Program Information

The goals of the Spanish Department are to contribute to the liberal education of students by providing courses designed to develop an appreciation of the Spanish language and the Hispanic literature as essential elements of culture, and to promote the sensitivity to human values and the critical thinking that is inherent in the study of cultures other than one's own. The department is committed to the concept of foreign study and strongly encourages students to participate in overseas programs in Granada, Spain; Quito, Ecuador; or Valparaiso and Osorno, Chile; or Oaxaca, Mexico.

A variety of career opportunities are available to students who graduate with a strong grounding in the study of language. These include foreign service, international trade, graduate study, social work among non-English speaking minority groups, and teaching.

Requirements for the Spanish Major (8 Credits)

Spanish majors are required to complete eight credits of course work beyond the intermediate-level language courses, including Composition and Discussion, at least one credit in Civilization, three credits in Literature and a Senior Year Experience. Of the credits listed above, at least four must be earned in residence at Willamette University, to include at least one 400 level Spanish Literature course and the Spanish Senior Experience: SPAN 497W Research and Discussion of Selected Topics in Literature. For honors in the Spanish major, graduating seniors must have a minimum gpa of 3.85 in the Spanish major and a minimum 3.80 cumulative gpa.

Core courses

  • SPAN 331W Spanish Composition and Discussion (1)
  • SPAN 333 (TH) Hispanic Civilization (1) or
  • SPAN 335 (TH) Cultural Institutions of Spain (1)
  • SPAN 497W Research and Discussion of Selected Topics in Literature (1)

Three credits in Spanish literature, from the following (3)

To include at least one 400 level Spanish Literature course to be taken at Willamette University

  • SPAN 340 (IT) Introduction to Spanish Literature (1)
  • SPAN 352 (IT) Peninsular Literature I: Medieval and Early Modern (1)
  • SPAN 353 (IT) Peninsular Literature II: Modern and Contemporary (1)
  • SPAN 355 (IT) Latin American Literature I: Conquest to Modernismo (1)
  • SPAN 356 (IT) Latin American Literature II: Modernismo to the Present (1)
  • SPAN 380 Latin American Cinema [Crosslisted with LAS 380] (1)
  • SPAN 390, 391 Reading and Conference (1 or .5)
  • SPAN 427 Topics in Latin American Literature (1)
  • SPAN 428 Contemporary Mexican Literature (1)
  • SPAN 431 Contemporary Novel and Short Story of Latin America (1)
  • SPAN 435 Contemporary Latin American Women Writers (1)
  • SPAN 438 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers (1)
  • SPAN 445 Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature (1)
  • SPAN 446 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Peninsular Literature (1)

Two additional credits in Spanish (2)

Numbered 300 or above

Requirements for the Spanish Minor (5 Credits)

  • SPAN 331W Spanish Composition and Discussion (1)
  • SPAN 333 (TH) Hispanic Civilization (1) or
  • SPAN 335 (TH) Cultural Institutions of Spain (1)
  • Two credits in Spanish numbered 300 or above (2)
  • One credit in Spanish at the 400 level to be taken at Willamette University (1)

The department faculty strongly urges its students to improve their language competency and broaden their education through off-campus study in approved programs. Of special interest to students of Spanish are the Willamette semesters abroad in Spain, Ecuador, and Chile, as well as a post-session program in Ecuador.

Credits earned in Willamette University's off-campus study programs, or in other preapproved foreign study programs, may be substituted for required courses in the Spanish Department.

Language students enjoy the use of a state-of-the-art Language Learning Center featuring multimedia stations, foreign language word processing software, foreign television programs transmitted by satellite, and up-to-date communication technology.