The ability to speak Spanish is a critical skill in today's world.

You'll learn to speak and write articulately in Spanish, and immerse yourself in Spanish culture from history to literature. Our students are ambitious, compassionate and diligent, broadening their understanding of issues and perspectives in Spanish and Hispanic American cultures.

No matter your career path, fluency in the Spanish language will set you apart from the competition. We encourage our students to develop their global perspective through study abroad opportunities. Our students go on to successful careers in fields such as law, health, business, government and education.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements

Four semester hours of advanced work in language:

  • SPAN 245 Conversation and Composition

Four semester hours of Spanish or Hispanic American civilization, selected from:

  • SPAN 310 The Making of Spain: Studies in Spanish Culture
  • SPAN 312 Society and Politics in Latin America: The Collision of Two Worlds and the Search for Identity
  • SPAN 314 Hispanic Culture as Seen Through Film

Four semester hours of introduction to Spanish or Hispanic American literature, selected from:

  • SPAN 265 20th-Century Hispanic Short Story
  • SPAN 266 Imagination, Freedom, and Repression in Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 269 The Image of the Bourgeoisie in the 19th- and 20th-Century Spanish Novel

Eight semester hours of advanced work in literature and culture, selected from:

  • SPAN 320 The World of Don Quijote
  • SPAN 322 Love, War, and Parody in Medieval and Contemporary Spanish Fiction
  • SPAN 332 Contemporary Fiction in Latin America
  • SPAN 336 Latin American Women Writers
  • SPAN 395 Seminar: Special Topics in Spanish

Twelve semester hours of elective courses in language, literature, civilization, or fieldwork.

Departmental Honors
Candidates for honors in Spanish are expected to fulfill the College's requirements for departmental honors. In addition, students register for SPAN 350 Independent Study in the fall semester. Upon satisfactory completion of that course and with departmental approval, they register for SPAN 355 Senior Thesis in the spring.

Study Abroad
Students may be granted credit for the satisfactory completion of a prescribed program in duly recognized study-abroad programs, provided each proposal is recommended and approved by the school or department concerned, the study-abroad advisor, and the administrative board. If considering language study, students should explore the options as early as possible to assure adequate preparation.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Spanish consists of five courses above the 202 level to be distrubuted as follows:

  • SPAN 245
  • One civilization course
  • One literature course
  • Two electives

Students are encouraged to improve their language skills through study abroad. They can count up to 8 credits of course work towards the Spanish minor taken in one of the approved study-aboard programs. Otherwise, students are expected to take all classes for the minor at Simmons with the possibility of transferring courses by petition and only in cases of extreme hardship. The department reserves the right to deny a transfer of credit from any institution, including College of the Fenway offerings. Granada Travel Courses are considered Simmons courses. Nursing students going to the GRIIS program for the semester will be allowed to transfer up to 12 credits towards their minor in Spanish.

Customize Your Program

We encourage our students to tailor the Spanish major to fit their interests. Simmons offers many dual-major and minor options. Your advisor will help you develop the best path to meet your personal and professional goals.

We also offer a minor in Spanish for students majoring in other areas. The minor in Spanish consists of five courses above the 202 level to be distributed as follows:

  • SPAN 245 Conversation and Composition
  • one civilization course
  • one literature course
  • two electives

Students are encouraged to study abroad but are expected to take a minimum of 12 semester hours of departmental offerings in Spanish at Simmons.

Internships and Research

Internships and study abroad are a key component of the Spanish major. In a cultural center like Boston, there are myriad opportunities to build your skills, résumé, and networking relationships with organizations in the city and beyond.  Our students have worked in the following institutions as interns:

  • Hyde Square Task Force
  • Latin American Health institute in Boston
  • Consumer Quality Initiatives
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