A BA in Spanish empowers you to connect with Spanish-speaking communities both locally and globally through three main areas of study: Latin America, Spain or Latino Studies.
Experienced instructors train you in written and oral communication, while literature specialists teach the diverse histories, cultures, literatures and films of the Spanish-speaking world. Our interdisciplinary approach builds your critical understanding of human rights, racial and ethnic identities, and social change.
Our immersive educational experience prepares you for a wide range of careers. Want to study in Argentina, Mexico, Madrid? The Spanish major enriches your linguistic and cultural development by encouraging study abroad in a variety of countries. Students wishing to dive deeper into their Spanish studies have the opportunity to participate in the Spanish honors and distinction program.
The Department of Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies at DU Offers:
Small, interactive classes that allow students ample opportunity to interact with our accomplished instructors
Study abroad opportunities around the globe
Multiple ways to tie your studies into key out-of-classroom experiences, including service learning, internships and extracurricular activities
Access to the support and programs of DU’s Center for World Languages and Cultures
Independent study programs and collaboration with faculty members
- To major in Spanish, students complete 44 credits of approved courses above the level of SPAN 2001.
- Requirements for a distinction in Spanish include a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA, minimum 3.6 major GPA and completion of a thesis.
- Secondary major requirements are 44 credits (same requirements as for BA degree).
- Minor requirements include a minimum of 24 credits of courses above the level of SPAN 2001, including SPAN 2100, SPAN 2300, SPAN 2350. A minimum of four credits must be at the 3000 level.
For more information about courses, degree/minor requirements and the program, visit the DU Undergraduate Bulletin.
Latino Presence in the United States
About this Course
An interdisciplinary survey about Mexican Americans (Chicanos) from 1845 to the present. Lectures, readings and discussions provide an overview of influences that continue to shape the culture, character, history, and literature of Chicanos in the United States. A major focus is an exploration of the various ways in which Chicanos have struggled to achieve social change and equality. Culture, ethnicity, language, education, immigration, economics, political action, oppression and discrimination, and current events are also included through readings of representative works including narrative, poetry, theater, and essay.
Contemporary Film in Spain
About this Course
Through contemporary Spanish film and essays this course examines the representation of key cultural aspects of Spanish society, such as national and regional identities, immigration, and gender issues. Students critically evaluate the causes, cultural manifestations and consequences of the social themes studied first by reading about them and then by viewing films that consider the same issues. They learn to identify the formal elements of film and develop a critical vocabulary with which they analyze and write about them.
The Andean World: Artistic Representations of Power, Resistance and Social Change
About this Course
Survey of Andean literature and art created during the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries; artists' portrayals of strategies for resistance and the struggle for social justice in modern Andean society. Study of a wide variety of genres including short stories, novels, testimonials, poetry, essays, songs, visual art and film. Class discussions, theoretical texts and student analyses focus on the central theme of representations of power, resistance and social change in the Andes.