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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Spanish

Page address: http://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/spanish.html

College of Arts and Humanities
Department of World Languages and Cultures

227 Armstrong Hall
507-389-2116

 

Graduate study in Spanish at Minnesota State University offers students three program options: Master of Science in Spanish (Community College Option), Master of Science Spanish Education (Discipline based), and MS Spanish for the Professions. The MS Spanish is for broad training in Spanish and is suited for students who plan to teach at the post-secondary level or pursue additional graduate study. The MS Spanish for the Professions degree serves students who are pursuing an advanced degree in Spanish for work in the professions. The MS Spanish Education option is primarily for licensed K-12 teachers of Spanish who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in their field. The Department of World Languages and Cultures also cooperates with the College of Education by offering supporting coursework (secondary and FLES methods of teaching a world language and/or studies in Spanish) toward the Masters in Arts of Teaching degree for World Languages: Spanish. For information about the MAT or courses that lead to K-12 licensure, contact the College of Education.
 

Admission

Complete the general admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Applicants must possess Spanish oral proficiency at a level of advanced low on the ACTFL proficiency scale or equivalent (contact department for information). A writing sample in Spanish (4-6 pages), personal statement in English summarizing experiences and professional goals that apply to the MS degree in Spanish (2-3 pages), and two letters of recommendation, one from an undergraduate instructor or academic advisor should be sent to the department chair.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

A number of graduate teaching assistantships are available during the academic year. A graduate teaching assistant in the Department of World Languages and Cultures teaches classes in elementary French, German, Spanish or ESL and receives a salary, a tuition stipend and automatic residency for tuition purposes. For more information, contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research or the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Graduate Study Abroad

Graduate credit can be earned in Spanish on department-sponsored Study Abroad Programs. For more information, consult the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Spanish MS

Community College Option

(Thesis Plan - 30 credits)
(Alternate Plan Paper -34 credits)

This program prepares students of Spanish for teaching in higher education. Students interested in teaching at the college level should see their advisor about identifying appropriate methods courses and professional education courses to strengthen their teaching performance. Licensure is not required to teach at the college level, but courses in teaching skills are highly recommended. Fifty percent of the credits must be taken at the 600 level (excluding thesis and APP credits).

Required Major Teaching Field (18-22 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level Spanish courses selected in consultation with an advisor.

Required Modern Language Methods (3 credits)

WLC 560 – Methods of Teaching Modern Languages (3)

Required Professional Education credits (6 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level Professional Education courses selected in consultation with an advisor.

Electives (0-4 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level elective courses selected in consultation with an advisor.

Required Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

  • SPAN 694 – Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
  • SPAN 699 – Thesis (3-4)

Spanish Education MS

(Discipline-Based)

(Thesis Plan - 30 credits)
(Alternate Plan Paper -34 credits)

This program is primarily for teachers of Spanish who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the language and in increasing their proficiency. The degree requires courses totaling 30 credits (with thesis) or 34 credits (with alternate plan paper). Fifty percent (50%) of the credits must be taken at the 600 level, excluding thesis or APP credits.

This degree does not lead to teaching licensure. Students who desire initial licensure should consult the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

Required Spanish (18-22 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level Spanish courses selected in consultation with an advisor.

Required Professional Education (6 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level Professional Education courses selected in consultation with an advisor.

Electives (0-6 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level elective courses selected in consultation with an advisor.

Required Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper (1-4 credits)

  • SPAN 694 – Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
  • SPAN 699 – Thesis (3-4)

Spanish for Professions MS (34 credits)

The MS Spanish for the Professions degree program is a competency-based program to develop writing, oral and multicultural literary for the Spanish-speaking professional environment. Required coursework emphasizes the development of student skills in audience analysis and cultural awareness of appropriate practices, language usage for specific purposes, and cultural problem solving through improved communication for the workplace. The program is offered online and gives the student practice in developing specialized productive skills for a variety of professional settings in Spanish-speaking countries and the US.

