There are an estimated 470 million Spanish speakers in the world with native competence and 559 million Spanish speakers as a first or second language. Spanish is becoming so prevalent in the United States that there are actually more Spanish speakers here than Spain.
Spanish makes a great double major and is in high demand in fields like medicine, social work, business, industry, non-for-profits and government.
Spanish majors have gone on to graduate programs in law, medicine, business, Spanish, education, translation studies, and history. Some of our graduates are employed in international business, government, and non-governmental organizations.
Below is information on:
- Spanish major requirements
- Spanish minor requirements
- Latin American studies minor
- Spanish clusters
- Study abroad
- Language placement
- Contact information
Spanish Major Requirements
The Spanish major has a total of 11 required courses:
- SP 200: Advanced Spanish Composition
- SP 203: Origins and Empire: Reading the Early Hispanic World
- SP 202: The Forging of a Nation: Literary Ideas and Aesthetics from the Romantics to Democratic Spain or SP 204: Coming to Terms: Spanish American Literature, from Tradition to Innovation
- Six additional courses above the 200-level in Spanish* (SP 205 or 206 is highly recommended for an elective)
- Any CLT 101 course or another CLT course approved by Spanish advisor
- CLT 389: Major Seminar
*Students can use SP 151 and 152 or up to two upper-level courses from another department toward their six electives with Spanish advisor approval.
Spanish Minor Requirements
A total of five courses in Spanish language, literature, and culture, to be selected in consultation with the Spanish advisor.
Students usually start with SP 151 and may include SP 152, SP 200, and other 200-level courses. Students using SP 157/207: Spanish in Ecuador, Spain, Mexico toward the minor must take at least one four-credit course above SP 200 as part of their minor program.
Latin American Studies Minor
The minor in Latin American studies gives students a broad view of Latin American cultures and their relations to the United States and the rest of the world.
Latin American Studies Minor Requirements
A total of five courses with Latin American content are required for the minor:
- Three must be at the 200-level from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
- Two must be from different related areas such as history, political science, religion and anthropology
The minor must be approved by the Spanish program’s faculty in its beginning stages. Study abroad in a Latin American country is strongly encouraged.
Literature and Identity in Hispanic Societies (H1SP001)
Students explore questions of identity including issues of class, race, nation, gender, and genre, through a variety of literary texts from Spain and Latin America. One course may be taken in English.
Introduction to Spanish Studies (H1SP002)
This cluster introduces students to Spanish language and culture through courses that practice language skills as well as present current issues of interest in Hispanic countries.
Hispanic Film and Popular Culture (H1SP003)
This cluster provides an analysis of the visual representations of social and cultural issues such as gender, race, class, and national identity in film and popular texts. Proficiency in Spanish is not required for completion of this cluster. Students may choose three courses taught in English from among the alternatives.
Hispanic Cultures (H1INT006)
Students explore Hispanic literatures and cultures in relation to political, historical, and economic contexts. Proficiency in Spanish is not required for completion of this cluster, and students may choose three courses taught in English from among the alternatives.
Study Abroad in Ecuador, Mexico, Spain (Summer)
SP 157/207 is a four-week Spanish study abroad language and cultural immersion program in Granada, Spain. Students travel to one of these sites with a faculty director.
Frequent excursions to sites of cultural and historical importance are combined with class study and language practice.
Study Abroad Programs
The Center for Study Abroad has programs in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. Attend an information session or speak to a study abroad advisor to learn more.
Advanced Placement (AP) scores or International Baccalaureate (IB) rankings assist departmental advisors in finding the right course level for you. Information on how you learned the language or languages you know will also help us advise you on the most appropriate courses for you in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.
The first step is to take the online placement exam in Spanish. You will receive a score that will be used along with the survey information you provide and with any AP or IB scores you have submitted. Together, the information will help determine your placement in a specific language course. For more information on the online placement test, and instructions for how to login, see our online placment exam instructions page.
The placement you receive with your online numerical test scores is not necessarily how you will be placed by MLC.
Students will receive a “Course planning, placement, and recommendations” sheet with their language placement information from Academic Advising during Orientation and via email.
Program Head / Language Placement / Warner School
Undergraduate Advising / Study Abroad / Transfer Credit (Last Name A–M)
Undergraduate Advising / Study Abroad / Transfer Credit (Last Name N–Z)
Clusters / Take-5s
Beth E. Jörgensen, Professor of Spanish
Ryan Prendergast, Associate Professor of Spanish
Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández, Spanish Program Head and Associate Professor of Spanish
Claudia Schaefer, Rush Rhees Chair and Professor of Spanish
Luisa-Maria Rojas-Rimachi, Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Michelle Brown, Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Kirt Komocki, Senior Lecturer in Spanish