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Go beyond mastering the language

Master's in Spanish

About the M.A. in Spanish

The Master of Arts in Spanish program at the University of St. Thomas offers a solid foundation in the intellectual and cultural history of Latin America, Spain and the United States while developing your verbal and written abilities in Spanish.

We offer a flexible program that you can design in consultation with your graduate adviser with evening and summer courses, as well as traditional, hybrid and online course formats. You will be prepared for a diverse range of careers in fields such as college-level teaching, business, law, social services and medicine.

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Classes that Accommodate

Get a feel for the program

The M.A. in Spanish is a flexible program designed to prepare students for careers in teaching, business, law, government and more. Our curriculum fits your busy schedule with:

  • Evening courses
  • Summer courses
  • Hybrid and online courses
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Featured Course

Hispanics in Minnesota and the U.S.

Better understand our local Hispanic community by exploring the culture of Hispanics in Minnesota. Through integrated discussion, research and presentations, this course will examine issues of identity, housing, economic opportunity and education.

Spring 2021
3 credits
Instructor: Paola Ehrmantraut

Classes and Curriculum

  • Degree Overview
  • Hispanic Culture and Civilization Courses
  • Hispanic Literature Courses
  • Hispanic Linguistics Courses
  • Spanish for the Professions Course
  • Degree Overview

    Degree Requirements (30 Credits)

    At least one course in each of the following areas (9 credits):

    • Hispanic Culture and Civilization
    • Hispanic Literature
    • Hispanic Linguistics and World Languages Teaching

    PLUS: Six additional courses (18 credits) chosen from the above areas and the following area, in consultation with the graduate advisor:

    • Spanish for the Professions

    Capstone course: GSPA 699 – Master’s Project (3 credits)

    Note: Students may not repeat a cross-listed course for graduate credit if the class has already been taken for undergraduate credit at St. Thomas.

    Hispanic Culture and Civilization Courses

    Course offerings include:

    • GSPA 515 - Hispanic Cinema Studies (cross-listed with SPAN 415) (3)
    • GSPA 523 - Hispanic Visual Culture and Literature (3)
    • GSPA 524 - Hispanics in Minnesota and the U.S. (3)
    • GSPA 530 - Exile and Migration in Contemporary Spain (3)

    Hispanic Literature Courses

    Courses offerings include:

    • GSPA 512 – Chicano and U.S. Latino Literature(s) and Culture(s) (cross-listed with SPAN 412) (3)
    • GSPA 522 - Mexican Literature and Society (3)
    • GSPA 525 - Caribbean Literature and Cultures (3)
    • GSPA 540 - Topics in Hispanic Culture and Literature (cross-listed with SPAN 489 Topics) (3)

    Hispanic Linguistics Courses

    Course offerings include:

    • GSPA 510 Topics in World Languages Teaching (3)
    • GSPA 517 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers (3)
    • GSPA 519 Spanish Sociolinguistics (3)
    • GSPA 550 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (cross-listed with SPAN 490 Topics) (3)

    Spanish for the Professions Course

    Course offerings include:

    • GSPA 518 Spanish Translation Workshop (3)
    • GSPA 541 Topics in Spanish for the Professions (3)
    • GSPA 620 Advanced Spanish Professional Writing (3)

    Degree Overview

    Degree Requirements (30 Credits)

    At least one course in each of the following areas (9 credits):

    • Hispanic Culture and Civilization
    • Hispanic Literature
    • Hispanic Linguistics and World Languages Teaching

    PLUS: Six additional courses (18 credits) chosen from the above areas and the following area, in consultation with the graduate advisor:

    • Spanish for the Professions

    Capstone course: GSPA 699 – Master’s Project (3 credits)

    Note: Students may not repeat a cross-listed course for graduate credit if the class has already been taken for undergraduate credit at St. Thomas.

    Hispanic Culture and Civilization Courses

    Course offerings include:

    • GSPA 515 - Hispanic Cinema Studies (cross-listed with SPAN 415) (3)
    • GSPA 523 - Hispanic Visual Culture and Literature (3)
    • GSPA 524 - Hispanics in Minnesota and the U.S. (3)
    • GSPA 530 - Exile and Migration in Contemporary Spain (3)

    Hispanic Literature Courses

    Courses offerings include:

    • GSPA 512 – Chicano and U.S. Latino Literature(s) and Culture(s) (cross-listed with SPAN 412) (3)
    • GSPA 522 - Mexican Literature and Society (3)
    • GSPA 525 - Caribbean Literature and Cultures (3)
    • GSPA 540 - Topics in Hispanic Culture and Literature (cross-listed with SPAN 489 Topics) (3)

    Hispanic Linguistics Courses

    Course offerings include:

    • GSPA 510 Topics in World Languages Teaching (3)
    • GSPA 517 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers (3)
    • GSPA 519 Spanish Sociolinguistics (3)
    • GSPA 550 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (cross-listed with SPAN 490 Topics) (3)

    Spanish for the Professions Course

    Course offerings include:

    • GSPA 518 Spanish Translation Workshop (3)
    • GSPA 541 Topics in Spanish for the Professions (3)
    • GSPA 620 Advanced Spanish Professional Writing (3)

    Faculty

    Dr. Juli Kroll

    Dr. Juli Kroll

    Dr. Kroll teaches courses in Spanish language, grammar and composition, Latin American cultures and civilization, Hispanic literature, and Hispanic and world cinema. She has led multiple study abroad courses to both Cuernavaca and Mérida, Mexico, which gels well with her research interest in contemporary Mexican literature and film.
    Dr. Juli Kroll
    Dr. Donny Vigil

    Dr. Donny Vigil

    Dr. Donny A. Vigil has taught Spanish since 1999. His areas of interest include Hispanic language and linguistics: phonetics, phonology and dialectology of Spanish and Portuguese, sociolinguistics, history of the Spanish language, language contact, language variation and change, New Mexico Spanish, pragmatics, discourse analysis and translation.

    Dr. Donny Vigil
    Sonia Rey-Montejo

    Sonia Rey-Montejo

    Professor Rey-Montejo’s research interests focus on issues of race, gender, identity, and social inequality in twentieth and twenty-first century Latin-America. She has published and presented on numerous international conferences on topics related to Hispanic Caribbean narrative, Caribbean Diaspora in the U.S, and Afro-Latino studies. Her current research projects are closely related to Hispanic Caribbean cultural representations in literature, film, music and art.
    Sonia Rey-Montejo