2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 25, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish Language, Literature and Culture, BA

M. Emma Ticio Quesada
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
328 HB Crouse


Gail Bulman, Kathryn Everly, Stephanie Fetta, Myrna García-Calderón, Alejandro García-Reidy, Alicia Rios, Maria Emma Ticio Quesada


The B.A. in Spanish language, literature, and culture offers cross-disciplinary exposure to the various literary genres and linguistic analyses of Spanish, South American, Central American, Caribbean, and Latino cultures. The language and history of the regions encourage students to formulate diverse theoretical models and cultural perspectives, which may be applied to a variety of career options. Courses range from the beginning level through a series of 300- and 400-level courses that allow students to pursue a major or minor in Spanish. All students with more than one year of high school Spanish are required to take a placement examination, which is given every fall. Students who do not take the exam in the fall should consult the Spanish language coordinator about their placement. The examination is a requirement for all students regardless of class standing.

First-year students need permission to enroll in courses numbered 300 or above. SPA 202  or its equivalent is a prerequisite for courses numbered 300 and above. Students, including transfers, with credits earned in Spanish, should consult the major advisor of Spanish as early as possible. Early consultation is also important for students with little or no preparation in Spanish so they may be sure to satisfy prerequisites and requirements within four years.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to narrate and describe in the major time frames with good control of aspect

2. Understand conventional narrative and descriptive texts of any length

3. Comprehend narrative and descriptive texts of any length. They are able to go beyond comprehension of the facts in a text and to begin to recognize author-intended inferences. They show an emerging awareness of the aesthetic properties of language

4. Writing demonstrates narration and description with detail in all major time frames with good control of aspect

5. Demonstrate cultural awareness of the specificity of the different areas of study

6. Analyze and understand linguistic manifestations of the Spanish-speaking world

7. Analyze and critique literary texts of the Spanish-speaking world

8. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the varied culture within the Spanish-speaking world, giving examples from art, history, geography, literature, religion, politics, film and music

Study Abroad

To become fluent in the language and to learn about other cultures and people, students are encouraged to study abroad for a semester or a year. Syracuse University’s programs in Madrid, Spain and Santiago de Chile allow students to take fully accredited courses in Spanish language and literature, anthropology, fine arts, history, political science, and public communication. Students should take all of their courses in Spanish. Students choosing Spanish as a major are encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad program in Madrid or Santiago. Through the Dominican Republic Consortium students also have the opportunity to study in the Caribbean. For further information, contact the Spanish program coordinator or Syracuse University Abroad, 106 Walnut Place.

Major Requirements

The major in Spanish consists of 30 credits in upper division courses taught in Spanish. Three credits from SPA 202  may be applied to the major. SPA 301 - Approaches to Reading Texts  is a requirement for all majors and minors. It is recommended that students take SPA 301  immediately following SPA 202  and before entering any 400-level course. At least 6 credits of 300-level courses should be taken before entering the 400 level, but it is not a requirement. Six courses (18 credits) are required at the 400 level and must include the following distribution:

2 courses in Spanish Peninsular Literature, 2 courses in Latin American Literature, 1 course in Latino Literature, and 1 course in Spanish Linguistics. Courses with the number 400 are special topics courses and will be accepted as distribution requirements according to the course title. Courses offered through SU Abroad in Madrid and in Santiago, Chile that have been approved by the Spanish program will be accepted for distribution requirements. At least 15 credits of SPA coursework must be taken on the Syracuse campus.


Latino Literature requirement