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Spanish (BA)

Spanish is spoken in more than 20 countries around the world and has become the second language of the United States. We provide rigorous training in the language and culture, supplemented by several exciting overseas study opportunities. You may have the opportunity to participate in research being conducted on classroom language acquisition as well as opportunities to engage in culture and language through Hispanic culture, history, literature and film both on campus and in the community.

A Bachelor of Arts in Spanish opens up many opportunities in all sorts of careers and is especially useful for government, work, international business, translating and interpreting, teaching and tourism.

Requirements (33 credit hrs.)

A minor is required with this major.​
  • SPA 101 - Spanish Language and Culture I (three credit hrs.)
  • SPA 102 - Spanish Language and Culture II (three credit hrs.)
  • SPA 201 - Intermediate Spanish I (three credit hrs.)
  • SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish II (three credit hrs.)
  • SPA 300 - Grammar and Composition (three credit hrs.)
  • SPA 305 - Conversation (three credit hrs.)
  • SPA 315 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature (three credit hrs.)
  • SPA 499C - Senior Seminar (three credit hrs.)
  • Choose one Spanish literature elective: SPA 301, 302, 401, 402, 432, 440 (three credit hrs.)
  • Choose one culture and civilization elective: SPA 304 or 306 (three credit hrs.)
  • Choose an approved 300-400 level Spanish elective: SPA 304, 306, 309, 404 (three credit hrs.)

For course lists and program requirements please refer to the undergraduate catalog.  

Placement Examinations

We strongly recommend that you take a placement examination in Spanish if you have studied the language previously and intend to continue your Spanish studies at MSU.  For more information, see Dr. Philip Krummrich ( or 783-2726).

Note: Those who begin in a more advanced class will have the opportunity to earn credit by examination for the classes they do not need to take.