Graduate Program Spanish

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Spanish Master's Degree Overview

Our master's degree in Spanish immerses you in the language and its rich cultures and provides you with the tools to excel in both scholarship and teaching.

The Spanish graduate program offers an exciting and rigorous education in research, writing, and teaching that prepares you to pursue doctoral studies, teach, or succeed in another career.

PSU's faculty hold a broad range of expertise and experience and will provide you with mentoring that acts as a guide throughout your time in the program.

Our program offers relevant electives on a breadth of topics, like literature in the Franco era, dialectology, indigeneity in film, cognitive science and early modern literature, Latin American colonial and decolonial studies, and underground spaces in Mexican visual and literary culture.

As you go further into the Spanish master’s program, you’ll also gain practical teaching experience that puts you at the front of a classroom and familiarizes you with the landscape of language instruction.

Degree Details

Spanish Master's Degree: Why PSU?

Our Spanish faculty bring a wide range of expertise to their classes at Portland State, offering you a wealth of knowledge and research across a diverse range of cultural phenomena in Spain and Latin America, as well as in applied linguistics.

With our small, engaging courses, you'll develop a broad and critical knowledge of cultural, linguistic, and literary studies, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. You will enhance your academic fluency, and gain an appreciation of the cultural and historical events that have shaped the Hispanic world and its artistic and literary movements.

Faculty work closely with you, mentoring you from your acceptance into the program until graduation. They will guide you in selecting your courses, honing your critical skills, and developing your research. You will get to know your professors in your courses and seminars while writing term papers, one of which will serve as the basis for an extensive research project that caps your master's degree.

You will also learn about best practices in language teaching and learning, and gain valuable experience leading your own classroom.

With weekly guidance and curricular support from faculty and peers, you'll have the opportunity to develop your own teaching style and prepare for a possible career teaching Spanish.

What can I do with a master's degree in Spanish?

Most of our alumni have pursued careers as Spanish teachers in K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities, or have gone on to work with organizations that require fluency in Spanish.

Other recent graduates have continued on to doctoral programs. They have been accepted to programs at Arizona State University, Indiana University, Universidad de Salamanca, University of British Columbia, University of California at Davis, University of Connecticut, University of Georgia, University of Houston, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, and University of Texas.


  • SPAN 501 Research
  • SPAN 503 Thesis
  • SPAN 504 Cooperative Education/internship
  • SPAN 505 Reading and Conference
  • SPAN 507 Seminar
  • SPAN 508 Workshop
  • SPAN 509 Practicum
  • SPAN 510 Selected Topics
  • SPAN 511 Advanced Spanish
  • SPAN 514 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN 590 History of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN 594 Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 595 Spanish Dialectology
  • SPAN 597 Applied Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 598 Spanish Syntax


  • SPAN 521 Major Topics: Peninsular Prose
  • SPAN 522 Major Topics: Peninsular Drama
  • SPAN 523 Major Topics: Peninsular Poetry
  • SPAN 527 Major Topics: Latin American Prose
  • SPAN 528 Major Topics: Latin American Drama
  • SPAN 529 Major Topics: Latin American Poetry
  • SPAN 530 Major Topics: Ibero-American Film
  • SPAN 534 Major Topics: Peninsular Multiple Genres
  • SPAN 536 Major Topics: Latin American Multiple Genres
  • SPAN 541 Major Works in Translation
  • SPAN 551 Hispanic Poetry
  • SPAN 552 Hispanic Drama
  • SPAN 553 Hispanic Prose
  • SPAN 554 Hispanic Multiple Genres


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).