Department of Modern Languages & Classics
The following programs are available in the area of Spanish and Hispanic Culture: a major, a minor, a concentration, and a Certificate in Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies.
Major in Spanish or Hispanic Studies
A major in Hispanic Studies (SPS) consists of at least thirty-six (36) credit hours, twenty-four (24) of which must be at the 3000 level or above. Courses counting towards the major are normally chosen from among the SPAN courses in language, literature and culture. After consultation with the Coordinator for Spanish or the Chairperson of Modern Languages and Classics, these can be supplemented (to a maximum of twelve (12) credit hours) by courses from other disciplines whose principal subjects are the arts, history or current reality of Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America.
Minor in Spanish or Hispanic Studies
A minor in Spanish consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours, with at least twelve (12) of these being at the 3000 level or above. Normally, the first twelve (12) credit hour courses for the minor will be 1000 and 2000 level Spanish language courses, followed by twelve (12) credit hours to be chosen from offerings in literature and cultural studies.
Students entering the minor program with previous knowledge of Spanish should consult the Coordinator for Spanish. A minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00 is required for courses in the minor program.
Certificate in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture (CER HPST)
The certificate program in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture is designed to provide linguistic and cultural knowledge to persons interested in studying and/or working in a Spanish-speaking country. It consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours and is intended for undergraduate students and persons already holding degrees in any discipline.
Minor in Latin American Studies
Students majoring in discipline other than Spanish may obtain a minor in Latin American Studies by completing the equivalent of twenty-four (24) credit hours approved for the program.
Admission to the certificate program requires a formal application for admission and the official approval of the Coordinator for Spanish. Application forms are available from the Registrar. Students majoring in Spanish at Saint Mary's University are not eligible for this program.
Eighteen (18) of the twenty-four (24) credit hours must be completed at Saint Mary's.
The program consists of twelve (12) required credit hours in language, SPAN 1100.0 and/or 2204.1(2), 2205.1(2), 2206.1(2) 2230.1(2) 2231.1(2), 3303.1(2), 3306.1(2) and / or and a number of optional credit hours. These optional credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above and will be chosen from the following courses:
- SPAN 3304.1(2) Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America
- SPAN 3305.1(2) Contemporary Spanish Society
- SPAN 3310.1(2) Latin American Culture
- SPAN 4404.1(2) 20th Century Latin American Literature I
- SPNA 4406.1(2) 20th Century Latin American Literature II
- SPNA 4407.1(2) 20th Century Spanish Literature I
- SPNA 4409.1(2) 20th Century Spanish Literature II
- SPAN 4423.1(2) Independent Study I
- SPAN 4424.1(2) Independent Study II
- HIST 2375.0 Modern Latin America
- HIST 3402.0 Aspects of Global History
Other courses are possible, subject to the approval of the Coordinator for Spanish.
A minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00 in this certificate program is required.
Students who have completed all the courses without being officially admitted to the program will not be accredited.