Why Study Spanish Language, Literature and Culture at New College?

The Spanish program at New College will impress you both with its flexibility and with the level of individualized attention you receive from our expert faculty. Both are key reasons that graduates in Spanish at New College go on to attend some of the nation's top master's level and Ph.D. programs and to pursue successful careers in a wide variety of fields.

Spanish Language and Literature area of concentration

The Spanish program at New College offers courses at all levels of Spanish language, and courses and tutorials on the literature and culture of Latin America and Spain. Courses on Literature and Culture are offered both in Spanish and in English translation. Offerings change each year and include the study of particular authors, a genre, a period, a region, or a special topic.

Spanish language is taught in a five-semester sequence after which students can enroll in courses and tutorials on literary and cultural topics conducted in Spanish. Elementary Spanish I & II, and Intermediate Spanish introduce students to Spanish grammar and emphasize the development of communicative skills. Spanish Oral & Written Expression and Lecturas Hispánicas offer a review of Spanish grammar and an introduction to the study of the culture and the literature of the Hispanic world. After completing Lecturas Hispánicas (which corresponds to the fifth semester of the language sequence), students are prepared to enroll in courses and tutorials that will allow them to do advanced work in the language.

Each spring and fall one advanced course is offered, which is conducted entirely in Spanish. These courses may be focused on a literary genre (“Spanish as the Fabric of Verse,” “Spanish-American Short Stories”), or on a particular topic, region, or period (“Vision of America”). Tutorials and Independent Research Projects in Spanish are discussed and designed in advanced with a faculty member. In addition to the regular courses offered in Spanish, the courses offered in translation may allow advanced students to do part of the work in Spanish.

Students may concentrate their work in the area of Spanish Language and Culture or Spanish Language and Literature, to be determined based on the thesis topic. In both cases, supporting course work in other relevant disciplines in the humanities and social sciences is expected. Cross-disciplinary work is a vital part of the New College program as we understand it, and it is strongly supported and encouraged by the faculty in the Spanish Program. In addition to specific courses in our regular offerings, Tutorials, Independent Research Projects, and Independent Study Projects are frequently designed to meet the particular needs of students who wish to combine their interest in Spanish language, culture, and literature with other fields of study. All academic work intended to satisfy requirements in this Area of Concentration will be discussed and decided in advance with a member of the Spanish faculty; and an Area of Concentration plan of study must be approved by at least two members of the Spanish faculty.

View Spanish Language and Literature Academic Learning Compact

View Spanish Language and Literature courses offered in last 5 years

 

Area of Concentration Requirements

While each student’s course of study will reflect her or his own interests, an Area of Concentration in Spanish Language and Culture or Spanish Language and Literature, will generally comprise the following:

When chosen as a single or a double Area of Concentration (AOC):

  • the satisfactory completion of no less than 10 semester-long academic activities (including Courses, Tutorials, Independent Research Projects) approved by the faculty of the program;
  • at least one Independent Study Project supervised or approved by the faculty of the program;
  • and a thesis with a focus on relevant aspects of the Hispanic world.

No less than eight of the academic activities must be taken in Spanish (beginning with Spanish Oral and Written Expression, that is, the fourth semester of the language sequence), and at least one of them must be undertaken during the senior year as an advanced Spanish course or tutorial.

Other requirements include:

  • One semester of study abroad, supervised and/or approved by the Spanish faculty, when chosen as an Area of Concentration. In some exceptional cases, the Spanish faculty may approve that this requirement be satisfied by work in the form of an Independent Study Project in a Spanish speaking country, supervised by a faculty member of the Spanish AOC. Courses taken abroad will be counted towards fulfillment of the AOC requirements. For students choosing Spanish as a joint area of concentration, study abroad is highly recommended, but not required.
  • A high level of proficiency in Spanish language, as demonstrated by satisfactory evaluations in all courses, tutorials, and independent research projects conducted in Spanish beginning with Spanish Oral and Written Expression. Each one of these academic activities will have specific areas of evaluation in accordance with the course level and content. A well-defined and strong performance in all areas of evaluation is expected from students seeking an AOC in Spanish.
  • The senior thesis must reflect the student’s interest in the field and her or his capacity to work on a well-defined aspect of the Hispanic world. Whenever possible, the thesis should be written in Spanish. In joint areas of concentration, it is expected that a significant portion of the research must be done in Spanish. When those conditions are not present, the student will work on a capstone project in Spanish during the senior year.
  • A satisfactory Baccalaureate Exam.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

