Spanish Program

SPANISHMajor

The course of studies leading to a major in Spanish requires no fewer than 30 hours beyond the general studies requirement (FLS 201-202). These hours must include:

              1. HFLS 303 General Conversation I
              2. HFLS 304 General Conversation II
              3. HFLS 306 Advanced Spanish Grammar
              4. HFLS 307 Composition in Spanish
              5. HFLS 309 General Survey of Spanish-American Literature I
              6. HFLS 310 General Survey of Spanish-American Literature II
              7. HFLS 311 General Survey of Spanish Literature I
              8. HFLS 312 General Survey of Spanish Literature II
              9. Two courses at the 400 level.

Substitutions may be approved by the department. FLS 251-252 may be counted toward a major or minor. Students planning to certify as Spanish teachers at the elementary or secondary level should also take FLS 491, Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, and FLS 492, Applied Linguistics.

Minor

To minor in Spanish, a student must complete no fewer than 18 hours beyond the general studies requirement. Within these hours must be included: 

              1. HFLS 303 General Conversation I
              2. HFLS 304 General Conversation II
              3. HFLS 306 Advanced Spanish Grammar
              4. HFLS 307 Composition in Spanish
              5. HFLS 311 General Survey of Spanish Literature I
              6. Any one of the following: 309, 310 or 312.

Why Study Spanish?

There are 328 518 810 Spanish speakers worldwide, putting it second only to Chinese for total number of native speakers. In the US, it is used by some 35 million people or around 10% of the US population. This makes the US home to the fourth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world.

There are many reasons to study Spanish. Some of them, presented by The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese are:

      • There are 328 518 810 Spanish speakers worldwide, putting it second only to Chinese for total number of native speakers.
      • In the US, it is used by some 35 million people or around 10% of the US population. This makes the US home to the fourth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world.
      • Spanish is the fourth most widely geographically used language in the world, spanning 44 countries.
      • It is the official language of 21 countries.
      • It serves as the most commonly taught foreign language in the United States.
      • 68.8% of high school students and 52.2% of post-secondary students with world language programs choose to study Spanish.
      • It serves as an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, World Trade Organization, and North American Free Trade Agreement.
      • It is the third most commonly used language on the Internet (after English and Chinese).
      • Hispanic citizens make up 15.4% of the US population and the second largest ethnic group.
      • There are more than 5,000 elected US officials who are of Latino/Hispanic origin.

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."

Nelson Mandela