Course Requirements for the Spanish Major
Spanish majors study a combination of language, linguistics, culture and literature. All students begin in the general Spanish major. As a junior or senior, after having taken both Spanish 331 and Spanish 345, a student may continue in the non-specialized major or may declare a concentration in Literary and Cultural Studies or in Spanish Linguistics. The Spanish major includes 11 classes distributed as follows:
Spanish 301 – Spanish Composition, Conversation & Culture: Topics - A grade of “C” or better in 301 is a prerequisite for all upper level courses.
2 Cultural Perspective Courses: Chosen from Span 310-321 (Topics in Hispanic Literature or Linguistics), Span 306 (Cultural Topics: Spain) or 307 (Cultural Topics: Latin America), and courses abroad. At least one cultural perspective course must be at the 310-321 level.
Spanish 331 (Hispanic Linguistics Today: An Introduction): Prerequisite for advanced linguistics classes (380-389).
Spanish 345 (The Pleasure of the Text): Prerequisite for advanced literary and cultural studies classes (Span 350-379).
3 advanced literary and cultural-studies classes (350-379), advanced linguistics classes (380-389), or a combination of advanced literary and cultural-studies and linguistics classes: At this level, students who are juniors or seniors and who have completed both Spanish 331 and Spanish 345 may choose to declare a Spanish Linguistics Concentration or a Spanish Literary and Cultural-Studies Concentration; those who don’t prefer either option continue in the non-specialized Spanish major. Students declaring a concentration must take 3 advanced classes in the area of their concentration.
Spanish 400 (Seminar): Students electing the linguistics concentration or the literary and cultural studies concentration enroll in the seminar corresponding to their specialization. Those with a non-specialized major consult their advisors and the instructors before choosing their seminar.
2 Electives: Any Spanish course at the 300 level, or above, taken at Gettysburg or equivalent taken abroad. One approved course in a related area may be taken in English or another language, including Portuguese 105 or 205.
The Spanish major includes, as can be seen above, 11 courses above the 300 level. Five of these courses, including 301, 345, 400, and at least two other classes 350 or above, must be taken at Gettysburg College. In addition, Spanish majors must spend one semester studying abroad in a program approved by the department. (Students with extensive previous experience living or studying abroad may petition the department to be exempted from this requirement.) None of these 11 courses can be taken S/U.
Course Requirements for the Spanish Minor
Spanish minors complete Spanish 301 (which must be taken at Gettysburg) and 5 other classes at the 250 level or above. Students must take 3 courses at Gettysburg, with the exception that up to 4 courses may be taken at approved Study Abroad programs. In the latter case, only 2 of the 6 courses must be taken at Gettysburg. None of these 6 courses can be taken S/U.