Spanish

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.

Curriculum

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 3010: Written Communication
  • SPAN 3020: Oral Communication
  • SPAN 3030: Fluency in Spanish
  • SPAN 3040: Advanced Oral Communication
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.

Faculty

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.
  • Sarah Bauer
  • Elsy Cardona, Ph.D.
  • Christina Garcia, Ph.D.
  • Julia Lieberman, Ph.D.
  • Kelly Lovejoy, Ph.D.
  • Ana Montero, Ph.D.
  • German Ayala
  • Nil Santiáñez, Ph.D.
  • Karen Secrist, Ph.D.
  • Amy Wright, Ph.D.

Minor in Spanish

SLU's Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures also offers a Spanish minor. It 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.


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.

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.