BA Degree - Spanish Major

Graceland's Spanish major is designed to allow students to know and understand Hispanic culture. Spanish majors will be able to read, write and speak the language with a high degree of fluency. The students will spend at least one semester during their junior or senior year in a Hispanic country in an accredited United States program or approved equivalent. Study programs and/or credits transferred to the college are subject to approval by the Chairperson of the Division of Humanities and the Registrar.

In addition to the general education requirements, Spanish majors must complete 30 semester hours of Spanish, 21 semester hours at Graceland and 9 credits during their semester abroad. (Students with a background in Spanish at the time they enter college are required to take the Language Placement Examination. If their score places them into coursework beyond SPAN1410 Beginning Spanish I, the number of hours required for the major will be adjusted accordingly.) The major in Spanish must include:

  • SPAN1410 Beginning Spanish I 3 s.h.
  • SPAN1420 Beginning Spanish II 3 s.h.
  • SPAN2380 Advanced Grammar 3 s.h.
  • SPAN2440 Conversation and Composition 3 s.h.
  • SPAN2450 Hispanic Culture 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3110 Hispanic Culture through Film 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3120 Hispanic Culture through Print 3 s.h.
  • 9 s.h. abroad in classes conducted in Spanish.

Spanish Minor

A minor in Spanish consists of 15 semester hours or more in Spanish courses.

Students with a background in Spanish are required to take the Language Placement Examination. Depending upon where their score places them at the second-year level, they may obtain a minor with six or nine semester hours.


Courses in Spanish

SPAN1410 Beginning Spanish I 3 s.h.
Designed to practice and obtain a fundamental knowledge of listening/understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish while introducing students to the Hispanic culture and people. Goal 4

SPAN1420 Beginning Spanish II 3 s.h.
A continuation of SPAN1410. Prerequisite: SPAN1410 or equivalent. Goal 4

SPAN2000 Individual Study Goal 4 1-3 s.h.

SPAN2380 Advanced Grammar 3 s.h.
Review of the grammatical structures introduced in Beginning Spanish II; an introduction to the most challenging structures in the Spanish language.  Prerequisite: SPAN1420. Goal 4

SPAN2440 Conversation and Composition 3 s.h.
Develop the oral and writing skills of the students, especially at a level such that a student can engage functionally in a Hispanic community.  Prerequisite: SPAN2380 or equivalent.  Goal 4

SPAN2450 Hispanic Culture 3 s.h.
Study of the culture of Spain and Spanish America, with a focus on the main historical events, traditions, and Spanish contributions to the Western culture.  Prerequisite: SPAN2380.  Goal 4

SPAN3110 Hispanic Culture Through Film 3 s.h.
Explores film representations of Hispanic culture, including significant historical events and traditions, the rituals of daily life, and contributions to U.S. culture. Prerequisite: SPAN2450. Goal 4

SPAN3120 Hispanic Culture Through Print 3 s.h.
Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected readings in journalism and literature. Prerequisite: SPAN2450. Goal 4

SPAN2700 Internship in Spanish 1 – 3 s.h.
An internship developed in conjunction with and approved by the appropriate foreign language instructor. This internship will be with professionals who are in career areas relating to the field of Spanish. The internship may be pursued in the United States or abroad. The internship credit will be counted toward the minor in the language, but is not required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Goal 4