Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages - Spanish

Our department is committed to fostering a sound liberal arts academic experiences and preparing graduates to meet the educational, professional and cultural needs of the region and beyond.

Language majors and minors will be well equipped to deal with professional demands of many jobs, as they are good communicators and have been trained to think analytically and interact effectively with people. To help with these occupational goals, our department tries to provide paid training for students in areas that they might use for further employment.

Career Opportunities

Because Modern Language majors develop numerous transferable career skills, they can pursue a surprising variety of occupations:

  • Magazine Publishing
  • Library WorkBook Publishing
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Intelligence Research
  • Teaching
  • Public Service
  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Business, Multinational Corporations
  • Government, Military Service
  • Airline Industry
  • Retail Management
  • Communications
  • Disneyland Paris and Florida
  • Travel Agencies
  • Medicine
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hospitality Industry

Why Study Spanish?

Now more than ever before, knowledge of a second language can prove invaluable to the student and graduate. Mastery of a second language is useful in almost any career and may provide a career in itself. In addition, such knowledge aids understanding of and participation in world events because it accompanies an immersion in the cultural and historical background of that nation's people.

Undergraduate Programs of Study


Teacher Certification


Core Curriculum LU Core Curriculum (a set of undergraduate courses that all freshmen/sophomores take)

Bachelor of Arts – Modern Languages/Spanish concentration (minimum 120 hours)

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages/Spanish concentration combines general requirements, including the Core Curriculum with its emphasis on ways of knowing, and the more specialized study within the major:

  1. Core Curriculum Requirements, 48 hours.
  2. Academic Foundations Requirements, 15 hours: SPAN 1311 and 1312 (Beginning Spanish I and II), SPAN 2311 and 2312 (Intermediate Spanish I and II),Three additional hours selected from ENGL 3330 or 3332
  3. Major, 30 hours advanced Spanish: SPAN 3300 Spanish Conversation, SPAN 3310 Advanced Grammar and Composition, SPAN 3315 Advanced Expository Writing, SPAN 3320 Culture and Civilization of Spain, SPAN 3330 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America, SPAN 4310 Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature I, SPAN 4320 Survey of Spanish-American Literature I, SPAN 4330 Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature II, SPAN 4340 Survey of Spanish-American Literature II, SPAN 4380 Special Topics: Advanced Conversation
  4. Minor, 18 hours, including at least nine hours of advanced courses.
  5. Academic Electives: 9 hours, including at least 3 hours of advanced courses.

With Teacher Certification

Students wishing to certify with Spanish as the primary teaching field should major in the Department of English, Modern Languages and Philosophy and receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages/Spanish concentration.

Those receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages/ Spanish with a Teaching certification must take the same core curriculum and departmental foundations outlined in Bachelor of Arts Modern Languages/Spanish and similar major studies with the exceptions listed below.

Students majoring in Modern Languages/Spanish with Teaching Certification do not need to have a minor, nor are they required to take ENGL 3330 or 3332. In addition, these students must complete SPAN 4350 – Teaching Methods EC-6 and SPAN 4360 – Teaching Methods 6-12. The ML/Spanish with Teaching Certification degree only requires three hours of academic electives – SPAN 2300 (Study Abroad) is recommended. These students must also complete all required courses in professional pedagogy, including student teaching, must comply with all current departmental/university and state preparation/remediation policies, and must pass appropriate local and state qualifying examinations.

For requirements for elementary teacher certification with Spanish specialization, consult the College of Education and Human Development.

Minor in Spanish

Students who wish to minor in Spanish must take 18 hours beyond SPAN 1311, including the following (No grade less than “C”):

  • SPAN 1312 Beginning Spanish II.
  • SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I.
  • SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II.
  • SPAN 3300 Spanish Conversation.
  • SPAN 3310 Advanced Grammar and Composition.
  • 3 hours Advanced (3000-or 4000- level) Spanish electives.