Spanish Major

For a 30-credit major in Spanish, students complete the following:

SP 0220Topics in Language and Culture3
SP 0245Analysis and Interpretation of Hispanic Literature3
SP 0381Coordinating Seminar I 13
Select one course from each of the following areas:9
Area 1: Peninsular (Spanish) Literature and Culture
Spanish Civilization and Culture
Glory, Splendor, and Decay: Spanish Golden Age Literature
Love and Deception in 19th-Century Spanish Literature
20th Century Spanish Literature
Contemporary Spanish Theatre
The Spanish Novel
Area 2: Latin American Literature and Culture
Spanish-American Civilization
Hispanic Film
Popular Culture in Latin America
Cuban Film: A Close Look at the Revolution
Spanish-American Narrative
Culture, Civilization, and Literature in the Spanish-American Caribbean Region
Dictatorships and Revolutionary Movements in Contemporary Latin America
Literature and Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean Migration and Diaspora
Images of Latin American Indians
Area 3: Structure of the Spanish Language
Spanish and English in Contrast
Career-Oriented Spanish for Business
Career-Oriented Spanish for Nursing and Health Studies
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
Select 4 additional 200- or 300-level Spanish courses12
Total Credits30


  • SP 0220 is a prerequisite for all subsequent Spanish classes. After taking SP 0220, students may take all remaining courses (required and elective) at any time and in any order, provided individual course prerequisites are met.
  • If students have received their High School education in a Spanish-speaking country, and if those classes were given in Spanish, then the student needs to meet with a Spanish Professor to have his or her level determined.  If it is determined that the student should not take SP 0220, he or she would still need to complete the required 30 credits for the major.
  • Any questions regarding the major should be directed to the director of the Spanish section.

Study Abroad

Major requirements may include approved courses from study abroad partners. Students are encouraged to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country. In order to have courses taken abroad count toward the Spanish major or minor, two conditions must be met:

  1. The courses are taught entirely in Spanish.
  2. The content is related to some aspect of Latin American or Spanish culture, history, linguistics, politics, or literature.