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



  • The Making and Meaning of Words: LCL-331 (3 credits)

    Studies Greek and Latin word elements as an aid to better understanding and use of English. Recommended for all students. Fulfills the general education language requirement for non-native speakers of English. [3 credits]  (Offered fall 2016)

  • English: Conversation for Non-Native Speakers of English: LEF-203 (3 credits)

    Refines listening and speaking skills while expanding knowledge of U.S. cultural values and their historical basis. Provides intensive listening practice through use of the language learning center, feature films, guest speakers and field trips. Expands vocabulary and use of idiomatic language. Improves accuracy through a focus on American English syntax and word choice, and increases oral fluency through providing numerous opportunities for discussion of current issues in U.S. culture. Laboratory required. Fulfills language requirement for non-native speakers of English. Prerequisite: placement test. [3 credits] (Offered fall and spring)

  • English: Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English: LEF-204 (3 credits)

    Develops and refines writing skills in English in order to meet the demands of college coursework. Provides extensive practice in writing with an emphasis on the writing process, organization, syntax of American English and appropriate word choice. Prepares non-native speakers of English for ENG-101 College Writing at Notre Dame or the equivalent first-year college English composition course. Prerequisite: placement test. [3 credits] (Offered each semester)  

  • The World of Language: LFN-201 (3 credits)

    Overviews the history, foundations and linguistic methods, as well as the social and cultural aspects of language. Makes explicit the links among language, communication and culture. Helps students to see language in its larger context and introduces them to the principles of linguistic and cross-cultural analysis. Explores current issues in the field: first- and second-language acquisition, language development and change, bilingualism, literacy, language and the mind, and language use in society. Taught in English. Required for minors and majors in classical and modern languages. Open to non-majors. Fulfills general education requirement in cross-cultural studies. Prerequisite: one foreign language course at the 103 level or equivalent. [3 credits] (Offered spring 2017)

  • Beginning Spanish I: LSP-101 (3 credits)

    Develops the ability to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish. Emphasizes communication in the target language. Enhances awareness and understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through study of authentic material. LSP-101 is for students with no prior experience in Spanish. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: placement test. [3 credits.] (Offered each semester.)

  • Spanish Language and Culture for Professionals: LSP-105 (1 credits)

    Enables students to learn basic conversational skills and elemental phrases to better communicate with Spanish-speaking persons. Designed for professionals or volunteers who interact with Hispanic communities in professional settings. The cultural component focuses on the customs, spirituality, communication styles and traditions of Hispanics. This course is an elective and does not fulfill the general education language requirement.  [1 credit] (Offered each semester)

  • Spanish Language and Culture: Part 2: LSP-106 (1 credits)

    Deepens students’ understanding of basic conversational skills and phrases to better communicate with Spanish-speaking persons, building on LSP 105. Designed for professionals or volunteers who interact with Hispanic communities in professional settings. This course is an elective and does not fulfill the general education language requirement.  Prerequisite: LSP 105, LSP 101, 102 or placement test. [1 credit]  (Offered each semester)

  • Spanish Language and Culture for Healthcare Professions: LSP-108 (1 credits)

    Emphasizes listening and speaking skills, building on LSP 106. Stresses using the language in practical, conversational situations in a health care setting, as well as drawing on the needs and experiences of the participants. A continued cultural and terminological component is woven into every class. It is a follow-up course to LSP 105 and LSP 106. Fulfills the language requirement for nursing students. Prerequisite: LSP 106, LSP 102, 103 or placement test. [1 credit ] (Offered spring 2017)

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.

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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