Languages are best learned through speaking them. You’ll hone your skills and build confidence through one-on-one conversations and class discussions, and you’ll expand your knowledge of Spanish and the Hispanic culture through a wide range of courses. A degree in Spanish helps to prepare you for a successful career in fields such as international business, law, health care, journalism and teaching.
Aside from exploring subjects as varied as Mayan art, pre-Columbian civilizations and modern poetry, you also have opportunities to study abroad in Spain and throughout Spanish America. Recent students have successfully completed programs in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Seville, Costa Rica and other exciting places.
Quinnipiac’s Albert Schweitzer Institute offers you a unique portal to Central America by sponsoring service trips and partnering with other organizations that have created opportunities for our students to complete projects in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua. One grant from the Arias Foundation, for example, offers the opportunity for a yearlong internship in Costa Rica to work on issues of human rights, good governance, education and social studies.
Curriculum and Requirements
BA in Spanish Language and Literature Curriculum
Students majoring in Spanish Language and Literature must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|University Curriculum 1||46|
|College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 2||21-24|
|Spanish Core Requirements|
|Written and oral fluency in Spanish:|
|Complete the following or their equivalent:||9|
|Advanced Spanish I|
|Advanced Spanish II|
|Advanced Conversation 3|
|Cultural literacy, including a familiarity with Hispanic cultures and fine arts, historical and sociopolitical matters, and/or linguistics:|
|Complete 12 credits in courses on Spanish culture or Spanish American culture taught in Spanish||12|
Possible courses include:
|Culture of Spain|
|History of the Romance Languages|
|Latin American Cultures I|
|Latin American Cultures II|
|The Spanish Caribbean|
|Knowledge of major works of literature written in Spanish:|
|Complete 12 credits in courses on Spanish or Spanish-American literature taught in Spanish||12|
Possible courses include:
|Approaches to Literary Genres|
|Masterpieces of Spanish Literature|
|Spanish American Literature from the Conquest to 1880|
|Spanish American Literature from 1880 to Present|
|Nineteenth Century Literature of Spain|
|Spanish Drama and Poetry of the Golden Age|
|Contemporary Literature in Spanish|
|Complete Senior Seminar|
|SP 450||Senior Seminar||3|
All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.
Students must complete the College of Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.
This course might be waived for students with demonstrated proficiency in oral Spanish—those students would take 3 additional credits in cultural literacy or knowledge of major works of literature written in Spanish.
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum
The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.
In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.
For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.
For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.)
A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.
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