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Spanish Classes in New York with School Options

There are more than ten colleges and universities within New York that offer Spanish classes and programs. Read an overview of the ten largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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In New York, the ten largest schools that offer Spanish language programs include three in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, two state colleges, and five private universities. In addition to a traditional Spanish major, language courses can also be found at those schools that offer programs in Hispanic and Latin American studies. Interested students may opt to earn a minor, a bachelor's, a master's, or even a doctoral degree in a field that incorporates the Spanish language. Study abroad opportunities may be offered by some programs.

The following are more detailed profiles of each of the largest schools in New York to offer Spanish language programs.


Columbia University

The state's first institution of higher learning was established in 1754 in New York City. Columbia College is one of 21 schools in the university and includes the Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Latin American and Iberian Cultures departments. All students in the college must fulfill the core foreign language requirement, and this can be accomplished through placement tests or intermediate and advanced coursework in language or literature.

Students who pursue an undergraduate major or concentration in Latin American and Caribbean studies complete an intermediate or advanced course in Spanish or Portuguese and have the option to study abroad. Undergraduates who major or concentrate in Hispanic studies can take content-based advanced language or writing courses, and the general program offerings also include special topics for native speakers and a study in grammar.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies,
    Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $47,246*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Cornell University

A land-grant institution in Ithaca, Cornell University was established in 1865. Programs in Spanish are available through the Department of Romance Studies (College of Arts and Sciences), and faculty members both within and outside of the department are Spanish language and literature experts.

The Bachelor of Arts program requires core courses in culture, language and literature, after which undergraduates have the opportunity to design their own program and study overseas. Spanish language courses are offered at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and students can also take courses in translation and writing.

The requirements for the minor include one language course, a study of a Spanish-speaking area and three electives. In addition to the undergraduate program, the department offers a literature-based doctoral program in Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
    Minor in Spanish
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $43,413*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; small city

CUNY Hunter College

Hunter College in New York City is one of 11 senior colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) network. Through the Department of Romance Languages (School of Arts and Sciences), students in the Spanish programs have access to ten full-time faculty members, and special departmental features include conversation groups, film festivals, student journals and the chance to study abroad.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts programs must achieve an intermediate (fourth-semester) level of foreign language proficiency, and advanced courses cover topics in diction and phonetics, advanced writing and language structure. In addition to helping students become verbally fluent, the programs in Spanish and the Romance languages include courses in culture, literature and writing.

Along with a 15-credit minor, the department offers a 30-credit Master of Arts program that requires a history of the Spanish language, a study of a second Romance language, an exam, and a thesis. Graduate level courses cover topics in composition, dialectology, linguistics and stylistics.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages,
    Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Literature,
    Bachelor of Arts in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation,
    Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $5,829 in-state; $12,039 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City is just ten minutes away from New York City, and the local community college is one of seven in the city university network. Through the Department of Education and Language Acquisition, students can earn a 2-year degree in Spanish-English translation and then transfer to Hunter College.

The 60-credit program requires a general study of language, as well as topics in Spanish grammar, syntax and advanced composition. Additional courses in Spanish are available through the college's continuing education program, and current online offerings include a course in conversational Spanish, and Spanish-speaking skills for medical professionals.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Arts in Spanish-English Translation,
    Continuing education courses
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $4,242 in-state; $6,582 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

CUNY Queens College

CUNY Queens College is located in Flushing, one of the most culturally diverse areas in the United States. The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures is currently composed of a department chair and ten full-time faculty members, and the undergraduate program is designed to help students acquire listening, reading and speaking skills, as well an understanding of the Spanish-speaking world.

The department offers a number of courses in basic and advanced Spanish for both native and non-native speakers, and undergraduate degree requirements include studies in composition and grammar. Students can also take a course in business Spanish or pursue an 18-credit minor.

The 33-credit Master of Arts program is designed to prepare graduate students for doctoral studies in language and literature and offers a thesis and a non-thesis option. A course in composition and stylistics is required, and to fulfill the elective requirements, students can pursue topics in language history or Hispanic linguistics.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
    Master of Arts in Spanish,
    Minor in Spanish
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $5,907 in-state; $12,117 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

New York University

In Fall 2011, this New York City university enrolled almost 44,000 students, and the institution is the largest school on the list. The university has been offering courses in Spanish since the 1830's, and currently, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures consists of over 40 professors, clinical professors and lecturers.

Students pursuing a bachelor's program in Spanish can specialize in one of five major areas, including Spanish and Latin American culture and literature, Spanish and linguistics, Latin American studies and the Romance languages. Placement in the Spanish language courses is based on the SAT Subject Test in Spanish Language or the university exam, and advanced topics include those associated with conversation, creative writing and translation.

