Spanish Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program

Spanish Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program
Spanish accelerated master's

Program Overview

The dual-degree B.A./M.A. program in Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers high-achieving students the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree during their time at UNH. Qualified students may be accepted into the program late in the first semester of their junior year and begin to take graduate courses in the spring of their senior year. Students graduate with a B.A. upon completion of 128 credits (including all University, College and Program requirements), and then complete graduate work (30 credits) the following year. After only five years of study, students earn both degrees.

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Daniel Chávez
Associate Professor
Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Murkland Hall
Rm 210-D
Durham, NH 03824

Languages, Literatures, and Cognates
210L Murkland Hall
15 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-4005

Curriculum & Requirements

To obtain the MA degree, the candidate must complete a minimum of 30 credits. The candidate must successfully complete ten graduate courses, eight of which should be from the offerings of the Spanish program listed below. Two of the ten courses can be taken in allied fields approved by the department. Courses taken for undergraduate credit may not be double-counted for graduate credit.


Course Number





Topics in Second Language Acquisition/Pedagogy/Methodology  




Foreign Language Teaching Methods




Topics in Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies  




Topics in Hispanic Linguistics and Cultural Studies  




Master’s Thesis




Independent Study  

1 TO 3  



Graduate Seminar  


The M.A. in Spanish offers two options to fulfill the concluding experience of the program:

1) Non-thesis option (30 credits, ten classes). Students who select this option will present a seminar paper or project at a local, regional, or national conference. Presentation at the UNH Graduate Research Conference is acceptable to fulfill this requirement.

2) Thesis option (30 credits, eight classes plus thesis). Enrollment in Spanish 899 (Master's Thesis, 6 credits) counts for two of the ten required courses for the M.A. This enables students to complete all classwork in the fifth year in residence at UNH and begin the thesis during the summer of their fifth year.
The thesis option involves the preparation of a Master's Thesis or an equivalent research project directed by a faculty advisor. This research track is specifically designed for those students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish or in a related field.

Examples of Past Seminar Titles:

  • Econovels of Central America
  • Contemporary Spanish Literature
  • Second Language Acquisition: Technology 
  • El Camino de Santiago
  • Cultures of Spain: Basque, Catalan, and Galician
  • Baroque Literature: Sor Juana
  • Latin American Lit. & the Border
  • Spanish Phonetics & Dialectology
  • Latin American Afro Caribbean Lit.
  • The Baroque: Siglo de Oro
  • Structure & Applied Linguistics
  • Baroque to Surrealism & Beyond
  • Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • Literatura comparada
  • Literatura y cultura argentinas
  • La nueva mirada del cine femenino español
  • Mood, Tense & Pronouns: Structure, Meanings, & Variation in Spanish Syntax
  • Literary & Cultural Trends of Contemporary Central America
  • Digital Media in Second Language Acquisition
  • The World of Salvador Dalí
  • Hispanic Literature and Culture in the Digital Age

Senior Year

Fall 1-2 700-level Spanish courses (do not count for MA program)

Spring If all three 700-level Spanish courses are completed for the major, take 1-2 800-
level Spanish courses.

Year 1

  • Fall 3 800/900-level courses
  • Spring 3 800/900-level courses
  • Summer 0-1 courses at an approved graduate level study-away summer program (or complete a course in an approved allied field. Possible future hybrid or online Spanish courses at UNH.)
    Thesis option: Spanish 899 (if applicable; no residency required).

Year 2 (if needed)

  • Fall Non-thesis option: finish 800/900-level courses as needed.
    Thesis option: Spanish 899 (no residency required)
  • Spring Present seminar paper or project at a local, regional, or national conference.
    Presentation at the UNH Graduate Research Conference is acceptable to fulfill this requirement.

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