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University Catalog 2012-2013 
University Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Spanish is designed to enable students to attain a high level of proficiency in the Spanish language and literatures written in Hispanic countries and to employ it skillfully in such pursuits as teaching, writing, translating, and communications, or as preparation for doctoral study. 

Admission to the Program

In addition to applying to the University, applicants must file a departmental application for admission along with official transcripts of all previous college work. These documents must reach the department early in the quarter preceding that in which course work for the degree is to begin. Applicants who hold a baccalaureate from Cal State L.A. and have not attended another college since graduation must also file a departmental application early in the quarter preceding graduate enrollment. No transcripts are required.

Upon admission to the program, students must designate either a literature or linguistics emphasis.

In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish or equivalent, including SPAN 401, a minimum 2.75 grade point average in the last 90 quarter units, and a B (3.0) grade point average in Upper Division Spanish courses. Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in oral and written Spanish in accordance with criteria established by the department.

Requirements for the Degree (48 units)

A total of 48 units is required, with at least 32 in 500-level courses.


In extraordinary circumstances and with graduate adviser approval, students may select up to 8 units of electives from one or more related fields.

Comprehensive Examination (0 units)

Students should expect to take the comprehensive examination (SPAN 596) the quarter they complete all course work on their program and must comply with college and departmental requirements.