Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Spanish Master’s Program Introduces First Online Class

KINGSVILLE - June 20, 2008

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Required class to begin in fall 2008

This fall, Texas A&M University-Kingsville will introduce the first required online course for its Spanish graduate program.

The master’s degree class Spanish 5301 Research and Methodology will go from classroom-based to online-based. Limited lectures and student-based presentations will be conducted in the classroom and through the TransTexas Videoconference Network.

According to associate professor of Spanish Dr. Roberto Vela Córdova, the move online was to offer affordable accessibility to the class and to bridge the technological gap that humanities face.

“There is a real need to develop creative ways to make the arts accessible to our community and to communities beyond our immediate reach through digital media,” said Vela. “Online courses serve as one more stepping stone in that direction by allowing students to engage with the arts digitally.”

More Spanish graduate classes are scheduled to move online in the coming semesters, as part of an effort to have a comprehensive online Spanish master’s program by fall 2009.

Spanish 5301 explores general theoretical concepts in cultural studies, aspects related to the methodology of research and the preparation of research papers for presentation and publication. In addition, the course examines the use of digital technologies as an aid to scholarly research.

More information on the course and the Spanish program is available online at www.tamuk.edu/langlit/spanish, or by email at kfrjv00@tamuk.edu.

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