The BA in Spanish degree program is a lively, flexible, intellectually challenging and practical way of developing language skills in Spanish as well as knowledge of the cultures and literatures of Spain, Latin America, and of Hispanics in the United States.
Spanish is the second most widely-spoken language in the United States, and the fourth most widely-spoken language in the world. Knowledge of Spanish is not only a practical necessity, but also a valuable asset in a wide range of careers such as teaching, health care, social work, law, journalism, communications, politics and business.
Completion of the Spanish major requires ten courses totaling 30 credits, excluding 101-104 or their equivalent.
Requirements include SPAN 250 or 252, 251 or 253, 270, 271, 352, and five additional 300-level courses from the list below. Of the five additional 300-level courses, one must be in the Golden Age, one in 19th or 20th century literature, and one in Latin American literature in addition to Spanish 352 (for a total of two courses in Latin American literature).
All majors are asked to complete a portfolio prior to graduation for evaluative purposes. Students are encouraged to include a variety of representative assignments from their Spanish courses (syllabi, papers, exams, media files), as well as materials from creative projects, foreign travel, study abroad, or internships. Students are also requested to prepare a brief (1-2 pages) personal statement in Spanish assessing their learning experiences in the major. Students will be responsible for assembling, updating, revising, and presenting their portfolios.
Courses are as follows:
- 250 & 251: Composition & Conversation I & II. Courses designed to develop greater fluency in speech and writing.
- 252: Composition and Conversation: Native Speakers. Course designed for Spanish-speaking students. Intensive study of grammar and composition.
- 253: Advanced Composition and Conversation: Native Speakers. Continuation of 252.
- 270 & 271: Main Currents of Spanish Literature I & II. Courses designed to acquaint the student with the main currents of Spanish literature through the study of selected representative works.
NOTE: 200-level courses are prerequisites for 300-level courses.
Required 300-level courses:
- At least one course in the Golden Age
- At least one course in 19th century literature or 20th century literature
- At least two courses in Spanish-American literature, one of which must be Spanish 352
- Two additional 300-level courses may be chosen from among the following:
- 300: Tutorial for Credit
- 302: Business Spanish
- 305: Advanced Spanish Grammar
- 308: Literary Criticism
- 311: Generation of 1898
- 319: Romanticism
- 326: Theater of the Golden Age
- 331: Twentieth Century Poetry
- 339: Nineteenth Century Poetry
- 340: Survey of Prose, Fictional and Non-Fictional
- 341: Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
- 346: Prose of the Golden Age
- 347: Cervantes' Don Quijote
- 349: Realism and Naturalism
- 352: Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature
- 360: Borges
- 361: Hispanic Women Writers
- 362: Hispanic Feminism
- 363: Spanish Cinema
- 364: Advanced Oral Expression
- 370: Spanish-American Poetry
- 380: Spanish-American Prose Fiction
- 381: Contemporary Latin American Novel
- 385: Spanish Literature of the Caribbean
- 389: Spanish-American Short Story
- 390: Culture and Civilization
- 395: Internship
- 397: Topics in Hispanic Literature
- 399: Honors Tutorial
Current Loyola students: To declare a major in Spanish, print out a Declaration of Major Form from the College of Arts & Sciences, and bring the form to Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Crown Center 217. Upon declaring a major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor. It is your responsibility to arrange interviews with the advisor at least twice a year. Any questions should be addressed to the advisor. Majors will not be permitted to enroll in 300-level courses without the permission of the advisor.
Students with prior knowledge of Spanish: Please see information regarding the placement exam before registering for a class.
Majors and minors cannot register directly for 300-level courses. This procedure ensures proper advisement and placement of students. Prior to registration, a student must receive permission to enroll in 300-level courses from the instructors or his/her Spanish faculty advisor.
Teacher Education Requirements
Eleven courses totaling 33 credits, excluding 101–104, and including Advanced Spanish Grammar, Culture and Civilization, and either Linguistics 120 or 125.
Students graduating with departmental honors take one Honors Tutorial (Spanish 399) and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, in addition to the above requirements.
Spanish majors are encouraged to consider study abroad. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures sponsors a four-week summer study abroad program in Spanish language and culture at Universidad Loyola Andalucía in Córdoba, Spain.
To insure proper transfer of credit, study abroad plans must be approved in writing by the student's advisor.
All Spanish majors are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Spanish Club.
Minor in Spanish Language
Six courses in Spanish will be selected by the student in consultation with the departmental advisor. Students with no background in Spanish will begin the sequence with 101. Students with high school or other background language will be placed in Spanish 102, 103 or 104.
Minor in Spanish Language and Literature
Six courses in Spanish excluding 101 through 104. Students normally take 250, 251, 270, 271 and two courses at the 300 level. Students who are fluent in the language may begin the sequence at the 270-level with the chairperson's permission.
To declare a minor in Spanish, print out a Declaration of Minor Form from the College of Arts & Sciences and bring the form to Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Crown Center 217. Upon declaring a minor, the student should contact the Undergraduate Program Director in Spanish, if questions or concerns arise.
For more information about our programs in Spanish, please contact us.