When chosen as a joint Area of Concentration: the satisfactory completion of no less than eight academic activities (including Courses, Tutorials, Independent Research Projects) approved by the faculty of the program. No less than five of them must be taken in Spanish, (beginning with Spanish Oral and Written Expression that is, the fourth semester of the language sequence), and at least one of them must be undertaken during the senior year as an advanced Spanish course or tutorial.

Faculty

Recent Theses

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SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

These pathways show how you could complete the AOC requirements within four years at New College or within two years after earning an associate’s degree. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine the most appropriate courses for your area of concentration.

Note: There are three levels that will determine which path to follow. Levels are determined by a placement process that consist of: a placement test, a placement form, and an evaluation by the Spanish faculty. Once the student level is determined, students can follow their path according to their level.

A Sample Four-Year Pathways for Spanish Language and Literature

Sample Pathway for Beginners Level

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Elementary Spanish 1Student's choiceElementary Spanish 2
LACLAC
LACLAC
LAC/OtherOther
Year 2Intermediate Spanish 1Student's choice or Spanish ISP Intermediate Spanish 2
LACHispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
LACOther
OtherOther
Year 3 3-4 Spanish courses above Intermediate Spanish 2 (Abroad)ISP to explore thesis topics (strongly recommendedLecturas hispanicas or Advannced Spanish (depending on progress made abroad)
Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
Tutorial to explore thesis topic
Other
Year 4Advanced Spanish
Other
Thesis
Spanish tutorial, depending on progress made abroad.

Sample Pathway for Intermediate Level

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Intermediate Spanish 1Student's choiceIntermediate Spanish 2
LACLAC
LACLAC
LAC/OtherOther
Year 2Spanish Oral and Written Expression (SOWE) or Study Abroad See SpringStudent's choice or Spanish ISPSpanish course aboove SOWE level (Abroad)
LAC/Other Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
LAC/Other Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
Year 3Advanced SpanishISP to explore thesis topics (strongly recommendedTutorial work to define thesis topic
Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translationAdvanced Spanish (optional)
Other courseCourse to support thesis work
Other courseOther
Year 4Advanced Spanish
Thesis tutorial
Course to support thesis work
Other

Sample Pathway for Advanced Level

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Spanish Oral and Written Expression (SOWE) Student's choice Advanced Spanish
LACLAC
LACLAC
LAC/OtherOther
Year 2Advanced Spanish/Study Abroad See SpringStudent's choice or Spanish ISPAdvanced Spanish/Study Abroad
Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translationSpanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
LAC/OtherSpanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
LAC/OtherSpanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
Year 3Advanced Spanish level course workISP to explore thesis topics (strongly recommendedAdvanced Spanish
Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translationTutorial work to define thesis topic
Other courseCourse to support thesis work
Other courseOther
Year 4Thesis tutorial
Course to support thesis work
Course to support thesis work
Other

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Spanish Language and Literature

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Intermediate SpanishSpanish tutorialSpanish Oral and Written Expression
Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation/ OtherHispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation/ Other
OtherOther
Year 4Lecturas hispanicas/ Study AbroadTurotial to explore thesis topicsAdvanced Spanish/Study Abroad (See Fall)
Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)Tutorial work to define thesis topic
Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)Course to support thesis work
Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)Thesis/ other course
Year 5If an additional semester is needed:
Advanced Spanish
Course to support thesis work
Thesis
Other