Students interested in Spanish Studies at Fordham have two major options, Spanish Language and Literature (SPLA) and Spanish Studies (SPST). Those interested in either major or the Spanish minor should prepare their schedules in consultation with a faculty adviser. To declare the major or the minor and be assigned an adviser, please contact the Department Associate Chair in your college.
The Spanish Language and Literature major (SPLA) consists of 10 courses which provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of Hispanic literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era. All 10 courses 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. Classes focus on close textual analysis, historical contextualization, and the use of current critical perspectives. SPLA majors 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 pursuing the SPLA normally begin the major with SPAN 2001 (Spanish Language and Literature) or SPAN 2301 (Advanced Spanish for Spanish Speakers), followed by SPAN 2500 (Approaches to Literature), which is a requirement for all courses numbered 3000 and above. Please note that students may not count both SPAN 2001 and SPAN 2301 towards the major. Students may choose to take additional 2000-level courses, such as SPAN 2305 (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. For the SPLA 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) which are requirements. Please note that 3000-level courses do not need to be taken in numerical order; SPAN 3001 and 3002 are requirements but not prerequisites for other 3000-level Spanish electives.
The Spanish Studies major (SPST) is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to combine their Spanish-language interests with their interests in other fields covered by Fordham’s extensive curriculum. Students pursuing the SPST normally begin the major with SPAN 2001 (Spanish Language and Literature) or SPAN 2301 (Advanced Spanish for Spanish Speakers), followed by SPAN 2500 (Approaches to Literature), which is a requirement for all courses numbered 3000 and above. Please note that students may not count both SPAN 2001 and SPAN 2301 towards the major. The majority of the coursework (at least 7 courses) are to be completed in Spanish. As such, SPST majors have an opportunity to both further enhance their fluency and correct grammar usage and to further develop their understanding of Hispanic literatures, cultures and linguistics. Mindful of contextualization and the importance of interdisciplinarity, students in the SPST major may take up to three courses in English in either other departments or those from our departments with MLAL or LING prefixes that are related to Hispanic or Latino topics. Consultation with his/her major advisor regarding these three courses in highly desirable. For the SPST major a minimum 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) which are requirements. Please note that 3000-level courses do not need to be taken in numerical order. While SPAN 3001 or 3002 is a requirement for the SPST major, it is not a prerequisite for taking other 3000-level Spanish electives.
The Spanish Minor normally starts with SPAN 2001 (Spanish Language and Literature) or SPAN 2301 (Advanced Spanish for Spanish Speakers) and consists of six courses in Spanish which must include SPAN 2500 (Approaches to Literature), a prerequisite for all SPAN 3000-level courses), SPAN 3001 (Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures) or SPAN 3002 (Introduction to Spanish American Literatures and Cultures) and at least three 3000-level SPAN courses. As with the SPLA and SPST majors, please note that students cannot count both SPAN 2001 and SPAN 2301 towards the minor
A Senior Thesis is an option for both students pursuing the SPLA and SPST majors 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 to 30 pages to be completed during the senior year and presented with a defense. A committee of three faculty members, including the thesis adviser, will be present at the defense. During the fall of his/her junior year, the student will choose a thesis adviser from the Spanish faculty of either campus, depending on the topic selected, and secure his/her consent. In addition, the student and the thesis adviser are encouraged to discuss both the topic of the thesis and a preliminary bibliography. Throughout the year, the student will begin writing the thesis in a tutorial/ independent study numbered SPAN 4998, which can count as one of the 10 courses for the major and complete a draft, work on corrections and submit a finalized version of the thesis by April 15. The defense will be scheduled after the student has submitted the thesis.
Study Abroad Policy: All majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. For SPLA majors, 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 SPLA major. For SPST majors, a maximum of three courses abroad for one semester and a maximum of four courses abroad for a year may apply. For minors, a maximum of two courses taken abroad for one semester and a maximum of three courses taken abroad for a year may apply. Please know that students who want to apply study abroad credits toward their major must have their abroad courses approved by their Spanish faculty advisor prior to going abroad. You may consider our Fordham in Granada summer and semester programs as well as Fordham’s Exchanges at Jesuit universities in Bilbao (Deusto), Buenos Aires (San Salvador), Bogotá y Cali (Javeriana), and México City (Iberoamericana).
Internships: All Spanish majors 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 adviser 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/Latino issues, and they will always be counted as a 2000-level course. Internship participants must 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.
Community Engaged Learning: All Spanish majors and minors are strongly encouraged to incorporate community engaged learning in any of their courses. The student must work closely with the Coordinator for Community Engaged Learning on deadlines for the reports and papers to be presented and have the approval of the course's professor.
Double Counting: Students can only double count up to two courses toward their Spanish Language and Literature (SPLA) and Spanish Studies (SPST) majors or toward the Spanish minor.