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.  

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Prerequisite

    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

    25 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

    Choose two (2) of the following SPAN 3000-level courses:

    • SPAN 3431 Spanish Linguistics 2: Structure and Variation 4 semester hours
    • SPAN 3521 Survey of Latin American Literature 4 semester hours
    • SPAN 3541 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature 4 semester hours

    And

    • Two (2) courses in the SPAN 4000-level electives 8 semester hours
    • SPAN 4990 Senior Capstone Project 1 semester hours

    Note: Students must complete all upper division courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

    All students interested in taking a Spanish course including SPAN 2101 must take the online Spanish placement exam.

    Spanish courses in lower division (SPAN 2101, SPAN 2102, SPAN 2103) can be waived without credit if students placed in SPAN 2804 in their placement exam. Waived no-credit classes do not have to be made up to complete the Spanish major. Credit earned from AP Language and/or Literature exams will be applied as general credits.

    For more information, see the LMU Bulletin.

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

  • Prerequisite

    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
    • Choose one (1) of the following SPAN 3000-level courses:
      • 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
    • One (1) upper division 4000-level SPAN elective 4 semester hours

    Note: Students must complete all upper division courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0) to maintain status.

    All students interested in taking a Spanish course, including SPAN 2101 Spanish 1 must take the LMU Spanish Placement Exam.

    Spanish courses in lower division (SPAN 2101, SPAN 2102, SPAN 2103) can be waived without credit if students placed in SPAN 2804 in their placement exam. Waived no-credit classes do not have to be made up to complete the Spanish minor. Credit earned from AP Language and/or Literature exams will be applied as general credits.

    For more information, see the LMU Bulletin.

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

  • Course offerings for Fall 2021: lower division, upper division

    Senior Capstone Project Fall 2021.

    See all Spanish courses offered in the LMU Bulletin.