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Majors & Minors

The Department of Hispanic Studies aims to develop students’ Spanish language skills, to deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures domestically and abroad, to sharpen their critical thinking, and to heighten their awareness of their role as local and global citizens in a pluralistic society. The department offers a major with three specialty options. Student may also choose to minor in Spanish or double major in Spanish and another field of study.

All majors and minors in Spanish must first complete the premajor requirements of the intermediate language sequence: SPA 201 and 202 (or 203), SPA 210 and 211 (or 215).

Major in SpanishTo receive a BA in Spanish, majors must also complete 42 credit hours as follows: 

  • SPA 310 (3 hours)
  • Ten 300+ level Spanish courses to include at least 4 courses at the 400+ level* (30 hours) 
  • 3 courses outside Spanish (SPA) at the 200+ level that complement the major (see full description (9 hours)

Students majoring in Spanish choose between three tracks of study:

1. Spanish Language and Lingustics

2. Spanish Literature and Culture

3. Spanish (General)

*Students whose only or primary major is Spanish are required to take SPA 323 (Introduction to Translation) as one of their 300 level courses in order to fulfill their GCCR requirement.

Click here to see a full description of the degree Requirements for a BA in Spanish


Minor in SpanishTo receive a minor in Spanish student must complete 15 hours (5 courses) beyond the intermediate language sequence (see above) as follows:

  • SPA 310 (3 hours)
  • 12 credit hours at the 300 level or above. At at least one course should be in Lang./Ling. and one in Lit./Cult. (click here for list of options)


To declare a major or minor in Spanish students should check APEX for requirements and visit the Arts and Sciences advising center in room 202 of Patterson Office Tower. Click here for more information about Advising Center hours.

Specific questions may also be directed to Dr. Heather Campbell-Speltz, 859-257-5763,


Courses offered: To learn more about courses offered through the Department of Hispanic Studies, click here