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World Languages and Cultural Studies


Major in Spanish

Students must take 8 courses (minimum 30 credits) with at least 6 beyond SPA 2020. Majors will be encouraged to spend one semester of foreign study in a country where Spanish is spoken.

Core courses.  Spanish majors and minors are required to take SPA 3200 (Introduction to Advanced Studies) after they take SPA 3010 or 3020 and before they proceed to upper level courses.  Depending on whether the course is being taught in the Spring or the Fall, Spanish majors and minors may be allowed to take an upper level course before taking SPA 3200. 

Please Note:   Although the Department of World Languages and Cultures offers some upper-level culture courses that are taught in English, students majoring in French, Romance Languages, and Spanish should be aware that only one course  taught in English may be counted as fulfilling a requirement in their major.  Majors wishing to take such a course will need the consent of the instructor, as written assignments for the class and weekly meetings with the instructor to discuss the material, both in the target language, will be required.

Courses beyond SPA 2020:

SPA 3010 Composition and Culture
SPA 3020 Conversation and Culture
SPA 3050 Actualidad Española
SPA 3060 Actualidad Latinoamericana
SPA 3200 Introduction to Advanced Studies
SPA 3310 Latinos in the U.S.: Literature and Service Learning
SPA 3510, 3520 Culture and Civilization of Spain and the Hispanic World
(3510 offered in English, 3520 offered in Spanish)
SPA 3610 Race, Literature and Culture
SPA 3620 Gender, Literature and Culture
SPA 3630 Studies in Popular Culture
SPA 3700 Special Topics
SPA 3750 Crossing Borders (Convivencia)
SPA 4050 Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance
SPA 4060 (W) Film and Literature of Contemporary
Spain and Latin America
SPA 4070 Short Fiction of Spanish Speaking World
SPA 4080 Hispanic Literature in Translation
SPA 4900 Directed Study

Study Abroad, Residency Requirements, and the Spanish Major and Minor

The Department of World Languages and Cultures strongly recommends that all majors and minors study abroad for a semester or more and participate in any of our study-travel courses offered. The choice of program and the choice of courses must be approved beforehand by the department. At least half of the major and minor course requirements must be taken at Merrimack College, including one upper-level course, upon return from the study abroad program.

Minor in Spanish

A minor in Spanish requires a minimum of 18 credits consisting of a minimum of 5 courses. Spanish minors are required to take SPA 3200 (Introduction to Advanced Studies) after they take SPA 3010 or 3020 and before they proceed to upper level courses. 

Teacher of Spanish

Students interested in preparing for a career as a teacher of Spanish at the secondary and middle school level have the following two options: they may major in Spanish and pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to obtain a 5-year preliminary Teaching Certificate in the teaching of foreign language; or they may double major in Spanish and Education to obtain an Advanced Provisional Certificate.  Elementary Teachers can easily double major in Spanish and Elementary Education. They will not need to take the MTEL in Spanish.