Major: A minimum of eight course credits in Spanish at or above the 300 level, which include SPA 301, 311, 411 or 412, two elective courses (in Spanish or in other areas approved by the Department as relevant to the Spanish major), and at least one course in each of the following categories:

Culture: SPA 381, 383, 385, or Topics in Culture
Peninsular Literature: SPA 321, 322, 351, 352, or Topics in Peninsular Literature
Latin American Literature: SPA 355, 356, or Topics in Latin American Literature

Teaching Major: A minimum of eight course credits, which include SPA 301, 311, 411 or 412; one course in each of the following categories:

Culture: 381, 383, 385, or Topics in Culture
Peninsular Literature: SPA 321, 322, 351, 352, or Topics in Peninsular Literature
Latin American Literature: SPA 355, 356, or Topics in Latin American Literature
Language and Linguistics: ENG 311 (Grammar and the Politics of English), LAL 352 (Linguistics), or SPA 301;
and one other course, either in Spanish at or above the 300 level or in another area approved by the Department as relevant to the Spanish major.

In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to secondary certification described underEducation. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.

Minor: A minimum of five course credits in Spanish at or above the 300 level which include 301, 311, one elective (in Spanish or in another area approved by the Department), and one course in each of two of the following categories:

Culture: 381, 383, 385, or Topics in Culture
Peninsular Literature: SPA 321, 322, 351, 352, or Topics in Peninsular Literature
Latin American Literature: SPA 355, 356, or Topics in Latin American Literature

Latin American Studies Major: see Latin American Studies.

Courses taught in Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, and Spain: see 201, 206, 302, 303, and 381 below.

Note: Lectures and discussions in all 300- and 400-level courses are in Spanish.

Recommended course sequence

Course schedules vary widely depending on whether students enter Cornell with language credits or not. The following are guidelines:

  • We recommend that all students, whether intending to major in Spanish or not, complete their language course requirement by the end of their second year.
  • Majors should take Composition and Conversation (SPA 301) by the fall of their third year, though many will take this course sooner.