Spanish

Major/Minor

The Spanish program provides a foundation in the essential structure of language and fosters practical communication. Language skills are refined through immersion in literature, history, film, art, and culture of the Hispanic world.

Available Majors

  • Spanish

Available Minors

  • Spanish

Additional Study Options

Faculty

Curriculum

The Spanish Major

The Spanish Major requires 33 credit hours (11 courses) beginning at the 200-level. Students who place out of LSP-233 and LSP-234 will take 27 credits (nine courses). All Majors, including native speakers, must take LSP-301 and LSP-302.

Required Courses for The Spanish Major

       Language Skills:

       LSP-233 Spanish for Oral Proficiency (3) 
       LSP-234 Spanish for Written Proficiency (3)
       LSP-301 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I (3)
       LSP-302 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition II (3)

       Introduction to the Discipline:

       LFN-201 The World of Language (taught in English) (3)
       LSP-258* Readings in Hispanic Literature (taught in Spanish) (3)

*For native speakers who have successfully completed a literature course in English, LSP-258 should be replaced by one 300-level literature course in Spanish.

      Literature:

      One literature course in Spanish at the 300-level (3)

       Culture and Civilization:

       LSP-358 Spanish Culture & Civilization or LSP-359 Latin American Culture & Civilization (3)
       LFN-450 Research Seminar (3)

       Elective Courses:

       One course at the 200- or 300-level (3)
       One 400-level course in linguistics, literature or culture in Spanish (3)

The Spanish Minor

The Spanish Minor requires 21 credit hours (7 courses) beginning at the 200-level. Students who place out of LSP-233 and 234 will take 27 credits (six courses). All Minors, including native speakers, must take LSP-301 and LSP-302.

Required Courses for The Spanish Minor

       Language Skills:

       LSP-233 Spanish for Oral Proficiency (3) 
       LSP-234 Spanish for Written Proficiency (3)
       LSP-301 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I (3)
       LSP-302 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition II (3)

       Introduction to the Discipline:

       LFN-201 The World of Language (taught in English) (3)
       LSP-258* Readings in Hispanic Literature (taught in Spanish) (3)

*For native speakers who have successfully completed a literature course in English, LSP-258 should be replaced by one 300-level literature course in Spanish.

       Culture and Civilization:

       LSP-358 Spanish Culture & Civilization or LSP-359 Latin American Culture & Civilization (3)

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small classes, multimedia tools, and opportunities to interact with native speakers provide an immersive learning experience.

Research & Internship Opportunities

Major Capstone Project

Spanish majors complete a self-designed, semester-long research project under the direction of a full-time faculty member.

Study Abroad

Through the School Sisters of Notre Dame and partnerships with universities around the world, language students can choose to study, intern, work, teach, or complete service projects abroad in short-term or semester-long programs.

Learn More about Study Abroad

Hispanic Culture Club

Our student-run club organizes programming about Latin, Latin American, and Spanish cultures on campus.

Phi Sigma Iota

Advanced students with high-standing are invited to join Phi Sigma Iota, the national language honor society.

Spanish Careers

  • International Relations/Business
  • Government
  • Teaching
  • Culture/Tourism
  • Journalism