Spanish Studies

Programs offered
  • Spanish Studies (major and minor)

Spanish is, after Chinese, the most common first language in the world, spoken by some 500 million people. It is an unofficial second language in the United States. 

In support of the SPU mission to cultivate graduates of competence and character, the Spanish Studies major and minor programs seek to further your linguistic and cultural competence by affording you opportunities for learning in classroom settings and overseas.

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Spanish Studies (BA)


  • A minimum of 51 credits is required for this major, including 25 upper-division credits, 18 of which need to be taught in Spanish.
  • You must complete all non-credited and language proficiency requirements.
  • You are required to participate in an accredited study abroad program to accumulate the required number of credits and to expand your knowledge of the language and country.    
  • A Senior Paper is required and is to be presented in conjunction with the Capstone Seminar.
  • Majors in Spanish Studies are required to complete an Oral Proficiency Interview conducted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages prior to graduation.

Spanish Studies minor


  • A minimum of 33 credits is required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • This minor’s required courses include Core courses, history courses, literature courses, and electives.

Apply for the major or minor

  • To apply for a major or minor in Spanish Studies, you must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA of 2.0 in all college work applicable to the BA degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA in 10 credits of coursework at SPU in Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department.
  • You may apply for a major or minor using the Major or Minor Application form.
  • You must complete all major or minor requirements in effect when you are accepted to the degree program.

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Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics

Visit the Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department, and see how a degree from this department can help you achieve your goals and make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule: Spanish Studies

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.

SPU students in Paris on study abroad

Take off on a study abroad

Take advantage of intercultural opportunities by joining a study abroad program.