Common Core
SPAN 600 Research & Bibliography 2
SPAN 635 Writing project: Technical, Creative, Translation 1
SPAN 690 Portfolio 1

Restricted Electives
Oral Proficiency
Choose 9-12 credit(s):
Topic course may be selected if offered online.
SPAN 601 Topic Spanish Language/Linguistics 1-4
SPAN 651 Oral communication for the professions 3
SPAN 652 Oral reasoning workshop 3
SPAN 653 Interpretation workshop 3
SPAN 654 Oral presentation skills with Digital Technology 3
Writing Proficiency
Choose 9-12 credit(s):
SPAN 631 Writing Workshop for the Professions 3
SPAN 632 Translation Workshop 1 3
SPAN 633 Translation Workshop 2 3
SPAN 634 Editing and Document Preparation 3
Multicultural Literacy
Choose 9-12 credit(s):
Topics courses may be selected when offered online.
SPAN 602 Topic Peninsular Culture 1-4
SPAN 603 Topics in Spanish American Culture 1-4
SPAN 604 Topic: Peninsular Spanish Literature 1-4
SPAN 605 Topics in Spanish American Literature 1-4
SPAN 641 Cultural Readings and Analysis 3
SPAN 642 Pragmatics 3
SPAN 643 Cultural practices of Spain and the Americas 3

Unrestricted Electives
Choose 0-3 credits
SPAN 698 Internship: Engagement in the Profession 1-3
WLC 610 Comparative Language Studies: Spanish and Portuguese 2-4

* - Course has prerequisite courses

 

 

Course Descriptions

Spanish

SPAN 501 (1-4) Topics in Linguistics

Topics may vary. Course may be repeated for credit. Discussion and analysis of Spanish linguistics (syntax, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, translation theory and practice, etc.)

Prerequisite: graduate status, undergraduate major or equivalent in Spanish

SPAN 502 (1-4) Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature

Topics vary: Don Quixote de la Mancha; Golden Age drama and poetry; Spanish literature since the Golden Age, etc. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: graduate status, undergraduate major or equivalent in Spanish

SPAN 503 (1-4) Topics in Spanish American Literature

Topics vary. Major writers from Spanish America. Topics include Spanish American novel, Spanish American poetry, Spanish American drama, Spanish American short story, romanticism, and the Mexican novel, etc. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: graduate status, undergraduate major or equivalent in Spanish

SPAN 507 (1-4) Topics in Translation

Introduction to the theory and practice of translation.
This course is targeted at Spanish students and language professionals interested in developing translation skills, as well as in finding out what it is involved in becoming a professional translator.

SPAN 564 (1-6) Internship: FLES

Field experience in the elementary school setting for students earning licensure in Spanish or Elementary Education Teaching Specialty in Spanish.

SPAN 593 (1-6) Individual Study Abroad: Topics in Language and Linguistics

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit. Study for credit must be approved by the department prior to departure. Prerequisite: graduate status, undergraduate major or equivalent in Spanish

SPAN 594 (1-6) Individual Study Abroad: Topics in Spanish American Literature

Topics will vary: major writers from Spanish America; Spanish American novel; Spanish American poetry; Spanish American drama; Spanish American short story, romanticism, the Mexican novel. May be repeated for credit. Study for credit must be approved by the department prior to departure. Prerequisite: graduate status, undergraduate major or equivalent in Spanish

SPAN 595 (1-6) Individual Study Abroad: Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature

Topics will vary. Spanish literature from medieval to modern times. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate status, undergraduate major or equivalent in Spanish

SPAN 596 (1-6) Individual Study Abroad: Topics in Spanish American Culture

Topics will vary. Major cultural and historical aspects of Latin America from pre-colonial times to the present. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate status, undergraduate major or equivalent in Spanish

SPAN 597 (1-6) Individual Study Abroad: Topics in Spanish Peninsular Culture

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

SPAN 600 (2) Research & Bibliography

An introduction to methods of literary research, including use of literary resources, literary theory, the MLA style, and paper writing strategies. Primarily for graduate students who are writing their thesis or alternate plan paper.

Prerequisite: graduate status

SPAN 601 (1-4) Topic Spanish Language/Linguistics

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: graduate status

SPAN 602 (1-4) Topic Peninsular Culture

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate student status

SPAN 603 (1-4) Topics in Spanish American Culture

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate status

SPAN 604 (1-4) Topic: Peninsular Spanish Literature

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: graduate status

SPAN 605 (1-4) Topics in Spanish American Literature

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: graduate status

SPAN 631 (3) Writing Workshop for the Professions

Experience in designing, writing. and critiquing writing for a variety of professional areas to meet expectations for the use of Spanish in a professional setting. Course explores cultural and linguistic variance in Spanish-speaking environments, including the US.

