Why Study Spanish?
- Spanish is spoken by 300 million people in 19 nations and Puerto Rico, and it is the second most spoken language in the U.S.
- Career opportunities in the professions, in business, industry, and governmental and non-governmental organizations are greatly enhanced for those who can combine their professional credentials with proficiency in Spanish.
- Spanish is the language of Cervantes, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, García Lorca, García Márquez, Neruda, Isabel Allende, Picasso, Almodóvar, and Frida Kahlo.
- Study abroad changes the lives of students who spend a summer, a semester or a year in a Spanish-speaking country. Credits from programs in Spain or Spanish America can be used toward the major (up to four courses) or the minor (up to two courses).
- Our language, literature and culture courses make great Humanities Clusters.
- Spanish makes a great Double Major. Successful double majors have combined work in Spanish with majors in Biology, Psychology, History, Economics, Political Science, French, Music, English and Film Studies. Students often comment that their courses in Spanish offer smaller class size and unique opportunities for discussion and developing their writing skills.
- Spanish Majors have gone on to graduate programs in law, medicine, business, Spanish, education, and history. Our graduates work in international business, all of the professions, government, and non-governmental organizations.
Spanish Major Requirements
A Total of 11 courses:
- Three Spanish core courses: SP 200; SP 203; SP 202 or 204
- Spanish electives: Six additional courses above the 200-level in Spanish. With the approval of the Spanish advisor, students may use SP 151 and 152 or up to two upper-level courses from another department toward their six electives. One of the two culture courses (SP 205 or 206) is highly recommended for the major.
- Any CLT 101; or another CLT course approved by Spanish advisor.
- CLT 389 "Major Seminar" (Because the material in the Major Seminar applies to advanced work in the major, students are encouraged to enroll in the Major Seminar (CLT 389) in their junior year or even earlier.).
- Spanish Course Descriptions
Spanish Minor Requirements
A total of five courses in Spanish language, literature and culture, to be selected in consultation with the Spanish advisor. They usually start with SP 151 and may include SP 152, SP 200, and other 200-level courses. Students using SP157/207 (Spanish in Ecuador, Spain, Mexico) toward the minor must take at least one 4-credit course above SP200 as part of their minor program.
Minor in Latin American Studies
The minor in Latin American studies can serve to complement the student’s major field of concentration by giving him or her a broad view of Latin American cultures and their relations to the United States and the rest of the world.
Five courses with Latin American content are required for the minor, of which three must be at the 200-level from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and one each (total of two) from two different related areas such as history, political science, religion and anthropology. The minor must be approved by the Spanish section in its beginning stages. Study abroad in a Latin American country is strongly encouraged.
Normal offerings in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures include:
- SP 204. Spanish-American Literature: 1800 to Present
- SP 206. Spanish-American Cultures & Civilization
- SP 256. Contemporary Spanish-American Prose
- SP 257. Modern Spanish-American Theater and Poetry
- SP 260. Latin American Women Writers
- SP 261. Facing Facts: Spanish-American Nonfiction
- SP 262. Topics in Spanish-American Literature (Topics vary)
- SP 263. Topics in Afro-Hispanic Literature (Topics vary)
- HIS 203/ECO 252/AAS 252 Economies and Societies in Latin America and the Caribbean
- ANT 239 Latin American Immigration: Anthropology without Borders
- IR/PSC 261 Latin American Politics
Religion and Classics
- REL 234. Cry Freedom: Liberation Theologies
- REL 235 Religion and Society in Latin America
Other courses with approval of the Spanish undergraduate advisor.
Every course we offer fits into our clusters. You can also apply for an exception to one element of a cluster or design one of your own. Our approved clusters emphasize language study or combine language with literature and culture courses:
- Introduction to Spanish Studies
- Literature and Identity in Hispanic Societies
- Hispanic Cultures (Interdisciplinary cluster)
More information about the Spanish Clusters is available via the University's Cluster Search Engine, which can be found here.
Spanish Study Abroad/Summer (Ecuador, Mexico, Spain)
SP 157/207 UR Spanish study abroad is a four-week language and cultural immersion program in Ecuador, Granada, or Oaxaca. Travel to one of these sites with a faculty director. Frequent excursions to sites of cultural and historical importance combine with class study and language practice.
- SP 101 Elementary Spanish I
- SP 102 Elementary Spanish II
- SP 151 Intermediate Spanish I
- SP 152 Intermediate Spanish II
- SP 157 Spanish Study Abroad/Summer (Ecuador, Mexico, Spain)
- SP 200 Advanced Spanish Composition
Literature and Culture Courses
- SP 202 Intro. to Modern Spanish Literature
- SP 203 Early Hispanic Texts
- SP 204 Intro. to Spanish-American Literature, 1800 to Present
- SP 205 Spanish Culture
- SP 206 Spanish-American Cultures
- SP 207 Spanish Study Abroad/Summer (Ecuador, Mexico, Spain)
- SP 216 Picaresque Novel
- SP 217 El Quijote
- SP 218 Cervantes and Rise of the European Novel
- SP 219 Parallel Lives
- SP 220 Golden Age Drama
- SP 221 Woman in Hispanic Baroque
- SP 222 Sp-Amer. Colonial Literature
- SP 230 19th-Century Spanish Prose
- SP 231 Generation of 1898 and Modernismo
- SP 245 20th-Century Spanish Theater
- SP 246 Modern Spanish Prose
- SP 247 Modern Spanish Poetry
- SP 248 Spain's Transition to Democracy
- SP 249 Topics in Spanish Lit. and Cult.
- SP 255 20th-Century Sp-Amer. Theater
- SP 256 Contemp. Sp-Amer. Prose
- SP 257 Modern Sp-Amer. Poetry
- SP 258 Race & Gender in Afro-Hispanic Lit.
- SP 259 Hispanic Women and Globalization
- SP 260 Latin American Women Writers
- SP 261 Facing Facts: Nonfiction Lit.
- SP 262 Topics in Sp-Amer. Lit. and Cult.
- SP 263 Topics in Afro-Hispanic Literature
- SP 270 Popular Culture in Hispanic Societies
- SP 272 Visions of Utopia and Dystopia
- SP 280 Confessional Modes in Literature
- SP 281 Other Bodies
- SP 282 Spanish Film
- SP 287 Latin American Film
The College Board Subject Test Advanced Placement Scores or International Baccalaureate rankings assist departmental advisors in finding the right course level for you. Information on how you learned the language or languages you know will also help us advise you on the most appropriate courses for you in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. The first step is to take the online placement exam in Spanish. You will receive a score that will be used along with the survey information you provide and with any AP or IB scores you have submitted that will help determine your placement in a specific language course. Please note that any semester placement you may receive with your online numerical test scores are not University of Rochester placement rubrics.
Students will receive a “Course planning, placement, and recommendations” sheet with their language placement information from Academic Advising during Orientation and via email.
BETH E. JÖRGENSEN
Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. (Emory University), Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. (Cornell University), Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. (Washington University), Rush Rhees Chair and Professor of Spanish/Department Chair
Ed.D. (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Senior Lecturer in Spanish
M.A. (SUNY Brockport), Lecturer in Spanish
JUAN MANUEL ESPINOSA
Ph.D. (Cornell University), Visiting Assistant Professor
For more information about the Spanish language, literature and culture courses or about becoming a Spanish Major or Minor, contact Professor Beth Jörgensen at 585-275-4265 or Professor Ryan Prendergast 585-275-4113
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