Spanish, BA

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The Spanish major is built on coursework in Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American literature, Hispanic cultures, Hispanic linguistics, and advanced language skills. The goal of the major is twofold: to study content areas related to the Spanish language, such as literature, culture, and linguistics; and to develop proficiency in the Spanish language in all four skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Learning Outcomes

By graduation, Spanish majors will have the following.


Increased Spanish language proficiency in speaking, writing, listening, and reading.

Analytical Skills

Acquired the skills to engage critically with one or more of the following areas.

  • Spanish, Spanish American, and U.S. Latino literatures and cultures.
  • Hispanic linguistics.
  • Creative and/or journalistic writing.
  • Spanish for the professions (e.g., health and business).
  • Translation.

Intercultural Knowledge

Gained intercultural knowledge of the diversity of the Hispanic world (Spain/Portugal, Latin America, and the United States) and its cultural, artistic, and linguistic history.


First-year students are initially advised by the Academic Advising Center. Second-year students are advised by the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures academic advisor. Third- and fourth-year students are advised by a faculty advisor and professional academic advisor who guides students regarding academic or career-focused experiences and opportunities.