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The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2023-2024 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

The Spanish major equips students for a large variety of positions in industry, social work, medical institutions, and government where advanced proficiency in the Spanish language is required. Students will also be prepared to continue the study of Spanish or a related field in graduate school. They will develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish, as well as knowledge and appreciation for the rich heritage of the cultures of Latin America and Spain.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Students choose a minimum of 30 total hours, which must include the capstone. Twenty-four of them must come from the following list or be Spanish courses taken abroad, although students may opt to complete all 30 from this list. Each course is a three-credit-hour course. SPAN 003, 004 and 140 are language courses; 140 is the prerequisite for all courses numbered above 140.

Students must earn a minimum 2.67 cumulative GPA in Spanish courses.

Course Credits
SPAN 004 - Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPAN 135 - Spanish Medical Terminology 3
SPAN 140 - Spanish Practical Speaking and Writing 3
SPAN 150 - Spanish Language and Culture 3
SPAN 151 - National Identity 3
SPAN 152 - Film 3
SPAN 153 - Culture and Society 3
SPAN 154 - Cultural Health Perspectives 3
SPAN 155 - Spanish for Business 3
SPAN 156 - Women in Influence 3
SPAN 157 - Legends and Myths 3
SPAN 160 - Literature 3
SPAN 161 - Internship 3
SPAN 165 - Capstone 3
Electives -  Students may earn six hours of coursework toward the major that are taught in English and that are related to the cultures of Spain and/or Latin America. Approved courses include the following, but others may be approved by a WLC advisor.  

ANTH 002 - Intro to Cultural Anthropology


ANTH 081 - Borders and Boundaries


ANTH 156 - Ethnographic Methods

ECON 135 - Developing Economies 3
EDUC 162/262/HONR 107 - Urban Education & Immigration 3
ENG 083 - English in America: Language, Citizenship, and Identity 3
ENG 164/WGS 111 - Latino/a Literature 3
HIST 123 - Modern Mexico 3
HIST 125 - Colonial Latin America 3
HIST 126 - Modern Latin America 3
HIST 156 - Sex, Power, and War in the Aztec Empire 3
HIST 189 - U.S. Mexico Borderlands 3
HONR 073/WLC 150 - U.S. Latino Language and Cultures 3
LPS 135 - Global South and LPS 3
LPS 135 - Detention and Deportation Systems 3
POLS 065 - Comparative Politics 3
SOC 196/WLC 196 - Contemporary Urban Mexico (travel study seminar) 3
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3

Students may earn up to six credits in Spanish and apply them as electives to the major requirements through AP, CLEP, or IB taken while in high school. More specifically, students earn:

  • 3 credits for an AP placement of 4 on the language exam
  • 6 credits for an AP placement of 5 on the language exam
  • 6 credits for an AP placement of 4 or 5 on the literature exam
  • 3 credits for a CLEP placement over 50 for the Level One exam
  • 6 credits for a CLEP placement over 50 on the Level Two exam
  • 6 credits for having completed an IB program and successfully passed the exam

A minimum of 21 credits must be earned at Drake or at other institutions that are approved by Drake International.

Students must have a minimum 2.67 GPA in all Spanish courses.

Spanish Minor Requirements

See the World Languages and Cultures section of this catalog for details.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.