Daniela Flesler, Undergraduate Studies Director
Melville Library N-3018, (631) 632-6031

Requirements for the Major in Spanish Languages and Literature (SPN) [Printable PDF here]

The major in Spanish language and literature leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses offered for the major must be taken for a letter grade (except that S is acceptable for SPN 311 and 310 completed through Challenge examinations). All upper-division courses in Spanish must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. 
Completion of the major requires 36 credits [a double major requires 30 credits].

For information on Placement in Spanish classes and Placement exams, see here.

A. Required Basic Courses

    1. SPN 311 Spanish Conversation and Composition
      or SPN 310 Spanish Grammar and Composition for Students of Hispanic-American Background
    2. SPN 312 Introduction to Literary Studies
      (Note: Challenge examinations are given only for SPN 311. See notes below).
    3. SPN 321 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
    4. SPN 391 The Culture and Civilization of Spain or SPN 392 The Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
    5. Three courses from:
      SPN 395 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature I
      SPN 396 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature II
      SPN 397 Introduction to Spanish Literature I
      SPN 398 Introduction to Spanish Literature II
    6. SPN 393 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

B. Advanced Courses in Hispanic Linguistics, Literature, and Culture

Twelve additional credits in upper-division SPN courses chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor (HUL 324, HUS 361, HUS 371 and HUS 390 are also acceptable). A maximum of three credits of SPN 447 is applicable toward this requirement. At least three of the upper-division courses for the major must be 400 level. For double majors, at least two must be in the 400 level. 300 level courses in the above list that are in excess of the required number may also count in this category.

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

To demonstrate their proficiency in writing English, Spanish majors must present either two 4-5 page papers or one 8-10 page paper. Students have the option of submitting a paper written in English for an upper level course in another department or translating into English a paper originally written in Spanish for an upper level SPN class. It must be submitted before the end of the first semester of their senior year to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Papers are judged for clarity, accuracy and appropriateness of style by a faculty committee. 


  • Students of Spanish-speaking background may take the Challenge examination for SPN 310/311. See the general university policies on Challenge Exams.
  • The department requires transfer students to take at least 18 credits of Spanish courses in residence at Stony Brook to complete a Spanish major.
  •  For Major/Minor declaration form click here.

Updated Jan 2014

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