The Department of Romance Languages offers MAs and PhDs in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish-language cultural studies, linguistics, and literature, with a focus on interdisciplinary study, close mentorship, and professional training.
Degree Type: Masters
Degree Program Code: MA_SPAN
Degree Program Summary:
The Department of Romance Languages offers graduate programs in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish leading to Master of Arts degrees in Spanish or Romance Languages and to the Doctoral degree in Romance Languages. MA students may choose a thesis or non-thesis degree, an emphasis in literature or in linguistics, and may study one language or a combination of languages. We are a dynamic and collaborative interdisciplinary department that favors a contextualized and integrated approach to the study of language, literature, and culture. We prepare our students to enter the profession as both teachers and scholars. Our students have won competitive assistantships, awards, fellowships, and scholarships and go on to productive careers as teachers and researchers at secondary and university levels. For further information regarding programs, courses, faculty, students, requirements for the MA and PhD degrees, as well as our graduate handbook and more, please visit our website. Application deadline is January 1.
Faculty members in Spanish teach the literature and culture of Spain, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Latinx U.S. with specializations in medieval through contemporary periods. In Hispanic linguistics our faculty teach applied linguistics, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, second language acquisition, pragmatics, semantics, and sociolinguistics. Students are guided through the program by the graduate coordinator during their first year and their faculty advisor during their second year. The majority of students hold departmental teaching assistantships while completing their degree. A teaching assistantship offers a full tuition waiver and a stipend. Out of state tuition waivers are also available for graduate students not holding an assistantship. Requirements for the MA degree in Spanish with a thesis (literature or linguistics emphasis): 33 total credit hours—9 courses plus 6 credit hours for the thesis requirement, MA exams, an oral thesis defense, and demonstrated knowledge of another Romance language. The program of study must include at least 12 credit hours of courses open only to graduate students.
Athens (Main Campus)
College / School:
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
346 Brooks Hall
Athens, GA 30602