The Spanish program at Saint Louis University concentrates on advanced language training,
culture and literary studies. Our undergraduate degree prepares students for careers
that require proficiency in Spanish or for graduate work in Spanish.
Major in Spanish
If you major in Spanish at SLU, you’ll take part in regularly scheduled extracurricular
activities such as movie nights, cultural talks, social service workshops, dance demonstrations,
dinners and parties to gain cultural awareness of Spanish and Hispanic issues. You’ll
also present a senior thesis at an annual student symposium that attracts students
from neighboring colleges and schools, as well as the University.
All students majoring in Spanish are encouraged to spend one year at Saint Louis University’s
campus in Madrid. Besides the traditional courses in Spanish language, culture and
literature, students at the Madrid campus may select from a wide variety of offerings
in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences — many of which are taught
in English. Other study abroad opportunities include programs in El Salvador, Mexico,
Chile and Ecuador.
The Spanish major requires 30 credit hours of coursework, with 12 of those credits
in advanced Spanish language instruction. The remaining 18 hours of coursework must
be upper-division literature, linguistics or culture in Spanish.
You’ll complete your studies with either an additional upper-level Spanish course
or a senior thesis. Students majoring in Spanish may take six credit hours of Spanish
courses taught in English.
Spanish students at SLU can complete an internship that uses their knowledge of the
language at one of many businesses, companies or community outreach facilities in
A major in Spanish, especially when complemented by a second major such as international
studies, uniquely qualifies students to compete in careers with an international orientation.
Graduates may pursue careers in international law, business, economics, government
work, foreign service or scientific research.
Scholarly interests of SLU’s Spanish faculty include first- and second-language acquisition,
the interaction of technology in learning processes, Latin American history and Latin
American, peninsular and Spanish literature culture.
Oscar Lopez, Ph.D., major coordinator
Sheri Anderson-Gutiérrez, Ph.D.
Olga Arbeláez, Ph.D.
Elsy Cardona, Ph.D.
Christina Garcia, Ph.D.
Julia Lieberman, Ph.D.
Kelly Lovejoy, Ph.D.
Ana Montero, Ph.D.
Nil Santiáñez, Ph.D.
Karen Secrist, Ph.D.
Amy Wright, Ph.D.
Minor in Spanish
SLU’s Spanish minor requires 18 credit hours of language instruction and upper-division
courses in literature, linguistics or culture. Students minoring in Spanish at SLU
must complete 18 credit hours of coursework for the minor, regardless of the level
of proficiency at which they begin.
Students studying language at SLU have access to our Language Resource Center, which
offers live satellite transmissions of international news broadcasts, interactive
video, film and multimedia, and computer programs, all of which can help develop your
Spanish language culture proficiency.
Students with a serious interest in Spanish and the Hispanic world are also encouraged
to join SLU’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honor society.