Welcome to the Spanish Masters Program at CSUSB and the Department of World Languages and Literatures! Courses offered in the Spanish M.A. provide intensive study of Spanish and Spanish American literature and civilization, as well as Spanish linguistics.
Our program is designed for those students seeking to enhance their skills at the secondary or community college level, as well as those students who desire to continue their studies for an advanced degree. The Spanish M.A. consists of 45 quarter units. Currently, we offer only one option: Hispanic Literature, Linguistics, and Civilization.
Students will take 44 units and a one unit comprehensive exam based on the core courses and a reading list. The Spanish M.A. may be completed in two years.
Information for Prospective Students
Information for Current Students
Advancement to Candidacy Interview
Students pursuing the Spanish M.A. should, before completing 20 quarter units toward the degree, prepare and file a document called “An Approved Graduate Program” with the Coordinator, Spanish Masters Program. It is recommended that you make an appointment with the coordinator before the end of the winter quarter to complete this document. This process, referred to as the Advancement to Candidacy, is required before a Graduation Check is submitted.
Additional Information for Continuing Students
- Masters candidates must be continuously registered. If a student plans to be absent for a quarter, a leave of absence application must be filled out (available in Graduate Studies, AD 127).
- Students who have completed all coursework in the Spanish Masters Program must maintain continuous registration prior to passing the Spanish Masters Exam, by enrolling in Spanish 698. Failure to enroll in Span 698 will be dismissal from the program. This is a university requirement.
- Students may participate in the University commencement ceremony only after passing the Spanish Masters Exam.
Information for Students interested in the Teaching Assistant Program
The Spanish Teaching Associate Program is an essential component of the Spanish MA program and serves as a first career-step for aspiring lecturers and academics. In this program, graduate students engage in a paid college-level teaching practicum while being closely mentored by a Spanish faculty, and they develop a comprehensive teaching portfolio for use in future job applications. Each year, the Department of World Languages offers three or more TAships to qualifying candidates (see the attached call for application for details). Spanish TAs teach a first-year Spanish language course (Span 101, 102, or 103), generally during the Fall quarter. A faculty supervisor trains the TAs prior to the teaching appointment and mentors them during the appointments. Students are required to enroll in a 2-unit course, Span 696, during the appointment.
Many of our Spanish MA students teach Spanish at the elementary, middle, or high school level while taking courses in the Spanish MA program. Teaching a Spanish language class at the college level is quite different, as classes move at a faster pace, expectations are set much higher, and the instructor’s role and responsibilities, class management, and assessment techniques are very different. Therefore, we encourage any Spanish graduate student to apply for a Taship position, in particular during the second year of the Spanish MA program.
We admit only the very best Spanish MA students, who are mature, responsible, and dedicated to teaching and working with college students, to the TA Program. Therefore, these teaching positions are very competitive.