Daniel Frost, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair
The Department of Spanish seeks to prepare students to understand and engage with the diverse Hispanic communities and traditions found within and beyond our borders. Our program emphasizes the acquisition of advanced Spanish language skills and in-depth study of Hispanic cultures, literature and linguistics. Spanish majors can complement their degree with courses in other academic programs at Holy Cross, including Latin American and Latino Studies. Interested Spanish majors can also receive their license to teach at the middle through secondary level through our partnership with the Teacher Education Program.
Our Study Abroad programs allow students from any major to perfect their language skills and study a variety of subjects while they experience life in Spanish-speaking countries. Study Abroad offerings include our signature year-long programs in Spain (León, A Coruña and Palma de Mallorca), as well as flexible programs in Peru (Lima), Argentina (Buenos Aires), and El Salvador (through the Casa de la Solidaridad) that allow students to choose from a semester, an extended semester, or a full academic year.
Our students benefit from close interaction with native Foreign Language Assistants from Spain, Peru, and Argentina in weekly practice sessions integrated into our language courses. Students can also participate in Community-Based Learning projects included in some of our classes. Outside the classroom, students have the opportunity to pursue further contact with Hispanic culture through the Spanish Club and, for those with strong academic credentials, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi). Moreover, our bilingual literary and cultural review fósforo: Revista de Inspiración Hispánica, provides a forum where students may publish their creative work alongside their professors, Foreign Language Assistants and other members of the community.
Major requirements. Students who will be majoring in Spanish must complete between 10 and 14 courses. More specifically, they are required to take one course from each of the eight areas below, plus two or more elective courses from any of these areas. One course offered on campus outside of the Spanish department that is directly relevant to the Spanish major may be counted as an elective, subject to approval by the department chair. Eligible courses may include a) Montserrat or Honors courses taught (in English or Spanish) by faculty in the Spanish department or b) courses taught in Spanish in other departments, such as RELS 290: Teología Andina. Majors are required to take at least two advanced (400-level) courses in their fourth year, again from any of the areas below. Of the two courses in area 1, SPAN 302 (Composition for Bilingual Speakers) is specifically targeted to native speakers of Spanish and heritage students with a high level of oral Spanish proficiency. SPAN 305 is a prerequisite to survey (or Readings) courses, which in turn are prerequisites to 400-level literature and culture courses. Hence, it is recommended that students take SPAN 305 as soon as feasible.
Note for current majors: Under new major requirements that took effect in academic year 2014-2015, ‘survey’ courses (SPAN 310, SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 313) have been replaced by Readings in Literature courses (listed as SPAN 308 and SPAN 399 in 2015-2016). Under the new requirements, majors must take one Readings course and two elective courses. However, students who have already taken a survey course may use that course to satisfy the Readings requirement. Students who have already taken two surveys will be unaffected by the change. Students who have taken one survey course may opt to take a Readings course as an elective, or another course from the areas listed below for which they have the prerequisite. Students who have not yet taken any survey courses will be required to take one Readings course to complete the major requirements.
