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
E-mail: chouz1m@cmich.edu

Fall 2016

Spanish Graduate​ Courses
​On-Campus Course: SPN 640
Instructor: Dr. Marcela Hurtado
Wednesdays: 5:00 – 7:50 pm
Pearce Hall 302
This class examines the external and internal history of the Spanish language from its Indoeuropean origins to the modern period, with special emphasis on the evolution of phonology, morpho-syntax, lexis and semantics. The factors that influence some linguistic innovations will be analyzed from sociolinguistic approaches (e.g. language variation and language change). 

Hybrid Course: SPN 623
Critical Thinking Through Hispanic Thought (3 credits) 
Instructor: Dr. Roberto Mendoza 
On-line and meets on campus on some Saturdays: 10:00am-1:20pm  
Pearce Hall 302

This course surveys the main trends in twentieth and twenty-first century critical and literary theory, from structuralism and psychoanalysis, to poststructuralism, postcolonial studies, border theory, and the idea of the global south. Each class will focus on theoretical readings and explore their applicability to the analysis of Hispanic cultural production (literary, filmic, and pictoric texts, as well as popular culture) in its social and historical context.  Although positioned within the Western tradition of philosophical and social inquiry, the course will emphasize critical analyses and viewpoints from a Hispanic perspective.