About

Fluency in Spanish is an asset in today’s job market. It’s especially crucial in the business, economic, media, and political worlds. Why?
  • More than 500 million people speak Spanish worldwide.
  • It’s the primary language in 21 countries.
  • the second most common language after Mandarin, and the most popular second language after English.
  • More than 38 million people in the United States alone speak Spanish.

Spanish speakers have a competitive edge. And at Suffolk, the major is about more than simply mastering the language. You’ll become culturally fluent, too. Spanish majors study literature, history, politics, and economics. Upon graduation, you’re poised to enter any number of fields that require bilingual workers, from nonprofits to international organizations like the Peace Corps. Other students go on to law school, hoping to provide legal services to non-native speakers.

Economics and Spanish

Some students combine the major with economics or international relations for an extra edge. The Department of World Languages partners with the Department of Economics to offer a double major in Spanish and international economics, making you especially competitive in the job market.

Suffolk University in Madrid

You’ll have the chance to study at our international campus in the vibrant Spanish capital of Madrid. The university combines the quality of a Suffolk education with the cultural advantages of a thriving international capital. You’ll engage in rigorous coursework, enjoy guided weekend excursions, and meet students from around the world under the close supervision of our devoted faculty.

Minor

Prerequisites:

  • SPAN-201 Intermediate Spanish I

    Prerequisites:

    SPAN 102 or or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A systematic review of Spanish grammar and study of Spanish through materials of cultural interest. Development of written and oral skills through compositions and audio-visual materials. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • SPAN-202 Intermediate Spanish II

    Prerequisites:

    SPAN 201 or Instructor's consent.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A continuation of skills development from 201. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

OR SPAN-203 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

Note: To qualify for admittance to the minor, a student must complete the prerequisite with an average grade of “B.”

Four Advanced Courses

(Beyond the intermediate level [SPAN 202 or SPAN 203])
The list must include the following:
  • SPAN-290 Advanced Composition & Conversation

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: Spanish 202, 203 or 250 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Further development of written and oral skills in various contexts. 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 will include regularly assigned essays, group discussions and debates.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • SPAN-300 Intro to Cultural Texts

    Prerequisites:

    Spanish 202, 203, 250 or Instructor's consent.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of some key Peninsular and Latin American cultural materials: works in four different literary genres (narrative, drama, essay and poetry), films, and songs. Development of specialized vocabulary and critical skills required in more advanced Spanish courses, through close readings and textual analysis.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • SPAN-301 Spanish Culture and Civilization

    Prerequisites:

    Spanish 202, 203 or 250. Spanish 290 or 300 are strongly recommended

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of Hispanic Civilization emphasizing the contributions of Spanish-speaking peoples to the Western tradition in art, thought and letters. Concentration on the Iberian Peninsula, with an emphasis on the contributions of Christian, Jewish and Moslem cultures in Spain.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • SPAN-302 Indigenous and Colonial Latin America

    Prerequisites:

    Spanish 202, 203 or 250 or Instructor's consent. Span 290 or 300 strongly recommended.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the civilization of Latin America highlighting its historical development, ethnic plurality, and cultural complexity in areas such as politics, religion, sociology, economics, customs, music and film. The cultural contributions of Spanish-speaking minorities in the United States are also addressed.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

OR SPAN-303 Modern and Contemporary Latin America

Note:

A maximum of one course from the following list can count toward the minor (with supplemental activities in Spanish):
  • SPAN-408 Latin American Cinema

    Prerequisites:

    Take ENG-102 or ENG-103 or Instructor's consent. Span 302 is strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of films from Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin American countries. Taking the Cuban Revolution as our point of departure we shall explore the relationship between film and society and think about how our own understanding of a culture and its history is often shaped by the images that we receive on the screen. All films shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Discussions in English.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • SPAN-416 Border Crossings the Latino Experience in the USA

    Prerequisites:

    ENG-102 or ENG-103 or Instructor's consent. Span 302 is strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The myth of a singular Latino experience in the United States will be examined through a variety of genres and authors. Issues of heritage, identity and the joys, struggles and challenges of growing up Latino/a also will be addressed. Among the writers read will be Sandra Cisneros, House on Mango Street," Junot Diaz, Drown," Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican," Tato Laviera, AmeRican.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • SPAN-418 Through the Eyes of the Storyteller / Latin American Fiction and Film

    Prerequisites:

    ENG 102 or ENG 103 or Instructor's consent. SPAN 300 and SPAN 302 are strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the intersection between literature and film and the relationships between the written word and the cinematic image. The writers and cinematographers we will study represent mainstream as well as marginal voices which address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic class in South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. All texts available in both Spanish and English translation.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN

AP and Other Credit:

Incoming students who receive a score of "4" or "5" on the AP Spanish examination have fulfilled the 202/203 prerequisite 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, including our Madrid Campus, may apply toward the minor.

