Spanish

Spanish Major

Learn more about this major

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a bachelor of arts degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

Major Requirements: 11 courses, 41 credits

Students in this major must earn the BA degree.

Core Requirements (3 courses, 9 credits)

Prerequisites:

CAS-101. CAS students only. SBS students by special permission. Restricted to the following majors: Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, French, Global Cultural Studies, History, Humanities, International Economics, Music History, Philosophy, Physics, Radiation Science, Socioloug, Spanish, and Undeclared. Instructor consent required for all other majors.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course engages students in the early stages of career planning. Students will explore their interests skills values and strengths which will allow them to begin setting appropriate goals for professional development. Once students understand themselves in relation to the world of work they will learn how to research careers and employment paths that fit with their goals.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-102 or or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Reviews Spanish grammar and examines Spanish through authentic materials of cultural interest. Students develop written and oral skills through compositions and audio-visual materials. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-201 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues skills development from 201. Students read a collection of short stories write compositions develop cultural insights through comparative and contrastive assignments and practice listening and speaking skills in weekly conversation sessions.

Advanced Courses (8 courses, 32 credits)

Prerequisites:

SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Integrates language learning with culture via business context of the Hispanic world. Spanish for banking and finance marketing and advertising and international commerce are highlighted. Students increase their cross-cultural understanding and written and oral proficiency in business Spanish through a wide range of assignments.

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Develops written and oral skills in various contexts and registers. Emphasis on strengthening written skills and learning to speak clearly and persuasively in Spanish. Short texts and audio-visual materials provide the basis for classroom activities which include regularly assigned essays group discussions and debates.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203, SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores a selection of Peninsular and Latin American cultural materials. Primarily examines texts from different literary genres (narrative drama essay and poetry). Develops critical skills required in more advanced Spanish courses through close readings and textual analysis. Activities include regularly assigned essays group discussions and short scene work.

Choose two of the following:

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 are strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the civilization and culture of Spain highlighting its historical development and cultural manifestations from pre-historic times to the nineteenth century. Students improve their four skills through activities that include discussions oral presentations and writing assignments based on reading and films.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces students to the complexity Latin America by examining its roots in pre-Columbian America and the impact of Spanish exploration and colonization. Places emphasis on cultural economic historical philosophical political and religious patterns that define the region. Includes class discussions oral presentations and writing assignments based on reading and audio-visual material.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-250, SPAN-290, or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the process and theory of translation. Materials are drawn from the literary world the mass media (i.e. advertising marketing news entertainment) and professional sources. Students gain further insights about the linguistic cultural and ethical dimensions of the field. Additional grammar review provided as needed.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-300 and SPAN-302 is strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines authors from Latin America and the Caribbean in their historical and cultural contexts. Reading and class discussions consider the relationship between the writer and society by covering such topics as colonialism the oral tradition modernism and the emergence of new narratives in the twentieth century. The Inca Garcilaso Sor Juana Carlos Fuentes Rigoberta Menchu and Pablo Neruda are among some writers studied.

Choose four additional electives above SPAN-300

A Seminar for Freshmen with a topic related to the Spanish-speaking world (e.g., culture, politics, society) may be counted toward the major with the approval of the department chair.

AP Credit: Incoming students who receive a score of "4" or "5" on the AP Spanish examination have fulfilled the SPAN-201, SPAN-202/205 core requirement for the major.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Spanish Major Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will...
Students will be able to...
Achieve competency in oral and aural communication
  • Speak the language using well-organized and cohesive speech patterns with minimal dependence on the use of summary or mere quotations
  • Pronounce the language accurately and with near-native fluency
  • Appropriately use social and/or cultural references
Achieve competency in written communication
  • Use and control complex structures
  • Have command of a rich vocabulary
  • Write with minimal to no interference from other languages
Become familiar with the diversity of world cultures
  • Engage with the historical, socio-political context of the cultures associated with the language
  • Conduct analysis with an awareness of different points of view
  • Recognize different regional accents, dialects, and speech patterns
Learn to think critically
  • Develop a working thesis with strong supporting evidence
  • Understand different literary genres and tropes, cultural phenomena, and methods of textual analysis
  • Demonstrate effective research skills with appropriate documentation

Spanish Minor

Learn more about this minor

Minor Requirements: 6 courses, 24 credits

Core Requirements (2 courses, 8 credits)

Prerequisites:

SPAN-102 or or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Reviews Spanish grammar and examines Spanish through authentic materials of cultural interest. Students develop written and oral skills through compositions and audio-visual materials. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-201 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues skills development from 201. Students read a collection of short stories write compositions develop cultural insights through comparative and contrastive assignments and practice listening and speaking skills in weekly conversation sessions.

