Spanish Masters

Master's and doctorate in Spanish

The Spanish program offers a Master in Arts (M.A.) and a doctorate (PhD) in the discipline. The MA is a one-year program and the PhD is a four-year program.

Because Spanish is the second most spoken language in America, the Hispanic world has a rich heritage and an important cultural and literary influence. This means that specialized graduate studies in Spanish linguistics, literatures and cultures are becoming a necessity. Our programs will help you develop expertise on one of the planet’s richest and most interesting cultures.

Our diverse seminars will offer you training on Spain and Latin America, including literature, cultural studies, cinema, teaching and Hispanic linguistics. You will study how Hispanic countries were shaped by the language, literature and culture of today and yesterday, and how they interact with the world.

The professors’ areas of expertise, publications and current researches cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Memory, Nation and Identities in literary and cultural productions
  • Intellectual and cultural history of the Spanish transition to democracy
  • Transculturation and cultural blending in Latin America
  • Melodrama and postmodernity in cinema
  • Bilingualism and language acquisition
  • Teaching of Spanish
  • Marginalism and marginal individuals in Spanish medieval and Golden Century literature
  • Diasporic communities and identities in modern age
  • Historic memory shared between Spaniards and Afro-Americans
  • Gender studies and Hispanic LGTBQ

With an average of 8.0, you will receive generous financial support and the possibility to gain professional experience as a teaching or research assistant.

Master's - Spanish Graduate Studies
Doctorate - Spanish Graduate Studies
Graduate Seminars in Spanish 2020-2021
Master's in World Literatures and Cultures

Master's in World Literatures and Cultures

The Master of Arts in World Literatures and Cultures is the first and only program of its kind in Canada.

This one-year bilingual MA brings together areas of study such as literature, film, media, sociolinguistics, gender, diasporas and minorities. The program explores the comparative and interdisciplinary nature of world cultures and arts, both past and present. It draws upon the combined expertise of professors from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and from other departments in both the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.

Discover how identities are shaped by cultural expressions in a national and transnational context. Explore the nature of representation and cultural diversity. Expand your intercultural knowledge in the dynamic setting of the nation’s capital.


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