The Department of Hispanic
Languages and Literatures offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts in
Spanish and the Master of Science in Secondary Education: Spanish, the latter in conjunction with the
Department of Secondary Education and Youth Services (SEYS), whose Advisors are
Prof. Jacqueline Davis and Prof. Jennifer Eddy. Students are required to meet with
the appropriate Faculty Advisor for the degree chosen. It is the responsibility of the student to
register with the Advisor during the first weeks of the semester in which the
first course applicable to the M. A./M. S. in Ed. degree is taken at Queens
College. During this time, a
suggested plan of studies may be outlined by the student in consultation with
Registration with the Advisor
should be complete and accurate in all respects and should reflect changes in
name, address, place and address of employment, degree status, citizenship,
leaves of absence, etc. It will be the
responsibility of the student to keep the Advisor apprised of any changes.
Information concerning tuition
and fees, registration, scholastic standards, leaves of absence, fellowships,
etc., is listed in the Queens College Graduate Bulletin. Applications
may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions in Jefferson Hall.
Masters of Arts in Spanish
Requirements for Matriculation
These requirements are in addition to the general
requirements for admission.
1) Undergraduate degree with strong component in
Spanish (21 credits beyond second-year language study), including the
equivalent of Spanish 240, 250, 260, 280, 290, 310 or 312, and a
300-level elective course.
2) The credentials of each
applicant are to be examined by a departmental committee,
which shall have the authority to accept or reject the candidate. This committee
may request an interview with a candidate for admission if necessary.
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree
These requirements are in addition to the general
requirements for the Master of Arts degree.
credits, or 27 credits and a 6-credit Thesis,
are required for the Master of
Arts degree. A minimum of 24 credits must
be taken in Spanish. With special permission, the remaining
credits may be taken in other departments.
2) All students are required to take Spanish 700. Stylistics and Composition,
as part of the required 33 credits. Spanish 700 should be taken in the
first or second semester of study, and students must pass the course with a B
or higher, in order to continue in the program. The course may be taken only twice.
will be required to demonstrate their reading knowledge of another Romance language, in addition to their
major language. Latin or any other language pertinent to the study of
Hispanic literature may be substituted by special
4) An exit writing exam, consisting of an essay
with guiding questions, should be taken
after passing Spanish 700 with at
least a grade of B, and completing 18 credits. The student who fails this exam must retake
and pass the exam, or receive
departmental permission before being allowed to continue in the program.
5) Students who wish to complete a Thesis
based on original research are required to
take the following two courses as part of the 33-credit requirement: Spanish 790.
Thesis Seminar; and Spanish 791.
Thesis Course. The 6-credit Thesis may
be substituted for the two required elective courses. This Thesis will normally be written in
Spanish, or, by special permission, in English, and it must follow the norms of the MLA Style Manual.
student is urged to meet with the Advisor at least once every semester to discuss her/his program and inform the Advisor of her/his progress. No
allowance will be made for a student's faulty planning of her/his own program.
Acelerated Master Programs
The 33 credits required for the degree are to be distributed as follows:
- SPAN 700 - Stylistics and Composition (3 credits). All students must take this course as soon as possible.
- At least 9 credits in Latin American literature, and 9 credits in Peninsular literature.
- Six credits in seminar courses:
- SPAN 783. Research Seminar: Linguistics.
- SPAN 784. Research Seminar: Literature.
- At least 6 credits in elective courses (linguistics, literature, and/or culture courses); or SPAN 790 -Thesis Seminar, and SPAN 791 - Thesis Course.
Note: A student may take any of the Research Seminars twice, provided that the topics are different.
Students who have already taken graduate courses in
Spanish at other institutions when they are admitted to our master’s program
must be aware that we will accept a maximum of 9 credits passed with a B- or
higher. No Pass/Fail grades will be
Matriculated students seeking
transfer credit for graduate work taken at other institutions must submit the
request for evaluation of such transfer credit to the Graduate Advisor no later
than the end of their second semester in attendance.
After being granted special permission by their
Graduate Advisor, students may take a maximum of 6
credits in other departments, other CUNY campuses, or other
Hispanic Languages Department offers early admissions and an early start on your graduate education, through the Acelerated Master Program. Learn more in the AMP Page.