World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Major in Spanish

Students who plan on majoring in Spanish have opportunities in fields that they may have never imagined. With Spanish-speaking citizens and residents rapidly changing the linguistic landscape of our nation, the need for bilingual professionals to assist in every major facet of day-to-day life is on the rise. Spanish majors who have interests in alternative fields and professions can use their language skills to serve and satisfy a multitude of passions.

Spanish majors at Elmhurst learn to use the language to narrate in connected discourse, understand most details on a variety of topics, comprehend substantive texts in selected fields, write about a significant number of topics with a high degree of accuracy, and function appropriately in the culture.

Requirements for the Major
Substitutions to promote study abroad and student interests are granted on a regylar basis. However, the recommended curriculum generally includes:

One grammar/composition (SPN 301 or SPN 307)
One conversation (SPN 302 or SPN 308) or SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children’s Literature Across All Grade Levels or SPN 305 Business Spanish or SPN 306 Medical Spanish
Spanish culture
Spanish American culture 
Two literature
One elective in Spanish

Students can complete the requirements for the major even if they have not studied the language before coming to Elmhurst. Those who have had previous exposure to a foreign language are given a placement exam to determine the proper course level. World language majors are urged to complete requirements for a second major as well.

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