Spanish: Language and Society Concentration (RL)

Students have two options for their study of the Spanish language and its associated cultures: concentrations in Literature and Culture or Language and Society. The Language and Society concentration exposes students to the historical and social contexts of cultures in which Spanish is an important vehicle of communication. Classes teach students to look at language through an interdisciplinary lens, using methodologies from the social sciences and humanities. Knowledge of the linguistic structure of the language and its historical and social varieties gives students insights into the social characteristics of communities where Spanish is used.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand the histories, societies, and cultures of the regions were Spanish is spoken, including the US.

  2. Learn and grow in an interdisciplinary field.

  3. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  4. Develop critical language skills.

  5. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Spanish pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Master of Arts (MA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). A major in Spanish provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Non-governmental organizations

Intragovernmental agencies (eg. The United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Research institutes

Humanitarian services

International business

Print and broadcast media companies

Alumni Jobs


Web director

Clinical research coordinator

Patient service representative

Research assistant

Intelligence analyst


Senior technical writer

International buyer

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Placement according to proficiency level (e.g., SPAN 101, 111, 201, 218)

2nd Year
Continue language sequence, or advance to 300 level

3rd Year
SPAN 308 (required); Choose one: SPAN 301, 303, 305 (Language); Choose one: SPAN 311, 312 (Writing); SPAN 320, SPAN 322, & SPAN 324 (Surveys);

4th Year
Three Expertise courses (e.g., SPAN 348, SPAN 420, 424, 425, 428, 448, RL 407 or LAS 407); Three Elective courses (e.g., SPAN 150, 238 or 248: and/or any 300 or 400-level course not already counted in other categories.)

Major Credits
Required 32 3xx-4xx
Electives 12

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CIS (BS) or Language (BA) US: Difference, Inequality, Agency Global Perspectives Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Non-governmental organizations

Intragovernmental agencies (eg. the United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Research institutes

Humanitarian services

International business

Print and broadcast media companies

Primary, secondary education; Colleges and Universities
Experiential learning opportunities

Study abroad (Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain

Study 'away' (Willamette Valley, Spanish Immersion and Organic Farming)

International internships (IE3, Globalworks)

Local internships in bilingual K-12 programs and local organizations (PLE)

Career oriented courses (Spanish for Education, Latinos in Business, Translation)
Specialized Courses

Spanish Heritage Language (SHL)

United States Latinx Literature and Culture

History of the Spanish Language

Spanish Around the World

Spanglish as a U.S Discourse Community

National Identities and Border Cultures in the Americas

Spanish in the U.S
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Special Education

Indigenous, Race, & Ethnic Studies

Latin American Studies


Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Certificate

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