Why Study Spanish?

Spanish is the official first language of more countries than any other language in the world and the third most spoken language after Mandarin Chinese and English. Spain, Mexico, all the countries of Central America, most countries of South America, and several Caribbean Islands, all use Spanish as their official language. It is also spoken in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa as well as Northern Morocco. The descendants of Latin-Americans make up over eleven percent of the population in the United States and give the U.S. the third largest Spanish speaking population in the western hemisphere.

Knowledge of Spanish offers excellent career opportunities and the travel possibilities are limitless. To truly experience a foreign country in all its depth a traveler must be able to have a meeting of the minds with its people. Imagine hearing the legends of the Incas, Aztecs or Mayas, directly from the descendants of the builders of those noble but lost empires as you wander through their perennial monuments in Machu Picchu, Teotihuacán, or Chichén Itzá. Whether it be snorkeling in the crystal clear Mediterranean coves of the Island of Minorca, Spain, or trekking through the Patagonia in Argentina, Spanish will open up the doors to many adventures among natural, architectural, and artistic marvels.

Spanish Major Requirements

University Core Requirements: 42-44 hours
Spanish Major Requirements: 39-55 hours
Total Hours Required (including electives): 124 hours

Elementary Spanish

0-8 Hours

SPAN 1114

Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 1224

Elementary Spanish II

A maximum of eight hours of credit for Elementary Spanish may be earned by examination. Alternatively, one (1) year of high school Spanish may be substituted for Spanish 1114 and one (1) more year of high school Spanish for 1224. The Departmental Placement Test, when available, may allow the student to place into a section of SPAN 2223 and thereby earn 3 additional hours of credit by examination for a total of 11 hours of credit by examination.

Elementary additional language

0-8 Hours

The same guidelines noted above for testing or placement by examination for Elementary Spanish apply to earning credit by examination in order to meet the additional language requirement.

Intermediate Spanish

6 Hours

SPAN 2113

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 2223

Intermediate Spanish II

Advanced Spanish

Total of 33 Hours from the following


Required Courses

18 Hours

SPAN 3013

Hispanic-American Culture and Civilization

SPAN 3023

Spanish Culture and Civilization

SPAN 3213

Spanish Phonetics

SPAN 3223

Introduction to Spanish Literary Analysis

SPAN 4113

Advanced Spanish Grammar

SPAN 4910

Seminar in Spanish (3 hours)

Select from the following

6 Hours

SPAN 4123

Survey of Spanish Literature to 1800

SPAN 4133

Survey of Spanish Literature 1800 to the Present

SPAN 4223

Survey of Early Latin American Literature

SPAN 4233

Survey of Modern Latin American Literature

Spanish electives (3000/4000 level courses)
(may include 3 hours of a 2000-level elective)

9 Hours

Participation in foreign study is strongly recommended for all Spanish majors and minors

Electives to bring total to

124 Hours