A student majoring in Spanish is expected to achieve fluency in reading, writing and speaking Spanish. Students fulfill the major by taking courses in both Latin American and Spanish Literature. The chosen program of study is to be discussed and planned with the Spanish Coordinator at the time of the declaration of the major. All courses for the major must be conducted in Spanish. A semester abroad is highly recommended for all majors at a time discussed with the Coordinator. Eleven courses, including the senior evaluation, are required (33 credits), distributed as follows:
Courses required of all majors (4):
For students coming in with fluency in Spanish (1 course):
SPN 2012: Written Contemporary Spanish
SPN 2016: Spanish Creative Writing
SPN 2018: Spanish Translation
For students coming in without fluency in Spanish (1 course):
SPN 2023 Speaking about Movies: Advanced Spanish Conversation
SPN 3044: Advanced Spanish Conversation
SPN 3047: The Art of Public Speaking
PLUS the following 3 courses:
SPN 2032: Analysis of Spanish American Literary Texts
SPN 3016: Latin American Civilization in the Arts
- SPN 3020: Spanish Civilization Past & Present
Elective Courses (total of 6 required)
3 courses in Spanish Literature selected from the following:
SPN 3055/5055: Short Stories from Spain
SPN 3011/5011: The Spanish Golden Age
SPN 3012/5012: Spanish Literature and Film
SPN 3026/5026: The Modern Spanish Novel
SPN 3027/5027: Spanish Women Writers
SPN 3032/5032: Spanish Theatre
SPN 3041/5041: Twentieth Century Spanish Poetry
3 courses in Latin American Literature selected from the following:
SPN 3010/5010: The Latin American Novel and Film
SPN 3014/5014: Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Magic Realism Writers
SPN 3031/5031: Women's Writings in Latin America
SPN 3034/5034: Latino Literature in the United States
SPN 3038/5038: Spanish Caribbean Literature
SPN 3046/5046: Literature and Film in Cuba
Senior Evaluation: SPN 3998
Taken in Fall or Spring of senior year, in this course students write a thesis, in Spanish, on a cultural or literary topic approved by the Spanish Coordinator.
Departmental Honors in Spanish
Students must demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language and outstanding work in the courses they have taken in the Spanish Department. A B+ average in their major work is required. The originality and research abilities that the student demonstrates in the Senior Thesis will be considered when honors are granted.
A total of 5 courses are required. Students must take one course in writing or speaking above the 1000 level and 4 additional courses at the 2000 or 3000 level.
Students with at least a B average are encouraged to apply for study in Spain or Latin America. No more than half of the courses for the major, and half of the courses for the minor may be taken in a foreign country. Students who are interested in study abroad should consult with the Coordinator of Spanish and the Study Abroad Advisor.
Honors Program in Spanish
Departmental Honors are conferred upon graduating seniors with a Spanish major who have maintained a minimum grade point average in Spanish of 3.5 and have received a minimum grade of A- for Senior Evaluation.
The Spanish Consulate Prize "Mercedes de Arango"
Admission to Courses beyond Intermediate Spanish:
Students who minor in Latin American Studies must take a total of six courses. Four of these courses must be in Spanish, while 2 others may be courses on Latin American politics, history or culture from other departments (e.g., Art History, History, Sociology). Two of these courses must be at the 3000 level.
Courses available for the Latin American Studies Minor:
Note: All course work counted toward the major and the minor must be taken for a letter grade and must receive a grade of C- or better.