Course Information

Program Overview

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Major in Spanish

The Major in Spanish is an integral part of a traditional education in the liberal arts. The Spanish Major is designed to contribute to the cultural and intellectual formation of students, as well as to prepare them for teaching on the elementary or secondary level, and for work in social services, medical fields, law, criminology, and as interpreters, translators, or representatives in business or government, or for continued work on the graduate level.

Spanish majors are expected to achieve proficiency and fluency in the spoken and written language, to become knowledgeable about Hispanic cultures, and to read with critical appreciation and enjoyment representative works of the principal authors of Spain and Latin America. The selection of courses in this major will be made in consultation with the advisor with a view to a complete formation in the language, literature, and cultures of the Spanish speaking world. Spanish majors are strongly advised to spend a semester or an academic year in a Spanish speaking country.

Major in Spanish with a Concentration in Hispanic Culture and Civilization

The Major in Spanish with a concentration in culture/civilization helps students develop cultural literacy, which involves familiarity with the Spanish language and its interaction with culture; appreciation of values and norms that distinguish the culture; and an understanding of the stories another culture tells about itself, not just through literature but also through history, politics, economics, art, and so forth. The study of culture in general terms is concerned with the way other people structure their world. The focus of this concentration is on the culture of Spain, Spanish-America, and Latino cultures within the United States and other regions of the world. This major is an excellent preparation for a teaching career, graduate work, community service, and employment in organizations and agencies with international interests.

Minor in Spanish 

A minor in Spanish is an excellent complement to a number of majors. Students minoring in Spanish take a total of six one-semester courses that provide them with a solid grounding in Spanish language and culture that they can bring with them to the career of their choice.


The Spanish/Education double major, developed by the Modern Languages and Education Departments, provides you with the skills you’ll need to teach Spanish in grades 5-12. Students pursuing this option take 7 to 10 courses (21 to 30 credits) in the Education major in addition to Spanish major requirements. 

Immerse Yourself

Students majoring in Spanish are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a semester, a summer or an academic year in a Spanish-speaking country. You may choose from among a number of different sites to spend a semester, a summer or even a year. Students unable to study abroad work with a departmental advisor to develop an alternate experience, such as an appropriate local internship, in which to apply their language/culture competence.