Spanish: Literature and Culture Concentration (RL)

Our students explore the languages, literature, and cultures of the Romance world, modern and historical. Students have two options for organizing their study of the Spanish language and its associated cultures: concentrations in Literature and Culture or Language and Society. The concentration in Literature and Culture offers humanities-focused classes that expose students to the depth and breadth of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. This engages students through the study of literature, film, visual arts, and other media from a variety of historical periods, allowing them to develop high-level skills in critical thinking and Spanish written and oral expression.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand the histories, societies, and cultures where 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 (e.g. the United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Research institutes

Humanitarian services

International business

Print & broadcast media companies

Primary, secondary education; colleges and universities
Alumni Jobs


Web director

Clinical research coordinator

Policy director

Program assistant

Patient service representative

Research assistant

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
Two from: SPAN 301/3/5/8; One from: SPAN 311/2; Three from: SPAN 341/42/43/44/50/51/53

4th Year
Three expertise courses (e.g., SPAN 348, 355, SPAN 407, 425, 436-490); Three SPAN electives

Major Credits
Required 36 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?

Oral and written communication

Critical thinking and analysis

Cross-cultural collaboration

Language tutoring and translating

Grant writing


Policy development & analysis

Program administration and evaluation

Economic and community development

Public outreach and community relations
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

Creative Writing in Spanish

United States Latinx Literature and Cultures

History of the Spanish Language

Literary Translation

Sephardic Literature and Culture

Contemporary Latin American Verse

Puerto Rico and its Diaspora

Renaissance and Baroque Poetry

Don Quixote
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Special Education

Indigenous, Race, & Ethnic Studies

Latin American Studies


Second Language Acquisition and Teaching [Certificate]

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