The minor in Spanish is a specialized course of study with five tracks and requires 20 credits to complete. The 1-year Master of Arts program in Spanish and Latin American studies takes place in Madrid, and unique to the university is a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing that is taught entirely in Spanish.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
    Master of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies,
    Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in Spanish,
    Minor in Spanish
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $43,204*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

St. John's University

A private Catholic College with campuses in New York City, Queens, Staten Island and Oakdale on Long Island, St. John's University was established by the Vincentian order in 1870. The Department of Languages and Literatures (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) offers three programs in Spanish, and students have access to five full-time professors and 14 adjunct instructors. Special program opportunities include study abroad options in Argentina and Spain and stateside internships with Spanish organizations.

In addition to lower-level language courses, the undergraduate program requires a study of advanced Spanish grammar and composition. Undergraduates who have satisfactorily completed 12 credits of Spanish can apply to the 5-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Spanish program. The department also offers an 18-credit minor, and courses are taken under advisement.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
    Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Spanish,
    Minor in Spanish
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $35,520*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Stony Brook University (SUNY)

The State University of New York (SUNY) is comprised of 64 schools, including this research-based institution in Stony Brook. The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the regular faculty is composed of 12 members.

Students pursuing a major in Spanish languages and literatures complete core courses in beginning and advanced Spanish composition, conversation and grammar. These courses are also required for the 24-credit minor in Spanish.

The Master of Arts program in languages and linguistics is expressly designed for students who are interested in the different grammatical components of the Spanish language, and graduate studies also include concentrations in Hispanic languages and literatures and the Romance languages. Students in the languages and literature program who successfully complete the qualifying exams can apply their coursework towards the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
    Master of Arts in Hispanic Languages and Linguistics,
    Master of Arts in Hispanic Languages and Literature,
    Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature,
    Minor in Spanish
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,560 in-state; $18,180 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large suburb

Syracuse University

Established in 1870, this Syracuse-based university is located in Central New York, and the school was founded upon the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics includes approximately 16 Spanish language instructors, and special departmental features include a Spanish immersion program and Cultures on the Quad, an introduction to global cuisine and traditions.

Spanish language majors must take a placement exam, and the upper-level courses for both the major and the 18-credit minor are taught in Spanish. In Spring 2013, the undergraduate course offerings included topics in advanced language use, business Spanish, creative writing and language structure.

The 2-year Master of Arts program is a broad course of study that includes the study of Latino, Latin American and Spanish culture, linguistics and literature. In Fall 2013, the course schedule will allow graduate students to take a course in Spanish phonetics and phonology.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages,
    Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
    Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $39,004*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

The largest public school on the list, the state university in Buffalo is located in Western New York. The purpose of the undergraduate program in Spanish is to help students become fluent in the language, and support activities include independent studies, supervised work activities and the chance to spend a summer in Spain.

At the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (College of Arts and Sciences), students pursuing both the major and the 18-credit minor must complete prerequisite coursework in elementary, transitional and/or intermediate Spanish. Undergraduate Spanish courses also include topics in composition, conversation, grammar and Spanish texts, as well as a special class for students who will be studying abroad.

The requirements for the 30-credit Master of Arts in Spanish include a minimum of three core courses in language and literature, proficiency in another romance language and a project. A master's is not required for admission to the 60-credit Ph.D. program, and recent course offerings have included a study of the Spanish subjunctive. Language-specific courses are also available through the master's program in romance linguistics, and students can electives in Spanish morphology, semantics, syntax and phonology.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
    Master of Arts in Romance Linguistics,
    Master of Arts in Spanish,
    Ph.D. in Spanish,
    Minor in Spanish
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,989 in-state; $18,609 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Spanish Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Columbia University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies
$47,246*
Cornell University 4-year, private not-for-profit; small city Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
Minor in Spanish
$43,413*
CUNY Hunter College 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages,
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Literature,
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation,
Master of Arts in Spanish
$5,829 in-state; $12,039 out-of-state*
CUNY LaGuardia College 2-year, public; large city Associate of Arts in Spanish-English Translation,
Continuing education courses
$4,242 in-state; $6,582 out-of-state*
CUNY Queens College 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
Master of Arts in Spanish,
Minor in Spanish
$5,907 in-state; $12,117 out-of-state*
New York University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
Master of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies,
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in Spanish,
Minor in Spanish
$43,204*
St. John's University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Spanish,
Minor in Spanish
$35,520*
Stony Brook University 4-year, public; large suburb Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
Master of Arts in Hispanic Languages and Linguistics,
Master of Arts in Hispanic Languages and Literature,
Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature,
Minor in Spanish
$7,560 in-state; $18,180 out-of-state*
Syracuse University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages,
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
Master of Arts in Spanish
$39,004*
University at Buffalo 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Spanish,
Master of Arts in Romance Linguistics,
Master of Arts in Spanish,
Ph.D. in Spanish,
Minor in Spanish
$7,989 in-state; $18,609 out-of-state*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

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