DRAFT: This module has unpublished changes.

 

A distinctive Program tailored to the needs of students, 

taught by a distinguished faculty, 

where each student receives individual attention.

 

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITYone of the leading Catholic institutions in the United States and a promotor of Hispanic literature and culture, created its Graduate Program in Spanish in 1935. A thought-provoking Program, its Master of Arts in Spanish offers students a unique opportunity to study under the mentorship of a distinguished faculty, with such areas of expertise as linguistics, transcription of medieval manuscripts, creative writing, journalism, and the interrelationship of literature and the  visual arts.  Students also have the opportunity to meet writers and participate in symposia. Epsilon Kappa, the St. John’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, publishes a literary journal, Entre Rascacielos, to promote the creative works of students, open also to members of the national and international Hispanic community.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Marie-Lise Gazarian, PhD

In today’s global society, knowing Spanish, the language spoken by over forty-eight million people in the United States, is an essential tool for any profession. A metropolitan and multicultural program with a traditional yet innovative curriculum, it challenges inquisitive minds by developing analytical skills through textual analysis of past and contemporary works. Students will have an opportunity to work closely with the faculty on academic and experiential learning projects which can lead to conference presentations and publications.

 

EARN A BA/MA DEGREE IN SPANISH:

The Department of Languages and literatures offers a strong Graduate Program in Spanish that focuses on Spanish and Spanish-American literatures and linguistics. It also offers a unique accelerated BA/MA combined degree. Sophomores who have completed 12 credits in Spanish, with a 3.5 index and with a 3.0 or above cumulative index, are encouraged to apply.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN MA DEGREE IN SPANISH:

Applicants must possess a BA degree from an accredited institution or be in the last semester of college and submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and/or any prior graduate work. Candidates, whose mother tongue is not Spanish, must have  completed at least 24 semester hours of foreign languages, with 18 of these credits in Spanish. In case of foreign credentials, the 18-hour requirement will be met if the candidate holds a university degree from an iberoamerican-speaking country. All students must demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading and writing and must have a 3.0 cumulative index or above. All classes are conducted in Spanish.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

To meet the different needs of students, two options are offered: the thesis option, recommended for those who want to continue with a Ph.D., and the non-thesis option, for those who consider the MA as a terminal degree. In both options students must complete 33 credits. If the thesis option is selected, six of these 33 credits are applied to thesis research. All students must take the Comprehensive Exam upon completion of their courses. With appropriate counseling from the Director of the Program, students are advised to select their courses from the following five areas of concentration:

 

  • Linguistics (3/6 credits)
  • Peninsular Literature before 1700 (3/6 credits)
  • Peninsular Literature of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries (3/6 credits)
  • Spanish-American Literature from the Pre-Colombian Period to the 19th Century (3/6 credits)
  • Spanish-American Literature from Modernismo to the Present (3/6 credits)

SUMMER PROGRAM:

We offer graduate credit courses taught in the summer on the Queens Campus, in Argentina and in Spain, conducted by professors from St. John’s University.

 

INTERNSHIPS IN THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SPANISH:

As part of the 33 credits of the Master Program in Spanish, the student has the option to select 3 to 6 credits through internships with governmental institutions.

Prerequisites: to be a matriculated student in the Graduate Program in Spanish with 12 credits into the MA.

 

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID:

Research Assistantships, which include full tuition plus a stipend, are available to qualified graduate students. In addition, New YorkState residents may be eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). State and Federal Loan Programs are also available.

 

 THE SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP “JEAN BERNARD GAZARIAN” IS IN PROGRESS.

 

ST. JOHN´S OFFERS A 40-PERCENT TUITION REDUCTION TO FULL-TIME TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND MEMBERS OF MISSIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

 

 

 DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

 


Dr. Alina Camacho-Gingerich

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Simón Bolívar Medal Recipient, one of the highest awards granted by any Latin American nation. A leading scholar on Latin American literature and civilization. Her area of expertise: Latin American Literature and Civilization, Latinos in the US, Contemporary Caribbean, Central American and Mexican Literatures, Latin American Studies. An authority on José Lezama Lima and Octavio Paz. She is the Chair of the Center on Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). camachoa@stjohns.edu

 

Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian

Ph.D., Columbia University. As Vice President for the Northeast, Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, she was awarded the Order of Don Quijote. She is the recipient of the “Civil Order of King Alfonso X el Sabio” from the Spanish Government and of the “Order of Merit Gabriela Mistral” from the Chilean Government. She is the Editor and founder of Entre Rascacielos. An authority on Gabriela Mistral, Elena Poniatowska, Carmen Conde, Ana María Matute and Camilo José Cela. She is the Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish.  gazariam@stjohns.edu

