Spanish Education Major

Teach Spanish—by far the most in-demand language studied in U.S. high schools! 

The Modern/Classical Languages Department cooperates with the School of Education by offering courses required for secondary education in Spanish.

Career Options

A majority of our graduates pursue classroom teaching in public or private middle or high schools; others go on to seek advanced degrees from Saint Mary's in special education, literacy, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, school counseling, or school psychology.

High School Preparation

Candidates for the Spanish education major benefit from prior exposure to the study of English, European History, Spanish, Spanish Literature, and World History.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in Spanish education oftentimes pursue additional coursework in psychology.

Preparing for Licensure

Coursework leading to teaching certification may be reconfigured for this area of study. Licensure requirements are subject to change; therefore, students considering teaching in this area should be in continuous contact with the chair of this program and the School of Education for a list of required courses.

Degree Requirements

A. All of the following if not placed into a higher level:

SP101 Beginning Conversational Spanish I (4 cr.)

Through the use of proficiency-based methodologies and multimedia this course helps students get acquainted with Hispanic cultures, discover similarities and differences between the target culture and their own, develop basic communication skills necessary to function in a Spanish-speaking country, and acquire basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Enrollment is limited to students who have not previously studied Spanish or who place into the course following the placement interview.

SP102 Beginning Conversational Spanish II (4 cr.)

A continuation of SP101.

SP201 Intermediate Conversational Spanish I (4 cr.)

This course uses an intensified conversational approach to build vocabulary, to review grammar, and to introduce the student to selected readings dealing with Hispanic literature, culture, and civilization.

SP202 Intermediate Conversational Spanish II (4 cr.)

A continuation of SP201.

B. The following courses:

SP301 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 cr.)

This course provides the oral practice and vocabulary necessary to move from simply describing the physical world toward a broader and more sophisticated use of the language. The students develop analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills; compare and contrast their own and the target culture; and hypothesize about links between the Spanish language and contemporary culture.

SP302 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (3 cr.)

This course offers intensive practice in the refinement of writing skills and vocabulary building through a variety of readings, exercises, and numerous writing activities. The students work toward a more sophisticated and idiomatic use of the Spanish language.

SP331 Civilization/Culture Spain (3 cr.)

This course is an initiation to the civilizations and cultures which have existed on the Iberian Peninsula from prehistoric times to the present. The students study the political, social, artistic, and intellectual evolution of Spain through a series of texts, images, and videos.

SP332 Civilization/Culture Latin America (3 cr.)

This course is an initiation to the diversity of the Hispanic world. Through a series of texts and videos the students address several important social, political, and cultural themes.

SP490 Senior Capstone (2 cr.)

Students complete a major independent research paper or other significant project of interest related to their primary major and present their project/findings at the end of the course.  Advanced instruction in research methods, drafting and revision, translation, and bibliographical work is provided through a series of sequenced assignments and revisions. 

C. One of the following:

SP401 Medieval/Renaissance Spanish Literature (3 cr.)

This course is an introduction to major authors and literary works of Spain from the medieval period through the end of the 17th century. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are examined in their relation to the literary output of these periods.

SP402 18th–20th Century Spanish Literature (3 cr.)

This course is an introduction to the major authors and literary works of Spain from the 18th through the 20th century. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are examined in their relation to the literary output of these periods.

SP403 Latin American Literature through the 18th Century (3 cr.)

This course is an introduction to the major authors and literary works of Latin America from the colonial period through the 18th century. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are examined in their relation to the literary output of these periods.

SP404 19th–20th Century Latin American Literature (3 cr.)

This course is an introduction to the major authors and literary works of modern Latin America. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are studied in their relation to the literary output of these periods.

SP405 Don Quijote (3 cr.)

This course is an introduction to Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, considered by many to be the first modern novel. This literary masterpiece, its author, its historical and social context, and other related works of the Spanish Golden Age will be studied in this class.

D. Additional 300 and 400 level courses to complete a minimum of 27 credits

  • (if not used to meet C or D above)

E. Required education coursework

See Secondary Education webpage for information

F. Study abroad or significant domestic experience in a Spanish language environment.

All study abroad courses taught in Spanish through Spanish Studies Abroad, HECUA or SMU will count toward the major.  All other study abroad courses or significant domestic experiences will count toward the major with the approval of the department chair.