Students in Puerto RicoWe live in a global and multicultural world that has increasing need of citizens who can communicate successfully beyond their native language and culture.

The program in Spanish enables you to develop language and interpersonal skills while acquiring a broad knowledge of literature and culture through study, practice and experience.

Through language courses that are at once traditional and innovative you will come to speak, read, comprehend, and write in a foreign language with facility and accuracy. Advanced courses in literature and culture will deepen your appreciation of the distinctiveness of the many countries and peoples you study. Opportunities to use your language skills are offered through Bridging Cultures courses, study abroad programs, internships and co-ops.

As a Spanish student, you will examine the cultures of Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Hispanic culture in the United States through language, literature, history and the arts.

A unique feature of the curriculum is the seminar Mediterranean Studies, which brings together advanced language majors and some minors in a capstone experience.

University of AlhambraThe course explores through language, literature, and art the interactions between the societies and cultures in North Africa, west Asia, the Middle East, and southern Europe, from late prehistory to the present.

Are you wondering what you can do with a concentration in languages? Well, practically anything you want to! Over 100 years of our graduates have used their language proficiency in careers outside the home that cover the entire spectrum of the fields of learning, from the humanities to the social sciences to math and the natural sciences.

The Spanish Program introduces students to the contributions of Spanish and Spanish American culture and thought through language, literature, history and the arts. Students achieve oral and written proficiency in Spanish through conversation, reading and writing assignments, and through research and creative projects. They also acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the different cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Our graduates pursue graduate work and careers in education, social work, translation and interpretation, communication and international organizations.

Required Courses

The major in Spanish consists of 36 credits earned in courses taken beyond the elementary level. SPA 101-SPA 102 do not count toward the major.

Students who elect Spanish as part of a double major may work out a special program in consultation with the program director.

  • SPA 301 - Contemporary Hispanic Readings 3 cr. OR SPA 309 - Hispanic Readings 3 cr.
  • SPA 304 - Composition and Style 3 cr.
  • SPA 312 - Conversation (Advanced or for the Professions) OR SPA 315 - Advanced Conversation 3 cr. (Advanced or for the Professions)
  • SPA 320 - Spanish Culture and Civilization 3 cr. OR SPA 322 - Spanish American Culture and Civilization 3 cr.
  • SPA 490 - Capstone Seminar: Mediterranean Studies 3 cr.
  • Senior Thesis written in Spanish for students wishing to graduate with departmental honors.
  • Remaining 9 credits (3 classes) are electives

Two of the following:

  • SPA 403 - Poetry of the Golden Age 3 cr.
  • SPA 417 - Cervantes: Don Quixote 3 cr.
  • SPA 419 - Spanish Caribbean Literature 3 cr.
  • SPA 422 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature 3 cr.

Two of the following:

  • SPA 427 - Latino/a Literature in the United States 3 cr.
  • SPA 446 - Crossing Cultural Borders: Life Stories of Hispanic and African Women Writers in the Americas 3 cr.
  • SPA 485 - Independent Study 3 cr.
  • SPA 489 - Special Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture 3 cr.

Minor - 18 credits

  • SPA 203 - Intermediate Conversation 3 cr.
  • SPA 205 - Intermediate Spanish Writing 3 cr.
  • SPA 301 - Contemporary Hispanic Readings 3 cr.
  • Remaining 9 credits (3 classes) are electives

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Students in a marketStudents are encouraged through advisement and college grants to take a semester or summer abroad in order to experience the living culture of the language and to communicate with native speakers in both academic and social settings.

Our language students have engaged in university study in Alicante and Granada in Spain; Rome; and Paris and Tours, in France — sites chosen by their faculty mentors for the quality of the programs and living-learning arrangements. Our students profit from our affiliation with the American Institute for Foreign Study and our participation in a regional college consortium for study abroad.

Scholarships that fund half the cost of a semester or summer abroad are available from the Russel and Deborah Taylor Foundation for Semester Abroad Study. Awards are granted each year; any student in the School of Arts & Sciences or School of Nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply.

Students can also take Bridging Cultures courses, which are classroom-based sessions during the academic semester, followed by a trip to a selected country, lasting seven to 10 days. Recent courses have taken groups of students to Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, Spain, and Quebec.

Bridging Cultures

Students in SegoviaBridging Cultures courses include classroom-based sessions during the academic semester followed by a 7- to 10-day trip to a selected country. Courses have focused on Oaxaca, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, Québec and Paris.

Accompanied by CNR faculty, students reside in hotels, guest houses, or college residences. They visit sites of historical and cultural interest, sample local foods, attend lectures and performances, and give on-site presentations. They also participate in service learning experiences, such as educational programs for children, community activities for people with special needs and interview local politicians. Each student carries out a self designed project in her major field of study.

In Spring 2013, 11 students in the School of Arts & Sciences got an overview of the history, culture, and current issues of Spain direct from the source, traveling to the country over spring break via the Bridging Cultures program.

Led by Dr. Anne McKernan, professor of history, and Dr. Nereida Segura-Rico, professor of Spanish, the group visited the cities of Barcelona, Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo.

Students actually took on the role of tour guides as they visited museums, places of worship, and other sites of interest, performing research beforehand. They also led discussions of their readings at the relevant sites.

Students with knowledge of Spanish were encouraged to use and hone their language skills.

Highlights of the trip included La Boqueria, a large public market, and Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Barcelona. In Madrid, the students toured the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, and watched a flamenco performance. Day trips to Segovia and Toledo featured visits to cathedrals and synagogues.

Students kept a daily log of their activities and reflections, which they used as the basis of their presentations a week after returning home.