Spanish Studies Major

The Spanish Studies major, offered through the Department of Modern Languages, responds to our students’ increasingly impressive competency in Spanish and a strong interest in combining Spanish and business skills. Through a unique curriculum that integrates language, culture, history and contemporary affairs of three principal regions of the Spanish-speaking world (i.e., Spain, South America and the Caribbean) with general business skills, the major will equip students with special skills that expand their employment opportunities in the global workplace, including banking, tourism, journalism, IT, health care, government and law. In this regard, our program is significantly different than other programs — particularly those in the New England area — that place heavier emphasis on Spanish language and literature.

The Spanish Studies major consists of eight courses (24 credits), six of which reside in the Department of Modern Languages and are taught in Spanish. The remaining two courses (six elective credits), offered through other departments, complete the curriculum by examining important topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Students must pair the Spanish Studies major with either a Business Studies Minor or a Business Studies Major, which gives them specialized knowledge in both arts and sciences and business.

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. All students, regardless of their track placement, will also be required to complete an applied learning experience.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.

Track I

Track I students have a history of successful study of the Spanish language in high school (three-plus years) and will likely continue their study of Spanish at Bentley at the advanced intermediate level (MLSP 202) or higher. There are sometimes exceptionally dedicated students who can take the additional six credits of Elementary Spanish and make significant progress to achieve advanced language proficiency during their four years at Bentley, who may be considered on an individual basis. Heritage speakers of Spanish (those who speak Spanish at home but have not attended high school in a Spanish-speaking country) will also be placed in Track 1. Transfer students who are interested in the major should contact the Chair of the Modern Languages Department for more information.

MLSP 202Intermediate Spanish II3
or MLSP 205 Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion
MLSP 203Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition3
MLSP 206Advanced Spanish Conversation3
Select two 300-level MLSP courses6
Select one 400-level MLSP courses 3
Select two thematic courses outside the ML department that focus on one or all regions of the Spanish-speaking world 16
Requires a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country for applied learning experience

Track II

Track II students possess native and/or near-native competency in Spanish. The ML Department recognizes that U.S. students who attended high school in a Spanish-speaking country 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. These students are required to complete our online Spanish placement test and an interview with a Spanish Faculty Advisor to determine proper Track Placement, which cannot be changed once the major is declared.

MLSP 305Spanish Translation3
Select three additional 300-level MLSP course9
Select two 400-level MLSP courses6
Select two thematic courses outside the ML department that focus on one or all regions of the Spanish-speaking world 16
Requires an internship in Spanish in a for-profit and/or nonprofit enterprise in the U.S. or abroad for applied learning experience


200-level courses emphasize language skills: grammar, vocabulary, reading and oral comprehension and are complemented with short written compositions and an introduction to Hispanic cultures.

300-level courses place equal emphasis on 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.

400-level courses emphasize the particular thematic content of the course (cinema, literature, civilization, etc.). The main focus in these courses is not the study of language per se, but the study of some form of Hispanic culture.


Thematic courses include: GLS 255 Global Commerce and Human Rights: Short-Term Program to Chile, HI 261 Latin America (1800-present), HI 280 The Caribbean: Past, Present, Future, HI 394 Selected Topics in Latin American/Caribbean History, LIT 337 Caribbean Literature, and other courses as appropriate (with department approval).