Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Language and Literature Specialization

Why should I study Spanish at Barry University?

The importance of the Spanish language is an undisputed fact in our 21st century global community. Spoken by 400 million people, it is the second language of the Western Hemisphere. It is also the language of more than 22 countries.

At Barry University, Spanish majors will be surrounded by a diverse Hispanic community. Studying Spanish in a region known as the ‘gateway to South America' will provide unprecedented opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in education, business, international affairs, government, law, communication, history and philosophy. And it goes without saying that our students can practice speaking Spanish every day – on and off campus!

The Spanish program at Barry strives for proficiency in four basic skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as a deeper understanding of the Hispanic culture. Just as the Internet has changed the sense of distance between countries around the world, the study of language will further enhance the way we transmit and receive information in all areas of our lives.

Knowing another language will not only expand your range of personal opportunities but will give you important job-related skills and knowledge for that competitive edge in today's job market.

Spanish literature classes are offered to expose students to the major works of Spanish and Hispanic-American literature, and to the philosophical, historical, and cultural background of each work

In addition, all language classes have a required laboratory component, monitored by a specialized instructor.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses and a 2.5 GPA. If a student earns a grade below C in any of the courses the course must be repeated.

Students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours beyond SPA 101 and 102. In addition students must take SPA 487 Senior Seminar. Students must also complete General Education and General Elective course requirements to total 120 credits.

Students will choose from the following list of courses (12 credits)

SPA 315Reading and Text Analysis Techniques
SPA 316Techniques of Written Communication
SPA 355Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature
SPA 35619th and 20th Century Spanish Literature
SPA 360Early Hispanic-American Literature
SPA 36120th Century Hispanic-American Literature

The Remaining 21 Credits Can Be Selected From Any 300 Or 400 Level Courses.

SPA 300Special Topics
SPA 304Advanced Spanish
SPA 307Advanced Conversation
SPA 315Reading and Text Analysis Techniques
SPA 316Techniques of Written Communication
SPA 317Commercial Spanish
SPA 325Introduction to Translation
SPA 326 Introduction to Interpretation
SPA 333Spanish Culture
SPA 335Hispanic-American Culture
SPA 355Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature
SPA 35619th and 20th Century Spanish Literature
SPA 359Independent Study
SPA 360Early Hispanic-American Literature
SPA 36120th Century Hispanic-American Literature
SPA 366The Hispanic-American Novel
SPA 425Advanced Techniques of Translation
SPA 426Advanced Techniques of Interpretation
SPA 440Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
SPA 443Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
SPA 447Contemporary Hispanic-American Fiction
SPA 459Independent Study
SPA 487Senior Seminar (Required capstone course)
SPA 499Internship

General Education Courses 51-52 credits
Minor or Elective Courses 35-36 credits
Degree Total 120 Credits