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Major in Spanish

The B.A. Major in Spanish offers students an in-depth encounter with the rich and diverse realm of Spanish and Spanish American literature, culture and linguistics through the Spanish language. Students can explore such topics as Hispanic language and society, Hispanic film studies, the novel and short story, theater, poetry, translation, and women in literature.


Students must complete 33 credit hours for the major, including the following:

  1. S250 and S280, or equivalent placement. Students who place into the S300 level are not eligible for S280 credit (see note "a" below). As a result, they must take an additional 3 credits at the S300 or S400 level.
  2. S324, S326, and S328.
  3. Six credit hours of 300–400 level electives in any area.
  4. Four 400-level courses (see note "b" for distribution). At least one 400-level course must be taken on the Bloomington campus; a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework in the major must be taken on the Bloomington campus (see CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements).
    • Hispanic Linguistics Track: Three 400-level electives in Spanish linguistics, one 400-level elective in Spanish literature, and two 300- or 400-level electives in any area.
    • Hispanic Literature Track: Three 400-level electives in Spanish literature, one 400-level elective in Spanish linguistics, and two 300- or 400-level electives in any area. At least one literature course must be taken in a pre-1800 field. The pre-1800 400-level classes are S407, S450, and S471.
    • Hispanic Studies Track: Four 400-level electives (at least one of which must be in Spanish literature and at least one in Spanish linguistics) and two 300- or 400-level electives in any area.

Students must complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.


  1. Native speakers of Spanish are not eligible for 100- and 200-level special credit. They must complete the major with coursework at the 300 and 400 levels.
  2. The 400-level linguistics courses are S425, S427, S429, and S430. The 400-level literature courses are S407-S408, S417, S418, S419, S420, S422, S423, S435, S450, S470, S471-S472, S473, S474, S479, S480, and S481. Courses that count for either linguistics or literature, depending on the topic, are S495 and S498. The 400-level culture courses are S411, S412, and S413.
  3. The following courses cannot be used to fulfill any portion of the major: S260, S265, S284, S290, S421, X490, and S499.