• Spanish Major (BA)

    Students are encouraged to take MODL 1010: The Language Phenomenon, or MODL 1020: Language and Society, which are taught in English, early in their careers. If possible, students should declare their major as sophomores. Such a time frame allows for adequate planning and discussion with advisors relating to appropriate courses and study abroad opportunities.

    Students without a specific career objective are encouraged to complement their language major with a second major and to discuss possible objectives with a member of the department. In the past, students have chosen to double major in such fields as sociology, social justice, biology (pre-med), education, communication studies, global studies, business administration, legal studies, and political science. The LEAP program offers opportunities for internships and for exploring both work and community service.

    Language Placement Tool

    All first year, transfer, and returning students are encouraged to complete an online placement assessment before registering for their first Hamline language class.

    • The assessment takes 10-25 minutes on average.
    • Results are available on-line within a few minutes of completing the assessment.
    • The assessment results indicate clearly which appropriate level students should register for, including 1st (1110), 2nd (1120), 3rd (3210) and 4th (3220) semester language level. Scores higher than 4th semester should register for an Advanced Composition, Conversation or Reading course.

    See the courses section of this Bulletin or the Modern Languages Department webpages for course descriptions.

    For more information and to access the placement tool, visit www.hamline.edu/languageplacement.


    Major Requirements

    A Spanish major consists of 10 courses as follows:

    One of the following:

    Seven additional courses in Spanish

    Seven additional courses in Spanish beyond SPAN 3220 (Intermediate Spanish II), including at least one literature course, are required.

    Students must take Spanish 3350 (Advanced Communication in Spanish) and/or SPAN 3600 (Hablemos de Cine) before taking the advanced SPAN 3900 (Advanced Composition and Conversation) and SPAN 3910 (Spanish for the Professional) sequence. Exceptions to this requirement could be made. Please consult with a faculty member.


    • Courses in language study through the minimum level required for the major, SPAN 3220, are counted toward breadth of study.
    • Some upper-division courses taught in English but focusing on the Spanish-speaking world may count. Please consult with Professor Leal or Professor Bell for course approval.
    • Courses taken abroad may be substituted for some of the required Spanish courses.
    • Undergraduate research is highly recommended.