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Stephen F. Austin State University

Hispanic Studies

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 - 7:30 pm.

MA in Hispanic Studies without Thesis (36 hours):

Required Courses (3 hours credit each)

9 hours from:
HSP 500
Seminar in Hispanic Studies
Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective of the cultural history of the Hispanic world, with particular emphasis on what the different disciplinary approaches reveal about literature, language, historical, political and socioeconomic development. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

HSP 505 Research, Theory, and Writing
An introduction to the advanced study of Spanish-language literature, linguistics, cultural studies and the methods and ethics of scholarly research and bibliographical guidance on research and writing. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 510 Brazilian Portuguese Language
An accelerated introduction to the Portuguese language and literature for speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

3 hours from:
HSP 515
Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methods
An overview of Spanish language and its variations with emphasis on second language acquisition theories and teaching methodology. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 520 Studies in Linguistics (may be repeated for elective credit)
Aspects of Spanish linguistics, such as history of the Spanish, phonetics, sociolinguistics, morpho-syntax, or dialectology. May be taken more than once when topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

24 elective hours from:
HSP 525 Studies in Latin American Literature (may be repeated for credit)
A variable topics course. Topics include genres, authors, literary movements, themes, or cultural, historical, and literary movements of Latin America. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 530 Studies in Peninsular Literature (may be repeated for credit)
A variable topics course. Topics include genres, authors, literary movements, themes, or cultural, historical, and literary movements of Spain. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 535 Studies in Brazilian Literature (may be repeated for credit)
A variable topics course. Topics include genres, authors, literary movements, themes, or cultural, historical, and literary movements of Brazil. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

HSP 540 Latin American Francophone Literature
A variable topics course. Topics include genres, authors, literary movements, themes, or cultural, historical, and literary movements of French-speaking Latin America. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 545 U.S. Hispanic Literature
Topics include US Latino culture, bilingual literature, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, and Chicano literature; the immigrant novel, ethnic autobiography, and US Hispanic theater. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 550 History of Ideas in the Hispanic World (may be repeated for credit)
Intensive study of cultural and ideological currents in Spain and Latin America, including Brazil, especially as they are reflected in the works of essayists and other writers. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 555 Hispanic and Brazilian Film Studies
A theoretical and historical exploration of Hispanic and Brazilian cinema, with particular attention to history, ethnology, artistic movements. Special attention given to the relationship between film and other arts. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 557 Hispanic Theater
Topics include Hispanic theater from Golden Age drama and its antecedents, to contemporary theatrical works from Spain, Latin America, and the US. Prerequisite: Graduate Classification.
HSP 560 Internship
Approved service learning field supervised internship of 1 to 3 credits, that links language use and cultural studies with career related experience. Prerequisite: Graduate classification and approval by department head.
HSP 565 Topics in Hispanic Studies
Seminar dealing with diverse themes and currents in Latin American literature or culture. May be repeated with a different topic. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
HSP 575 Advanced Graduate Studies
Individual instruction. Conference and research. Available subjects: Spanish and Latin American literature, linguistic analysis, film studies, and cultural studies. (May be repeated under different topics). Prerequisite: Consent of the advisor and department head. (1 - 3 credit hours).

ANT 575
Independent Studies in Anthropology: Mesoamerica
Graduate independent study in Anthropology. May be repeated with change of topic.
HIS 566 World History: Latin America
Research and readings in the histories of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Australia, or the Middle east. (May be repeated once with change of topic).
HIS 567 Topics in World History: Latin America
Topical studies in the military, social, cultural, scientific, or economic history of Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America, or the Middle east. (May be repeated once with change of topic).

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
Research and writing of the thesis proposal and the thesis. Prerequisite: Consent of the advisor (1 - 6 credit hours). Students writing a thesis must register each semester that the University resources are being utilized.