The Spanish Program

The curriculum in the Department allows students to develop skills in a second language as part of the College’s mission to produce a well-rounded graduate who is prepared for life and citizenship as well as for a career. Because today’s world is enriched by diversity, faculty strive to cultivate in each student an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Respect for self and others must be at the basis of any worthwhile communication. It is in this sense that the Department considers the study of other languages integral to a liberal arts education. All classes foster the skills of communication and understanding in a second language. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and an exploration of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world are integrated at each level of study. 

What Can I Do With a Major in Spanish?

With the changing cultural landscape of today's world, it has become more apparent that knowledge of another language is advantageous and perhaps a necessity for living in a globalized world.

Spanish ranks high among the world’s most spoken languages. The Spanish-speaking population in the United States has continued to climb rapidly. This makes a Spanish major an ideal choice for foreign language study. In fact, the U.S. government is among the largest employers for foreign language speakers.

Whether your ultimate career goal is in business, diplomacy, education, health care, law, social services, government, communications or many other fields, fluency in Spanish and an understanding of the Spanish culture is sure to open many doors for you.


Spanish majors are required to pursue a second major or a minor, develop a portfolio and undergo annual assessments of their oral skills, as well as complete a minimum of a nine-credit summer program or one semester of study in a Spanish-speaking country. Graduates possess deeper cultural understanding as well as proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing the Spanish language. They are prepared for careers in business, education, government, history, law, journalism and public services. 

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish

The Spanish major requires 12 courses. Spanish 203 and Spanish 204 fulfill the core requirement as well as six (6) credits for the major. In addition, a major in Spanish requires 10 courses above Spanish 204. The following Spanish classes are required:

SP 315  Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition - 3 credits
SP 317  Introduction to Spanish Literary Analysis - 3 credits
P 320  Developing Oral Proficiency & Phonetics in Spanish - 3 credits
SP 444  Peninsular Culture and Civilization - 3 credits
SP 445  Spanish American Culture and Civilization - 3 credits

Any 300 or 400 level Peninsular Literature class - 3 credits
Any 300 or 400 level Spanish American Literature class - 3 credits
Any three (3) courses above SP 204 - 9 credits

Credits earned in approved study abroad programs fulfill requirements for the major. Prior approval of study abroad programs is required from the department chair.

Required Core Spanish Courses:
HI 233  History of Latin America - 3 credits
One course from the following:
AR 100  Art and Music of Western Culture - 3 credits
AR 101  Art History I:  Ancient through Renaissance- 3 credits
R 102  Art History II:  Baroque to the Present  - 3 credits
 course from the following :
EL 138  Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States - 3 credits
L 236  Modern European Literature - 3 credits
EL 145  Reading as Writers: Poetry - 3 credits
EL 252  Literary Translation Workshop - 3 credits
ne course from the follow:
N 222  Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
AN 328  Linguistic Anthropology - 3 credits
SP 550  Spanish Internship is highly recommended.

Spanish majors are required to pursue a second major or a minor. Spanish majors are also required to develop a portfolio and undergo annual assessments of their oral skills.

Requirements for a Minor in Spanish (18 credits):
A minor in Spanish requires six courses above SP 203.
The following four (4) courses are required:
SP 315 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition - 3 credits
SP 320 Developing Oral Proficiency & Phonetics in Spanish - 3 credits
Any 300 level course in literature - 3 credits
Any course in culture and civilization - 3 credits
Elective: Any two (2) courses above SP 203 - 6 credits

Teacher Preparation
Students seeking Spanish teaching certification for grades K-12 will take a minor in Education. Students are directed to read about teacher certification requirements in the Education Department section of the Saint Vincent Bulletin.  They are also advised to contact the chairperson of the Education Department for additional guidance. A student should declare an education minor in the Registrar's office.
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Student Work and Research in Spanish

Study Abroad is essential to attain proficiency in listening, reading, speaking and writing Spanish. Therefore, a minimum of a 9-credit summer program or one semester of study in a Spanish-speaking country or region is required. Students are encouraged to participate in the college’s program at the UNIVERSAL Language Center in Cuernavaca, Mexico (9-credit maximum).

For students who are not able to study abroad, language study in a Spanish immersion program may be substituted. All programs must be approved by the department chair. Credits earned through study abroad fulfill requirements for the major.  

Internships and Careers in Spanish

Spanish major jobs are available in a variety of different fields. Students who complete the Spanish program may be employed or continue their education as:

  • Spanish major jobs are available in a variety of different fields. Students who complete the Spanish program may be employed or continue their education as:

    • Translators/Interpreters 
      • Business 
      • Law 
      • Manufacturing 
      • Travel/Tourism 
      • Healthcare 
    • Teachers
    • Government Workers 
      • Civil Service 
      • Customs 
      • Intelligence 
      • Language analysis 
    • Museum Employees 
    • Marketers 
    • Journalists/Broadcasters 
    • Social Workers 
    • Mission Workers 
    • Language Analysts 
    • Graduate School Students
  • Student Learning Outcomes

    The Department’s student learning outcomes are aligned with the National Standards of Foreign Language Learning. Your Spanish courses will allow you to:

    • Develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish.
    • Make connections to other disciplines of study by acquiring knowledge of the practices, products and perspectives of the cultures studied.
    • Gain greater insights into your own and other cultures, so that you can better appreciate and understand other people’s way of life, points of view and their contributions to the world.
    • Participate in multilingual and multicultural communities in the U.S. and abroad.
    • Spanish major requirements include courses in language, literature, conversation and civilization taught by native speakers.
    • Practical experience using the language through internship opportunities in a variety of settings.
    • Experience the culture firsthand though study abroad or a Spanish immersion program.
    • Participate in an array of cultural events on campus hosted by Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, Spanish Club and Multicultural Student Life office. Students can also participate in cultural activities beyond the campus.
    • Language learning is a lifelong, fulfilling endeavor. The ability to communicate in another language enhances professional aims and enriches personal interactions and experiences.