Faculty: Professor Hedderich, Chair; Professor White, Director of Graduate Studies. Professors de los Heros, Morin, and Trubiano; Associate Professor Echevarria; Professor Emeritus Gitlitz.


The Master of Arts in Spanish helps students advance to a professional level in the general area of Hispanic studies, including Spanish language mastery, and an understanding of Hispanic linguistics and literature as an expression of civilization and culture. The curriculum includes linguistics as well as the literary production of Spain, Spanish America, and the Spanish-speaking peoples of the United States, any of which could provide a field for specialization.

Master of Arts

Admission requirements: undergraduate major in Spanish or equivalent, including 12 credits in Spanish or Hispanic-American literature, linguistics, and/or pedagogy. Promising applicants with fewer than 12 credits in these areas may be asked to make them up without graduate credit.

Program requirements (30 credits): Students electing the thesis option may include six thesis research credits. All course work must be carried out in Spanish unless otherwise approved by the Spanish Section. Course work in URI-approved graduate study abroad programs will be counted toward the degree. Candidates must pass a comprehensive examination with both a written and an oral component.