SPAN 632 (3) Translation Workshop 1

Introduction to theory and practice of of translation to and from Spanish. Readings, analysis, translation, peer review, preparation of documents for specific professional and cultural environment.

SPAN 633 (3) Translation Workshop 2

Theoretical parameters of translation not covered in Translation Workshop 1. Students work with complex issues of translation of documents for the professions meant for different regions and variations in the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 634 (3) Editing and Document Preparation

The art and practice of editing documents in Spanish for electronic publication on paper or for the internet. Advanced grammar, writing and editing support for native, heritage and second language speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 635 (1) Writing project: Technical, Creative or Translation

Capstone technical, creative or translation writing project.

SPAN 641 (3) Cultural Readings and Analysis

Read and interpret a wide variety of professional documents within a cultural context. Each semester the course focuses on a minimum of three different regions of the Spanish-speaking world (i.e. Mexico, Southern Cone, Spain or Andean region, Caribbean, US. Latino).

SPAN 642 (3) Pragmatics

Recognition and usage of appropriate language and gestures in a variety of social and professional contexts.

SPAN 643 (3) Cultural practices of Spain and the Americas

Readings, investigation and discussions concerning cultural practices and policies for intercultural and international interaction for the workplace and for social interaction for the development of the research project on cultural practices for the portfolio.

SPAN 651 (3) Oral Communication for the Professions

Development of oral productive skills for general, social, professional, technical and business situations in a variety of cultural contexts.

SPAN 652 (3) Oral Reasoning Workshop

Development of oral reasoning and presentation skills for specific cultural audiences. Students read and analyze documents from a variety of viewpoints to prepare oral reasoning demonstrations on software for workshop distribution and evaluation.

SPAN 653 (3) Interpretation Workshop

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of interpretation using Spanish.

SPAN 654 (3) Oral Presentation Skills with Digital Technology

Development of strategies and training with digital technologies to improve students' formal presentational skills in Spanish for a Spanish-speaking viewing audience. Course stresses how cultural difference affects potential reception when designing online oral presentations with visuals.

SPAN 677 (1-4) Individual Study

Individual study, variable topics.

Prerequisite: graduate status

SPAN 690 (1) Spanish for the Professions Portfolio

Development and preparation of the documents to demonstrate performance and skill level in all competency areas for MS Spanish for the Professions degree program. Students register for this course during the semester in which they plan to graduate.

SPAN 692 (1-3) Independent Study

Variable topics.

Prerequisite: graduate status

SPAN 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

SPAN 697 (1-6) Internship: Community College Option

Preparation of teaching materials and minimum of 20 hours of classroom teaching at the intermediate level. Areas in which materials are to be developed and taught are listening comprehension, speaking, literature, culture, and writing.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor

SPAN 698 (1-3) Spanish for the Professions Internship

Integration of oral, written and multicultural competency in a supervised workplace setting.

SPAN 699 (3-6) Thesis

World Languages and Cultures

WLC 560 (3) Methods of Teaching Modern Languages

This course is intended to provide prospective secondary school teachers and teachers of modern languages with experience and background to prepare them for teaching modern languages to secondary school students. The course meets state licensure requirements. Major topics include: Second language acquisition and child language development; comprehension-based teaching strategies; standards-based curriculum development and planning; integrating modern languages with the secondary school curriculum; subject content instruction; and teaching and assessing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Pre: Student must demonstrate oral proficiency level of Intermediate-High on ACTFL scale or equivalent in target language. Contact the department for additional details

WLC 561 (1) Applied Modern Language Teaching Methods

A field experience in a secondary school setting for students earning licensure in modern language teaching. Practicum students work with middle or high school students of French, German, or Spanish. Take concurrently with or following WLC 460.

WLC 562 (3) Foreign Languages in the Elementary School (FLES) Methods

Introduction to theory and practice of modern language teaching for children grades K-6, including oral language development, second language literacy development, content-based language instruction, and techniques for language immersion programs. This course meets state licensure requirements.

Pre: Student must demonstrate oral proficiency level of Intermediate-Mid on ACTFL scale or the equivalent in target language. Contact the department for additional details.

WLC 563 (1) Applied FLES Methods

A field experience in an elementary setting for students earning licensure in modern language teaching. Practicum students work with elementary school students in French, German, or Spanish. Take concurrently with or following WLC 462.

WLC 565 (1-3) Workshop in Modern Language Education

Topics in modern language education. May be repeated for credit.