Graduate work in Spanish provides students with a thorough command of another language, prepares students for scholarly research, and helps train teachers of Spanish. The Department of Literature and Languages offers a Master of Arts in Spanish. A student pursuing this degree has two options: one option is a 30-hour course requirement, plus thesis. A second option is a non-thesis, 36-hour course requirement, plus reading knowledge of a second foreign language. Students seeking either option must perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive written and oral examination with sections devoted to prose, drama, poetry, and language. The foreign language faculty also prepares students for the doctoral research tool proficiency in Spanish. Candidates for this examination may apply to the Department of Literature and Languages for information.