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M.A. in Spanish

Master of Arts degree programs in Spanish are offered in these two areas of concentration:

  • Literature is designed primarily for students who anticipate continuing their graduate studies beyond the M.A. level, who plan to teach language at the college or post-secondary level, and who wish to pursue scholarly research in modern language and literature studies.
  • Pedagogy is designed primarily for students who wish to teach in elementary and secondary schools, and for those who wish to increase their language proficiency and effectiveness as teachers.

Degree Requirements

Literature: Students must successfully complete 33 credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive examination. Students who anticipate enrolling in a Ph.D. program elsewhere after completing the M.A. are urged to write a thesis. Students who write a thesis must successfully complete 27 hours of coursework and pass a modified comprehensive examination.

Specific course requirements amount to 12 semester hours and include MCLS 60000 for all candidates; and SPAN 68215  for candidates in the modern languages; students must enroll in the latter of these in their first fall semester. Candidates in Spanish must successfully complete at least three additional courses, one in each of the three major literary genres (poetry, drama and prose).

A maximum of 6 semester hours of individual investigation research may be applied toward the degree.

For further information on the M.A. in German Literature, contact Prof. Carol Maier (

Pedagogy Students must successfully complete 36 semester hours of coursework and a final project, a portfolio, or a comprehensive examination. Additionally, students will complete an exit oral interview and an exit essay examination in the language in which they are earning their degree. Specific requirements include courses in the student’s second language (12 hours): SPAN 68215, SPAN 58216, and 6 hours of literature and culture/civilization courses.

In addition, students must successfully complete MCLS 50660,* 60601, 60661, and 60698 (12 hours), 9 hours of graduate courses in second language pedagogy, and 3 hours of graduate electives.
Students are encouraged to enroll in study-abroad programs (limit 6 hours) and in specialized workshops in advanced language or pedagogy (limit 4 hours). Departmental permission must be obtained before enrolling in such programs.

*Students who are already licensed to teach language in Ohio may, with departmental approval, substitute a graduate second-language pedagogy elective for MCLS 50660.


For admissions materials, contact Barbara Bauer ( at (330) 672-2150, by mail at 109 Satterfield Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242, or request the application on line.

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