SPANISH MAJOR CHECK LIST
Area 1: Composition and Conversation (one of the following courses)
_____ Spanish 301 “Spanish Composition and Conversation”
_____ Spanish 302 “Composition for Bilingual Speakers”
Area 2: Focused Language (one of the following courses)
_____ Spanish 314 “Spanish for Business”
_____ Spanish 315 “Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation”
_____ Spanish 319 “Debate and Advanced Oral Expression”
_____ Spanish 320 “Spanish Translation”
Area 3: Culture and Cinema (one of the following courses)
_____ Spanish 303 “Aspects of Spanish Culture”
_____ Spanish 304 “Aspects of Latin American Culture”
_____ Spanish 420 “Topics in Latin American Film”
_____ Spanish 421 “Twentieth-Century Spain through Film”
Area 4: Linguistics (one of the following courses)
_____ Spanish 318 “Spanish Phonetics and Phonology”
_____ Spanish 413 “Spanish in the US: A Sociolinguistic Perspective”
_____ Spanish 414 “Second Language Acquisition and Spanish”
_____ Spanish 415 “Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World”
Area 5: Textual Analysis
_____ Spanish 305 “Introduction to Textual Analysis”
Area 6: Readings in Literature (one of the following courses)
_____ “Readings in Peninsular Literature”
_____ Spanish 308 “Readings in Latin American Literature”
Area 7: Advanced pre-Modern Studies (one of the following courses)
_____ Spanish 400 “Topics in Medieval Spanish Literature”
_____ Spanish 401 “Topics in Golden Age Literature”
_____ Spanish 402 “Don Quixote”
_____ Spanish 409 “Topics in Colonial Latin American Literature”
Area 8: Advanced Modern Studies (one of the following courses)
_____ Spanish 403 “Topics in Modern Spanish Literature”
_____ Spanish 404 “Topics in Twentieth-Century Spanish Narrative”
_____ Spanish 405 “Topics in Modern Latin American Narrative”
_____ Spanish 406 “Topics in Modern Spanish Drama”
_____ Spanish 407 “Topics in Modern Peninsular and Latin American Poetry”
_____ Spanish 408 “Gabriel García Márquez”
_____ Spanish 410 “Literature of Exile, Immigration and Ethnicity”
_____ Spanish 409 "Federico García Lorca"
_____ Spanish 411 “Latin American Literature of the Nineteenth Century”
_____ Spanish 416 “Body and Text: Representations of Gender in Modern Spanish Literature”
_____ Spanish 450 “Latinidades in Literature and Pop Culture”
_____ Spanish 461 “Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Women Writers of Spain”
Study Abroad Credit: Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad at one of Holy Cross’s programs in Spain or Latin America. Students who attend year-long programs can use up to four Spanish courses taken abroad to satisfy the major requirements. Each of these courses should be equivalent to a semester-long class at Holy Cross (year-long courses at Spanish and Latin American universities count as two semester-long courses at Holy Cross). Typically, the year-long Spanish language and culture course that Holy Cross students must take abroad serves to satisfy both area 2 (Focused Language) and area 3 (Culture and Cinema) major requirements, but it can also be counted as an elective if the student has already satisfied one of these requirements. Students who attend semester programs can use up to two courses taken abroad to satisfy the major requirements. Upon their return from study abroad, students must still take two advanced (400-level) Spanish courses at Holy Cross in their senior year.
Directed Independent Study of Spanish: Students interested in learning Spanish have the option of taking Directed Independent Spanish Curriculum (DISC) courses. These elementary- and intermediate-level language courses offer an alternative approach to language instruction for students who are motivated to work independently and enjoy using technology. Students use computer-based materials to direct their own learning but are required both to correspond and to meet with a professor frequently as well as attend weekly conversation classes with Foreign Language Assistants.
Language Common Area Requirement: All Holy Cross students must satisfy the College’s common area requirement for language study (the “G” requirement). This requirement can be satisfied by two consecutive semesters of Spanish. Students who have not studied Spanish in high school can satisfy the requirement by completing two semesters of Spanish at the elementary level.
Placement through the Spanish Background Questionnaire: All students who plan to study Spanish at Holy Cross (including beginners, students planning to continue Spanish studied in high school, and native or heritage Spanish speakers) must first take the Spanish Background Questionnaire to determine the appropriate entry course for enrollment. The Background Questionnaire takes into account previous experience with Spanish and any advanced placement (AP or IB) test scores that you have earned to determine whether you need to take the Spanish Placement exam.
Native and Heritage Speakers of Spanish (students who speak or hear Spanish at home or in their local community but who may not have formally studied the language) will be placed according to their responses on the Spanish Background Questionnaire. Note that native speakers and heritage students with a high level of oral Spanish proficiency will typically start with SPAN 302 (Composition for Bilingual Speakers), but they may be able to enroll in other courses (particularly SPAN 303, 304 or 305) depending on their responses to the Background Questionnaire.
College Credit for Advanced Placement: A score of 4 or 5 on an AP Language exam earns college credit and counts towards the language studies common area requirement; a score of 4 or 5 on a Literature exam earns college credit and counts towards the language studies or literature common area requirement. Students with AP credit in Spanish earn placement in the curriculum but not progress toward the minimum number of courses required by the major. Students with AP or IB credit will be advised of their placement in Spanish by taking the obligatory Spanish Background Questionnaire.