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Department of Spanish

The Department of Spanish at SLU-Madrid offers a unique setting for its Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Spanish.



Saint Louis University offers courses in Spanish at all levels, from intensive introductory courses to those that fulfill requirements for graduate degrees. Students may complete the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Spanish at the Madrid Campus.

At SLU-Madrid, our faculty members hold degrees from leading Spanish and American universities, and provide a wealth of knowledge and research across a diverse range of literary movements in Spain and Latin America, as well as in applied linguistics.

Our undergraduate program focuses on advanced language training, culture and literary studies. Because of the need to compete successfully in our increasingly global environment, a double major or a minor in Spanish  is a popular choice for students considering careers in law, science, political science, international business, economics, history or education.

Our graduate program offers a holistic approach to the study of Spanish language, culture and literature. At the same time, the diverse curriculum includes courses in Peninsular and Latin American literature, Afro-Hispanic literature, film, art, women writers, testimony, linguistics, applied linguistics and teaching methodologies. The curriculum is designed to provide students with  solid, up-to-date background in Spanish studies as well as perspective within specific areas of interest.

The master’s program is suited to those planning or already engaged in professional careers such as teaching or international affairs. Many M.A. in Spanish graduates also pursue studies beyond the M.A. degree in Spanish or a related field.

At both the undergraduate and graduate level, academic trips to places throughout Spain are incorporated into the curriculum of various classes to enhance the classroom experience. Students put their Spanish conversation skills into practice in local markets and visit sites such as the Biblioteca Nacional, the Real Academia Española, museums and historical monuments.

Activities planned by both the department and the Office of Student Life provide students with an opportunity to become integrated into Spanish society. Events and conferences are hosted on campus with guest authors who present their literary works, critics and literary experts who comment on current social movements, and journalists and government representatives who participate in panel discussions to address trends and issues in Spain.

Degree Programs


Simposio Anual (Annual Symposium)

Cada año, los alumnos del programa de Máster en Filología Hispánica organizan un simposio con ponentes de Saint Louis University y de otras universidades de reconocido prestigio.

Every year, the students of the Master in Hispanic Philology program organize a symposium with speakers from Saint Louis University and other prestigious universities. 

SLU-Madrid's first Seminar of Graduate Students of Spanish was held in November 2010, with the objective of giving students an opportunity to present their work and exchange ideas with professors, colleagues and the general public.

Concurso de Escritura Creativa Ignacio de Loyola

Límite cinco hojas. Los trabajos serán juzgados con los siguientes criterios:

  • Recursos literarios
  • Desarrollo y exploración de los personajes
  • Técnicas narrativas
  • Ambientación de espacios
  • Técnicas de la argumentación y estructura

Los estudiantes deben enviar las contribuciones a través del  siguiente correo:

Consultar el plazo de presentación.

Spanish Language Center

The Spanish Language Center, located in room 12 on the top floor of Padre Rubio Hall, offers tutoring in grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Spanish tutors can help with specific class assignments or with general learning techniques.

Learn more about the Spanish Language Center