Academic Coverage and Career Development
Students develop their interests in cultural theory, literature, culture, and the arts in relation to Spain and Latin America. The high level of linguistic, critical, and research skills acquired during the one-year program equips students to pursue a doctoral degree or to follow a career in (for example) international affairs, journalism, the NGO sector, cultural management, or secondary education, in which they can use their thorough knowledge and understanding of the Spanish-speaking world.
Why choose NYU Madrid?
The unique one-year M.A. program offers graduate students rigorous academic training to develop their own research interests and approaches to debates in literary and cultural studies, often cutting across disciplinary boundaries. The design of the program aims to foster student responsibility and independence when exploring and generating new areas of knowledge in dialogue with the academic community at large, and beyond. NYU Madrid draws from the diverse expertise of its faculty within a local and global network of universities, research institutions, and cultural centers and museums, at the very core of our graduate students’ experience in Madrid.
Our challenge to students to develop their own goals for the program, together with the flexibility of its design and faculty encouragement to pursue independent research, has made for a successful combination. The M.A. program has served as a platform for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in their chosen field of studies and for those who aim to use their linguistic and cultural knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world for the benefit of other professions. Attracting students from diverse backgrounds in the United States and abroad, the M.A. program provides a forum to exchange ideas and explore new critical perspectives in which academic pursuits are inseparable from vital experience.
The program is taught entirely in Spanish by NYU Madrid faculty, as well as by professors from Spanish universities. The curriculum brings an interdisciplinary and transatlantic perspective to the study of the Spanish-speaking world. A young, ethnically diverse, and culturally vibrant city, Madrid is home to growing Latin American communities, a focal point where the Iberian and Latin American worlds meet.
The program takes full advantage of the vast range of cultural activities and events in Madrid, which form an integral part of the curriculum. The capstone M.A. project allows students to develop an original scholarly work with the guidance of a faculty advisor, and to present a portion of this work at the Graduate Research Conference.
An integral part of the core curriculum and orientation program, visits and study trips give students the unique opportunity to investigate Spanish culture in situ. Whether studying urban space in Bilbao, transatlantic trade in Seville, or Roman architecture in Segovia, students are guided by faculty experts.