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Spanish Major


The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Options

World Languages and Cultures department web page

Program Overview

The Spanish major equips students for a large variety of positions in industry, social work, medical institutions, and government where advanced proficiency in the Spanish language is required. Students will also be prepared to continue the study of Spanish or a related field in graduate school. They will develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish, as well as knowledge and appreciation for the rich heritage of the cultures of Latin America and Spain.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Students choose a minimum of 33 total hours, which must include the capstone. Twenty-seven of them must come from the following list or be Spanish courses taken abroad, although students may opt to complete all 33 from this list. Each course is a three-credit-hour course. SPAN 052 and 140 are language courses; 140 is the prerequisite for all courses numbered above 140.

Students must earn a minimum 2.67 cumulative GPA in Spanish courses.

Course Credits
SPAN 052 - Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPAN 135 - Spanish Medical Terminology 3
SPAN 140 - Spanish Practical Speaking and Writing 3
SPAN 150 - Spanish Language and Culture 3
SPAN 151 - National Identity 3
SPAN 152 - Film 3
SPAN 153 - Culture and Society 3
SPAN 154 - Cultural Health Perspectives 3
SPAN 155 - Spanish for Business 3
SPAN 160 - Literature 3
SPAN 161 - Internship 3
SPAN 165 - Capstone 3
Electives -  Students may earn six hours of coursework toward the major that are taught in English and that are related to the cultures of Spain and/or Latin America. Approved courses include the following, but others may be approved by a WLC advisor.
COUN 145 - Counseling Diverse Populations: Brazil 3
ECON 135 - Developing Economies 3
ENG 066 - Reading Race & Ethnicity 3
ENG 083 - English in America: Language, Citizenship, and Identity 3
ENG 163 - Trans-Cultural Literature 3
ENG 164/WGS 111 - Latino/a Literature 3
HIST 123 - Modern Mexico 3
HIST 124 - Aztecs, Incas, Mayas 3
HIST 125 - Colonial Latin America 3
HIST 126 - Sex, Power, and War in the Aztec Empire 3
HONR 073/WLC 150 - U.S. Latino Language and Cultures 3
SCSS 155 - Global Youth Studies 3
SCSS 196/WLC 196 - Contemporary Urban Mexico (travel study seminar) 3
WGS 140 - Liberation Theology 3
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3

Students seeking an endorsement to teach Spanish may count their "Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages" course as an elective. Other courses may be approved by a WLC advisor.

Students may apply up to eight credits in Spanish through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or college courses taken while in high school to the major requirements. A minimum of 21 credits must be earned at Drake or one of Drake's partner institutions.

Spanish Minor Requirements

See the World Languages and Cultures section of this catalog for details.

2019-2020 Drake University Undergraduate Catalog
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