Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies

Students in classThe Department of Spanish at Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts in Hispanic studies degree with emphases choices in:

  • Spanish literature
  • Spanish culture
  • Spanish-American literature
  • Spanish-American culture
  • Spanish linguistics
  • A general plan of studies encompassing all five areas of emphasis

In addition, graduate courses are available in foreign language methodology. The Master of Arts in Hispanic studies consists of 30 credit hours of course work and normally is completed by full-time students in two years, although some students finish the program in less time.

Since its inception in 1990, the M.A. program has successfully attracted participants from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico and Spain, as well as the United States. There are over 30 students in the M.A. program, many of whom hold teaching assistantships. Great care is given in preparing and monitoring the classroom performance of students in assistantship roles. With the guidance and encouragement of department master teachers, assistants often profit as much from their teaching experience as they do from their own course work.

The program prepares students to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish or for further graduate study in other fields, such as European Studies, Latin American Studies, translation and interpretation, comparative literature and law. It also offers high school teachers an excellent opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills as a means of career advancement.


See the admission requirements for this program.

Program requirements

A complete list of requirements appears in WMU's Graduate Catalog.


  • Complete 30 credit hours of course work.
    • Earn at least 24 of the 30 required credit hours at WMU
    • Earn at least 18 of the 30 required credit hours by taking 6000-level courses
    • All remaining courses are selected by students in consultation with the graduate advisor
  • Take the required course SPAN 6000: Don Quixote.

Reading list

The M.A. reading list will serve as a guide for student preparation.

Comprehensive exam

Successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations in Spanish that cover course work and three areas of the reading list.

Graduate faculty

The Spanish faculty are guided by their conviction that the Spanish language is the basis for comprehension and appreciation of Hispanic culture. Spanish is the language of the faculty and of all graduate courses and activities. Students who study in our programs will benefit from this conviction on a daily basis. Graduate students also benefit from personal contact with a faculty dedicated to them. Teaching and student-centered research are the Spanish faculty's highest priorities. Courses developed and offered take into account both the needs and the preferences of students. Constant academic discourse, exchange of knowledge and development of skills are greatly enhanced within this student-centered environment.


For any questions regarding program requirements, please contact the graduate advisor.