A major in Spanish provides students a solid foundation in both oral and written Spanish at advanced levels. Further, our courses offer students the theoretical and critical tools to investigate different cultural traditions from Latin America and Spain.
A major in Spanish consists of nine courses above SPA 202. The required courses are: SPA 221, 222 and 261. In addition, each student must take one 300 – 400-level course in Peninsular Literature and one 300 – 400-level course in Latin American Literature. The remaining four required courses may be selected among the offerings in the Spanish upper-level courses. At least one of these courses has to be at the 400-level. Students can also fulfil requirements during their Study Abroad semester. The department encourages majors to study one semester or one year in a Spanish speaking country. Students should have completed the three required courses before they study abroad. Majors who plan graduate work in Spanish are advised to acquire at least minimum competence in another foreign language.
A major in Spanish is designed to give the student a thorough knowledge of its structure, literature and culture. We strive to help students achieve a high degree of proficiency in the language by developing their ability to comprehend, read critically, speak and write in Spanish while developing an appreciation of Hispanic literature and cultures. Beginning with the first course, class work is conducted largely in the target language, and the student is encouraged to use Spanish both in and outside of the classroom whenever possible.
Majors can pursue independent studies on a topic in which they are especially interested. In order to register for an independent study, the student needs to have a specific research topic, and s/he needs to submit a written proposal describing the topic and possible approach of inquiry s/he would like to follow. This proposal can be prepared after preliminary conversations with the professor who will eventually evaluate and supervise the project. We will not accept independent studies requested because of schedule conflicts or lack of interest in courses offered in a given semester.
A minor in Hispanic Literature consists of six courses beyond SPA 201. Required courses are SPA 221, 222 and 261, one 300 – 400 level course in Peninsular Literature, and one 300 – 400 level course in Latin American Literature. Any remaining courses may be selected among the offerings in the Spanish upper-level literature courses. Students can also fulfil the requirements for the minor during their Study Abroad experience. All courses for the minor must be in Spanish.
A minor in Hispanic Cultures consists of six courses beyond SPA 201. Required courses are SPA 221, 222 and 261, two courses designated as Culture and Civilization, and one additional elective. At least one of the two Culture and Civilization courses has to be at the 400 level. Students can also fulfil the requirements for the minor during their Study Abroad experience. All courses for the minor must be in Spanish.
Majors in the Department of Spanish have studied abroad in the following programs in recent years: Sweet Briar, Sevilla; IES Barcelona; IES Santiago, Chile; University of Virginia, Valencia; Syracuse University Madrid; IES Salamanca. See the International Programs section of the Catalogue for further information.
The writing requirement in the Spanish major is met by completion of the normal courses required to complete the major. Students who need help to write their literature papers can make appointments at the Spanish Writing Center.