Spanish Major


Major Requirements

33 credits

Students who have previously taken Spanish must complete the Spanish placement test to determine entry level.

Students must take language courses in ascending sequence; students may not take for credit a lower language course than one they have already completed. Students who choose to take a course at The College of Idaho that is lower than a transfer course from another institution forfeit the equivalent transfer credits.

At minimum, one-third of coursework for the major must be completed at The College of Idaho. Students who place out of language credits will still be required to complete all 33 major credits. Additional credits may be earned from SPA-212, SPA-312, and SPA courses numbered 400 and higher. Students who begin the Spanish major with high language proficiency should speak with the chair of the Spanish Department regarding possible electives.

For more information on concurrent and transfer credit for Spanish courses, please see Spanish Placement, Transfer and Concurrent Credit.

Complete or place out of the following language courses:

Spanish Language & Culture Sequence (13 credits)

SPA-101Spanish Language & Culture I

3 credits

SPA-102Spanish Language & Culture II

3 credits

SPA-201Spanish Language and Culture III

3 credits


SPA-202Spanish Language and Culture IV

3 credits


SPA-235Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3 credits


SPA-200First Year Spanish Grammar Review

1 credit


SPA-300Second Year Grammar Review

1 credit

Complete 6 credits from the following:

SPA-301Topics in Literature and Culture

3 credits

SPA-302Topics in Culture and Community

3 credits

SPA-312Immersion Experience in the Spanish-Speaking World

3-6 credits

Upper-division Spanish Electives (9 credits)

Complete at least nine (9) credits of 400-level SPA courses.

Electives (4 credits)

Complete up to 4 elective credits. Elective courses may include SPA courses (including Spanish Internship), HIS-230, HIS-378, HIS-382, HIS-385, HIS-386, HIS-387, or HIS-388 . SPA elective courses must be in addition to other requirements.

Capstone (1 credit)

SPA-490Spanish Major Capstone

1 credit

Immersion Experience

A requirement for the major will be to have completed at least one high-impact learning experience during the student’s undergraduate curriculum. High-impact learning experiences include: SPA faculty-led study abroad (SPA-212 or SPA-312); SPA Service Learning; Spanish Internship (INT-497); or study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. See SPA advisor, as alternative options may be available. This requirement should be met through the student's choice of coursework above, within the 33-credit requirement.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one term of study abroad or to live in a community where Spanish is the dominant language. Prior to studying abroad, students should work with SPA faculty to determine appropriate transfer credit. Approved programs may transfer courses that appear on a transcript as if the student were in residence at the College. However, all students are required to complete at least one 3-credit 300- or 400-level Spanish course from the College’s Spanish program in order to demonstrate competency in program learning outcomes.


Upon successful completion of this major, students will be able to:

1)  Demonstrate engagement with humanistic inquiry through the application of theory and methodology to languages, cultures, and cultural products of the Spanish-speaking world;

2)  Provide evidence of their own artistic work and active engagement with the creative process, grounded in the study of Spanish language and cultures;

3)  Demonstrate engagement with non-dominant cultures and cultural products in the Spanish-speaking world;

4)  Demonstrate Advanced-Low oral and written proficiency in Spanish, aligned to ACTFL proficiency guidelines; and

5)  Experience cultural and linguistic immersion in a Spanish-speaking community.