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Both, the Major and Minor in Spanish, promote study of the liberal arts and assist in creating more globally aware, internationally focused graduates with knowledge of the language as well as the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the major or minor in Spanish should consult the undergraduate advisor in Spanish, Ms. Jennifer Gansler.

SPANISH COURSES 101-202


MAJOR IN SPANISH

Program Code: 5726

Requirements:

  • Complete the 27 credits of the core requirements 
  • Complete a minimum of 9 credits in Spanish 400-level electives
  • Complete an experiential component

The following are core requirements for the major:

Courses

Credits

 SPN 310 Basic Spanish Grammar

 3 credits

 SPN 320 Cultural Readings  and Composition (W)

 3 credits

 SPN 330 Phonetics and Pronunciation

 3 credits

 SPN 342 Media and Conversation

 3 credits

 SPN 350 Intro to Reading Hispanic Literature (W)

 3 credits

 SPN 412 Topics in Hispanic Culture

 3 credits

 SPN 420 Spain and its Literature

 3 credits

 SPN 432 Latin America and its Literature

 3 credits

 SPN 440 The Structure of Spanish

 3 credits


Three of the following courses (9 credits):
(Each course may be repeated for up to 9 credits)
 

 SPN 452 Topics in Spanish Language

 3 credits 

 SPN 462 Topics in Spanish Literature

 3 credits

 SPN 472 Topics in the Literatures of the Americas

 3 credits

 SPN 482 Topics in Spanish Linguistics

 3 credits

         TOTAL SPANISH CREDITS REQUIRED:                                   36 - 40 credits  


Experiential Component Options:
Students majoring in Spanish are expected to study abroad for at least eight weeks, but should a student be unable to meet that expectation, one of the following options must be pre-approved:

  • Internship for at least eight weeks in a Spanish-speaking environment.
  • Service learning for at least eight weeks in a Spanish-speaking environment.

Note: Any student that cannot complete the required experiential component must enroll in SPN 492 Senior Writing Project for 1 credit.

One Linguistics course (LIN 200, LIN 401, ROM 401, ENG 302) and SPN 330 are prerequisites for SPN 440.

The College of Arts and Letters cognate requirements must be followed:

  • Two cognates of 12 credits each, with at least 3 credits in the upper division.
  • Each cognate shall be in a single discipline or thematic area. At least one of the cognates must be in a field outside the College of Arts and Letters.

The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Spanish major is met by completing Spanish 320 and 350.

Note: Students wishing to earn a Spanish Education major must apply separately for admission to the College of Education. Applications are available at the College of Education Student Affairs Office, 134 Erickson Hall. Acceptance into the program is necessary for admission into the required Education courses.


MINOR IN SPANISH

Program Code: 5729

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in Spanish, Ms. Jennifer Gansler.

Requirements:

1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):

  • SPN 310
  • SPN 320 

2. Completion of an additional 15 credits in Spanish at the 300- and 400-levels

  • credits as approved by the student’s adviser for the minor

Students that plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Spanish.  

Note: that these are not the requirements for the teaching minor in Spanish.