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The Program of Concentration in Spanish is designed to provide the student with a level of proficiency applicable to a variety of  professional situations, giving the student insight into the thought patterns of  Spanish and Spanish-American cultures.

Major Requirements


  • Oral and written control of the Spanish language
  • Familiarity with major movements in Spanish and Spanish-American literature, and basic understanding of  the historical and cultural development of Spain and Spanish America.
  • A minimum of eight semester courses beyond Spanish Semester III (SP 200) are required and must include:
    • Spanish Semester IV (SP 300)
    • Spanish Writing Workshop (SP 350)
    • at least two literature courses (one in Spanish and one in Spanish-American literature)
    • two culture courses (one in Spanish and one in Spanish-American culture)
    • two additional 300-400 level courses in Spanish

Comprehensive Examination: The culmination of the Spanish major is an oral and written comprehensive examination.

Majors work closely with their advisors to create an individualized reading list designed to summarize the course work that they have completed.  The questions for the written examination will be taken directly from their reading list, while the oral exam will be a clarification of those responses, carried out in Spanish. 

Study Abroad: Spanish majors will be required to attend a semester or summer immersion program in a Spanish speaking country of their choice.  A maximum of four courses taken during that study abroad experience will be counted toward the major and they are limited to two culture courses and two additional 300 level Spanish courses.

SP300, SP 350 and a minimum of two literature courses must be taken at Saint Anselm College. 

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Core Course Freshman English
Elective (investigate minor or second major) Elective (investigate minor or second major)
Major Language Course Major Language Course

Course Descriptions


SP 100 Spanish Semester I
A careful study of the fundamentals of the Spanish language including conversation with Native Speakers and laboratory work to reinforce class reading, writing, speaking and understanding.  The weekly requirements are three class meetings and one session of conversation with a Native Speaker for one semester.  All sessions are 50 minutes in duration.

No prerequisite

SP 150 Spanish Semester II
This course is a continuation of SP 100 and helps students with a basic knowledge of Spanish improve all four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition to a review of vocabulary and grammar and task-oriented practice through in-class activities, online exercises, and chapter projects (oral and/or writing intensive), the course material includes topics of historical and cultural importance corresponding to the Spanish-speaking world, aimed at helping students develop cultural knowledge, culturally appropriate behavior, and cultural empathy. SP 150 involves three class hours  and one weekly session of conversation with a Native Speaker.

Prerequisite:  SP 100 or placement

SP 155 Healthcare Spanish I
SP 155 Healthcare Spanish I is designed to be taken by Spanish students interested in the healthcare field.  It is appropriate for students of nursing, sciences and social sciences who are interested in studying Spanish vocabulary, grammar and usage in medical settings.  The prerequisite for this course is SP 100 or an appropriate score on the language placement exam.  SP  155 helps students who have a basic knowledge of Spanish improve all four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course satisfies the second semester of the language requirement as well as the core requirement of Global Engagement.

Prerequisite: SP 100 or placement

SP 200 Spanish Semester III
This course is a continuation of SP 150 and is a thorough review of grammar, exercises in composition and literary or cultural readings.   Spanish semester III emphasizes the study of Hispanic cultures and civilizations in different Spanish speaking countries. Students will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening to Spanish and gain intercultural competencies. SP 200 involves three hours of class and one weekly session of conversation with a Native Speaker.

Prerequisite: SP 150 or placement

SP 300 Spanish semester IV
This course is a continuation of SP 200 and provides a thorough grammar review together with an introduction to the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish semester IV emphasizes the study of Hispanic cultures and civilizations in different Spanish speaking countries. Students will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening to Spanish and gain intercultural competencies. SP300 involves three hours of class and one weekly session of conversation with a Native Speaker.

Prerequisite: SP 200 or placement

SP 353 Advanced Spanish Conversation
A course designed to further develop and improve oral fluency through discussion of contemporary topics and events from the Hispanic press, cinema and other media.  The class also includes frequent oral presentations  and reports based on current themes and extemporaneous speaking on assigned topics. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 355 Introduction to Spanish Culture and  Civilization
A study of the origins and development of the Spanish civilization which examines the development of  modern Spain as the cumulative result of external and internal geographical, historical, and cultural factors. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 356 Introduction to Latin-American Culture and  Civilization
A study of  Latin-American culture from its  origins to the present time, emphasizing the contemporary situation, the transformation of  Latin- American societies, their present problems and dilemmas as reflected in their artistic and cultural output. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 357 Introduction to Spanish Literature
A survey course, conducted in Spanish that considers the general development of Spanish literature from the earliest times to the present.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 358 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature
A survey course, conducted  in Spanish, that considers the general development of Spanish- American literature from the earliest times to the present.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 361 Spanish Literature  before 1700
A course that traces the origins and development of Spanish literature from Middle Ages up to the Spanish Golden Age, introducing students to the Spanish people through their literature by choosing passages that illustrate some national trait or major facet of their thought. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite SP 300 or equivalent

SP 362 18th and  19th  Century Spanish Literature
A study, conducted in Spanish, of  the evolution of  Spanish prose, poetry and drama from the close of the Golden Age through 19th century realism and romanticism.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 363 Contemporary Spanish Literature
This course, conducted in Spanish, involves reading, analysis, and discussion of  selected, representative  works of  20th and 21st century Peninsular Spanish poetry, prose, and drama. Works are viewed in a literary context but critical assessment of individual texts is stressed.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 364 Colonial Through 19th  Century Spanish-American Literature
A critical reading and discussion of selected texts, conducted in Spanish, ranging  from Columbus'  Diario  to works by Ruben Dario  and other representatives of  the  Spanish-American "modernista" movement. Although emphasis is  placed on the texts themselves, an attempt is made to delineate the socio-historical and literary contexts wherein they originated.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 365 Modern Spanish - American Literature
A  study,  conducted in  Spanish,  of the major  patterns of thematic  and formal development  in the literature of  Spanish America, concentrating on the individual study of selected texts written between 1900 and 1950.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 366 Contemporary Spanish-American Literature
A critical reading and assessment of  the more recent Spanish-American literature (1950-present) in  the light of  modern theory and criticism. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 367 Hispanic Short Story
This course traces the development of the Hispanic short story from its beginning to the present. Emphasis is placed on 20th and 21st century works by both Spanish and Latin American writers. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 368 Problems in Spanish and  Spanish-American Culture and  Civilization
An  investigation of  selected issues crucial to the understanding of  the Hispanic world. It is offered as required. Conducted in Spanish

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 371-372 Selected Topics in Spanish
Topics  to be arranged

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 400-401 Spanish Senior Seminar
Selected topics

Prerequisite: SP 300 or equivalent

SP 450 Independent Study

SP 480 Spanish Internship 
A student originated internship with Spanish speaking agencies: governmental,  cultural, health care,  law  enforcement and non-profit organizations; supervised by a member of the Spanish section. All work to be done in the target language of Spanish. The student must demonstrate advanced level proficiency before beginning the internship.  The intern must comply with the guidelines and policies as established by the Office of Internships.

Prerequisite : SP 300 or equivalent