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 36-42 credits, depending on language placement. See https://llrc.stonybrook.edu/placement-exams for placement exam information. A double major requires 30-36 credits. (See notes 1 and 2, below).

  • Required Basic Spanish Language Courses: SPN 211 Intermediate Spanish I and SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II (6 credits, or the equivalent proficiency satisfied through permission of the department, or through the placement or the challenge exam).

  • Required Basic Courses: (24 credits)
      • SPN 311 Spanish Conversation and Composition (or SPN 310 Spanish Grammar and Composition for Students of Hispanic-American Background)  (See Note 3, below.)
      • SPN 312 Introduction to Literary Studies
      • SPN 321 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition 
      • SPN 391 The Culture and Civilization of Spain or SPN 392 The Culture and Civilization of Spanish America 
    • 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 397 Introduction to Spanish Literature I
    • SPN 393 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • 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.

  • 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 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 should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Notes:

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. 

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 upper-division 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). See https://llrc.stonybrook.edu/placement-exams for placement exam information.

A. Basic Spanish Language Courses: SPN 211, SPN 212 (6 credits, or the equivalent proficiency satisfied through permission of the department, or through the placement or the challenge exam).

B. Required Basic 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

C. Advanced Elective Courses

  • Three other upper-division SPN courses, two of which must be at the 400 level. 

Note: Students with enough language proficiency to satisfy requirement A will complete a total of 18 credits. Students who need to take SPN 211 and 212 will complete a total of 24 credits.

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. See also the Study Abroad entry in the section titled "Special Academic Opportunities."