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Program Name: Spanish Linguistics Program
Alternate Name: MA, Modern Languages & Literatures (Spanish Specialization)
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Institution: University of Nevada at Reno
Address: 1664 N. Virginia St.
UNR / MS 0100
City: Reno
Zip/Postal Code: 89557
State/Province: NV
Country: USA
Application Deadline: March 15; December 15
Contact Person: Wifredo de Ràfols, Graduate Director

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Phone: (775)682-8892
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): Spanish
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: The mission of the graduate program is to educate students in Hispanic languages, literatures and cultures at the highest possible level, as well as to provide students with both a broad knowledge base from which to pursue specialized studies and a depth of experience in scholarship and pedagogy that will advance their future research and professional activities.
The program currently offers a focus on Literature or Linguistics.
Among the practical objectives of the program is the formation of highly educated individuals who, upon completing the program, will be capable of one or more of the following:
Successfully completing a Ph.D. program or another advanced degree (M.D., J.D., etc.);
Securing a teaching position at an educational institution;
Improving their standing within the institutions in which they may already be employed;
Pursuing any career (for example, in foreign service with the State department) in which deep knowledge of Spanish and/or Hispanic cultures is a valuable asset.
Available Financial Aid: he program welcomes applications for Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs), which offer a stipend of $16,000 per year, a substantial reduction in tuition costs, an out-of-State tuition waiver and health insurance (for more details, please consult the Graduate School). GTAs may also apply for temporary teaching positions in the department's summer school sessions.
Applications for graduate assistantships are accepted year-round, but applicants must have all materials on file in the department by March 15 to ensure full consideration for the Fall and Spring semesters, and by December 15 to ensure full consideration for the following Spring and Fall semesters. Re-appointments for a second year are made at the department's discretion and are usually granted for students who maintain high academic standards and good teaching performance.
Applicants who are not awarded a graduate assistantship, but who are admitted to the graduate program and enroll in at least three graduate credits in the department, may reapply simply by sending an email to the graduate director expressing interest and noting that they completed an application the previous semester. Applicants who do not enroll in at least three graduate credits in the department must reapply online.
Graduate assistants are required to be enrolled in and satisfactorily complete a minimum of six graduate credits in this department each semester, as well as to maintain the minimum GPA requirements set by the Graduate School.
Graduate assistants are required to attend all orientation and program coordination meetings. Graduate teaching assistants normally teach one or two lower-division courses in Spanish or lead two Core Humanities discussion sessions each semester, as required by the department. Fall semester duties begin the fourth week of August and end the third week of December; Spring semester duties begin the third week of January and end the third week of May (the Spring semester includes a one-week break).
Graduate teaching assistants are selected on the basis of their academic and scholarly records and their promise of high achievement in graduate study and teaching.
To apply, please go to the applications and prerequisites page. When completing your application, be sure you have checked the box indicating interest in being considered for an assistantship.
All graduate students are encouraged to apply to the Graduate Student Association (GSA) for travel grants to attend national and international conferences, as well as for various competitive grants, awards and scholarships. Computer loans, child care scholarships and health care emergency scholarships are also available through the GSA.
A financial aid guide and other useful information is available at the student financial services office.
Thomas R. Pickering foreign affairs fellowships
Students interested in foreign service and careers with the State Department may also (or only) apply for Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships, which cover the costs (for two years) of pursuing the M.A. in a foreign language. For details, visit the Thomas R. Pickering website.
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