Students majoring in Spanish must accumulate a minimum of 30 credits at the 200 and 300 levels.

To complete the Spanish Major, students must take:

  • SP 230 - Intermediate Conversation and Composition (4 Cr.) or SP 230S (4 Cr.) or SP 230V (4 Cr.)
  • SP 235 - Advanced Conversation and Composition (3 Cr.)
  • Three 200-level electives (not including SP 229). Spanish majors usually take most of their electives abroad, in one of the Department's approved programs in Spain or Argentina.
  • SP 254 - Survey of Peninsular Literatures and Cultures: An Exploration of Spain's Literary Journey (3 Cr.)
  • SP 294 - Survey of Latin-American Literatures and Cultures: Vision de los Vencidos, an Alternative Perspective (3 Cr.)
  • In addition to:

Three courses at the 300 level, as a minimum. Students may choose from the following courses:

  • SP 318 - "Trans-Nationally Queer": Finding a Voice Through Art in the Gay Spanish Speaking World (3 Cr.)
  • SP 320 - Fable, Fantasy, and Francoism: Narratives of the Spanish Civil War (3 Cr.)
  • SP 328 - Crime and Punishment in Latin American Cinema (3 Cr.)
  • SP 332 - Special Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature (3 Cr.)
  • SP 340 - Social Criticism Through Written and Visual Texts (3 Cr.)
  • SP 345 - Special Topics in Latin American Literature (3 Cr.)
  • SP 360 - Special Topics in Spanish Translation (3 Cr.)


To complete the Spanish major, students must spend at least one semester abroad in one of the department-approved programs in Spain or Argentina to perfect language skills and increase knowledge of Hispanic culture. While abroad, students will complete a minimum of 12 credits toward the major (most or all the 200-level electives, they may also take SP 254 or SP 294 (not concurrently) if they are offered and, if the proficiency of the students allows it, a 300-level course). Note: The grammar and conversation classes will not count towards the Spanish major or minor.

Writing Proficiency in the Major

Majors in Spanish who successfully complete any 300-level course Spanish course at Goucher will have fulfilled the writing proficiency in the major requirement.

Concentration in Secondary Education with Certification in Spanish

Students seeking certification as Spanish teachers at the secondary level should make their intention clear to the chair of the Department of Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures as early as possible, and no later than the time they declare their major. Certification requirements are listed under the Education Department.