Course Requirements for the M.A. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics
Eleven courses are required (of which nine must be graduate level). Students in Literature take one course in literary theory and criticism (M201A); at least one course in each of eight different areas of literature offered by the department; and two electives. Students in Linguistics take ten elective courses in linguistics and one course in literature.
An incoming graduate student can petition for transfer of graduate courses outside UCLA. For further information, please see the transfer of credit guidelines.
Foreign Language Requirement: Students must show proficiency in a language other than Spanish or English by passing a departmental reading exam or a course of at least level 3.
Comprehensive Examination (a.k.a Capstone Plan):
(A) students in Literature will submit two revised papers written for seminars taken during the first five quarters and an oral examination. Students nominate an ad hoc review committee of three faculty members from the department: the Director of Graduate Studies, the faculty member who will serve as the student’s advisor, and a third faculty member. In consultation with the ad hoc review committee, students are required to submit two of their strongest seminar papers, 20-25 pages each (with revisions-one in Spanish, one in English) in different areas of study of the Ph.D. Program. For further information and detailed timeline, please visit the Graduate Division website
(B) Students in Linguistics choose four exam areas and take two-hour exams in each. The exams are based on reading lists the student receives on choosing areas of examination. The list will be tailored for each student independently. For further information, please see the Preliminary Exams section of this website.
Evaluation of the Student:
(A) Once the student in Literature successfully completes all requirements for the degree, the outcome and recommendation of the comprehensive exams is made by the ad hoc committee.
(B) Once the student in Linguistics successfully completes all requirements for the degree, the department faculty meet to evaluate the overall performance of the student in coursework, exams, and a writing sample. If the student has passed the exams the faculty must decide, based on the above, whether the student should continue in the doctoral program or should receive the M.A. degree and not continue.
Prior to 2018-19: Students in Literature take a four-hour exam in Peninsular Spanish literature and a four-hour exam in Latin American literature. Exams are based on the two reading lists students received upon entering the program. For further information, please see the Preliminary Exams section of this website.