Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature
Program Contact: Luis Arata 203-582-8658
The study of Spanish Language and Literature offers a number of advantages. In addition to major cultural benefits, the study of how important populations outside and within our borders communicate from day to day enhances the individual’s value in the workplace.
The program has three components: Spanish language (written and oral); culture of Spain and Latin America; and major literary works in Spanish.
Students undertaking the Spanish major are prepared for careers dependent in part on facility with the language and familiarity with the culture. These include employment in international business, journalism and mass communications, health care, government, education, criminal justice and law, among others. The Spanish major requires completion of 36 credits, with a grade of C or higher. At least 18 credits of the 36 credits required for the major must be completed on campus.
Double majors are encouraged.
The department rewards students who do outstanding work in Spanish language courses with membership in Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish language honor society.
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 1880 to Present|
|Nineteenth-Century Literature of Spain|
|Spanish Drama and Poetry of the Golden Age|
|Survey of 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 Arts and 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.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature, students will demonstrate the following proficiences:
1. Oral and Written Communication: Attain a high degree of linguistic proficiency in spoken and written expression.
2. Critical and Creative Thinking: Re-envision new ways to think about themselves and the rich multidimensionality of the world in which they live.
3. Diversity Awareness and Sensitivity: Demonstrate intercultural competency to interpret and address complex problems that require knowledge and understanding of diverse perspectives to work collaboratively and constructively with others.
4. Analysis: Evaluate ideas, sources and contexts to base arguments on evidence and reason.
Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences
The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.
Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.
For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.
Seamless Transfer Agreement with Gateway Community College (GCC), Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Norwalk Community College (NCC)
Under this Transfer Agreement, GCC, HCC and NCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Quinnipiac University on the condition that they:
- Graduate with an associate in arts, an associate in science in business, College of Technology engineering science, nursing or an allied health degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (this may be higher in specific programs).
- Satisfy all other Quinnipiac University transfer admission requirements and requirements for intended major.
Quinnipiac University agrees to accept the general education embedded in these associate degree programs in accordance with Quinnipiac preferred choices for general education as meeting all the requirements of its undergraduate general education except for the Integrative Capstone Experience and where courses are encumbered by the major (e.g., General Chemistry for the Disciplinary Inquiry Natural Science requirement for a Biochemistry major).
Suggested Transfer Curriculum for BA in Spanish
A minimum of 60 credits is required for transfer into the BA in Spanish program. Below is a recommended plan of study for the first two years prior to matriculation at Quinnipiac University.
|Elementary Spanish I||4|
|Elementary Spanish II||4|
|Intermediate Spanish I||3|
|Intermediate Spanish II||3|
Quinnipiac encourages transfer students to consider studying abroad at Colegio Delibes in Salamanca, Spain, during the summer after the sophomore year. Students could take "Intensive Course A" for 5 weeks and 100 contact hours to transfer SP 301 and SP 302 to Quinnipiac, or could study for 4 weeks for credits for SP 301 only. For more information on this study-abroad opportunity, please contact Professor Aileen Dever.