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Requirements

SPANISH

Major Requirements

Students may fulfill a major by specializing in Latin American and Spanish Literature.  The chosen program of study is to be discussed and planned with the Spanish Department at the time of the declaration of the major.  All courses must be conducted in Spanish.  A semester abroad is highly recommended for all majors at a time discussed with the advisor. 

The major in Spanish is comprised of eleven courses plus a senior evaluation. Courses are divided into two distinct sequences. Sequence I is for non-native Spanish speakers.  Sequence II is for native Spanish speakers.

SEQUENCE I (for non-native speakers)

Required Courses:

- SPN 2012: Written Contemporary Spanish
- SPN 2032: Analysis of Latin American Literary Texts
- SPN 3016: Latin American Civilization in the Arts
- SPN 3020: Spanish Civilization Past & Present
- SPN 2023 or SPN 3044: Advanced Spanish Conversation

Elective Courses:

- Select 3 courses in Spanish Literature
- Select 3 courses in Latin American Literature

Senior Evaluation:

- SPN 3998: For graduating seniors only. A thesis, written in Spanish, is required on a cultural or literary topic approved by the Spanish Department.

SEQUENCE II (for native speakers)

Required Courses:

- SPN 2032: Analysis of Latin American Literary Texts
- SPN 3016: Latin American Civilization in the Arts
- SPN 3020: Spanish Civilization Past & Present
- SPN 2024: Spanish for Native & Heritage Speakers I
- SPN 2025: Spanish for Native & Heritage Speakers II

Elective Courses:

- Select 3 courses in Spanish Literature
- Select 3 courses in Latin American Literature

Senior Evaluation:

- SPN 3998: For graduating seniors only. A thesis, written in Spanish, is required on a cultural or literary topic approved by the Spanish Department.

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses.

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.

Senior Thesis
All majors must complete a Senior Thesis, for which they usually register in the fall of the senior year.

Minor Requirements

All students who wish to minor in Spanish must register with the Department. For the minor in Spanish students are required to take SPN 2023: Speaking About Movies: Advanced Spanish Conversation or SPN 3044: Advanced Spanish Conversation or SPN 2012: Written Contemporary Spanish and a minimum of four elective courses conducted in Spanish beginning at the SPN 2000 level, to be determined in consultation with the Department.

Study Abroad
Students with at least a B average are encouraged to apply for study in Spain and/or Latin America.  Manhattanville Coop programs exist in Madrid and Seville; at Sacred Heart University, San Juan (Puerto Rico); in TEC Monterrey (Mexico), Cuernavaca Campus (Mexico); at UNIBE, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic); or any other high academic quality program in a Spanish-speaking country.  Prior approval of the Spanish Department is required.  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 Chairperson of the Spanish Department and the Study Broad Advisor.

Honors Program in Spanish
To qualify for the department honors program, a major must have at least an overall B average and a B+ major average.  All requirements for the major must be completed as well as an honors essay of 25-40 pages.  The essay is based on research pursued as an independent study, under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department. 

The Spanish Consulate Prize "Mercedes de Arango"
The Spanish Consulate traditionally donates a prize to the Spanish Department to be awarded to a student at the Honors Convocation.  This prize was named in honor of Mercedes de Arango, emeritus professor, founder of the Spanish Department at Manhattanville College.

Admission to Courses beyond Intermediate Spanish:
Students who have completed Intermediate Spanish I and Intermediate Spanish II must take Advanced Spanish Grammar Review as preparation for upper-level courses.  Students who take Intermediate Spanish I must also take Intermediate II as preparation for Advanced Spanish Grammar Review.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Minor Requirements

Although a major is not offered, students may take a minor in Latin American Studies.  A minimum grade of C is required for all courses.

For the minor, students must complete five courses, three required and two electives.
Required courses:

  • POS 2058: Latin American Politics (English)
  • SPN 2032: Analysis of Latin American Literary Texts (English/Spanish)
  • SPN 3016: Latin American Civilization in the Arts (English/Spanish)

Electives:
Two elective courses are selected from among those approved by the Latin American Studies Faculty Committee and discussed with the advisor.

Additionally, students choosing Latin American Studies as a minor must demonstrate Spanish language competency at the introductory level, e.g., language competency equivalent to the completion of two semesters of Spanish for Beginners (SPN 1005 and 1008).

For Spanish speakers, a course in composition or conversation such as SPN 2001, SPN 2009, SPN 2012, SPN 3044 is advised.