Department of Foreign Languages
The M.A. in Spanish program prepares students to use their linguistic proficiency and cultural knowledge to function successfully in today’s global environment.
Faculty members create a near total immersion language environment in the classroom in which both students and faculty use the target language all the time. Faculty strive to create an environment of engagement in which students internalize the value of learning languages and understanding other cultures. Students practice the language competencies of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and culture by working collaboratively and individually on activities and projects both in and outside the classroom with guidance and feedback from their instructors. The Department of Foreign Languages offers a variety of courses which engage the student in discussions of literary, cultural, social, philosophical, political, historical and contemporary texts and contexts. By focusing on these areas, we prepare students to be highly competent both linguistically and culturally so that they are able to function successfully in today’s global environment. The Department of Foreign Languages also offers several highly successful study abroad programs in Spain and Latin America. The M.A. in Spanish program serves not only students who major or minor in a foreign language, but it also serves students who majored in other disciplines, but who can utilize advanced knowledge of Spanish to enhance their skillset and goals.
By creating an environment in which students master both linguistic competence and cultural sensitivity, the M.A. in Spanish program supports the university’s broader institutional vision of graduating students who embrace core values expressed through integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration, and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility.