Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair 2016-2017
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Master of Arts in Spanish (for students enrolled before Aug. 2014)

 You may switch to our new program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain


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To change to the MALC, you may call 610 436 2943 or contact our department faculty.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures is through the Office of Graduate Studies. Candidates should submit an application form, a goals statement in Spanish (submit directly to, undergraduate/graduate transcripts, and two references. Applicants must have an undergraduate major in the language, or native fluency and a related four-year university degree. You may enroll in up to three seminars while you complete your application process.

The degree consists of three core courses in English: LNC 501 linguistics, LNC 502 interpretive strategies, LNC 503 cultural studies, four Spanish graduate seminars, and 4 additional electives (which may include graduate work in French or German if you are qualified) for a total of 33 hours. The electives may also include study abroad, an internship, courses in pedagogy or PA K-12 State Certification.

You have 2-5 years to complete the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures program. You may transfer in up to 9 semester hours from another graduate school, if they are not part of an existing degree. Candidates for the M.A.L.C. in Spanish prepare either a 15-25 page exit research paper or a portfolio of three seminar papers to defend at an oral exam at the end of their coursework.



SPA 510 Applied Spanish Linguistics (3) A study of Spanish morphology, phonology, and syntax (sound, word, sentence formation). The structure of the language will be studied from a theoretical and practical perspective.

SPA 512 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Stylistics (3) An informal, rapid review of Spanish grammar, with emphasis on problems fundamental to the American classroom. Exercises include idiomatic expression, various levels of style, and translation.

SPA 514 The Hispanic World (3) Major philosophical and artistic contributions of the Hispanic world to Western civilization. The social and economic institutions of the Hispanic world.

SPA 520 Medieval and Renaissance Literature (3) Analysis of major Spanish texts and authors from 1100-1500, including Mío Cid, la Celestina, Alfonso X, Manrique, Don Juan Manuel, Berceo, Encina, and Juan Ruiz.

SPA 530 Spanish "Comedia" of the Golden Age (3) Survey of the comedia before Lope de Vega; the contributions of Lope de Vega; Tirso de Molina and Ruiz de Alarcón; the Baroque theatre of Calderón de la Barca.

SPA 532 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age (3) Novel and poetry. Spanish literature of the 16th and 17th centuries: mysticism, poetry, novel.

SPA 533 Cervantes (3) Life and works of Miguel Cervantes Saavedra: Novelas ejemplares, Ocho comedias y otro entremeses, La Numancia, La Galatea, all of which lead to the study of the meaning, philosophy, and influence of Don Quixote.

SPA 535 19th-Century Spanish Literature (3) An analysis of the major movements of the century, including Romanticism, "Costumbrismo," Realism, and Naturalism.

SPA 536 The Generation of 1898 (3) The revitalizing forces which took hold in the late 19th century, and a study of the works of Unamuno, Azorín, Menéndez Pidal, Pio Baroja, Valle Inclán, Benavente, Martínez Sierra, and Rubén Dario.

SPA 537 20th-Century Spanish Literature (3) Introduction to representative works of 20th-century Spanish literature. Authors studied include Arrabal, Cela, Delibes, Lorca, Goytisolo, Matute, Sender, and others.

SPA 541 Colonial Latin American Literature (3) A study of colonial Latin American literature within the context of conquest and colonization, with emphasis on religious, historical, and literary aspects of the New World as seen through primary authors and readings.

SPA 542 Modern Latin American Literature (3) Spanish-American literature, thought, and culture as revealed in outstanding works representative of major authors and movements from the Independence to 1950 (including Romanticism, Modernism, Regionalism, and avant garde).

SPA 543 Contemporary Latin American Literature (3) A study of major authors and literary movements in contemporary Latin America, including magical realism, theatre of the absurd, and poetic movements.

SPA 544 Latin American Theatre (3) A study of theatre as a reflection of social realities and of dramatic movements and techniques in Latin America. The cultural history of the Latin American stage also will be examined.

SPA 545 The Latin American Novel (3) The development of the novel in Latin America. The colonial period, the period of independence, the romantic period; realism, modernism, criollismo, and naturalism.

SPA 547 Hispanic Women Writers (3) An examination of representative women authors and their prose, poetry, and theatre from the 17th century to the present in Spain and Spanish America.

SPA 549 Masterpieces and Movements in Spanish Literature (3) A seminar on the development of Spanish thought and artistic expression through selected masterpieces of literature and art.

SPA 556 Seminar I (3)

SPA 557 Seminar II (3)

SPA 595 Cultural History of Spain and the Islamic World


LIN 501 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

LAN 500 Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education (3) Techniques of research in language education, including sources, design, interpretation, evaluation, and reporting of data.

LAN 502 Second Languages in the Elementary School (3) Problems in teaching second languages in the elementary school. Curriculum design, bilingual education, classroom techniques, articulation, materials, and testing. Preferably, LIN 501 or equivalent should precede LAN 502.

LAN 503 Techniques of Second Language Teaching (3) Advanced course in recent theoretical bases, methods for teaching beginning and advanced levels, curriculum design, and evaluation. Or LAN 401 Teaching of Modern Languages. PREREQ: LIN 501 or equivalent.

LAN 504 Use of Media in Language Teaching (3) Role of media in language instruction including the tape recorder, language laboratory, television, and the computer.

LAN 505 Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3) Introduction to history, philosophy, current status, and future directions of bilingual/ bicultural education. Survey of materials, tests, techniques, instructional processes, and instructional patterns. Overview of testing, placement, and pupil evaluation.

LAN 610 Thesis (6)

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Maria Van Liew, Graduate Coordinador
Department of Languages and Cultures
123 Mitchell Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 430-4746