The Spanish specialization provides intensive training in the analysis and research of Latin American and Peninsular literary and cultural studies and language pedagogy. The Spanish Literature specialization prepares students to approach texts and cultural production from a variety of methodological and theoretical paradigms, and to conduct research in the field. Students will acquire knowledge of a broad body of canonical and non-canonical texts from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean from an interdisciplinary perspective. Skills and knowledge developed in the MA program prepares students for continued graduate work in the humanities and other professional disciplines. Faculty areas of expertise are diverse and consider national, transnational and post-national perspectives on research areas including Hispanic cultural history, Afro-Caribbean music, indigenous literary trends, subaltern, environmental, and queer studies.
All of our graduate classes are discussion based seminars, so students enjoy a communal approach to learning and meaningful intellectual relationships with the faculty. Teaching Assistants will receive training in language pedagogy. The University of Utah has an excellent research library, rare book collection, film and video collections and access to numerous electronic data bases and resources.
Our Spanish faculty has research interests ranging from second language acquisition and pedagogy to theoretical frameworks of gender studies, dual immersion programming in the elementary school settings, eco-criticism and many more. Please visit our faculty bios for an overview of their research and teaching interests.
This is a comprehensive list of the works students should know before taking the final exams for the Master of Arts in Languages and Literature with an emphasis in Spanish.