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Spanish

Majoring & Minoring

Spanish majors are advised to pursue language courses until their proficiency assures successful work with literature and culture. Majors are expected to acquire a general knowledge of the literatures and civilizations of the Spanish-speaking world.

All Spanish majors are strongly urged to include plans for study abroad, either during their junior year or through summer programs offered or approved by Southwestern University.

The capstone experience for Spanish majors consists of either a seminar or a study project stemming from a semester abroad or from an upper level course taken during the senior year. The program is intended to cover the broad aspects of the discipline and culminates in an oral presentation. Together with advanced courses, the capstone provides a solid grounding to prepare students for graduate work, as well as for sophisticated, original projects in a diverse array of fields.

Major in Spanish

Eight courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits.)

  • SPA15-124 Spanish IV
  • One course from:

    • SPA15-324 Textual and Visual Analysis
    • SPA15-334 Conversation through Hispanic Cinema
    • Spa 15-344 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • One course from:
    • SPA15-354 Cultures of Latin America
    • SPA15-364 Cultures of Spain
  • Four additional courses from the following levels: 300, 400, 500, 600, 700

  • SPA15-934 Research Seminar for Seniors (Capstone)  (offered in spring only)

Majors must take part in a language assessment exam (STAMP) to be conducted during the semester of their Spanish capstone experience.

Spanish majors may pursue a paired major with Latin America and Border Studies (LABS) in which any two courses may be counted towards both majors. Students who pair Spanish and LABS must take two capstone courses, one in the Spanish department and the other as outlined under LABS.

Minor in Spanish

Five courses (Minors consist of a minimum of 18 credits.)

  • SPA15-124 Spanish IV

  • One course from:

    • SPA15-324 Textual and Visual Analysis
    • SPA15-334 Conversation through Hispanic Cinema
    • Spa 15-344 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • One course from:

    • SPA15-354 Cultures of Latin America
    • SPA 15-364 Cultures of Spain
  • Two additional courses from the following levels: 300, 400, 500, 600, 700

Minors must take part in a language assessment exam (STAMP) to be conducted during the spring semester of their senior year.

See the Education Department for information regarding teacher certification in Spanish.