Spanish Major | Spanish Minor

General Distribution Requirement

Except for elementary and intermediate language courses, all courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and US identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Language Requirement

Students can fulfill the Macalester College foreign language requirement in Spanish or Portuguese in this department by completing one of the following: 1. A score of 620 or higher on the SAT II test, with listening component, upon entrance to the program. 2. A score of 4-5 on the Advanced Placement Test offered through high schools. 3. Successful completion of Macalester's  SPAN 204, Intermediate Spanish II or SPAN 220, Accelerated Intermediate Spanish. 4. Successful completion of Macalester's two-course Portuguese language sequence PORT 111 (Acclerated Elementary Portuguese) through PORT 331 (Luso-Brazilian Voices: Conversation and Composition).

Students earn credit for SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 by scoring 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate Exam. These students will still need to fulfill the above guidelines for the two-year language requirement.

Students will not receive credit for SPAN 110 if they have previously taken or been awarded credit for SPAN 101 and/or SPAN 102 .

Students will not receive credit for SPAN 220 if they have previously taken or been awarded credit for SPAN 203 and/or SPAN 204 .

Students are expected to satisfy the foreign language requirement through courses at Macalester, unless exceptional circumstances arise.

Students who fulfilled the language requirement by meeting the guidelines above must take SPAN 305 before entering the sequence of courses further required for a major or minor in Spanish.

Honors Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations are available from your major or minor adviser, or the Director of Academic Programs.

Topics Courses

SPAN 194, SPAN 294, SPAN 394, SPAN 494 

Topics courses offer a variety of themes and approaches not found in our regular course offerings. Recent topics courses have included: Las Voces de Inmigrants y Exiliados en la Narrativa Postmoderna Espanola; Ethics of Civic Engagement; Consuming Culture: Latin American Literature and Consumer Culture; Brazilian Literature, Culture, and the Arts; Oral History and Literary Traditions of Amazonia. Prerequisite: varies. Offered fall and/or spring, depending on instructor availability, and announced at the time of registration. (4 credits)

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, and preceptorships. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Spanish Major

Major Requirements

A major in Spanish consists of a minimum of nine courses beyond SPAN 204 or SPAN 220 . Every major plan must be designed in consultation with a Department of Spanish and Portuguese faculty advisor. It will include SPAN 305; either PORT 111 or PORT 221; and SPAN 488. In addition, students must take a minimum of one course from each of the three areas of the department curriculum (1) Empires, Colonialisms and Resistance; (2) Borders, Identities and Transgressions; (3) Language, Linguistics, and Community. A minimum of three courses besides the capstone seminar (SPAN 488) must be numbered 354 or above.

In addition, students majoring in Spanish are required to successfully complete one term of a study abroad program, although the Department of Spanish and Portuguese reserves the right to waive this requirement under exceptional circumstances. With prior approval from the Chair, up to two courses successfully taken on a study abroad program can apply toward the courses required for the Spanish major.

Successful completion of SPAN 488 fulfills the capstone seminar requirement.

Spanish Minor

Minor Requirements

Every minor plan should be designed in consultation with a Spanish department faculty advisor and must be approved by the Chair.  There are two minor tracks that students may pursue:

  1. The Spanish minor requires five courses beyond SPAN 204 or SPAN 220. They must include SPAN 305; two courses at the 300 level; and two courses at the 400 level. (Care should be taken to ensure that students have completed the proper 300-level prerequisite course for any 400-level course they select.) At least one 400-level course must be taken at Macalester. With prior approval from the Chair, up to two courses successfully taken on a study abroad program can apply towards the Hispanic Studies minor.
  2. The Spanish minor in Portuguese language, literature and culture requires five courses beyond SPAN 204 or SPAN 220. They must include SPAN 305PORT 111 and PORT 331; and, with prior approval from the Chair, two courses successfully completed on a study abroad program in a Portuguese-speaking country.