Spanish Major

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

SPAN 2220Topics in Language and Culture 13
or SPAN 2220H Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 3245Analysis and Interpretation of Hispanic Literature3
SPAN 4999Capstone Seminar 23
Select one course from each of the following areas:9
Area 1: Peninsular (Spanish) Literature and Culture
Spanish Civilization and Culture
Remembering the Spanish Civil War Through Contemporary Literature and Film
Glory, Splendor, and Decay: Spanish Golden Age 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
Images of Latin American Indians
Area 3: Linguistics, Translation Studies, and Spanish for Special Purposes
Spanish and English in Contrast
Career-Oriented Spanish for Business
Career-Oriented Spanish for Nursing and Health Studies
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
Languages and Identities: Sociolinguistic Approaches to Spanish in the U.S.
Translation Theory and Practice: Spanish and English
Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
Select 4 additional 2000- or 3000-level Spanish courses 12
Total Credits30


  • SPAN 2220 Topics in Language and Culture or SPAN 2220H Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers is a prerequisite for all subsequent Spanish classes. After taking SPAN 2220 or SPAN 2220H, students may take all remaining 2000-level courses (required and elective) at any time and in any order.
  • SPAN 3245 Analysis and Interpretation of Hispanic Literature is a prerequisite for all other 3000-level classes.

  • Spanish Majors must take at least three 4000-level courses, including the capstone.

  • All of the above required courses, except the four additional electives, must be taken at Fairfield University and not abroad. Courses taken abroad will count as electives.

  • Some three-credit internships may be applied toward one of the four elective courses.

Study Abroad

Major requirements may include approved courses from study abroad partners, and ultimately the final approval for said courses resides with the Spanish Faculty. Please consult with a Spanish faculty member before registering for courses abroad. 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.

Magis Core Curriculum

Beginning with the Class of 2023, all undergraduate students will be required to complete the Magis Core Curriculum. Please refer to the Curricula section of this undergraduate catalog for a detailed explanation of the Magis Core.