Major and Minor

The following courses are required for a Spanish major

Major Requirements

Ten courses above the Intermediate level including the following mandatory courses:

SPA 1138 - Advanced Grammar or
SPA 1140 - Writing & Stylistics in Span.

SPA 2211 - Lit & Cult Experience of Spain or
SPA 2212 - Lit & Cult Experienc of Lat America

SPA 3970 - Research Seminar

How to apply for a Spanish Major or double major

We encourage our students to obtain a major in Spanish because it will help them in any career path they may choose. In order to do so, students may come to the Department main office, located in SAC 303,  and fill out a form to declare a Spanish major or double major. Majors will be assigned an advisor from the Spanish faculty, and the paperwork will be sent to the Dean's office, so that their major will appear on their academic transcript. You may also  apply on line:

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Starting in fall 2014, Spanish majors will be required to spend one semester abroad in Spain or Latin America.  The Villanova Semester Program at the University of Cádiz, Spain is at present our designated program in Spain for our majors and minors.  A few other programs in Spain and Latin America may also be accepted for Spanish credits. Please consult with our Programs Abroad Coordinator:  Dr. Julio Villa-García.  
** Students who for particular circumstances cannot spend one semester abroad, may contact the Chair of the Department for approval **

Minor Requirements

Four courses above the Intermediate level.

How to apply for a Minor in Spanish

We encourage students to obtain a minor in Spanish.  In order to do so, students may come to the Department main office, located in SAC 303 and fill out a form.  At the time of graduation and upon completion of the minor requirements, students will be issued a Minor certificiate and the minor will appear on their transcript.

Spanish Minors for the Professions

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures has created three minors especially for students specializing in Business, Health or other professions where knowing Spanish is necessary.  For more information, please click here.

Spanish Proficiency Certificates

The Department will facilitate their majors prior to graduation to take an ACTFL, oral and written proficiency test  (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).  They will receive a National Certificate from ACTFL which will be helpful in their careers as it attests to the knowledge of the language.  Contact person is Dr. Maria Gladys Vallieres (

Spanish Literature in English

The Division of Spanish also offers courses of Spanish literature in English translation. Such courses may be used to fulfill the Advanced literature requirement or a Humanities elective; however, they may not be used toward credit requirements for the Spanish major or minor.

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