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For the Class of 2015 and Beyond

Spanish Language + Literature Major | Spanish Studies Major | Spanish Minor

NOTE: Students who intend to major in Spanish Language & Literature or Spanish Studies, or minor in Spanish should prepare their schedules in consultation with a Spanish faculty adviser. To declare the major or the minor and be assigned an adviser, please contact the Department Associate Chair in your college.
 
the major in spanish language and literature

The Spanish Language and Literature Major provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of Hispanic literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era. All ten courses for this major are to be completed in Spanish. Through this major, besides achieving fluency and correct grammar usage in written and spoken Spanish, students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of Hispanic literatures and cultures. Through close textual analysis, historical contextualization, and the use of current critical perspectives, students will become familiar with the major authors and issues defining the diverse cultural traditions of the Hispanic world.In addition to their written work, students are required to participate actively in class discussions and/or make oral presentations.
 
Students begin the major with SPAN 2001 (Spanish Language and Literature), followed by SPAN 2500 (Approaches to Literature), which is a requirement for all courses numbered 3000 and above. Students may choose to take additional 2000-level courses such as SPAN 2601 (Spanish Conversation and Composition), SPAN 2620 (Spanish Phonetics), SPAN 2640 (Spanish and New York City), SPAN 2650 (Business Spanish) or others. These advanced language courses are not required, but are available for students who would like to hone their language skills before proceeding to the 3000-level courses. A minimum of six 3000-level courses must be completed, including SPAN 3001 (Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures) and SPAN 3002 (Introduction to Spanish American Literatures and Cultures).
 
A senior thesis is an option for students with a GPA of 3.67 or higher who exhibit exceptional level in their coursework and who wish to be considered for honors. The thesis is a research paper of approximately 25-30 pages in Spanish to be completed during   the senior year and presented with a defense. A committee of three faculty members, including the thesis advisor, will be present at the defense. During the Spring of his/her junior year, the student will choose a thesis advisor from the Spanish faculty of either campus, depending on the topic selected, and secure the faculty member’s consent. In addition, the student and the thesis advisor are encouraged to discuss both the topic of the thesis and a preliminary bibliography. During the Fall semester of the senior year, the student will begin writing the thesis through a tutorial/independent study numbered SPAN4999, which can count as one of the ten courses for the major. A draft will be required by the end of the Fall semester. In the Spring semester, the student will work on corrections to the draft and submit a finalized version of the thesis by April 15. The defense will be scheduled after the student has submitted the thesis.

Requirements for the Spanish Language and Literature Major, 
TEN courses among which must be included:
 
-SPAN 2001: Spanish Language and Literature
-SPAN 2500: Approaches to Literature (prerequisite for all 3000-level courses)
-SPAN 3001: Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures
-SPAN 3002: Introduction to Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
-FOUR additional 3000-level courses in Spanish

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T h e   M a j o r   i n   S p a n i s h   S t u d i e s

The Spanish Studies Major is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to combine their Spanish-language interests with related courses offered in other departments. Students will develop an individual course of study in close consultation with their advisor and will present it as a written proposal. The majority of the coursework will be completed in Spanish, but students may take up to three courses in English provided that they are related to the students’ course of study. Through this  major, besides achieving fluency and correct grammar usage in written and spoken Spanish, students are expected to gain a thorough understanding of the particular track chosen by the student, and of its relationship to the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to their written work, students are required to participate actively in class discussions and/or make oral presentations, as well as to complete a final presentation during the Spring of their senior year in which they demonstrate their independent work in the target field. 
 
A senior thesis is an option for students with a GPA of 3.67 or higher who exhibit exceptional level in their coursework and who wish to be considered for honors. The thesis is a research paper of approximately 25-30 pages in Spanish to be completed during   the senior year and presented with a defense. A committee of three faculty members, including the thesis advisor, will be present at thedefense. During the Spring of his/her junior year, the student will choose a thesis advisor from the Spanish faculty of either campus, depending on the topic selected, and secure the faculty member’s consent. In addition, the student and the thesis advisor are encouraged to discuss both the topic of the thesis and a preliminary bibliography. During the Fall semester of the senior year, the student will begin writing the thesis through a tutorial/independent study numbered SPAN4999, which can count as one of the ten courses for the major. A draft will be required by the end of the Fall semester. In the Spring semester, the student will work on corrections to the draft and submit a finalized version of the thesis by April 15. The defense will be scheduled after the student has submitted the thesis.

Requirements for the Spanish Studies Major,
a total of TEN courses, out of which SEVEN must be in Spanish and up to THREE 
can be in English, but related to the student’s specific track
 
Among the seven courses in Spanish, the following must be included:
 
-SPAN 2001: Spanish Language and Literature
-SPAN 2500: Approaches to Literature (prerequisite for all 3000-level courses)
-SPAN 3001: Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures or SPAN 3002: Introduction to Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
-THREE additional 3000-level SPAN courses
 
Below is a sample of possible tracks. Students can work with their individual advisor to devise their own track when and if necessary.
 
Track 1: 
Spanish and Visual Arts. SPAN 2001; SPAN 2500; SPAN 3001 or 3002; three 3000-level courses in Spanish preferably with a focus on visual arts ( for example, SPAN 3685 Media and Literature in Spanish America; SPAN 3250 God, Gold and Glory, SPAN 3642 Spanish American Literature and Popular Music; SPAN 3530 Excess in Spanish Literature; SPAN 3630 Cultural Journey through Mexico City; SPAN 3424 Modern Spanish Theater; SPAN 3426 Modern Hispanic Theater), one additional SPAN 2000 or SPAN 3000 course; up to three courses in visual arts (for example, ARHI 2250-Pre-Columbian Art; ARHI 2255-Latin-American Art; ARHI 2271-Hispanic Women Artists; ARHI 4250-Seminar: Aztec Art; COLI 3910-U.S. Latino Film Making; MUSC 2045-Music: The Americas).
 
