Spanish BA+MA Program

The SF State Scholar Program in Spanish is designed for motivated undergraduate Spanish majors who wish to complete both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees within a five year timeframe. Those accepted into the program enroll in graduate-level classes starting in their senior year, thereby shortening time to graduate degree completion. The Master's curriculum includes core and elective courses in literature, pedagogy, and research methodology. You can download a copy of the course requirements for the SF State Scholar Program in Spanish here.
 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (undergraduate portion)

The majority of students enrolled in the Spanish B.A. program come to SFSU with prior language experience and rarely begin study at the absolute beginner's (SPAN 101) level. The Spanish program thus assumes students pursuing a blended B.A./M.A. in Spanish will begin study at least at the Intermediate level:

  • SPAN 205 or SPAN 215 (3 units) [preparatory work--see description]
  • SPAN 206 or SPAN 216 (3 units) [preparatory work--see description]

Spanish Proficiency can be demonstrated by completing the necessary lower-division courses above, testing out of them, or by taking the placement test via ILearn (please consult your advisor for further details). It is also expected that students complete the lower-division courses or the placement test prior to taking the required upper division courses in language and literature below"

  • SPAN 301 (3 units)
  • MLL 325 (3 units)
  • SPAN 341 (3 units)
  • SPAN 401 or SPAN 405 (3 units)
  • SPAN 595 (3 units)
  • Upper division elective in Spanish or related area (upon advising, 3 units)
  • Upper division elective in Spanish or related area (upon advising, 3 units)
  • Upper division elective in Spanish or related area (upon advising, 3 units)
  • Upper division elective in Spanish or related area (upon advising, 3 units)
  • GWAR (can be satisfied by taking SPAN 371 or an approved alternative, 3 units)

MINIMUM TOTAL: 30 units

Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.

WRITING REQUIREMENT

In addition to course requirements listed for each concentration above, the student will satisfy University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) by taking SPAN 401GWMLL 400GW, or CWL 400GW.

 

APPLY FOR TRANSITION TO GRADUATE STATUS

Upon completion of all undergraduate degree requirements, student will apply for (undergraduate) graduation and complete the “SF State Scholars Baccalaureate Degree Review Application”.

  • Students can continue to take undergraduate classes after transitioning to graduate status. However, no lower division classes taken in graduate status will count towards the undergraduate degree. After transitioning to graduate status, students will pay post-baccalaureate tuition and campus fees. If, for any reason, the student wishes to switch back to undergraduate status, the difference in fees will not be refunded.
  • Students will be charged the undergraduate tuition fee only during the time in which they have earned fewer than degree applicable 120 semester units.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (graduate portion)

 1. Seek graduate advising every semester

  • Seek advising on what courses to take and how to complete your degree within a projected timeframe
  • Seek advising on what courses taken from outside the Spanish Program will count towards electives

2. Take classes (10 classes / 30 units required)

The M.A. consists of 30 units of coursework beyond the B.A. A minimum of 21 units must be at the graduate level. A maximum of 9 upper-division units (not already counted toward the B.A.) may be applied toward the M.A. The roadmap assumes students will opt for the comprehensive exam culminating experience; those who choose to write a thesis can expect to take one more semester. Course requirements are listed below. You can also download a copy of the course requirements

Required Courses

  • MLL 701 (Methodology requirement) [3 units]
  • SPAN 851 (Repeatable as elective when topics vary) [3 units]
  • SPAN 868 (Repeatable as elective when topics vary) [3 units]

Electives

  • MLL 750 (Pedagogy elective--required of any student who plans to be a GTA) [3 units]
  • SPAN 821 (Repeatable when topics vary) [3 units]
  • SPAN 831 (Repeatable when topics vary) [3 units]
  • SPAN 880 (Repeatable when topics vary) [3 units]
  • Up to 9 units of upper-division coursework on advisement [9 units]

MINIMUM REQUIRED UNITS = 30

Plus Master's Comprehensive Written and Oral Examination. The student is admitted to the oral examination upon passing the written examination. Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.
 

3. File the Advancement to Candidacy

File the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience forms with the graduate advisor. The forms can also be downloaded from the Division of Graduate Studies website (select "Spanish" from the pull-down menu).
 

4. Submit an Application for Graduation

Apply for graduation before the third week of your final semester.
 

5. Complete the Culminating Experience requirement

The Culminating Experience will generally consist of written and oral exams, with a thesis optiion that typicall requires an additional semester. See graduate advisor for details.
 

6. File "Report of Completion of Specified Graduate Program Requirements"

  • Form requires signatures of both instructors overseeing Culminating Experience written and oral exam.
  • Once oral exam is completed and Report of Completion has been signed, instructors will bring the signed form to Modern Languages & Literatures Department Office.
  • Modern Languages & Literatures Department Office will submit report to Division of Graduate Studies.

 

To apply for the SF State Scholar Program in Spanish, download an application form HERE, then make an appointment to see the SF State Spanish Scholar Program advisor (mhammer@sfsu.edu).