Spanish for the Professions (MS)

Summary

A 100% online competency-based program.

The MS Spanish for the Professions degree serves students who are pursuing an advanced degree in Spanish for work in a variety of professions. Required coursework in Spanish emphasizes the development of student skills in audience analysis and cultural awareness of appropriate practices, language usage for specific purposes, and cultural problem solving through improved communication for the workplace. It is a flexible program and has both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning courses that prepare students who are seeking additional expertise in oral and written Spanish for business, government, health fields, education or other professional areas or for those who are retooling to meet higher demands for language and culture competency in their current job or as a means to launch a new career. Students in this program complete an electronic portfolio of their work as their capstone project. Since these graduate courses are 100% online and completed at the 600 level, they are suitable for students across the US or for students who wish to earn a Masters degree from their home country. While online courses are restricted for international students who are on an H1 visa here, there are no restrictions for international students in their home countries taking online courses with us. 

Catalog Year

2021-2022

Degree

MS

Total Credits

34

Locations

Online

Program Requirements

Research/Methods Course(s)

This course introduces students to research methods, scholarship, documentation and evaluation of scholarship for literary and non-literary (professional) topics. In this course, students also apply strategies, methodologies and theoretical foundations to an individualized writing project in support of the capstone (thesis, APP, portfolio) and graduate papers.

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

Oral Proficiency - Choose 9 - 12 Credit(s). Topics courses may be selected when offered online.

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: none

Development of oral productive skills for general, social, professional, technical and business situations in a variety of cultural contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Development of oral reasoning and presentation skills for specific cultural audiences. Students read and analyze documents from a variety of viewpoints to prepare oral reasoning demonstrations on software for workshop distribution and evaluation.

Prerequisites: none

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of interpretation using Spanish.

Prerequisites: none

Development of strategies and training with digital technologies to improve students' formal presentational skills in Spanish for a Spanish-speaking viewing audience. Course stresses how cultural difference affects potential reception when designing online oral presentations with visuals.

Prerequisites: none

Writing Proficiency - Choose 9 - 12 Credit(s).

Experience in designing, writing. and critiquing writing for a variety of professional areas to meet expectations for the use of Spanish in a professional setting. Course explores cultural and linguistic variance in Spanish-speaking environments, including the US.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theory and practice of of translation to and from Spanish. Readings, analysis, translation, peer review, preparation of documents for specific professional and cultural environment.

Prerequisites: none

Theoretical parameters of translation not covered in Translation Workshop 1. Students work with complex issues of translation of documents for the professions meant for different regions and variations in the Spanish-speaking world.

Prerequisites: none

The art and practice of editing documents in Spanish for electronic publication on paper or for the internet. Advanced grammar, writing and editing support for native, heritage and second language speakers of Spanish.

Prerequisites: none

Multicultural Literacy - Choose 9 - 12 Credit(s). Topics courses may be selected when offered online

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: none

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: none

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: none

Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: none

Read and interpret a wide variety of professional documents within a cultural context. Each semester the course focuses on a minimum of three different regions of the Spanish-speaking world (i.e. Mexico, Southern Cone, Spain or Andean region, Caribbean, US. Latino).

Prerequisites: none

Recognition and usage of appropriate language and gestures in a variety of social and professional contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Readings, investigation and discussions concerning cultural practices and policies for intercultural and international interaction for the workplace and for social interaction for the development of the research project on cultural practices for the portfolio.

Prerequisites: none

Unrestricted Electives

Choose 0 - 3 Credit(s).

Integration of oral, written and multicultural competency in a supervised workplace setting.

Prerequisites: none

Students will explore the linguistic variations for developing productive language skills and study the cultural similarities and differences between Spanish and Portuguese (Europe, South America, Africa).

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

Development and preparation of the documents to demonstrate performance and skill level in all competency areas for MS Spanish for the Professions degree program. Students register for this course during the semester in which they plan to graduate.

Prerequisites: none