Female Spanish language student sitting in front of buildings and a statue in Madrid.

Acquire specific skills, knowledge, and experience applicable to an individual career path with our one-year MA in Applied Languages.

Students spend a 6-week summer in Middlebury at the School of Spanish followed by an Academic Year in Madrid where they complete a hands-on internship combined with academic coursework in traditional subjects, interdisciplinary areas, and preprofessional disciplines. Students choose a specialization.

Specializations

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 bachelor’s degree in Spanish or social sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, education, social work, political science) and have a graduate level proficiency in Spanish. Volunteer or work experience in community programs, nongovernmental organizations, social work, or public service is recommended.

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 students gain 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.