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Hispanic Literatures MA

What is Hispanic Literatures?

Literatures is designed not only to enhance a student’s reading, writing, speaking, researching, and listening skills, but to push the mental, psychological, and social boundaries in light of the Hispanic world. From the colonial memoirs of Bernal Díaz del Castillo to the modernism of Miguel de Cervantes, Literatures expands the knowledge and the imagination through the exploration of novels, poetry, texts, theater, and cinema written by Hispanic authors.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • 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 Linguistics Section Head or from the Graduate Coordinator.
  • Proficiency in a second foreign language; through 205 course level for Portuguese (Intermediate High), through 201 level for other modern languages (Intermediate Mid-level). If not completed during undergraduate studies, this requirement may be fulfilled by the Challenge Exam or concurrently with MA program coursework no later than the third semester of study.
  • For teaching eligibility, complete a teaching methods class (SPAN 376 or equivalent). If not completed during undergraduate studies, this requirement may be fulfilled concurrently with MA program coursework in the first semester of study.
  • Strong academic writing skills and a capacity to conduct independent research.
  • Strong language skills in Spanish.
  • GRE required

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the required 27 hours of coursework and 6 project or thesis hours, totaling 33 credit hours.
  • Teach at least one semester during the program of study.
  • Complete a Specialty Exam which covers readings and coursework.
  • Complete a project or thesis.

Scholarships and Student Instructorships

  • The Department of Spanish and Portuguese typically provides scholarships for 50-80% of LDS tuition for required classes.
  • Paid student instructorships are available.

For More Information, Contact:

Merrie Kay Ames, Graduate Program Manager – merrie_kay@byu.edu – 801-422-2196

Brian Price, Graduate Coordinator – brian_price@byu.edu

Erik Larson, Literature Section Head – erik_larson@byu.edu