree requirements.

Requirements for BA in Spanish for Students Admitted Before Fall 2010

To undertake a major in Spanish, a student must demonstrate a proficiency in the language at the intermediate level. This may be done by an examination administered by the Department, or by completing SPN 2201 (non-heritage learners) or SPN 2341 (heritage learners).

Required Credits for a Major in Spanish: (33)

(21 credits of Core Courses and 12 Credits of Electives)

Core Courses

SPN 3301 Review Grammar and Writing 3

or

SPN 3343 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers 3
SPN 3422 Advanced Grammar and Composition I 3

or

SPN 3423 Advanced Grammar and Composition II 3
SPW 3820 Introduction to Peninsular Spanish Literature 3
SPW 3130 Introduction to Spanish American Literature 3
SPN 3733 General Linguistics 3

(or equivalent)

One additional course in Spanish Linguistics 3
One additional course in Spanish 3

or

Spanish American Literature

(Students who have advanced proficiency in Spanish may replace the six language credits with electives in Spanish at the 3000 or 4000 level with the written permission of their advisors).

Elective Courses

Twelve credits of electives in Spanish at the 3000 or 4000 level from a range of courses in Spanish/Spanish American literature, Spanish linguistics, Hispanic culture, and Translation/Interpretation.

  • SPN 3733 General Linguistics (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for other linguistics offerings.

Overlap

Nine credits will be taken at the 5000 or 6000 level and may be used to satisfy both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree requirements.

Required Courses for the MA (33 credits)

SPW 5806 Methods of Literary Research 3
SPN 5705 The Structure of Spanish 3
One course in either Medieval Spanish Literature 3

or

Literature of the Golden Age 3
One course in Peninsular Spanish Literature (19th, 21st centuries) 3
Two courses in Spanish American Literature 6

Electives

Six graduate credits of electives, as follows: 3 in Spanish or Spanish American Literature, and 3 from one or more of the following areas: Spanish or Spanish American Literature, Linguistics, Translation/Interpretation, or Spanish American Culture.

Comprehensive Exams

The comprehensive examinations should be taken the semester immediately following the completion of all course work.

Course Offerings in Spanish