Graduate Programs in Hispanic Studies

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What can you do with a Master’s degree in Hispanic Studies?

In the globalized world, skills such as cultural literacy, understanding and appreciating diversity, and the ability to think creatively and communicate effectively in Spanish are increasingly sought after by employers. The Hispanic Studies graduate program will help you achieve your dreams of a meaningful career. 

  • You can continue to a Ph.D. program and work in higher education.
  • You can further your career in education at all levels.
  • You can work in Hispanic outreach organizations, cultural institutions, NGO’s, diplomacy, government, the tourism and hospitality industries, Spanish language media and journalism, religious institutions, and in many other occupations that require multicultural understanding.  Click here to learn more about these career options. 

Distinct features of the Hispanic Studies Graduate Program

  • An academically rigorous and intellectually exciting program where you can study Hispanic culture and literature
  • Close academic relationships between students and professors through small classes and personalized advising
  • Opportunities to gain research experience working with professors as research assistants
  • A diverse student body. Click here to see their profiles.
  • Regular academic events: conferences, lectures by renowned scholars, film series and other cultural events. For current listing see our News and Events page.

An Affordable Choice

We offer competitively priced tuition and other funding options, such as teaching assistantships and tuition scholarships. If you are a current educator (a teacher or administrator), you qualify for a tuition reduction of 20-40%. For more information please click here.

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016:


Claudia González Rivas
Title: Golden Galaxy Tour
Published by Tandaia Editorial (ISBN 9788494473807)
Date: December 2015

Ryan Morrison published an article entitled, "Mexican artist returns to PMA to premiere second film, Al Dia News."

Conference papers:

Brigid Connelly:

Title: Bilingual Education in Nebraska: The Promise of Dual Language Programs as a Response to Social Justice Concerns

Conference Penn State University’s PSU Lingx2 Linguistics Conference

Claudia González Rivas

Title: “The Next Great Adventure: Death Symbols in Harry Potter”

Title: “Disney y la dulcificación del (neo)colonialismo"
Conference:  Conference on Latin American Studies, Sponsored by The Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium (GPLASC) & Villanova University-Latin American Studies Program

Title: “Disney y la dulcificación del (neo)colonialismo"
Conference: Cycles and Encyclicals in Latin America by the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies

Ryan Morrison

Title:  I’m participating on the panel Music, Cultural Inheritance and Ethnicity in Rio Grande do Sul

Conference 13th International Congress of the Brazilian Studies Association
Brown University
March 31-April 2, 2016


Jennifer Calles, "Canibalismo y Carnaval. Imágenes transculturadas de Latinoamérica en la primera mitad del siglo XX." MACLAS, 2015.

Felipe Muñoz, "Social Change and Egalitarian Relationships in Ocaña (Toledo, Spain) in the 16th Century, 21st Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures." University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ana Puchau, "From the Girls’ Voice: Performativity and Reader Engagement in Elena Fortún’s Celia and Ana María Matute’s Paulina." 21st Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ana Puchau, “Borderline Personality Disorder: Girls in Contemporary Spanish Literature.”  Symposium on Literature and Psychology, Villanova University.

Claudia González Rivas, “Épater le bourgeois: Des Esseintes and the eccentricity of the Decadency.” Symposium on Literature and Psychology, Villanova University.


Brigid Connelly received a Fulbright for Turkey.

Rachel Finkelstein received a Fulbright Fellowship to Mexico.

Ryan Morrison received both a BRASA fellowship and a Villanova Graduate Summer Fellowship to study in Brasil this Summer.

Gabriel Molina is a Fulbright Finalist for South Korea.

The Graduate Program in Hispanic Students organized a Graduate Student Symposium “On Literature and Psychology” on April 11, 2015. The keynote address was given by Dr. Carol Singley (Rutgers University).


Ana Puchau de Lecea received a full scholarship for the PhD program in Children Studies at Rutger University.

Felipe Muñoz received a full scholarship for the PhD program in Urban Studies at Temple University.

Alba Muñoz received a full scholarship for the M.A. program in Education at the University of Delaware.

Past Highlights:

Nasser Meerkhan received a full scholarship to study at UVA.

Christian Formoso (Class of 2011) received a creative writing fellowship from the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de Chile.

Zachary Hayes (Class of 2013) was accepted with Assistantship to the Ph. D. Programs of the Universities of California, San Diego, Virginia, and Johns Hopkins.

Manuel Olmedo (Class of 2014) was accepted with Assistantship to the Ph. D. Program of the University of Chicago.

Majd Subih (Class of 2014) was accepted with Assistantship to the Ph.D. Programs of George Mason University.

Ana Puchau de Lecea (Class of 2015) received a summer research fellowship from Villanova University to work with Dr. Mercedes Juliá.

Andrés González Sánchez (Class of 2009) published his first novel, La mitad de mí  (The Half of Myself).  



Dr. Carmen Peraita

Director of Hispanic Studies Graduate Program

Phone: 610-519-4680

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