Modern Language Studies Department

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish will

1. Recognize Spanish as a global language with regional and social varieties and registers that both unify and differentiate the Spanish-speaking world; in particular, they will recognize the cultural and linguistic roots and features of the Spanish language as spoken in California, elsewhere in the U.S., and throughout the world;

2. Be able to carry out a range of communicative functions in Spanish, such as engaging in oral conversation modes with sufficient accuracy so as to be easily understood by a native Spanish speaker, reading and listening to authentic texts and materials, producing written discourse and composing academic texts, and giving public oral presentations and readings;

3. Have the demonstrated ability to carry out several aspects of collaborative learning tasks, including group communication, and peer review;

4. Use technological tools and Spanish language resources available through electronic means, such as chat rooms, email, and the Internet for research and classroom purposes; they are able to compare information available only in Spanish with information on the same topics available in English to analyze the different perspectives and/or biases shown in the sources;

5. Have confronted and considered issues of social justice relevant to local and global Hispanic communities;

6. Formulate research questions and identify and use appropriate methodology to answer them, applying appropriate guidelines for the ethical treatment of human and non-human research participants to the various phases of research;

7. Appreciate the diversity and richness of the Hispanic world’s multiple forms of literary and artistic expression, and relate the patterns of behavior and values integral to Hispanic cultures to their own culture, aspirations, and identity;

8. Identify, critically analyze and interpret language data and literary texts in Spanish;

9. Identify the distinguishing characteristics and aesthetic registers of the major literary genres and periods of Hispanic literature;

10. Recognize the existence of a variety of literary, linguistic, and cultural perspectives and meanings; and

11. Identify the grammatical and discursive functions of Spanish language structures in a variety of social and cultural contexts.

The Master of Arts in Spanish degree program allows students the choice of three areas of emphasis:

Option A - Hispanic Literatures, Option B – Hispanic Languages and Linguistics, and Option C– Foreign Language Teaching. Regardless of the option selected, the student’s academic experience will be characterized by classes of the highest quality, which encourage the development of critical thinking, an appreciation of multicultural perspectives, and articulate the different uses of the Spanish language. Each option has its own set of Learning Outcomes.

Students completing Option A – Hispanic Literatures will

1. Articulate a sound understanding of the broad outlines of theory as well as the theoretical commitments that inform their own research and writing.

2. Demonstrate advanced application of tools of literary analysis.

3. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of and an ability to think critically about literary movements and key texts of the Hispanic literary tradition(s), including an evaluation of the process of canon formation.

4. Demonstrate a familiarity with professional practices and issues (conferences, research, publication, mentoring, hiring and advancement, etc.) and prepare to enter doctoral programs or other professional fields.

5. Exhibit an ability to identify relevant issues and conduct original research in the field of Hispanic Literature(s), to use appropriate methods of documentation, and to write essays clearly demonstrative of graduate-level research skills and independent thinking.

Students completing Option B – Hispanic Languages and Linguistics will

1. Understand the historical development of the Spanish language in its external (history, culture) and internal development (morphology, syntax and semantics).

2. Know the linguistic variation of Spanish and its main dialects, including phonology, geographical variation, social dialects and registers.

3. Identify the grammatical and discursive functions of Spanish language structures in a variety of social and cultural contexts.

4. Demonstrate a familiarity with professional practices and issues (conferences, research, publication, mentoring, hiring and advancement, etc.) and prepare to enter doctoral programs or other professional fields.

5. Exhibit an ability to identify relevant issues and conduct original research in the field of Hispanic Linguistics, to use appropriate methods of documentation, and to write essays clearly demonstrative of graduate-level research skills and independent thinking.

Students completing Option C – Foreign Language Teaching will

1. Demonstrate competence in the Spanish language, including knowledge of key aspects of Hispanic linguistics, as well as the ability to explain the language accurately to others.

 2. Be able to discuss key aspects of Hispanic literatures and cultures, especially in the context of teaching them to others.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of principles of foreign language learning, including theories of language acquisition, history and methods of language teaching, best practices for teaching the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, and assessment of language and culture learning.

4. Be able to explain and evaluate published research studies in foreign language education, plan and conduct original research, analyze the data collected, and report the findings.

5. Be aware of opportunities for continued professional development, associations in the field to support their ongoing work, and the ability to engage in the scholarship of the classroom.

Fall 2008