MA Spanish

Spanish, Master of Arts

Languages and Literatures
33 Credits

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus



The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Spanish at St. John’s University will allow you to immerse yourself in the literature, language, and culture of the Hispanic world, preparing you for further scholarship, teaching at all levels, and many related careers.

The program offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option. If you elect the thesis option, you will complete three credits in each of the following concentrations:

  • Linguistics
  • Peninsular Literature before 1700
  • Peninsular Literature of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Centuries
  • Spanish-American Literature from Pre-Columbian through the Nineteenth Century
  • Spanish-American Literature from Modernismo to the Present

You will also take 12 elective credits in any concentration and six credits of SPA 900 (Master’s Research). If you elect the non-thesis track, you will complete a minimum of three credits in each concentration and 18 credits of elective coursework. Regardless of which track you choose, you will also sit for a comprehensive examination to complete your degree.

As a graduate student in Spanish at St. John's, you may be eligible to join St. John’s Epsilon Kappa chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and to receive the prestigious Gabriela Mistral Award, which is presented to outstanding students of Spanish who are active members of Sigma Delta Pi.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Languages and Literatures faculty.

Department Information

Marie-Lise Gazarian, Ph.D.
Graduate Director for Spanish
Department of Languages and Literatures
St. John Hall, Room 434G
[email protected]

Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D.
Chair, Languages and Literatures
[email protected]

Annalisa Saccà, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair, Languages and Literatures
[email protected]

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To matriculate in the M.A. Spanish program, you must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. You should submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and any prior graduate work showing a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

You must also have completed at least 24 credits of foreign language coursework, with 18 credits in advanced study of Spanish and a 3.0 minimum grade point average for these courses.

Graduate Admission Information

Office of Graduate Admission
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SPA 103 History of the Spanish Language
SPA 109 Spanish Stylistics: A Workshop in Creative Writing
SPA 118 Contemporary Spanish America
SPA 220 Caribbean Literature in Spanish
SPA 221; 222 Medieval Literature I; II
SPA 224 The Spanish Ballad, Yesterday and Today
SPA 229 Spanish-American Colonial Literature
SPA 234 Spanish-American Poetry
SPA 237 Spanish-American Modernism
SPA 239 Women Writers from Spanish America
SPA 243 The Spanish-American Short Story
SPA 245 Spanish-American Literature of the Enlightenment
SPA 249 The Spanish-American Novel from Fernandez de Lizardi to the 1960s
SPA 250 The Spanish-American Novel from the 1950s Onward
SPA 253 254 Don Quijote I, II
SPA 270 Spanish Poetry of the Twentieth Century
SPA 279 Federico García Lorca
SPA 285 The Spanish Novel from the Civil War to the Present
SPA 287 Ortega y Gasset and other Twentieth Century Spanish Essayists
SPA 290 Literature of the Mexican Revolution
SPA 300 Spain in North America: Early Writings
SPA 305 306 Seminar in Hispanic Literature I; II
SPA 310 Visual Arts in Spanish Literature
SPA 311 Exile Literature
SPA 312 Latin American Cinema and Literature
SPA 313 César Vallejo, Lezama Lima, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz
SPA 314 Poetry and Its Metric Forms
SPA 316 The Chronicle in Spanish Classic Authors
SPA 317 Gabriela Mistral: The Poet and Prose Writer
SPA 318 Love and Death in Latin American Literature
SPA 319 The Generation of 1927 in Spain
SPA 320 Literature and Nostalgia
SPA 330 The Spanish Short Story
SPA 400 Internship
SPA 900 Master’s Research
SPA 901 Independent Study

Global Approach to Education

St. John’s offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish-speaking cultures by studying abroad in Spain and Argentina. Students in the M.A. program in Spanish may also benefit from internship opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries. For more information about study abroad, visit Global Education.

Additional Information

Spanish Honor Society

Eligible students may increase their academic and professional opportunities by joining the Epsilon Kappa chapter of the Sigma Delta Pi honor society, one of many national honor society chapters offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Career Outcomes

Knowledge of the Spanish language and cultural heritage will prepare you for success in today’s global society. You’ll benefit from the mentorship of distinguished faculty members with unique areas of expertise, as well as courses taught entirely in Spanish. You’ll also take part in internship opportunities that include the Instituto Cervantes and consulates of Spanish-speaking countries, and gain first-hand experience with editing, translating, and publishing through work with the bilingual literary journal, Entre Rascacielos.

Graduates of the M.A. Spanish program work in career fields that include education, journalism, translation, diplomacy, hospitality, and tourism. Many alumni have also entered doctoral programs in Spanish and related fields. Others are seminarians and missionaries who have used Spanish language skills and cultural knowledge to serve diverse populations, following St. John’s Mission.