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 cultures. 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. Students are also encouraged to join SLU's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society. 

All students majoring in Spanish are encouraged to spend one year studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Saint Louis University-Madrid is a good fit for many students pursuing a degree in Spanish. 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.

Highlighted Courses

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. 

  • SPAN 4060: History of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN 4130: Second Language Acquisition
  • SPAN 4150: Spanish for the Health Professions
  • SPAN 4320: Afro-Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 4350: Latin American Testimony
  • SPAN 4440: Love in the Middle Ages
  • SPAN 4590: Spanish Jewry in Medieval Spain: Life under Islam and Christianity
  • SPAN 4900: Between Laughter and Tears: Gender Stereotypes in Spanish Comics
Internships and Careers

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 St. Louis.

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 linguistics (first- and second-language acquisition, the interaction of technology in learning processes), Latin American studies (language, literature, culture and history), and peninsular studies (language, literature, culture and history).

  • Sheri Anderson-Gutiérrez, Ph.D.
  • Olga Arbeláez, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Bauer, M.A., M.Ed.
  • Elsy Cardona, Ph.D.
  • Christina García, Ph.D.
  • Julia Lieberman, Ph.D.
  • Óscar López, Ph.D.
  • Germán Lorenzo-Ayala, M.A.
  • Kelly Lovejoy, Ph.D.
  • Ana Montero, Ph.D.
  • Nil Santiáñez, Ph.D.
  • Amy E. Wright, Ph.D.
Tuition and Fees

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For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Spanish

SLU's Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures also offers a Spanish minor. It requires 18 credit hours of coursework, regardless of your level of procificency at the start of the program. The minor requires four intermediate/advanced language courses and two upper-division courses in literature, linguistics or culture.

Campus Resources

Language Resource Center

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.