Advanced Courses (4 courses, 16 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Develops written and oral skills in various contexts and registers. Emphasis on strengthening written skills and learning to speak clearly and persuasively in Spanish. Short texts and audio-visual materials provide the basis for classroom activities which include regularly assigned essays group discussions and debates.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203, SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores a selection of Peninsular and Latin American cultural materials. Primarily examines texts from different literary genres (narrative drama essay and poetry). Develops critical skills required in more advanced Spanish courses through close readings and textual analysis. Activities include regularly assigned essays group discussions and short scene work.

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 are strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the civilization and culture of Spain highlighting its historical development and cultural manifestations from pre-historic times to the nineteenth century. Students improve their four skills through activities that include discussions oral presentations and writing assignments based on reading and films.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces students to the complexity Latin America by examining its roots in pre-Columbian America and the impact of Spanish exploration and colonization. Places emphasis on cultural economic historical philosophical political and religious patterns that define the region. Includes class discussions oral presentations and writing assignments based on reading and audio-visual material.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-250, SPAN-290, or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the process and theory of translation. Materials are drawn from the literary world the mass media (i.e. advertising marketing news entertainment) and professional sources. Students gain further insights about the linguistic cultural and ethical dimensions of the field. Additional grammar review provided as needed.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Integrates language learning with culture via business context of the Hispanic world. Spanish for banking and finance marketing and advertising and international commerce are highlighted. Students increase their cross-cultural understanding and written and oral proficiency in business Spanish through a wide range of assignments.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-300 and SPAN-302 is strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines authors from Latin America and the Caribbean in their historical and cultural contexts. Reading and class discussions consider the relationship between the writer and society by covering such topics as colonialism the oral tradition modernism and the emergence of new narratives in the twentieth century. The Inca Garcilaso Sor Juana Carlos Fuentes Rigoberta Menchu and Pablo Neruda are among some writers studied.

Choose two electives above SPAN-300.

AP and Other Credit: Incoming students who receive a score of "4" or "5" on the AP Spanish examination have fulfilled the SPAN-201, SPAN-202/205 core requirement for the minor.

A maximum of two courses taken at other institutions or as part of a department-approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country may apply toward the minor.

A Seminar for Freshmen with a topic related to the Spanish-speaking world (e.g., culture, politics, society) may be counted toward the minor with the approval of the department chair.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major or double major combination to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

Honors

To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

  1. Have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  3. Complete SPAN-H555
  4. Complete a research paper in SPAN-H555 that is approved by a department faculty member
  5. Make a formal oral presentation
  6. CAS Honors Program students only: Also present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

Spanish Courses

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Practice in both oral and written language skills. Class activities are organized around cultural themes that reflect the diversity of the Hispanic world and its interconnectedness with the rest of the world. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-101 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues skills development from 101. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-102 or or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Reviews Spanish grammar and examines Spanish through authentic materials of cultural interest. Students develop written and oral skills through compositions and audio-visual materials. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-201 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues skills development from 201. Students read a collection of short stories write compositions develop cultural insights through comparative and contrastive assignments and practice listening and speaking skills in weekly conversation sessions.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Develops written and oral skills in various contexts and registers. Emphasis on strengthening written skills and learning to speak clearly and persuasively in Spanish. Short texts and audio-visual materials provide the basis for classroom activities which include regularly assigned essays group discussions and debates.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish (201) at Suffolk or its equivalent elsewhere. Through a systematic review of grammar a diversity of readings and oral as well as written work students will increase their lexical and grammatical knowledge of Spanish language specific to the workplace in order to communicate more easily and comfortably. Students will also be better prepared to deal with the specific themes related to business introduced in the course. (This course is not for Spanish minors or majors but may be taken as a free elective.)

