Earn a master’s degree in Hispanic studies
SFA’s Master of Arts in Hispanic studies is a great option if you are interested in furthering your knowledge and understanding of Spanish language and literature and Hispanic culture. Students in the program receive personalized, in-depth instruction in Hispanic linguistic, historical, cultural and literary studies.
The Hispanic studies program focuses primarily on Latin American linguistics, literature, art and culture, as well as peninsular studies, Latin American, Francophone, Portuguese and Brazilian studies. We offer both thesis and non-thesis options, making this a practical choice for those who wish to continue their education or immediately apply the degree toward a career.
A fluent advantage
A master’s degree in Hispanic studies offers a wealth of opportunities, whether you wish to pursue a doctorate or law degree, or you want to add a specialty to your current career. The cultural knowledge you acquire at SFA provides a stepping stone to a variety of career paths, including:
- Educational administration
- Foreign news correspondent
- Immigrant assistance
- International business
- Medical and legal interpretation
- Nonprofit leadership
Convenient distance learning options
If you live outside the Nacogdoches area and are interested in earning your Master of Arts in Hispanic studies from SFA, we have a number of distance learning opportunities available each semester through use of real-time web video.
The distance education component must be approved by the Modern Languages department chair upon acceptance into the program, before beginning coursework. Students who live out of state or out of the country may be eligible for distance education tuition. Students who attend the program at SFA are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships.
Master of Arts in Hispanic studies
The Master of Arts in Hispanic studies offers thesis and non-thesis tracks. The thesis option is encouraged for those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree and requires the following:
- HSP 500, 505, 510 and 515 or 520 and 590
- A total of 12 elective hours
- Six credit hours for thesis research, writing and defense
The non-thesis option includes a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of graduate work. Requirements include:
- HSP 500, 505, 510, 515 or 520
- A total of 24 elective hours
Hispanic studies admission requirements
Applicants for the Master of Arts in Hispanic studies must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Latin American Studies or related field, with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- A total of 12 hours of advanced undergraduate work (300-level or above) completed in Spanish to document academic proficiency in the language
- Two letters of recommendation from former professors
Students who do not meet minimum requirements of the program may be admitted on a provisional basis under the guidance of the program's graduate advisor.