The Master of Arts degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies is a part-time degree program (evenings and Saturdays) for educators and other professionals who work with the ever-growing Hispanic population of the Philadelphia area and the nation. However, other students wishing to pursue the program on a full-time basis may do so.
The program is designed to provide extensive bilingual and bicultural instruction for police officers, nurses, hospital employees, social workers, court employees, and human resources professionals.
The program is flexible and may be tailored to fit the needs and interests of individual students.
A total of 11 graduate courses (33 credits) are required to earn the degree.
For advanced language students, the curriculum is composed of 8 core courses and 3 electives.
For students who lack any Spanish language skills, the program is composed of 10 core courses and 1 elective course.
For students who have some Spanish language skills but lack complete proficiency in Spanish, a combination language/culture curriculum is specially designed.
As part of the requirements of the program the student will complete the following:
A Field Experience project with an affiliated Hispanic Organization
A final Master Project, which may take the form of a thesis, under the supervision of an assigned faculty advsior.
The language component is individualized, and students are encouraged to apply regardless of their current proficiency level in the Spanish language.