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Undergraduate: Spanish Language and Literature

  • Program Overview

    Spanish Language and Literature (SPN)

    Spanish studies involve language, literature, cultural history, and linguistics as applied to Spain, Spa­nish America, and Latino communities in the United States. The field combines the humanities and the social sciences to give the student an understanding of the diverse aspects of Hispanic culture.

    Because so many facets of North Ame­rican life-business, industry, commerce, communications media, the arts, science, and technology-have become truly in­ternational in scope, many career opportunities exist for persons with language skills and knowledge of other cultures. A student majoring in Spanish could begin preparation for a career in any of these fields as well as in teaching. A student minoring in Spanish could combine such studies with plans for governmental service, international business, the health professions, or a major in another language and literature.

    The Department offers a major program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature and a minor in Spanish. Students wishing to major in Spanish should consult with a Departmental advisor to choose individual programs.

    Placement

    Entering students who wish to continue the study of Spanish started in high school should consult a departmental advisor to help them choose the appropriate course.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major and the Minor in Spanish Language and Literature (SPN)

    Requirements for the Major in Spanish Language and Literature (SPN)

    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 211,  SPN 212, and  SPN 310/SPN 311  completed through Challenge examinations). All courses in Spanish must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

    Completion of the major requires 33-42 credits, depending on language placement. See https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/llrc/placement_challenge_exams/challenge_exam.html for placement exam information. A double major requires 30-36 credits. (See notes 1 and 2, below).

    Required Courses:

    A. Intermediate Spanish Language Courses:

    There are several ways to satisfy this requirement. Please choose one of the four options listed below depending on your proficiency and/or interests:

    1. SPN 211 Intermediate Spanish I, SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II (6 credits)
    2. SPN 214 Intermediate Medical Spanish I, SPN 215 Intermediate Medical Spanish II (6 credits)
    3. SPN 213 Intermediate Spanish for Speakers of Spanish (3 credits) 
    4. equivalent proficiency satisfied through permission of the department or through the placement or the challenge exam.

    B. Required Advanced Courses:

    • SPN 311 Spanish Conversation and Composition  OR SPN 310 Spanish Grammar and Composition for Students of Hispanic-American background
    • SPN 312 Introduction to Literary Studies
    • SPN 321 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
    • SPN 393  Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
    • 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 and Culture I
      • SPN 398 Introduction to Spanish Literature and Culture II

    C. Elective Advanced Courses in Hispanic Linguistics, Literature, and Culture:

    • Five additional courses in upper-division SPN courses chosen in consultation with the Departmental advisor. 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. S/U graded courses such as SPN 475 and SPN 488 do not count towards fulfillment of this requirement.

    D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

    • Beginning Fall 2014, all students who complete SPN 321 will have satisfied the upper-division writing requirement for the major as well as the university WRTD requirement. 

    Notes:

    1. Students with enough language proficiency to satisfy requirement A will complete a total of 36 credits. Students who need to take  SPN 211  and  SPN 212  or  SPN 214  and  SPN 215  will complete a total of 42 credits. Students with Spanish-speaking background can begin the major by taking  SPN 213  or  SPN 310 , depending on their Spanish written proficiency. 

    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. 

    The Honors Program in Spanish

    To be awarded honors, a Department major must
    1) maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in Spanish courses taken for the major; and
    2) write a senior thesis judged worthy of honors. Students eligible to write a senior thesis must find a member of the Depart­ment faculty to act as a thesis advisor and enroll in  SPN 495. The thesis topic must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies, the chairperson, and the thesis advisor. The thesis is evaluated by the thesis advisor, another member of the Spanish faculty, and a third reader from outside the Depart­ment. Application to the honors program must be made during Prime Time the semester prior to registering for the program.

    Spanish Secondary Teacher Education Program

    See the Education and Teacher Certifi­cation entry in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs.

    Requirements for the Minor in Spanish Language and Literature (SPN)

    All courses in Spanish offered to fulfill minor requirements must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. At least nine credits of upper-division Spanish courses must be earned at Stony Brook to complete the minor.

    Completion of the minor requires 18-24 credits, depending on language placement (see note 1 below). 

    A. Intermediate Spanish Language Courses:

    There are several ways to satisfy this requirement. Please choose one of the four options listed below depending on your proficiency and/or interests:

    1. SPN 211 Intermediate Spanish I, SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II (6 credits)
    2. SPN 214 Intermediate Medical Spanish I, SPN 215 Intermediate Medical Spanish II (6 credits)
    3. SPN 213 Intermediate Spanish for Speakers of Spanish (3 credits) 
    4. equivalent proficiency satisfied through permission of the department or through the placement or the challenge exam.

    B. Required Advanced Courses (9 credits):

    • SPN 311 Spanish Conversation and Composition  OR SPN 310 Spanish Grammar and Composition for Students of Hispanic-American background
    • SPN 312 Introduction to Literary Studies
    • SPN 321 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

    C. Elective Advanced Courses (9 credits):

    • THREE other upper-division (i.e., 300-level or higher) SPN courses, one of which must be at the 400 level. S/U graded courses such as SPN 475 and SPN 488 do not count towards fulfillment of this requirement.

    Notes:

    1. Students with enough language proficiency to satisfy requirement A will complete a total of 18 credits. Students who need to take SPN 211 and SPN 212 or SPN 214 and SPN 215 will complete a total of 24 credits. Students with Spanish-speaking background can begin the Minor by taking SPN 213 or SPN 310, depending on their Spanish written proficiency. 

    Study Abroad

    Language majors and other interested students who would like to spend a semester or a year studying abroad should consult the director of under­graduate studies prior to going abroad. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Spanish

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    SPN 211 3
    SBC 3
    SBC 3
    SBC  3
     Total 16
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    SPN 212 3
    SBC 3
    SBC 3
    Elective  3
     Total 16
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
    SPN 311  3
    SBC 3
    SBC 3
    Elective 3
    Elective  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    SPN 312 3
    SBC 3
    SBC 3
    Elective 3
    Elective
     3
     Total 15
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
    Upper-division elective 3
    SPN upper-division elective 3
    SPN 321 3
    SPN 391  3
    SBC  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    SPN 393 3
    SPN 395 3
    SPN 396 3
    SBC 3
    Elective 3
     Total 15
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
    SPN 400-level elective  3
    SPN 400-level elective  3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
    Elective  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    SPN 400-level elective 3
    Upper-division SBC 3
    Upper-division SBC 3
    Elective 3
    Elective 3
     Total 15

      

  • Contact

    Spanish Language and Literature (SPN)

    Major and Minor in Spanish Language and Literature

    Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

    Chair: Daniela Flesler

    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Joseph Pierce

    Office:  1055 Humanities Building 

    Phone: (631) 632-6935

    Website:  http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/hispanic/

    Minor of particular interest to students majoring in Spanish: Latin American and Caribbean studies (LAC)



     

     

     

     

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