Students must complete a minimum of 126 credits for graduation. Core degree requirements are listed in the Academic Catalog.

 

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.

Major Requirements

Major Requirements: 10 courses, 40 credits

Prerequisites (2 courses, 8 credits):

  • 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

Choose one of the following courses:

  • 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

  • SPAN-203 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

    Prerequisites:

    SPAN 201 or or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A writing and reading intensive course for students who are thinking about minoring and possibly majoring in Spanish. There will be a brief review of grammar, but the primary materials will come from the textbook, LAZOS,with ancillary materials from the print media and audio-visual sources. A weekly tertulia will be required instead of language lab.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Note:

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


Advanced Courses (8 courses, 32 credits)

These courses must be above 290 and must include one from each of the following options.

Choose one of the following courses:

  • 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

Choose one of the following courses:

  • 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-370 Jewish, Islamic, & Christian Spain

    Prerequisites:

    Take SPAN 290 or SPAN 300 or Instructor's consent. SPAN 350 is strongly recommended

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of the diverse facets of Jewish-Muslim-Christian convivencia (dwelling together, coexistence). The course focuses on religious, cultural, economic and psychological aspects of contemporary Spain which owe their very existence to the history of multiculturalism in Spain. Visits to significant cities such as Toledo, will offer the student the possibility of experiencing first-hand the rich and diverse cultural heritage of present-day Spain. The primary goal of this course is to offer examples of peaceful and fruitful cooperation among the three major religions of the world and to prove that such an ideal is not a utopia. (Madrid campus only)

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose one of the following courses:

  • 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 indigenous and colonial Latin America highlighting Pre-Columbian history and culture: in particular the Mayan, Incan, and Aztec civilizations and the Spanish conquest. This course seeks to give students a general understanding of the foundational elements of Latin American society to enable them to better understand modern Latin American culture. Prerequisites: Spanish 202, 203 or Instructor's consent. Span 290 or 300 strongly recommended. Normally offered alternate years. 4 credits. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

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

  • SPAN-303 Modern and Contemporary Latin America

    Prerequisites:

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

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A historical and cultural survey of Latin America and the Caribbean from the era of independence (1800) to the present day. Among the themes examined will be post-colonialism and nation-building, economic development and modernization, race and ethnicity, authoritarianism and democratization, inter-American relations, and the contributions of Spanish-speaking minorities within the United States. Prerequisites: Spanish 202, 203 or Instructor's consent. Span 290 or 300 strongly recommended.


Note:

A maximum of two courses from the following list can count toward the major:
  • 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. Occasionally the course includes films produced in the United States that are directed by Hispanic filmmakers or that illustrate the significance of Hispanic culture in North America. Films in Spanish with English subtitles. Discussions in English. All majors and minors are expected to complete their written assignments in Spanish. Cultural Diversity B. Prerequisite: None. SPAN 290 or 300 are strongly recommended. Normally offered alternate years. 4 credits.

    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

    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

A maximum of 4 courses taken at other institutions or as part of a department-approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country may apply toward 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.

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.

Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements: 6 courses, 24 credits

Prerequisites (2 courses, 8 credits):

  • 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

Choose one of the following courses:

  • 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

  • SPAN-203 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

    Prerequisites:

    SPAN 201 or or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A writing and reading intensive course for students who are thinking about minoring and possibly majoring in Spanish. There will be a brief review of grammar, but the primary materials will come from the textbook, LAZOS,with ancillary materials from the print media and audio-visual sources. A weekly tertulia will be required instead of language lab.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

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

Advanced Courses (4 courses, 16 credits):

The courses must be above 290 and must include one from each of the following options.