Any Seminar for Freshmen with a topic related to the Spanish-speaking world (e.g., culture, politics, society) counts toward the minor.

Students who receive a score of “sem4+” on the Spanish online placement test have fulfilled the 202/203 prerequisite for the minor.

Major

Prerequisites:

  • SPAN-201 Intermediate Spanish I

    Prerequisites:

    SPAN 102 or or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A systematic review of Spanish grammar and study of Spanish through materials of cultural interest. Development of written and oral skills through compositions and audio-visual materials. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • SPAN-202 Intermediate Spanish II

    Prerequisites:

    SPAN 201 or Instructor's consent.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A continuation of skills development from 201. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

OR SPAN-203 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

Note: To qualify for admittance to the major, a student must complete the prerequisite with an average grade of “B.”


Eight Advanced Courses (32 credits)

The list must include the following:
  • SPAN-290 Advanced Composition & Conversation

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: Spanish 202, 203 or 250 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Further development of written and oral skills in various contexts. 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 will include regularly assigned essays, group discussions and debates.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • SPAN-300 Intro to Cultural Texts

    Prerequisites:

    Spanish 202, 203, 250 or Instructor's consent.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of some key Peninsular and Latin American cultural materials: works in four different literary genres (narrative, drama, essay and poetry), films, and songs. Development of specialized vocabulary and critical skills required in more advanced Spanish courses, through close readings and textual analysis.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • SPAN-301 Spanish Culture and Civilization

    Prerequisites:

    Spanish 202, 203 or 250. Spanish 290 or 300 are strongly recommended

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of Hispanic Civilization emphasizing the contributions of Spanish-speaking peoples to the Western tradition in art, thought and letters. Concentration on the Iberian Peninsula, with an emphasis on the contributions of Christian, Jewish and Moslem cultures in Spain.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • SPAN-302 Indigenous and Colonial Latin America

    Prerequisites:

    Spanish 202, 203 or 250 or Instructor's consent. Span 290 or 300 strongly recommended.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the civilization of Latin America highlighting its historical development, ethnic plurality, and cultural complexity in areas such as politics, religion, sociology, economics, customs, music and film. The cultural contributions of Spanish-speaking minorities in the United States are also addressed.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN


Note:

A maximum of two courses from the following list can count toward the major (with supplemental activities in Spanish):
  • SPAN-408 Latin American Cinema

    Prerequisites:

    Take ENG-102 or ENG-103 or Instructor's consent. Span 302 is strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of films from Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin American countries. Taking the Cuban Revolution as our point of departure we shall explore the relationship between film and society and think about how our own understanding of a culture and its history is often shaped by the images that we receive on the screen. All films shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Discussions in English.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • SPAN-416 Border Crossings the Latino Experience in the USA

    Prerequisites:

    ENG-102 or ENG-103 or Instructor's consent. Span 302 is strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The myth of a singular Latino experience in the United States will be examined through a variety of genres and authors. Issues of heritage, identity and the joys, struggles and challenges of growing up Latino/a also will be addressed. Among the writers read will be Sandra Cisneros, House on Mango Street," Junot Diaz, Drown," Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican," Tato Laviera, AmeRican.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • SPAN-418 Through the Eyes of the Storyteller / Latin American Fiction and Film

    Prerequisites:

    ENG 102 or ENG 103 or Instructor's consent. SPAN 300 and SPAN 302 are strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the intersection between literature and film and the relationships between the written word and the cinematic image. The writers and cinematographers we will study represent mainstream as well as marginal voices which address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic class in South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. All texts available in both Spanish and English translation.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN


AP Credit:

Incoming students who receive a score of "4" or "5" on the AP Spanish examination have fulfilled the 202/203 prerequisite for the major.

A maximum of four courses taken at other institutions or as part of a department-approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country, including our Madrid Campus, may apply toward the major.

Departmental Honors:

Candidates must register for SPAN 502 in the fall semester of the senior year and complete an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. SPAN 502 counts toward completion of the major.

Any Seminar for Freshmen with a topic related to the Spanish-speaking world (e.g., culture, politics, society) counts toward the major.

Students who receive a score of “sem4+” on the Spanish online placement test have fulfilled the 201, 202/203 prerequisite for the major.