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)
- Three courses from:
- SPN 393 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Advanced Courses in Hispanic Linguistics, Literature, and Culture (15 credits)
Five 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
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.
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.
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.
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."