Combined BA / MA in Spanish Degree Pathway
To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree pathway, students must have completed at least 75 credits in the bachelor’s degree program at FIU and meet the admissions criteria for the Spanish MA. Students need only apply once to the combined degree pathway, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program. A student admitted to the combined degree pathway 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 three 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog, may be applied toward both degrees.
Required Credits for the Major in Spanish: (30 credits)
(12 credits of Core Courses and 18 credits of electives)
Core Courses (12 credits)
• SPN 3301 Review Grammar and Writing (3) OR SPN 3343 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers (3)
• SPN 3422 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
• SPW 3130 Introduction to Spanish American Literature (3)
• SPW 3820 Introduction to Peninsular Spanish Literature (3)
(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).
A total of 9 undergraduate credits from any of the following areas:
SPW literature/cinema and SPN culture/cinema
Upper-division Spanish translation and interpretation
Culture-based advanced conversation (SPN 3401/3410)
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 Credits for the Master in Spanish: (33 credits)
Core Courses (18 credits)
• SPW 5806 Methods of literary research (3 Credits)
• FOL 5800 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology (3 Credits)
• One course in either Medieval Spanish literature or literature of the Golden Age (3 Credits)
• One course in peninsular Spanish literature of the 19th or the 20th centuries (3 Credits)
• Two courses in Spanish American literature (colonial or 20th-century) (6 Credits)
Required Coursework (9 credits)
• Spanish or Spanish American literature (3 Credits)
• Spanish or Spanish American literature, Linguistics, or Spanish/Spanish American Culture (6 Credits)
Exit Option (6 credits)
Students must either complete a thesis or complete 2 elective courses and write a research paper. (6 Credits)
The comprehensive examinations should be taken during the last semester or the semester immediately following the completion of all course work.
If admitted to the combined program, you are expected to complete the bachelor’s degree by the end of the term indicated on the application and complete the master’s degree requirements within one year of completing the bachelor’s degree. Only 5000 level or higher courses and no more than 9 credits may be applied to both degree programs.
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 evaluate carefully all application materials and will make a decision based on the student's outstanding performance in the BA and the potential of the student to finish graduate work successfully. Students accepted to this pathway are already performing at the graduate level in their undergraduate coursework. Special attention will be given to the quality of the writing sample.