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The Languages and Cultures Spanish major provides you with a balance of language and culture courses. Our main goal is for you to understand and integrate in your own life many facets of Spanish cultures and languages, from both Latin America and Spain.

Your individual level of Spanish language proficiency upon entering the program will determine the specific degree requirements for you.  If you are completely new to the Spanish language, your degree requirements will include more Spanish language classes; if you already have a higher proficiency (or are fluent) the program will center on courses that focus on cultural or historical aspects where you’ll be using Spanish as a means to an end. 

Many opportunities for you to study abroad are built into our program (and strongly encouraged!). The aim of our Study Abroad programs is for you to establish direct contact with at least one of the possible cultural realities where Spanish is spoken. Loyola University maintains strategic contracts with a network of universities, non-profit organizations, and NGOs; these make our Study Abroad experience more than just a cultural or academic exercise.  They include Service Learning components and other opportunities to get directly involved with communities in the countries you visit.

Program Curriculum

To complete the Spanish major you will take 31 credit-hours. These credit-hours combine: 1) Spanish language courses; 2) a selection of Spanish electives on several cultural issues in the Spanish speaking world; 3) and a Spanish capstone course. Study abroad courses make up a big part of the curriculum and those study abroad experiences may motivate your research work.  A thesis sequence based on those research opportunities is also available if you’re interested.

  • SPAN A200 Second Year Spanish I
  • SPAN A201 Second Year Spanish II
  • 7 Spanish elective courses SPAN A300 - A499
  • ​Spanish elective or Thesis (2 + 1)


  • SPAN A480 Capstone course


Program Resources

The Spanish Program brings together experienced faculty in 2nd language pedagogy. Your work in the classroom is complemented by the support you’ll receive from the Ross Language Lab, which offers tutoring by Spanish native speakers on a person-to-person basis. Additionally, the Study Abroad programs rely on Loyola University’s academic partners outside the United States as well as on non-profit organizations and NGOs dealing with social issues in Spain and Latin America.


Spanish Course Information

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