Spanish Master of Arts

Program Objectives

The masters degree in Spanish at CMU is administered by the faculty of the Spanish section of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Cultures, and it is awarded through the College of Graduate Studies.

Our program is designed to give the students a comprehensive understanding of the language, literature and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The flexible nature of this program is designed for all types of students, particularly those who have other non-academic responsibilities; therefore, classes taught at CMU meet on Saturdays and Wednesday evenings. There also are courses taught in a hybrid format (most classes online).

In addition to those courses, the program includes a cultural immersion component by means of a study abroad experience in Spain or Latin America, and the student demonstrates achievements through a com​prehensive examination in the final semester of study.

Upon completion of the degree, the student will have a broad knowledge of all aspects of the language and culture, from linguistics to literature and cultural studies, both in Latin America and Peninsular areas.


Contact Information

For more information pertaining to the Graduate Program, please contact:

Dr. María Chouza-Calo, Graduate Spanish Program Director
Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Pearce Hall 305
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
Telephone: (989) 774-3786

Spring 2015

Spanish Graduate​ Courses
​On-Campus Course: SPN 591A
Introduction to Linguistics   (3 credits)   
Dr. Carolina Gutiérrez-Rivas
Tuesdays: 5:00 – 7:50 pm

This seminar is an introduction to Hispanic Linguistics studies. It offers students a general vision of the most significant aspects of the discipline. On the one hand, traditional areas in linguistics such as sound patterns, word-formation and sentence structure will be taken into consideration. On the other hand, the sociolinguistic implications of the aforementioned areas will be examined as well: meaning and context, discourse structure, regional and social variation and other sociocultural linguistic manifestations, such as politeness. By the end of the class, students will be able to associate the theoretical aspects of linguistics with current social phenomena that take place through language.

On-Campus Course: SPN 632
Eighteenth to Twenty-first Century Spanish Literature  (3 credits)
Dr. Norma Richardson
Thursdays: 5:00-7:50 pm in Pearce Hall

This course will focus on the analysis of literary representations reflecting the major factors shaping modern to contemporary Spanish society and culture. The scope of study will include the influence of French classicist literature in the eighteenth- century, the renaissance of the Spanish novel of the nineteenth century, and the Civil War and Post-Civil War literature of the twentieth century. Finally, we will examine contemporary Spanish literature. Within this framework, we will explore the themes of sociopolitical conflict, exile, dictatorship, censorship, identity and n​ew freedom of expression.  ​

Hybrid Course: SPN 610A   
Studies in US Latino Culture  (3 credits) 
Dr. Alejandra Rengifo 

On-line and meets on campus on some Saturdays of the semester: 10:00-1:20 Pearce Hall
Through narrative, poetry, theater, this class will examine the historical evolution and the heterogeneity of the Chicano and US Latino culture and literature in the United States. Topics to be discussed include race, identity, politics, economics, intersectionality and immigration, among others. This is an introductory course taught in hybrid format (mainly online with some meetings on campus); a good internet connection and a computer with video options are necessary.