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

Requirements:

The major consists of at least 32 semester hours of advanced language, literature, and civilization courses, including 20 semester hours of core requirements. Students are encouraged to improve their language skills through study abroad. They can count up to 16 credits of coursework towards the Spanish major taken in one of the approved study-abroad programs.

Upon return from study-abroad, students are expected to complete at least 4 credits towards the major at Simmons. Otherwise, students are expected to take all classes for the major 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 Colleges of the Fenway offerings. Granada Travel Courses are considered Simmons courses.

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 253TC Social & Political Issues in Modern Spain
  • 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 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.

Recommendations: Proficiency in a second modern language beyond the intermediate level is strongly recommended for all Spanish majors.

Capstone experience:

Majors in Spanish will start fulfilling the capstone requirement by taking a 300 level literature or civilization course either during their junior year or Fall semester of their senior year. After taking the class, students will write a research paper in the language studied, and give a formal presentation to faculty and students in the Department

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.

Departmental Honors:

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. Thesis in the spring. Honor students fulfilling the capstone experience with an Honor Thesis must give a formal presentation about their research project at the end of that semester.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Spanish consists of five courses above the 202 level to be distributed 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
Faculty
    Danisa Bonacic
    • Danisa Bonacic
    • Associate Professor and Chair of Modern Languages
    • Phone: 617-521-2230
    • Office: C316I
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    • Pia Cuneo-Ruiz
    • Lecturer in Modern Languages & Literatures
    • Phone: 617-521-2166
    • Office: C316D
    Dolores Pelaez
    Max Ehrsam
    • Max Ehrsam
    • Lecturer in Modern Languages & Literatures
    • Office: C316E
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