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Major in Spanish

Students who wish to acquire a major in Spanish, in addition to satisfying the core language requirement, can also major or minor in the language. Students are encouraged to explore the different aspects of the Spanish language and its rich literature and cultures.

Major Requirements

10 courses (30 credits) above the Intermediate level, including the following mandatory courses:

SPA 1138 Advanced Grammar OR SPA1140 Writing and Stylistics

SPA 2220 Literature and Culture of Span OR SPA2221 Literature and Culture of Latin America

SPA 3970 Research Seminar

Once a course sequence of language courses has begun, a student may not revert to a lower-level course.

How to apply for a Spanish Major or Double Major

Application to Declare a CLAS Major (if you are a student in another college wanting to declare a CLAS major, use this form), and submit your application online or e-mail it to our Administrative Assistant: You will be assigned an advisor from the Spanish faculty and your major will appear on your academic transcript.  

Semester Program Abroad

We recommend majors to earn some of their credits by studying abroad in Spain, in the Villanova/Cádiz Semester or Summer Programs. The programs are created in conjunction with the University of Cádiz, especially for our students. VU Students earn six credits in the summer and up to fifteen credits in the Semester Program. Studying abroad is important, in order to enhance their proficiency in the language and their knowledge of the culture. For more information, please look at our Cádiz webpages: Semester Program and Summer Program

You may also write to the Spanish Program Abroad Department Advisor, Dr. Mercedes Juliá:

Spanish Proficiency Certificates

The RLL Department will facilitate, free of charge, the ACTFL (American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages) Spanish Proficiency Certificate, valid nationwide, to all majors during their senior year. Contact person is Dr. Cristina Percoco:

Spanish Literature in English

The Division of Spanish also offers courses of Spanish or Latin American 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.

If you wish to add or remove a CLAS major, minor or concentration please use the application links below or go to MY NOVA and search OUS Forms and send them to OUS in SAC 107.