(M.A. in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures)

Campuses: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

                        Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

                        Online Courses for Virtual Option  

This master’s degree program is ideal for teachers of K-12 Spanish, those planning to work in international settings, those interested in teaching Spanish at a community college or as a university instructor, or those considering doctoral studies at other universities.


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What is Hispanic Studies ?

The Hispanic Studies program provides a comprehensive overview to the literatures, cultures, and languages of the Hispanic world. The program exposes students to research methods, critical analysis, and advanced pedagogical tools. The principal goal of the program is to prepare students for career tracks that require advanced linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Why Study Hispanic Studies Here?

Faculty recognized for their research and teaching prowess take a hands on approach in master’s classes. We also offer a variety of learning options to accommodate the needs of our students. Our distance learning option and flexible structure are especially ideal for full time professionals. 

What You'll Study

Hispanic Studies classes cover Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking cultures of North America. Classes in literature cover the major literary movements, while classes in linguistics provide an overview of the principal areas of inquiry. Our offerings in culture cover a wide-ranging array of interdisciplinary topics. The degree includes two options to complete the required 30 semester credit hours. You may complete 30 hours of coursework and take a comprehensive master’s examination based on a reading list, or complete 24 hours of coursework plus 6 research credits and write a master’s thesis. Full-time students normally will complete the program in two years. Students may complete the degree entirely online, in residence, or both. Virginia Tech is a fully accredited, world-ranked research university. 

Careers of Program Graduates

Graduates go on to careers in teaching, international policy, and advanced doctoral studies. In teaching, graduates teach at all levels of K-12 education, community college, and as instructors at the university level. Students have also taken on careers in the non-profit and policy sectors. We have an excellent record of placement in Ph.D. programs such as University of Virginia, Duke University, Ohio State University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Kansas. 

Blacksburg campus, or online through the Virtual campus

The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. Virtual campus students likewise enjoy library access, electronically and by mail, and technical support.

Online students are expected to attend classes in real time over the internet using a webcam and software available for download from the university. Most MA courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening (Eastern time).

Our Faculty 

  • 19th-Century Spanish America
  • Cultures of Reading and Writing
  • Subjectivity and Gender
  • Scientific Discourse
  • Mexican History
  • Adaptation
  • Memory
  • Mexican Theatre


  • Latin American and Spanish Literature and Cinema
  • Violence Studies
  • Trauma and Memory Studies
  • Neoliberalism and Citizenship
  • Spanish narrative
  • Identity and Difference
  • Gendery
  • The Body
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Morpho-syntactic Variation in Spanish
  • Latin American Literature and Cinema
  • Spanish Cinema
  • Masculinity Studies and Queer Theory
  • Urban Studies

Students interested in applying to the Hispanic Studies (M.A.) degree should contact the graduate director, Vinodh Venkatesh, by email at vinodhv@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-5362.

Visit our office at 339 Major Williams Hall, 220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall: April 15

International Application

*Fall: April 15

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 15


Vinodh Venkatesh, Director of Graduate Studies
339 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Pam Saville, Graduate Student Coordinator
331B Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
331 Major Williams Hall (0225)
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5362, Fax: (540) 231-4812