Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Programs

MA in Hispanic Studies Overview

The MA in Hispanic Studies presents a comprehensive study of the linguistic, historical, cultural, and literary studies in the Hispanic world. The primary focus is upon Latin American linguistics, literature, art, and culture but also includes Peninsular literature and culture. Language proficiency is required in Spanish in addition to Portuguese. The MA in Hispanic Studies prescribes a 30-hour program if a thesis is written, or a 36-hour program without thesis. The thesis option includes six credit hours for thesis research and writing along with a mandatory defense of the completed thesis in an oral examination. Students considering further graduate work in a doctoral program are encouraged to enter the thesis program. Non-thesis students are required to pass a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of graduate work.

Currently, all scheduled courses meet once a week from from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

MA in Hispanic Studies without Thesis (36 hours):
Required Courses (3 hours credit each)


9 hours from:

HSP 500 Seminar in Hispanic Studies
HSP 505 Research, Theory, and Writing
HSP 510
Brazilian Portuguese Language

3 hours from:
HSP 515 Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methods
HSP 520 Studies in Linguistics (may be repeated for elective credit)

24 elective hours from:
HSP 525 Studies in Latin American Literature (may be repeated for credit)
HSP 530 Studies in Peninsular Literature (may be repeated for credit)
HSP 535 Studies in Brazilian Literature (may be repeated for credit)
HSP 540 Latin American Francophone Literature
HSP 545 U.S. Hispanic Literature
HSP 550
History of Ideas in the Hispanic World (may be repeated for credit)
HSP 555 Hispanic and Brazilian Film Studies
HSP 557 Hispanic Theater
HSP 560 Internship
HSP 565 Topics in Hispanic Studies
HSP 575 Advanced Graduate Studies
ANT 575 Independent Studies in Anthropology: Mesoamerica
HIS 566 World History: Latin America
HIS 567 Topics in World History: Latin America

MA in Hispanic Studies with Thesis (30 hours):

Required Courses (3 hours credit each)

9 hours from:

HSP 500 Seminar in Hispanic Studies
HSP 505 Research, Theory, and Writing
HSP 510 Brazilian Portuguese Language

3 hours from:
HSP 515 Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methods
HSP 520 Studies in Linguistics (may be repeated for elective credit)

12 elective hours from:
HSP 525 Studies in Latin American Literature (may be repeated for credit)
HSP 530 Studies in Peninsular Literature (may be repeated for credit)
HSP 535 Studies in Brazilian Literature (may be repeated for credit)
HSP 540 Latin American Francophone Literature
HSP 545 U.S. Hispanic Literature
HSP 550 History of Ideas in the Hispanic World (may be repeated for credit)
HSP 555 Hispanic and Brazilian Film Studies
HSP 557 Hispanic Theater
HSP 560 Internship
HSP 565 Topics in Hispanic Studies
HSP 575 Advanced Graduate Studies
ANT 575 Independent Studies in Anthropology: Mesoamerica
HIS 566 World History: Latin America
HIS 567 Topics in World History: Latin America

6 hours from:
HSP 590
Thesis Research and Writing