Major and Minor

The following courses are required for a Spanish major

Major Requirements

Ten courses above the Intermediate level including the following THREE 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 Experience 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 greatly 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 online:

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Starting in Fall 2014, Spanish majors will be strongly encouraged to spend one semester abroad in Spain or Latin America.  The Villanova Semester Program at the University of Cádiz, Spain was created by Villanova University in conjunction with the University of Cádiz, it is our ideal location in Spain for our majors and minors. A few other programs in Spain and Latin America may also be accepted for Spanish credits. Please check the Guidelines for Programs Abroad in the Department, consult with our Programs Abroad Coordinator:  Dr. Julio Villa-García.  

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 if their schedule does not permit them to do a major. 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 certificate 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 Spanish Division of the Department will facilitate an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) National Spanish Proficiency Certificate to all majors during their senior year. Contact person is Dr. María Gladys Vallières: Maria.Vallieres@villanova.edu

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 toward the Spanish major or minor.

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