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Internship in Madrid Spain. At least 12 hours a week working for an organization. Designed to give students an international professional learning opportunity. It takes place concurrently with SPAN 295.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203, SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores a selection of Peninsular and Latin American cultural materials. Primarily examines texts from different literary genres (narrative drama essay and poetry). Develops critical skills required in more advanced Spanish courses through close readings and textual analysis. Activities include regularly assigned essays group discussions and short scene work.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 are strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the civilization and culture of Spain highlighting its historical development and cultural manifestations from pre-historic times to the nineteenth century. Students improve their four skills through activities that include discussions oral presentations and writing assignments based on reading and films.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-202, SPAN-203 or SPAN-250 or Instructor's consent. SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces students to the complexity Latin America by examining its roots in pre-Columbian America and the impact of Spanish exploration and colonization. Places emphasis on cultural economic historical philosophical political and religious patterns that define the region. Includes class discussions oral presentations and writing assignments based on reading and audio-visual material.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-250, SPAN-290, or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the process and theory of translation. Materials are drawn from the literary world the mass media (i.e. advertising marketing news entertainment) and professional sources. Students gain further insights about the linguistic cultural and ethical dimensions of the field. Additional grammar review provided as needed.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Integrates language learning with culture via business context of the Hispanic world. Spanish for banking and finance marketing and advertising and international commerce are highlighted. Students increase their cross-cultural understanding and written and oral proficiency in business Spanish through a wide range of assignments.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of key issues in Hispanic culture today through the study of literature film music and TV. The purpose of the course is twofold: To introduce the students to major themes in recent Hispanic society and culture and to develop the necessary skills to read and analyze literary texts and other cultural forms. Topics to be discussed include dictatorship and democracy women and representation political and domestic violence national identity immigration and mass culture. The selected materials will include texts by authors like Manuel Rivas Mario Vargas Llosa Carlos Fuentes Cristina Peri Rossi Rosa Montero Carlos Monsivais and Roberto Bolano among others. (Madrid campus only)

Prerequisites:

SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the city of Madrid in terms of its historical cultural and social development. Contemporary aspects of the city such as its rise to prominence amongst the capitals of Europe and the phenomenon of recent immigration patterns will also be discussed. All classes will be conducted in Spanish. Specific grammar points will be reviewed as needed. (Madrid campus only)

Prerequisites:

Take SPAN-290; Taught in Spanish

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of some Spanish cities from a cultural economical and social point of view. Special attention will be paid to Madrid Barcelona Bilbao Malaga Valencia and Aviles and how these cities are reacting to gentrification immigration local movements and sustainability. Thus transforming from industrial to modern cities from sunny touristic cities to cultural capitals and from traditional metropolitan centers to young vintage and gendered urban centers. This course is offered to students from different academic backgrounds under a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-300 and SPAN-302 is strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines authors from Latin America and the Caribbean in their historical and cultural contexts. Reading and class discussions consider the relationship between the writer and society by covering such topics as colonialism the oral tradition modernism and the emergence of new narratives in the twentieth century. The Inca Garcilaso Sor Juana Carlos Fuentes Rigoberta Menchu and Pablo Neruda are among some writers studied.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course offers the students a panoramic view of the most representative Spanish films from the 1950's until today with special emphasis on its social political artistic and cultural context. Films will be viewed in Spanish with English subtitles. Conducted in English the course will be open to both non-majors in Spanish as well as to advanced-level Spanish majors and minors with the latter carrying out their written work and individual meetings with the instructor in Spanish.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent. SPAN-302 is strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces students to the most important movements and playwrights of Latin American Theater in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Students examine the history of Latin American Theatre since its inception and become familiar with the most important performing centers.

Prerequisites:

Instructor consent required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Students meet with a department member to pursue advanced studies in areas of particular interest to them.

Prerequisites:

Instructor consent required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Students meet with a department member to pursue advanced studies in areas of particular interest to them.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors students only with 3.3 GPA or higher. Instructor consent required.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A major research project completed under the supervision of a regular faculty member.