Spanish

Spanish, B.A. and minor

The Spanish major/minor program prepares students to be proficient in Spanish and the cultures of Spanish speaking populations. We teach to listen, speak, read, write, and analyze the language while providing college level knowledge of its literature and the arts. Our classes foster transcultural understanding as the basis for mutual respect, global harmony, and social justice. Many Spanish students double major; Business Administration, Accounting, Natural Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, Communication Studies, and English are common choices.

Our outstanding students are hired by the professors as teaching and research assistants, or work at our Language Center. They often join the Spanish Honor Society (Iota Rho of Sigma Delta Pi) and publish their research essays and creative works in the journal La Voz edited by the vibrant Spanish Club.  

  • Is Spanish Right for You?

    You will benefit from majoring (or minoring) in Spanish if you:

    • Plan to become a doctor, nurse, lawyer, business person, college professor or teacher
    • Would like to work or volunteer in a Spanish speaking community in the US or abroad
    • Learned Spanish at home and want to develop your skills professionally and academically
    • Are interested in the culture of Spanish speaking populations in the US and abroad
  • Learning Outcomes

    Spanish majors will know:

    • The variety and nature of linguistic practices of Spanish-speaking populations
    • The variety and nature of cultural texts of Spanish-speaking populations
    • The variety and nature of cultural perspectives of Spanish-speaking populations
    • Representative literary works and cultural texts from Spain, Latin America, the U.S., and other Spanish-speaking populations
    • Theoretical terminology and concepts essential to analyze literary and cultural texts.

    Spanish majors will be able to:

    • Understand spoken Spanish at the appropriate level
    • Speak Spanish at the appropriate level
    • Read Spanish at the appropriate level
    • Write Spanish at the appropriate level
    • Use acquired theoretical and critical skills to textual analyses and scholarly research
    • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of literary works developed by Spanish-speaking populations
    • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of cultural products developed by Spanish-speaking populations
    • Demonstrate an informed knowledge of linguistic varieties developed by Spanish-speaking populations.

    Spanish majors will also demonstrate an appreciation for:

    • The evolution and variety of perspectives in Spanish-speaking cultures
    • The mission of our University
    • Transcultural similarities and differences.
  • Major Requirements

    Prerequisite

    • SPAN 2101 4 semester hours

    Lower Division Requirements

    12 semester hours in lower division courses:

    • SPAN 2102 Spanish 2 4 semester hours 
    • SPAN 2103 Spanish 3 4 semester hours OR SPAN 2113 Spanish 3 for Latino Students 4 semester hours
    • SPAN 2804 Stylistics and Composition 4 semester hours
    Note: SPAN 2101, SPAN 2102, and SPAN 2103/2113 may be satisfied by placing above that level through the LMU Spanish Placement Exam. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all lower division Spanish courses.

    Upper Division Requirements

    The major in Spanish requires 25 semester hours in upper division courses: 8 semester hours inSPAN 3510, SPAN 3410; 8 semester hours in SPAN 3541, SPAN 3521, or SPAN 3431; 8 semester hours in 4000-level Spanish electives; and SPAN 4990, a senior capstone project (1 semester hour). Students are permitted to take up to 33 upper division hours in Spanish. Students must complete all upper division courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

    For more information, see the LMU Bulletin.

    Need a major/minor worksheet or 4-year-plan? Check here.

  • Minor Requirements

    Prerequisite

    • SPAN 2101 4 semester hours

    Lower Division Requirements

    12 semester hours in lower division courses:

    • SPAN 2102 Spanish 2 4 semester hours 
    • SPAN 2103 Spanish 3 4 semester hours OR SPAN 2113 Spanish 3 for Latino Students 4 semester hours
    • SPAN 2804 Stylistics and Composition 4 semester hours
    Note: SPAN 2101, SPAN 2102, and SPAN 2103/2113 may be satisfied by placing above that level through the LMU Spanish Placement Exam. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all lower division Spanish courses.

    Upper Division Requirements

    The minor consists of 16 semester hours in upper division courses:

    • SPAN 3410 Spanish Linguistics 1: Sounds and Words  4 semester hours
    • SPAN 3510 Introduction to Hispanic Literatures  4 semester hours
    • 4 semester hours in
      • SPAN 3431 Spanish Linguistics 2: Structure and Variation 4 semester hours OR
      • SPAN 3521 Survey of Latin American Literature 4 semester hours OR
      • SPAN 3541 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature 4 semester hours
    • And one upper division 4000-level Spanish elective.

    For more information, see the LMU Bulletin.

    Need a major/minor worksheet or 4-year-plan? Check here.

  • Spring 2018 Course Descriptions

    C‌lick here to see all Spanish Lower Division Course Descriptions | Spanish Upper Division Course DescriptionsSpanish Senior Capstone Project.

  • Fall 2017 Course Descriptions
  • Courses Offered

    See all Spanish courses offered in the LMU Bulletin.