Our Spanish Studies major combines our students’ increasingly impressive competency in Spanish and strong interest in combining Spanish and business skills. The curriculum integrates language, culture, history, and contemporary affairs of three principal regions of the Spanish-speaking world (Spain, South America, and the Caribbean) with general business skills that will expand career opportunities for other programs, particularly those in the New England area, that place heavier emphasis on Spanish language and literature.
The major is designed for both non-native and native speakers of Spanish through a two-track system, giving opportunities scaled to students' background knowledge and learning potential within a four-year timeframe.
This track is for students who have a history of successful study of the Spanish language in high school (3+ years) and are likely to continue their studies at the advanced intermediate level (MLSP 202) or higher.
Exceptionally dedicated students willing to take the additional six credits of Elementary Spanish could certainly make significant progress and achieve advanced language proficiency during their four years at Bentley. Should such a situation arise, the decision to major will be made in consultation with the Spanish Studies major faculty adviser on a case-by-case basis.
Track II is for students who possess a native and/or near-native competency in Spanish. We recognize that U.S. students who speak Spanish at home (heritage speakers) and international students (who often have a greater and longer exposure to Spanish before coming to Bentley) may fall into the category of near-native speaker. However, these students are required to complete our online Spanish placement test and an interview with a Spanish faculty adviser to determine proper track placement, which cannot be changed once the major is declared.
The Spanish Studies major consists of 24 credits (eight courses), six of which must be selected from Modern Languages courses, and two electives outside of the department. All students also must complete an applied learning experience.
In addition, you must complete a series of Tier I, Tier II and Tier III courses, depending on your track. Track I students will complete two course in Tier I, two courses in Tier II, and two courses in Tier III. Track II students will complete two courses in Tier II, one required (MLSP 305 and one of their choice) and any four courses in Tier III.
Language Courses: 200 Level
Hybrid Courses: 300 Level
Content Courses: 400 Level
MLSP 202 Intermediate II
MLSP 203 Advanced Writing and Composition
MLSP 301 Selected Topics
MLSP 302 Spanish for Business
MLSP 303 Current and Controversial Topics
MLSP 304 Survey of Spanish Literature
MLSP 305 Translation
MLSP 306 Seven Cities in the Spanish-Speaking World
MLSP 401 Directed Study
MLSP 402 Seminar in Spanish
MLSP 403 Latinos in the U.S.
MLSP 404 Spanish Identities and Cultures in Modern Peninsular Literature
Pedagogical emphasis is on grammar, vocabulary, reading and oral comprehension, short written compositions and an introduction to Hispanic culture.
Pedagogical emphasis is equally divided between a deeper study of Hispanic culture and the Spanish language. Students refine their skills in written and spoken Spanish while making more in-depth analysis of the history, politics, cultural traditions, and artistic trends of Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Pedagogical emphasis is primarily on the particular thematic content of the course (cinema, literature, civilization, etc.) The main focus of the course is not the study of language per se, but the study of some form of Hispanic culture. Language instruction moves from grammatical exercises to students’ revision of analytical essays written in Spanish.