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Spanish programs of study

Augustana College offers five paths towards linguistic and cultural proficiency for students of Spanish. With a flexible schedule and diverse course options, students can tailor their Spanish program to coordinate with other areas of study at the college.

Major in Spanish Language, Culture & Literature

The major is designed to build a broad understanding of the Spanish-speaking world as well as language proficiency. Capped by a self-selected senior research project, the major allows each student to build a curriculum to serve his or her own interests. The major is composed of 30 credits of upper-level coursework in language, culture and literature, including:

  • 301: Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • 305: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • 321 or 322: Culture & Civilization of Spain
  • 326 or 327: Spanish-American Culture
  • 6 credits from 330-345: Hispanic Literature
  • 6 credits of electives at or above 203 (3 above 305)
  • 390 Senior Inquiry in Spanish

Many students begin their study of Spanish at the 301/305 level, while others complete coursework at the 200 level before moving on to the courses required in the major. (See course details)

Major in Spanish for Professional Use

The major in Spanish for Professional Use is a program designed for students who are completing pre-professional programs in one of three core areas: Business, Speech Pathology and Health Sciences.  This program combines coursework in language acquisition and cultural studies with targeted courses for oral proficiency and Spanish for the specific professional track of the student.  Students complete their senior inquiry project in their pre-professional field while completing coursework in Spanish to prepare them to use Spanish in the workplace.

Students may enroll in the Spanish for Professional Use program only after enrolling in one of the following pre-professional majors or advising tracks:  Communication Sciences & Disorders, Business (all concentrations), International Business, Accounting, Biology, or Health Profession Fields (Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine). 

The Spanish for Professional Use Major consists of 30 credits of upper-level coursework in language and culture, including:

  • 301: Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • 305: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • 321 or 322: Culture & Civilization of Spain
  • 326 or 327: Spanish-American Culture
  • 314: Intensive Spanish Grammar
  • 315: Phonetics & Phonology
  • 328: Spanish for Special Purposes (Medicine, Business or Speech Pathology)
  • 3 credits from 330-345: Hispanic Literature
  • 6 credits of electives at or above 203 (3 above 305)

 Major in Teaching Spanish

For students who are planning on teaching at the junior or senior high school level, Augustana provides an enhanced major which meets the requirements for teacher certification in the state of Illinois. The teaching major includes all requirements of the standard major, but also requires two additional courses in Spanish language study: Introduction to Linguistics and Intensive Spanish Grammar. In order to facilitate student teaching in their senior year, teaching majors are able to begin their senior inquiry project in their junior year.

Minor in Spanish

For students who wish to develop their language skills but choose not to complete the major, Augustana offers an 18-credit minor program. As with the major, this program is designed to offer students flexible course options so that each student may design a minor to meet his or her particular interests and goals. Coursework includes:

  • 301: Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • 305: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • 321 or 322: Culture & Civilization of Spain
  • 326 or 327: Spanish-American Culture
  • 6 credits of electives (3 at or above 314)

Minor in Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies minor combines study of Spanish and interdisciplinary study of Latin America, with courses offered in geography, history, political science and world literature. Students who participate in study abroad programs in Latin America may also count coursework towards this minor. Many students who complete a Spanish major also opt for a Latin American Studies minor. (For more information, see Latin American Studies)