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The Spanish Major requires 27 hours on the 300-400 level between required courses and electives. The curriculum provides students with an attractive mixture of classes with grounding in Latin America and Spain. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. Instruction of all courses must be in Spanish to be computed into the major GPA. Majors must maintain a GPA average of 2.0. Also, Spanish majors need to complete two writing courses (W). These do not have to be in the major area (i.e. Spanish). All courses are 3 credits.

Ancillary Courses: These are not computed into the major GPA. The Spanish degree requires the successful completion of the following courses, or obtaining credit through placement or transfer from another institution: SP 101, SP102 (or SP103), SP 201 and SP202.  Credit might be given for AP courses.

Spanish Major Requirements (1-5)

1. Cornerstone Courses

These courses are pre-requisites for more advanced courses and must be taken first

  • SP 353 Spanish Conversation: Students should begin their 300-level course work with the required SP 353, Conversation. This course introduces students to linguistic immersion in the target language. It is a pre-requisite for SP364 and above. It is usually taken the same semester as SP 356 but might be taken the semester immediately after it. Native or Heritage Speakers cannot take this course, and it will be substituted by another in consultation with the Spanish Adviser.
  • SP 356 Advanced Grammar and Composition: SP 356, Grammar and Composition (also required), is a rigorous study of grammatical concepts, as well as the tools needed to write successful essays in Spanish, with emphasis in the creation of academic papers, as these will be part of assessment in future courses. It is a pre-requisite for SP364 and above. It is usually taken the same semester as SP 353 or the semester immediately following it.
  • SP364 Spanish Civilization or SP366 Spanish-American Civilization: There are two civilization courses, one of which is required: SP 364 Spanish Civilization (Spanish Peninsular culture and history) and SP 366 Spanish-American Civilization (Latin American culture and history). This is a pre-requisite for SP371 and above. SP364 and SP366 are offered in alternative semesters.

2. Survey Courses in Literature

Students are also required to select two of the five literary survey courses offered. In these courses, students are introduced to selections taken from important literary works from Spain, Latin-America, and Hispanic US. It is advised that these courses be taken after the Cornerstone courses, to build to the 400 level courses. Students are not subject to taking them in numerical ascending order, and can combine them as they please. Note: SP 353, SP356 and SP364 or SP366 are pre-requisites.

Two (2) of the following selection:

  • SP 371 Survey of Spanish Literature: Literature of Spain from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. Offered in the spring.
  • SP 372 Survey of  Spanish Literature: Literature of Spain from the 19th century to the present. Offered in the fall.
  • SP 375 Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature I: Literature of  Latin America  from the colonial period to modernism. Offered in the fall. This is a writing (W) course.
  • SP 376 Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature II: Literature of  Latin America  from modernism to the present. Offered in the spring.
  • SP 377 US Latino Studies: Literatures and cultures of the Hispanics in the United States, starting in the 19th century to the present. Offered in the fall.

3. Two (2) 300-400 Electives*

For the six hours of electives, students may take any SP 300 or SP 400 course of their choice. Offerings vary every semester. Besides those described below, some options are:

  • SP 360 Commercial Spanish
  • SP 367 Technical Writing (aimed to train the student in the intricacies of business correspondence and jargon)
  • SP 389 Outreach
  • SP 390 Open Topics Students may only take 6 credits in SP 390.
  • See the list below for offerings at the 400 level.

*Of the electives in requirements (3) and (5), one must be a linguistics course taught in Spanish. Please note that SP 361 Introduction to Romance Linguistics is taught in English and therefore it does not count towards Spanish major or minor.

4. Cervantes/Don Quijote (SP 491)

Students are required to take SP 491, Cervantes and Don Quijote. This course focuses on the renowned Spanish writer and provides students with an in-depth study of a world masterpiece. This is a writing (W)  course. Offered every semester.

5. One (1) Elective at the 400 Level*

Students are also required to choose a second 400-level course from the wide variety offered by the Spanish faculty. Offerings vary every semester. Some options are:

  • SP 426 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature II
  • SP 483 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • SP 484 Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation
  • SP 485 Open Topics in Linguistics
  • SP 487 Open Topics in US Latino Studies
  • SP 488 Open Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature
  • SP 489 Open Topics in Spanish-American Literature
  • SP 490 Open Topics
  • SP 492 Spanish in the US

* Of the electives in requirements (3) and (5), one must be a linguistics course taught in Spanish.

The Spanish faculty is also quite proud of its specialty courses, offered virtually every semester as “Senior Seminars” in both Latin-American and Spanish Peninsular topics. Areas of study include: Spanish and Latin American cinema, Benito Pérez Galdós, the Spanish Civil War, Hispanic autobiography and narratives of the self, Spanish American Modernism, crime and trauma narratives, relation between labor and literature. Similar to these are the SP 490 courses (Open Topics) which may focus on anything from Cubato Peruvian history to US Latino theater to Hispanic women writers.

Suggested Sequence for the Spanish Major

  • Cornerstone courses. SP 353, SP 356, SP 364/366
  • Survey Courses in Literature. Any TWO of the following: SP 371, SP 372, SP 375, SP 376, SP 377
  • SP 300-400 elective (except SP 361)
  • SP 300-400 elective (except SP 361)
  • SP 491 Cervantes / Don Quijote
  • SP 400 elective