Spanish Graduate Program

Spanish Graduate Advisors
Rigoberto GuevaraSenior Advisor

1136 Oldfather Hall
rguevara2@unl.edu
402-472-3848

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Iker Gonzalez-Allende

1026 Oldfather Hall
igonzalezallende2@unl.edu
402-472-3761

Our graduate program in Spanish offers you the opportunity of critically engaging Hispanic literature and culture. You will be able to work with a dynamic and professionally active faculty with a wide range of scholarly interests, ranging from early modern literature to contemporary culture in Spanish and Latin America. Our program is extremely successful in preparing students for careers in fields that require a graduate degree, including academia. With seminars on topics such as “Digital Humanities” our UNL faculty is creating a space on campus geared toward collaborative, international and interdisciplinary humanistic scholarship. Come and be part of an interdisciplinary community directly relevant to the future of the humanities and social sciences.

We offer advanced courses in the history of Spanish, Spanish in the United States, translation, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, heritage language pedagogy, second language acquisition and curriculum design.

Our graduate students in Spanish have won prestigious university-wide grants for research and teaching, and gain valuable professional experience working as language instructors. We offer economic support for students presenting their research at conferences or interviewing at the Modern Language Association annual convention.

As they work on their program of study, our students can take advantage of different professional development opportunities that include UNL’s Preparing Future Faculty program, as well as participation in digital humanities and human subjects research projects

Spanish MA Degree

The program of study leading to a MA degree in Hispanic Studies generally takes two years and includes courses in Hispanic literature, language and civilization, with possibilities for collateral work in other fields. All work required for a MA must be completed within six consecutive calendar years. The degree is excellent preparation for either a career in secondary education or for further graduate study at the doctoral level.

Our Spanish MA program is intended to furnish a solid, comprehensive preparation in the field of Hispanic Studies, covering Spanish and Latin American literature. The course of studies surveys the various epochs of Iberian cultural and intellectual history while exploring the major literary genres. The program includes a number of offerings in linguistics.

All MA candidates are examined in both Spanish and Latin American literature.

MA Options

The Spanish MA program offers a certain flexibility which allows students the options of either writing thesis, pursuing a minor or carrying an unusually high number of doctoral level courses. Nevertheless, it must be stressed that a minimum of 18 hours in Hispanic Studies are required for the MA degree. You will want to discuss these options with your advisor to determine which option best fulfills your professional objectives. Once you file your Memorandum of Courses, you may not change the Option you have chosen.

Nota Bene: All three options require the equivalent of 36 hours of course work and successful completion of the Comprehensive Examinations.

Option I requires a minimum of 36 credit hours that culminate in a set of comprehensive exams. Ten to nine of these hours are devoted to researching and writing a THESIS. At least eight of these 36 hours must be taken in seminars (900 level courses). Option I also provides the opportunity to take a minor of at least nine hours in a related field. If you have a minor, one member of your committee must be from the department offering the minor. The minor should be in an area offering a graduate degree at UNL, such as Anthropology, History, Sociology, English, or another language. Undergraduate programs such as Women’s Studies or Latin American Studies cannot be selected as a minor. At least 10-12 hours of required credit must be in regularly scheduled campus courses.

Option II requires a minimum of 36 credit hours that culminate in a set of comprehensive exams. No thesis is included; rather Option II allows you to pursue more course hours in related studies. Your 36 hours may include 18 hours in the major and nine hours in one MINOR or your 36-hour total may include at least 15 hours in the major and nine hours in each of two MINORS. At least one member of your committee must be from the department offering the minor. The minor should be in an area offering a graduate degree at UNL, such as Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, English, or another language. Undergraduate programs cannot be selected as a minor. The overall total of 36 credit hours must include at least 12 hours of work in seminars (900-level courses).

Option III requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. Option III does not require a thesis or a minor but instead calls for increased work at the seminar level. No less than 18 hours of the 36 hour total are required at this 900 level. At least 18 hours must be completed in regularly scheduled campus courses. Like Options I and II, Option III also calls for a set of comprehensive exams.

MA Advisor

When you enter the MA program, the first person to contact is the Graduate advisor for Spanish. The Graduate advisor will discuss your interests, previous experience, the various options and specializations available to you, requirements, deadlines, and scholarship opportunities. Also, you will be advised concerning your program of studies. In addition to this introduction to the program, the Graduate advisor for Spanish monitors your progress and in consultation with the Chair of your Supervisory Committee, keeps you informed about deadlines in order to file your Memorandum of Courses with the Office of Graduate Studies at the appropriate time.

Beginning in the second semester, as you proceed with your course work and constitute your MA Supervisory Committee, the person you choose as Chair of your committee becomes your primary advisor with regard to the content and completion of your program, which includes course work, comprehensive exams, and with Option I, your thesis.

PhD Degree

The doctoral degree is given primarily for high attainment in a particular field of scholarship and for demonstrated power of independent research in a subdivision of this field. The doctoral student is expected to be capable of intelligently synthesizing the information obtained in courses and from the works on the PhD Reading List on a level significantly higher than the MA candidate. You should also be familiar with the principal critical works of major scholars, and with the journals and critical approaches in each of the areas listed on the PhD Reading List.

PhD Advisor

When you enter the PhD program, the first person to contact is the Graduate Advisor for Spanish. The Spanish Graduate Advisor will discuss your interests, previous experience, the various options and specializations available to you, requirements, deadlines, and scholarship opportunities. After your initial contact with your advisor, the next step is to set up your PhD Supervisory Committee, normally by the end of your first semester.