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 36-42 credits, depending on language placement. 

See here for placement exam information.

A double major requires 30-36 credits. (See notes 1 and 2, below).

A. Required Basic Spanish Language Courses: 

SPN 211 Intermediate Spanish I and SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II (6 credits, or the equivalent proficiency satisfied through placement or challenge exam).

B. Required Basic Courses: (24 credits)

1. SPN 311 Spanish Conversation and Composition (or SPN 310 Spanish Grammar and Composition for Students of Hispanic-American Background)  (See Note 3, below.)
2. SPN 312 Introduction to Literary Studies
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

C. Advanced Courses in Hispanic Linguistics, Literature, and Culture: (12 credits)

Four additional courses in upper-division SPN courses chosen in consultation with the Departmental advisor. (HUL 324 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. 300-level courses in the above list that are in excess of the required number may also count in this category.

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: To demonstrate their proficiency in writing, Spanish majors must present either two 4-5 page papers or one 8-10 page paper. It must be submitted before the end of their senior year to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Beginning Fall 2014, all students who complete SPN 321, certified as per the new SBC for the category “WRTD” (Write Effectively within One’s Discipline”) will have satisfied the writing requirement.


1. Those students with enough language proficiency to satisfy requirement A will complete a total of 36 credits. The students who need to take SPN 211 and 212 will complete a total of 42 credits.

2. The Department requires transfer students to take at least 18 credits of Spanish courses in residence at Stony Brook to complete a Spanish major.

 3. Students of Spanish-speaking background may take the Challenge examination for SPN 310/311.

*Revised May 2014

General information

For Major/Minor declaration form click here.

See past events

Spring 2016

Two talks by

Prof. Adalberto Müller (Univ Federal Fluminense, Brazil)

Do samba à bossa nova: um panorama
Monday, February 8, 6-7:20 PM. Melville Library, Room N3060
This talk will be in Portuguese.


War and Representation in the Brazilian sertão: João Guimarães Rosa and Glauber Rocha
Wednesday, February 10, 3-4:30 pm. Melville Library, Room N3060.
This talk will be in English



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