The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies offers work leading to a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish. This program is designed to meet the needs of licensed elementary, middle, and high school teachers, as well as those who do not yet hold an Illinois Teaching License. A concentration in Heritage Language is available to students pursuing the MAT Spanish degree. The department also offers degrees in Hispanic Studies at both the master’s and doctoral levels. The MA and PhD program offer two concentrations: Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies and Hispanic Linguistics.