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Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies

Faculty working with Students: 4
Students: 8
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall February 2
  • Spring N/A
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures offers a Masters program in Foreign Languages, with an emphasis in Spanish. The emphasis of the program is on Spanish (Peninsular) and Latin American literature, film and culture, but seminars on foreign language pedagogy and practical teaching experience are provided. Applicants should have majors in related areas, such as literature, linguistics, and pedagogy, but applicants from other humanities and social sciences disciplines will be considered on a case by case basis, as long as they have an advanced proficiency level in all Spanish-language skills, and a solid foundation and understanding of culture.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Develop and demonstrate a broad critical and integrative knowledge of Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, disciplinary research methodology, and Applied  Linguistics/ Spanish pedagogy.
  2.  Develop and demonstrate the ability to conduct critical thinking of literature and other artistic expressions such as film, in a cultural context.
  3.  Develop and demonstrate the ability to conduct disciplinary research.
  4.  Demonstrate the potential for developing original research in the discipline.
  5.  Develop and demonstrate the ability to communicate their acquired knowledge in Spanish at an Advanced/ Superior (Near-Native) level.
  6.  Develop and demonstrate the ability to teach Spanish at various skill levels.

Student Opportunities:

Summer internships and/or teaching positions.

Faculty Members:

Hubert, Michael David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Second language acquisition
Second language writing
Spanish-English Translation Instruction
Spanish phonetics/phonology

Manzo-Robledo, Francisco, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Spanish Latin American literature, cinema and culture.
Diverse literature texts from Latin America and Spain.
Latin American Cinema.
Representation of women in the cinema on Mexican Wars.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

19th – 21st Century Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture. Peninsular Spanish Film. Dictatorship, Transition to Democracy and Cultural Products. Metafiction and Intertextuality in Literature and Film. Power and Production of Discourse.

Rodriguez-Vivaldi, Ana Maria, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Contemporary Latin American Literature, Film and Culture, and Spanish Film and Culture. Her most recent presentations include Julio Cortazar and Fantomas: Popular Culture to the Rescue for the Latin American Studies Association International Conference in San Francisco (May 2012), Heedless Women – Lucrecia Martel, Exploration of the Female Psyche and Contemporary Argentinean Society for the PAMLA conference in Scripps College (November 2011), and the panel she organized and led on El genero discursivo de lo critico-literario en la narrativa posmoderna argentina for the 2011 AATSP International Conference in Washington, DC (July 2011), where she also presented a paper on Creacion y critica la hibridacion de discursos en la narrativa argentina.

Contact Information:

Brittany Merrill
110 Thompson Hall
Pullman, WA 99164-2610
Cynthia Davis
110 Thompson Hall
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-2610
509 335-4135
509 335-3708
Michael Hubert
110 Thompson Hall
Pullman, Wa 99164-2610