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M.A. in Spanish

Students Studying SpanishSpanish is the world's third-largest language, spoken by nearly 500 million people, more than 40 million in the United States alone. Its importance in culture and commerce is immense, as are the political, artistic and commercial impacts of Spanish-speaking countries and communities. According to the Modern Language Association's 2009 survey, enrollment in foreign languages degree programs in the United States continues to increase, with Spanish attracting the largest number of students.

The Master of Arts degree in Spanish is a comprehensive study of the linguistics, syntax and literature of Spain and Spanish America. Graduates of this 36-credit program will be fully prepared for further study of Spanish at the doctoral level. In addition, given that in today’s job market there is an ever-growing need for people who speak more than one language, our graduates find positions in a variety of careers including international business; translation and interpretation; government, including the FBI and CIA; publishing; the media; and health and medicine. The services of translators and interpreters are important to courts, financial markets and the stock exchanges.

Students interested in becoming Spanish teachers, should review the College of Education and Information Sciences web pages: M.S. in Middle Childhood Education (Grades 5 to 9) or M.S. in Adolescence Education: Spanish (Grades 7 to 12).

Employment Outlook

The job outlook looks bright for professionals with a master’s degree in Spanish. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the rate of job growth for interpreters and translators will increase by 22 percent over the next decade. The high demand results from an international economy and the growing number of non-English speaking people in the U.S. Learn more

Rita Johnson, M.A. Class of 2012

Rita JohnsonAfter being laid off from her job of 15 years, Rita Johnson knew it was time to move in a different direction. She enrolled in the Master’s Program in Spanish and is now preparing for a new career in education. Read more.