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Spanish Major

Students by mural in NicaraguaThere are many pathways to a Spanish major. You can start the major at any level. It's possible to fast-track the major if you are willing to take a summer intensive course on campus or abroad. Those starting at SPN 301/302 or SPN 308, you will already be earning upper-division credits for the major and will apply for future study abroad during the fall semester. Students taking SPN 308 for heritage speakers during fall semester on campus leap-frog directly to upper-division content courses on campus and abroad. Study abroad in Latin America or Spain is required for the major. The Latin American Studies track offers you an interdisciplinary experience solely focused on the region on campus and abroad. 

For course descriptions and more details on major requirements, see the Bulletin. 

Examples of possible pathways include:

Pathway A: Starting from the ground up

  • Freshman year: SPN 101/102 plus summer study abroad in Oviedo, Spain (201/202)
  • Sophomore year: SPN 301/302
  • Junior year: SPN 330, 331, 340 or 440
  • Senior year: SPN 450 or 451

Pathway B: For those testing into SPN 201

  • Freshman year: SPN 201/202
  • Sophomore year: SPN 301/302
  • Junior year: Study abroad in Granada in fall semester (16-19 credits) plus SPN 450 or 451
  • Senior year: SPN 330, 331, 340, or 440 (if taking credits in Granada)

Pathway C: For those testing into SPN 301

  • Freshman year: SPN 301/302 (6 upper-division credits)
  • Sophomore year: SPN 330, 331, 340 or 440 plus spring or fall semester in Granada (16-19 credits)
  • Junior year: SPN 450 or 451 (The major is completed in the junior year)

Pathway D: Ideal for those who grew up speaking Spanish in the home

  • Freshman year: SPN 308 and SPN 330, 331, 340, or 440.
  • Sophomore year: SPN 450 or 451 plus fall or spring semester in Granada (16-19 credits)
  • Junior year: SPN upper-division elective course.

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