Choose one of the following courses:

  • 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

Choose one of the following courses:

  • 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-370 Jewish, Islamic, & Christian Spain

    Prerequisites:

    Take SPAN 290 or SPAN 300 or Instructor's consent. SPAN 350 is strongly recommended

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of the diverse facets of Jewish-Muslim-Christian convivencia (dwelling together, coexistence). The course focuses on religious, cultural, economic and psychological aspects of contemporary Spain which owe their very existence to the history of multiculturalism in Spain. Visits to significant cities such as Toledo, will offer the student the possibility of experiencing first-hand the rich and diverse cultural heritage of present-day Spain. The primary goal of this course is to offer examples of peaceful and fruitful cooperation among the three major religions of the world and to prove that such an ideal is not a utopia. (Madrid campus only)

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose one of the following courses:

  • 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 indigenous and colonial Latin America highlighting Pre-Columbian history and culture: in particular the Mayan, Incan, and Aztec civilizations and the Spanish conquest. This course seeks to give students a general understanding of the foundational elements of Latin American society to enable them to better understand modern Latin American culture. Prerequisites: Spanish 202, 203 or Instructor's consent. Span 290 or 300 strongly recommended. Normally offered alternate years. 4 credits. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

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

  • SPAN-303 Modern and Contemporary Latin America

    Prerequisites:

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

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A historical and cultural survey of Latin America and the Caribbean from the era of independence (1800) to the present day. Among the themes examined will be post-colonialism and nation-building, economic development and modernization, race and ethnicity, authoritarianism and democratization, inter-American relations, and the contributions of Spanish-speaking minorities within the United States. Prerequisites: Spanish 202, 203 or Instructor's consent. Span 290 or 300 strongly recommended.

Note:

A maximum of 1 course from the following list can count toward the minor:
  • 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. Occasionally the course includes films produced in the United States that are directed by Hispanic filmmakers or that illustrate the significance of Hispanic culture in North America. Films in Spanish with English subtitles. Discussions in English. All majors and minors are expected to complete their written assignments in Spanish. Cultural Diversity B. Prerequisite: None. SPAN 290 or 300 are strongly recommended. Normally offered alternate years. 4 credits.

    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

    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 2 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.

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

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

Honors

In order to be considered for honors in  Spanish, a student must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Students interested in honors should consult with the department chair during the spring semester of the junior year. Qualifying students must have a 3.2 overall GPA as well as a 3.5 GPA in Spanish courses.
  2. Honors candidates should register for SPAN-502 in the fall semester of the senior year. Under the guidance of a faculty member, they will use this course to complete a research paper. This paper will be evaluated by all professors in the student’s field of study. If the evaluation is positive, the student will make an oral presentation of the paper in the spring.

    Suggested Course Sequence

    BA in French/Spanish – Sample Schedule

    Freshman Year (8 courses, 32 Credits)

    FR/SPAN 201-202 (8)
    Seminar for Freshmen (4)
    WRI 101-102 (8)* 
    MATH 128 or higher (4)
    STE requirement (4)
    Social Science requirement (4)

    Sophomore Year (8 courses, 32 Credits)

    FR 205/SPAN 290 or 300 (4)

    FR 301 or 302/SPAN 301 (4)

    FR Elective/SPAN 302 (4)

    History/Humanities requirement (4)

    STE requirement (4)

    Cultural Diversity A or B (4)

    Ethics Requirement (4)

    Free Elective or Minor (4)

    Junior Year (8 courses, 32 Credits)

    FR 309/SPAN Elective (4)

    FR 310/SPAN Elective (4)

    FR/SPAN Elective (4)

    Cultural Diversity A or B (4)

    Literature requirement (4)

    Social Science requirement (4)

    Free Elective or Minor (4)

    Free Elective or Minor (4)

    One course fulfilling Expanded Classroom Requirement OR Study Abroad (full year or spring semester)

    Senior Year (8 courses, 32 Credits)

    FR/SPAN Elective (4)

    FR/SPAN Elective OR FR/SPAN 502: Honors Thesis (fall semester) (4)

    Free Elective or Minor (4)

    Free Elective or Minor (4)

    Free Elective (4)

    Free Elective (4)

    Free Elective (4)

    Free Elective (4)

    *First Year Writing Requirement: A student may be assigned to other writing courses or may be invited to take WRI-H103. Students required to complete ENG-099 may be allowed to waive WRI-101 with a grade of “B” or better and the approval of the English department. Students who are invited to complete WRI-H103 and earn a “B” or better satisfy the two Writing Requirements. Waiving a course does not earn credits.