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World Languages and Cultural Studies

Spanish Major

As a Spanish major, you’ll develop your language skills while immersing yourself in history and culture.

Through travel and coursework, you’ll broaden your worldview and gain the valuable experience you need to excel. Bonus? If teaching is in your future, you can secure Massachusetts licensure through Merrimack and explore your options as a Spanish and Education double major.

Meet Your Major

In the Spanish program, you will:

  • Hone your ability to understand, speak, and write Spanish
  • Be immersed in the language by taking select courses that are taught entirely in Spanish
  • Gain a greater understanding of Spanish literature, film, and other creative achievements
  • Study the cultural heritage and history of Europe and Latin America from classical to modern times
  • Explore international politics, finances, and business

Hands-On Learning

Sharpen your linguistic and cultural skills with study abroad programs in Bilbao, Spain or Buenos Aires, Argentina, or relevant stateside internships. Outside the classroom, you’ll meaningfully engage with Spanish language and culture by participating in volunteer activities and enrichment events like concerts, art exhibits, lectures, and plays.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the Spanish program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in business, academics, politics, the arts, or a variety of other fields. Positions may include:

  • Cultural advisor
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign service officer
  • Intelligence officer
  • International business consultant
  • Teacher
  • Translator

What You’ll Take

All Spanish majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the 30-credit and minimum-of-8 course requirement.

Required Courses

All Spanish majors must take at least 6 courses beyond SPA 2020. In addition, they are required to take SPA 3200 (Introduction to Advanced Studies) after they take SPA 3010 or 3020 and before they proceed to upper level courses. However, depending on whether the course is being taught in the Spring or the Fall, majors and minors may be allowed to take an upper level course before taking SPA 3200. 

The following courses are beyond SPA 2020:
SPA 3010           Composition and Culture
SPA 3020 Conversation and Culture
SPA 3050 Actualidad Española
SPA 3060 Actualidad Latinoamericana 
SPA 3200 Introduction to Advanced Studies 
SPA 3310  Latinos in the U.S.: Literature and Service Learning  
SPA 3520 Culture and Civilization of Spain and the Hispanic World (in Spanish)  
SPA 3610  Race, Literature and Culture
SPA 3620  Gender, Literature and Culture
SPA 3630  Studies in Popular Culture 
SPA 3700 Special Topics
SPA 4050   Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance  
SPA 4060W           Film and Literature of Contemporary Spain and Latin America 
SPA 4900 Directed Study 

Study Abroad, Residency Requirements, and the Major/Minor Concentration in Spanish

The Department of World Languages and Cultures strongly recommends that all majors and minors study abroad for a semester or more and participate in any of our study-travel courses offered. The choice of program and the choice of courses must be approved beforehand by the department. At least half of the major and minor course requirements must be taken at Merrimack College, including one upper-level course, upon return from the study abroad program.

Teacher of Spanish

Students interested in preparing for a career as a teacher of Spanish at the secondary and middle school level have the following two options: they may major in Spanish and pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to obtain a 5-year preliminary Teaching Certificate in the teaching of foreign language; or they may double major in Spanish and Education to obtain an Advanced Provisional Certificate.  Elementary Teachers can easily double major in Spanish and Elementary Education. They will not need to take the MTEL in Spanish.

More Information

Luis Sáenz de Viguera Erkiaga

Assoc. Professor and Chair

World Languages and

Cultural Studies