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 2016

Spanish Graduate​ Courses
​On-Campus Course: SPN 631 

Staging the Iberian Moor   (3 credits)
Dr. Maria Chouza-Calo
Wednesdays: 5:00-7:50 pm; Pearce Hall 328

The manifold depictions of the Moor in historiography, ballads, drama, and the novel reveal a paradox during the years following the ‘Reconquista,’ after eight centuries of Moorish rule in the Iberian Peninsula. This seminar will explore the use of ‘Moriscos’ and ‘Morisco’ culture in a selection of works that will give a thorough examination of what life was like for ‘moriscos’ (Spanish Muslims) in Early Modern Spain, as well as offer an insight into the attitudes towards the Moorish past. 

Hybrid Course: SPN 655
Spanish Pragmatics and Critical Discourse Analylsis  (3 credits) 

Dr. Carolina Gutiérrez-Rivas
On-line and meets on campus on some Saturdays: 10:00-1:20 p.m., Pearce Hall 302

​This seminar surveys two relatively new areas of linguistic studies in the Spanish language: Pragmatics and Critical Discourse Analysis.  Pragmatics involves the study of language use in context. We will introduce pragmatics theory to later analyze linguistic politeness phenomena that arise in particular situations (e.g. when making requests, giving compliments, uttering complaints, etc.). Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is a recent theory about relations of power and inequality in language. CDA explicitly sets out to incorporate social-theoretical insights into discourse analysis and it advocates social commitment. After an overview of CDA, we examine it in relationship to culture, ideology, media, power and social cognition. Students will also be introduced to current research methods in CDA. This course will be offered in a hybrid format.