 

Dr. Carmen Fernández-Klohe

Ph.D., City University of New York. She specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century peninsular literature. Her approach is interdisciplinary, focusing on the relationship between literature and the visual arts. She teaches courses on Spanish civilization, women writers and the vanguard movements. She is an authority on Rosa Chacel and Ramón Gómez de la Serna. klohec@stjohns.edu

 

Dr. Eduardo Mitre

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Member of the BolivianAcademy of the Language and a Corresponding Member of the RoyalAcademy of the Spanish Language, he is an internationally-recognized poet. He is the author of several books of poetry and his works have also appeared in anthologies. His area of expertise is Latin American Poetry. An authority on Vicente Huidobro, he is also known as a literary critic. mitree@stjohns.edu

 

Dr. Nicolás Toscano-Liria

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts. He is a Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. His area of expertise: Medieval and Golden Age Literature, Spain in North America: Early Writings, and paleography. He is the editor of the world-recognized scholarly journal Anuario Medieval. toscanon@stjohns.edu

 

 

SAMPLE OF COURSE OFFERINGS:

 

• 312: The Cinema and Spanish American Literature, 
Dr. A. Camacho-Gingerich 
• 220: Caribbean Literature in Spanish, 
Dr. A. Camacho-Gingerich
• 229: Spanish-American Colonial Period,
Dr. A. Camacho-Gingerich
• 234: Spanish-American Poetry,
Dr. A. Camacho-Gingerich
• 243: The Spanish-American Short Story,
Dr. A. Camacho-Gingerich 
• 290: The Mexican Revolution,
Dr. A. Camacho-Gingerich

 

• 109: Spanish Stylistics. Workshop in Creative Writing, 
Dr. M-L. Gazarian Gautier
• 110: Workshop in Journalism
Dr. M-L. Gazarian Gautier
• 237: Spanish-American Modernism,
Dr. M-L. Gazarian Gautier
• 239: Women Writers from Spanish America,
Dr. M-L. Gazarian Gautier
• 248: The Indian Theme in Spanish-American Literature, 
Dr. M-L. Gazarian Gautier
• 317: Gabriela Mistral, the Poet and the Prose Writer, 
Dr. M-L. Gazarian Gautier

 

• 310: Visual Arts in Spanish Literature, 
Dr. C. Fernández Klohe 
• 311: The Literature of Exile during the Spanish Civil War, 
Dr. C. Fernández Klohe
• 270: Spanish Poetry of the Twentieth Century, 
Dr. C. Fernández Klohe 
• 279: Federico García Lorca, 
Dr. C. Fernández Klohe
• 284: The Spanish Novel of the Generation od 1898, 
Dr. C. Fernández Klohe
• 285: The Spanish Novel from the Civil War to the Present, 
Dr. C. Fernández Klohe

 

• 314: Poetry and its Metric Forms, 
Dr. E. Mitre
• 318: Love and Death in Latin American Literature, 
Dr. E. Mitre
• 320: The Literature of Nostalgia,
Dr. E. Mitre
• 232: Gaucho Literature, 
Dr. E. Mitre
• 245: Spanish-American Literature of the Enlightenment, 
Dr. E. Mitre
• 288: The Essay and Literary Criticism in Spanish America, 
Dr. E. Mitre


• 224: The Spanish Ballad, Yesterday and Today, 
Dr. N. Toscano Liria
• 227: Golden Age Poetry, 
Dr. N. Toscano Liria
• 252: Cervantes, 
Dr. N. Toscano Liria
• 254: Don Quijote I, II, 
Dr. N. Toscano Liria
• 300: Spain in North America. Early Writings, 
Dr. N. Toscano Liria
• 316: The Chronicle in Spanish Authors,
Dr. N. Toscano Liria

 

 INFORMATION:

 

DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Chair: Zoe Petropoulou, PhD

 

GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SPANISH
Director:
Marie-Lise Gazarian
(718) 990-5209
gazariam@stjohns.edu

 

GRADUATE FACULTY

MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM IN SPANISH
AND
BA/MA IN SPANISH

For Further Information about the BA/MA and MA Programs in Spanish,

 

please contact:

The Office of the Dean
Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences
Room 145, St. John’s Hall
(718) 990-6243

 

Dr. Laura Schramm,
Associate Dean,
Schramml@stjohns.edu
or
Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission
(718) 990-2790
medranor@stjohns.edu

 

You may apply online at:
www.stjohns.edu

DRAFT: This module has unpublished changes.