Track 2: 
Spanish and the Global Marketplace. SPAN 2001; SPAN 2500; SPAN 3001 or 3002; three 3000-level courses in Spanish (for example, SPAN 3755 Spanish American Literature and Globalization; SPAN 3826 Latin American and World Literature), one additional SPAN 2000 or SPAN 3000 level course; up to three courses that examine the global marketplace and its relationship to the Spanish-speaking world (eg. PORU 2501 Intro to International Relations; PORU 3915 International Political Economy; ECON 3235 Econ of Latin America; ECON 3242 Global Economic Issues; POSC 2603: Latin American Politics).
 
Track 3: 
Spanish and another Related Field in Humanities (history, art history, philosophy, anthropology, etc.): SPAN 2001; SPAN 2500; SPAN 3001 or 3002, three 3000-level courses in Spain related to designated course of study, one additional SPAN 2000 or 3000 level course; up to threeupper-level courses in the related field (for example, ARHI 2250-Pre-Columbian Art; ARHI 2255-Latin-American Art; ARHI 2271-Hispanic Women Artists; ARHI 4250-Seminar: Aztec Art; HIST 3975 The Caribbean; HIST 5903 Latin America and the U.S.; ANTH 3196 Peoples of the Americas; ANTH 3342 Race in the Americas; SOCI 3427 Hispanics in the USA; MVST 5205 Court Culture in Medieval Iberia).
Track 4: 
Spanish in the U.S.. SPAN 2001; SPAN 2500; SPAN 3002; three 3000-level courses in Spanish preferably related to designated course of study (for example,SPAN 3582-New York in Latino Literature and Art; SPAN 3901-U.S. Latino Literature and Film), one additional SPAN 2000 or 3000 level course (eg. SPAN 2640 Spanish in New York City); up to three upper-level courses in related field (for example, HIST 3951-Puerto Rico and the U.S.; HIST 3969 Latin America and the U.S.; HIST 4955 U.S. and Latin America; HIST 3806 U.S. Immigration/Ethnicity; POSC 2320 Politics of Immigration; SOCI 3427 Hispanics in the USA; SOCI 3675 Latino Women: Immigration/Inequality).
Study Abroad 
Policy:
All majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. A maximum of four courses taken abroad for one semester and a maximum of five courses taken abroad for one year may apply toward the Spanish Language and Literature major. For the Spanish Studies major, a maximum of three courses abroad for one semester and a maximum of four courses abroad for a year may apply.
 
NOTE: Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their major must have these courses approved by their Spanish faculty adviser prior to going abroad.
 

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T h e   M i n o r   i n   S p a n i s h

Students who minor in Spanishwill take a minimum of six courses. The minor begins with SPAN 2001 (Spanish Language and Literature), followed by SPAN 2500 (Approaches to Literature), which is a requirement for all courses numbered 3000 and above. Students may choose to take additional 2000-level courses such as SPAN 2601 (Spanish Conversation and Composition), SPAN 2620 (Spanish Phonetics), SPAN 2640 (Spanish and New York City), SPAN 2650 (Business Spanish) and others. These advanced language courses are not required, but are available for students who would like to hone their language skills before proceeding to the 3000-level courses. A total of three 3000-level courses must be completed, including SPAN 3001 (Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures) or SPAN 3002 (Introduction to Spanish American Literatures and Cultures).

Requirements for the Spanish Minor:

-SPAN 2001: Spanish Language and Literature
-SPAN 2500: Approaches to Literature (prerequisite for all 3000-level courses)
-SPAN 3001: Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures or SPAN 3002: Introduction to Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
A minimum of three 3000-level courses in Spanish
Study Abroad
Policy:
A maximum of two courses taken abroad during a semester and a maximum of three courses abroad for a year will apply.

NOTE: Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their minor must have these courses approved by their Spanish faculty adviser prior to going abroad.
 
I n t e r n s h i p s

All majors and minors have the option of signing up for an internship instead of taking a 10th course, provided that they submit a written proposal to their advisor before the beginning of the internship, they meet with their advisor at least once a month to discuss the relevance of their work, and submit a final research paper on a topic related to the internship at the end of the semester. The only internships that will be accepted will be those directly connected to Hispanic issues, and they will always be counted as a 2000-level course. For Spanish Literature majors and minors, students will have to demonstrate that they use Spanish on a weekly basis and that the internship can be considered a valuable part of their education and course of study. For Spanish Studies majors, and depending on the type of internship, this can count as either one of the courses in Spanish, or as one of the three courses that can be taken in English. 

H o n o r s

Honors will be given to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.67 or higher in the courses taken for the major and who have completed an outstanding honor's thesis.

S e r v i c e   L e a r n i n g
All majors and minors are strongly encouraged to incorporate service learning in any of their courses. The student must work closely with the University’s coordinator for service learning to choose the type of service to be done, establish the deadlines for the reports and papers to be presented, and have the approval of the course’s professor. 
 
D o u b l e   C o u n t i n g
Students can only double count up to two courses toward their Spanish or Spanish Studies Major or minor.

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For course descriptions, browse the University Catalog.

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