MA in Applied Languages: Spanish

The one-year Middlebury MA in Applied Languages provides unique opportunities for students who wish to acquire specific skills, knowledge, and experience applicable to an individual career path. Students will complete a hands-on internship combined with academic coursework in traditional subjects, interdisciplinary areas and pre-professional disciplines.

Choose one specialization:

● Language Teaching

●     Three courses in professional preparation
●     Three courses in language/linguistics
●     One internship for credit
●     One independent research paper
●     6560 Literary Analysis
●     One course in civilization and culture
●     One course in literature
●     One elective
●     Symposium presentation (assessment requirement)

● Migration and Development

●      Four courses in the field of specialization
●      One internship for credit
●      One independent research paper in a field of specialization
●      Two courses in linguistics
●      Four elective courses distributed across the various fields

Applicants to the Migration and Development specialization, must hold a BA in Spanish or Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Education, Social Work, Political Science) and have a graduate level proficiency in Spanish (Advanced Mid). It is highly recommended to have volunteer or work experience in community programs, non-governmental organizations, social work, or public service.

● Cultural Heritage and Tourism Studies

●     Four courses in the field of specialization
●     One internship for credit
●     One independent research paper in the field of specialization
●     Two courses in linguistics
●     Four elective courses distributed across the various fields

Internships

Students will complete an academically directed internship (a minimum of 130 hours) in their area of specialization. The internship enhances and strengthens foreign language skills, deepens social immersion in a foreign culture, and gains in-depth experience within a foreign work environment specific to the chosen field which may lead to future career opportunities.   

Internships will depend on the supervisors' needs for the semester and the students’ skill set.  Examples of internship placements may include NGOs, museums, galleries, and local schools.

Emerson Peek, MA in Applied Languages '19

"The program attracted me because of its unique qualities; namely, the option to focus on other areas besides literature. I was looking for a more practical approach, and I've found it at Middlebury. The wealth of co-curricular activities during the 6-week summer session in Vermont was even more robust than I had expected. There's more to do than one can reasonably show up for." 

School of Spanish

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
School of Spanish
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
6-week Program

P: 802.443.5539
spanishgraduate@middlebury.edu