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Bachelor of Science in Spanish

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Bachelor of Science in Spanish

Collaborative Online Degree

This program may be completed 100 percent online. Courses that fulfill the degree are also offered in traditional classroom, hybrid and web delivery, and study abroad. The program is taught by IU South Bend, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program.

Did you know that Spanish is the official language in 21 countries around the world? And that here in the US, about 13.5 percent of the population speaks Spanish at home? IU Online’s Bachelor of Science in Spanish offers a rigorous curriculum that develops your language proficiency, cultural facility, and professional competence in Spanish. 

Tailor your degree to your professional interests by choosing one of four tracks:

  • Spanish for Business (18 credit hours)
  • Spanish for Medical Communication (18 credit hours)
  • Hispanic Cultures for Travel and Tourism (18 credit hours)
  • Hispanic Cultures in the US (18 credit hours)

The tracks allow you to apply your command of the Spanish language and knowledge of Hispanic culture in a variety of real-world settings.

If you decide to pursue an advanced degree, the solid liberal arts foundation and suite of core Spanish coursework will prepare you for admission to a wide variety of professional graduate programs. 


Admissions requirements vary by campus.

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

Students receiving the Bachelor of Science in Spanish must complete 120 total credit hours (up to 60 credit hours can be transferred) including:

  • A minimum of 33 credit hours at the 300– or 400–level.
  • Major requirements must be completed with a grade of C or higher
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required
  • All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.

Spanish Component (30 cr.)
LO #1: Intermediate Spanish (6 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 200 Second-Year Spanish I; OR
    SPAN-S 203 Second Year Spanish 1
  • SPAN-S 204 Second Year Spanish 2; OR
    SPAN-S 250 Second-Year Spanish II
LO #2: Spanish Conversation (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 275 Hispanic Culture and Conversation; OR
    SPAN-S 317 Spanish Conversation and Diction Class
LO #3: Grammar and Composition (3 cr.)

Select one from the following:

  • HISP-S 308 Composition and Conversation in Spanish
  • SPAN-S 311 Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN-S 312 Written Composition in Spanish
  • SPAN-S 313 Writing Spanish 1
LO #4: Literary Analysis in Spanish (3 cr.)

Select one from the following:

  • SPAN-S 301 The Hispanic World 1
  • SPAN-S 302 The Hispanic World 2
  • SPAN-S 360 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
LO #5: Advanced Coursework in Spanish (15 cr.)

Select five from the following:

  • SPAN-S 315 Spanish in the Business World
  • SPAN-S 319 Spanish for Health Care Personnel
  • SPAN-S 323 Introduction to Translating Spanish and English
  • SPAN-S 326 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN-S 363 Introduction to Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN-S 370 Service Learning in Spanish
  • SPAN-S 381 Hispanc Civilization I
  • SPAN-S 382 Hispanic Civilization II
  • SPAN-S 383 Hispanic Civilization III
  • SPAN-S 384 Hispanic Civilization IV: Contemporary Cultural and Literary Expressions
  • SPAN-S 390 Special Topics in Spanish
  • SPAN-S 411 Spain: The Cultural Context
  • SPAN-S 412 Spanish America: The Cultural Context
  • SPAN-S 413 Hispanic Culture in the United States
  • SPAN-S 423 The Craft of Translation
  • SPAN-S 426 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN-S 429 Medical Interpreting Spanish/English
  • SPAN-S 468 Varieties of Spanish
  • SPAN-S 493 Internship Program in Spanish
  • SPAN-S 495 Hispanic Colloquium
LO #6: Spanish Capstone (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S XXX Bachelor of Science in Spanish Capstone
Applied Spanish Track (15 unique cr.)

Each track consists of five classes. The first course is one of the upper-level courses taught in Spanish, which also counts as one of the five classes required to satisfy #5. The remaining four courses on topical courses taught in English that related to the focus of the track. 

Select one of the following certificates:

Track Option 1: Medical Communication in Spanish (18 cr.)
  • AHLT-B 311 Systems of Health Care Delivery;  OR
    BUS-H 320 Systems of Health Care Delivery 
  • AHLT-R 185 Medical Terminology (1-2 cr.); OR
    HIM-M 195 Medical Terminology 
  • CMCL-C 427 Cross Cultural Communication; OR
    SPCH-S 427 Cross Cultural Communication 
  • SPAN-S 319 Spanish for Health Care Personnel 
  • SPAN-S 429 Medical Interpreting Spanish/English 
  • SPEA-H 452 Health Disparities 
Track Option 2: Spanish in the Business World (18 cr.)
  • BUS-D 300 International Business: Operations of International Enterprises; OR
    BUS-D 301 International Business Environment 
  • CMCL-C 427 Cross Cultural Communication; OR
    SPCH-S 427 Cross Cultural Communication 
  • SPAN-S 315 Spanish in the Business World 
  • SPAN-S 323 Introduction to Translating Spanish and English; OR
    SPAN-S 410 Contemporary Hispanic Culture and Conversation 
  • SPCH-S 333 Public Relations 
  • SPCH-S 335 Media and Health 
Track Option 3: Hispanic Culture for Travel and Tourism (18 cr.)
  • SPCH-S 427 Cross Cultural Communication 
  • TESM-T 107 Tourism Planning and Development
  • TESM-T 207 Tourism Policy and Sustainability
  • TESM-T 234 Cultural Heritage Tourism 

Select two from the following:

  • SPAN-S 363 Introduction to Hispanic Culture 
  • SPAN-S 370 Service Learning in Spanish 
  • SPAN-S 390 Special Topics in Spanish 
  • SPAN-S 495 Hispanic Colloquium 
Certificate in Hispanic Culture in the United States (18 cr.)

Select two from the following (taught in Spanish):

  • SPAN-S 318 Writing Spanish for Heritage Speakers 
  • SPAN-S 363 Introduction to Hispanic Culture 
  • SPAN-S 412 Spanish America: The Cultural Context 
  • SPAN-S 413 Hispanic Culture in the United States 
  • SPAN-S 440 Hispanic Sociolinguistics 
  • SPAN-S 468 Varieties of Spanish 

Select four from the following (taught in English):

  • LATS-L 228 An Interdisciplinary Look at U.S. Latino/a Identities 
  • LATS-L 350 Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies  
  • LATS-L 396 Social and Historical Topics in Latino Studies 
  • SPAN-S 231 Spanish-American Fiction in Translation 
  • SPAN-S 260 Introduction to Hispanic Film 
  • SPAN-S 284 Women in Hispanic Culture 
  • SPAN-S 290 Topics in Hispanic Culture 
  • SPAN-S 303 The Hispanic World 
  • SPAN-S 390 Special Topics in Spanish 

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