Spanish

¡Bienvenidos al programa de español!

The Spanish Program offers a gamut of opportunities from which one can choose different areas of study that allow an in-depth focus on literature, culture and linguistics. Students will have the option of studying abroad in order to enhance their studies at UST with a multicultural experience in Spain and/or Latin America. Given that in the world today, Spanish has become an indispensable language spoken by more than 330 million people in 23 countries, learning Spanish will lead to excellent professional possibilities and will provide an enriching personal and cultural experience.

Description of major

Students majoring in Spanish will choose from two different tracks:

Cultural and Literary Studies

Required for concentration (8 credits):

  • SPAN 335 Introduction to Spanish Literature (4 credits)
  • SPAN 331 Spanish Culture and Civilization (4 credits) OR SPAN 332 Latin American Culture and Civilization

For the remaining 12 credits, students may choose from the following electives.  Up to 8 credits may be taken from the Linguistics and Applied Language Studies area. For the concentration in Cultural and Literary Studies, students must take a minimum of four (4) credits in courses numbered SPAN 340 or higher:

  • SPAN 331 Spanish Culture and Civilization (4 credits)
  • SPAN 332 Latin American Culture and Civilization (4 credits)
  • SPAN 340 Themes in Spanish Literature (4 credits)
  • SPAN 380 Themes in Latin American Literature (4 credits)
  • SPAN 405 Spanish Genre Studies (4 credits)
  • SPAN 410 Women and Discourse of the Spanish-speaking World (4 credits)
  • SPAN 411 Ethnicity and Multiculturalism of the Spanish-speaking World (4 credits)
  • SPAN 412 Chicano and U.S. Latino Culture(s) and Literature(s) (4 credits)
  • SPAN 415 Hispanic Cinema Studies (4 credits)

Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Required for concentration (4 credits):

  • SPAN 315 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (4 credits)

For the remaining 16 credits, students may choose from the following electives.  Up to eight (8) credits may be taken from the Cultural and Literary Studies area:

  • SPAN 316 Studies in Spanish Linguistics (4 credits)
  • SPAN 317 Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation (4 credits)
  • SPAN 318 Introduction to Spanish Translation (4 credits)
  • SPAN 320 Business Spanish (4 credits)
  • SPAN 434 Spanish Applied Linguistics (4 credits) 

Students in teacher licensure programs must include a course in linguistics (recommended SPAN 315).

Students majoring in Spanish must take a minimum of twelve (12) credits in Spanish at the 300-level or above at St. Thomas or in a St. Thomas-approved study abroad program.

Students must complete the introductory and intermediate language program (SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212), or its equivalent, with a C- or above in all coursework before moving on to SPAN 300. Spanish majors/minors must complete SPAN 300, 301, and 305 with a C- or above in each course before proceeding on to further courses in the Spanish major.

For administrative purposes, students will complete assessment measures at the beginning of their major (in their 300 class) and during their final semester.

Note: The rare student who majors in Spanish, but begins her/his language training at St. Thomas with SPAN 111 may need to complete 136 units to graduate rather than the normal 132.

An additional major exists in International Business-Spanish Intensive that prioritizes the study of international business. 

Description of minor

In consultation with their minor field adviser, students must complete twenty (20) credits in courses numbered 300 and above. 

Minor in Spanish

After completing the core courses (SPAN 300, 301, 305), students may select two additional courses from any of the remaining upper-division Spanish courses (numbered above 305). Students must complete the introductory and intermediate language program (SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212), or its equivalent. Spanish minors must complete SPAN 300, 301 and 305 with a C- or above in each course before proceeding on to further courses in Spanish.

Students minoring in Spanish must take a minimum of eight (8) credits in Spanish at the 300-level or above at St. Thomas or in a St. Thomas-approved study abroad program.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The Spanish Program offers intensive short-term study opportunities in southern Spain (Seville) and in Mérida, Mexico. Semester and year-long programs in Spain and Latin America are available through affiliated universities and institutes. More information can be found at the International Education Center.

Contact section coordinator

If you have specific questions or would like further information, please contact:

Dr. Juli Kroll
Section Coordinator
jakroll@stthomas.edu