Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Department Chairperson
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

The Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, in Spanish, our new joint program with Millersville University launched in Fall 2014

Contact us for info: Dr. Stacey Schlau,,

or Dr. Maria Van Liew,



    Newly admitted paid students can also enroll for Fall/Spring on MyWCU but for Summer should contact the Graduate School at


These are the old/outdated Graduate Program sites.
Please visit the new pages at:


MALC Handbook


All Millersville students enrolling in WCU courses need to contact their Registrar for the proper procedure by which to enroll in the course.

West Chester and Millersville Universities launched a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in Spanish, in Fall 2014. This single degree program is presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of the students’ coursework, as meaningfully and efficiently as possible. The 11 courses of the 33 semester credit degree program may be completed in from 2-5 years.

Students may enroll in up to three courses in the program while they are finalizing their application, which includes a cover form, two letters of recommendation, a goals statement in the language, and complete transcripts of all post-secondary coursework completed. Any study from another country must be evaluated by WES and forwarded to our admissions offices to be considered in the application.

To enroll, students must have an undergraduate degree and achieve the Advanced Low proficiency level on the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test) in Spanish during the first semester. Students scoring less than AL may complete a provisional semester and be retested at the end of it.

We encourage students to apply for a Graduate Assistantship at West Chester for 3-12 semester credits of tuition waiver and a graduated stipend in exchange for 5-20 hours of work a week with the department and graduate faculty.

The program contains three required core seminars totaling 9 credits to be taken by all students enrolled for the 33 credit degree program: LNC 501 on linguistics, LNC 502 on interpretive strategies, and LNC 503 on cultural studies. These seminars will all be offered each academic calendar year, shared by both schools, and will be taught in English, to allow students in all program languages to study and work together.

Additionally there is a general curriculum of 12 semester hours in Spanish, which includes courses in communicative proficiencies and cultural competencies.

Courses may be offered in all six academic sessions of each calendar year, including both semesters, the three summer sessions, and the winter session.

To complete the master’s degree experience, students choose 12 semester credit hours from elective options, in accord with their experience, needs, and future professional career plans. These may include courses in other fields such as nursing, marketing, criminal justice, etc., study abroad, an internship, or courses in pedagogy, or selected courses from the PA K-12 Graduate Certification in Spanish curriculum. The elective courses may also include all 12 credits in Spanish or a second program language (either French or German) at the graduate level.

Exit requirements for all students are uniform, an exit capstone project of a specialized written and oral exam, or a research project, or a portfolio of three projects, defended at an oral exam with the faculty.

Faculty Contacts for further information include:

Dr. Stacey Schlau, Spanish,

Dr. Anne-Marie Moscatelli, French,; Mitchell Hall 237 (610-436-2383)

Dr. Margarete Landwehr, German,

Here is a general listing of courses for the new 33 credit hour joint degree program of Master of Arts in Languages And Cultures at West Chester and Millersville, including delivery formats:

Required Core Courses for all students:

  • LNC 501 Linguistics Studies
  • LNC 502 Interpretive Strategies
  • LNC 503 Cultural Studies

General and Elective courses:

1.Communication: (choose 2)

    West Chester courses:

    • SPA 510 Spanish Phonetics and Applied Linguistics
    • SPA 512 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
    • SPA 513 Living in Two Languages

    Millersville Courses:

    • SPAN 509 Applied Linguistics
    • SPAN 513 Advanced Phonetics

2. Culture: (choose 2)

West Chester courses:

  • SPA 514 The Hispanic World
  • SPA 535 The Nation and Its Discontents
  • SPA 540 Colonial Women
  • SPA 549 Spanish Art and Culture
  • SPA 541 Colonial Latin America
  • SPA 542 Shaping National Identity in Latin America
  • SPA 520 Spanish Literature to 1500
  • SPA 530 Spanish Comedia of the Golden Age
  • SPA 532 Early Modern Spanish Literature
  • SPA 533 Cervantes
  • SPA 536 Generation of 1898
  • SPA 537 Contemp. Spanish Lit. & Cultural Production
  • SPA 544 Latin American Theatre
  • SPA 547 Women, Politics, and Narrative in Latin Am.
  • SPA 549 Masterpieces and Movements in Spanish Literature
  • SPA 560 Hispanic Nobel Laureates (hybrid)

Millersville courses:

  • SPAN 541 History of Spanish Civilization
  • SPAN 582 Spanish Renaissance Literature (Don Quixote)
  • SPAN 587 Spanish American Literature

1. Electives for the Professions: (12 credit hours)

    West Chester courses:

    • SPA 556 Business Spanish
    • LAN 525 Internship (3-12 hours)

2. Electives for Teaching Professionals (12 credit hours)

      West Chester courses:

  • LAN 500 L2 Research
  • LAN 503 L2 Methodology
  • LAN 569 Teaching English Language Learners (online)

Elective Options for PA Graduate Certification in Spanish (12 credits):

(Any FOUR of the following required courses for certification offered in the College of Education at West Chester; graduate language methods courses available also at Millersville):
  • EDA 542 Foundations of Special Education
  • EDT 500 Educational Technology
  • EDP 531 Assessment for Learning 7-12
  • EDP 550 Advanced Educational Pyschology
  • EDR 550 Literacy Development Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classroom
  • EDA 511 Inclusion and Collaboration
  • EDS 505 Graduate Methods and Field Experience
  • LAN 503 Techniques of Second Language Teaching