Member of the Division of Humanities
Courses in Spanish examine the diverse cultural achievements of Latin America, Latinx America and Spain and enable students to respond with intelligence and sensitivity to other cultures. The department seeks to develop in students from all disciplines the critical ability to identify problems and view them from multiple perspectives: cultural, historical, literary, and linguistic. The growing importance of bilingual areas in urban America underscores the advisability of Spanish-language study for careers in health care, bilingual education, community development, and social services.
Students with training in Spanish receive a recommendation as to the appropriate course level (100, 200, 300) for continued language study. Those beginning the language take SPN 105 . The first two years of study in the department follows the sequence SPN 105 , SPN 106 , SPN 217 , and SPN 285 . All courses are conducted in Spanish.
The program for majors provides essential skills for communication in the language, a sound and comprehensive introduction to literature, and an exploration of various aspects of Latin American, Latinx American, and Spanish cultures. Students should balance their Spanish program with a broad selection of interdepartmental courses and study in all three major divisions in order to ensure breadth of learning. The department encourages participation in one of the approved off-campus programs in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, or Spain.
Core Requirements: 16 credits*
- One low-300 literature courses chosen from:
- SPN 343 - The Art of Language 4 credits
- Eight credits or two seminars; each one in a different area of study offered by the department. Majors may select two seminars from the following groups***:
- SPN 384 - Spanish Dialectology 4 credits
- SPN 395 - Advanced Special Topics in Language, Literature and Culture 4 credits (on a Spanish Linguistics topic)
Electives: 16 credits**
Courses below as needed to count toward the minimum of 32 credits.
- SPN 217 - Intermediate Spanish 4 credits
- SPN 285 - Introduction to Textual Analysis 4 credits
- SPN 311 , SPN 312 , SPN 314 , SPN 315 , SPN 317 , SPN 295 as approved by department. The low-300 literature course counting for the core may not also count as an elective.
- SPN 320 - Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World 4 credits ****
- SPN 377 , SPN 379 , SPN 383 , SPN 384 , SPN 385 , SPN 386 , SPN 395 as approved by department. The two seminars counting for the core may not also count as electives.
*Core Requirements must be taken on campus.
**With permission of the department, 4 or 8 credits can be taken at Grinnell in courses taught in English. These courses are LAS 111 , LAS 221 or any course taught outside of the Spanish Department with content solely on Latin America, Latinx America or Spain. These credits can be counted toward the Spanish major. The maximum of 8 credits can be earned through one of the following combinations:
- LAS 111 and LAS 221
- LAS 111 and up to 4 credits of course work with content solely on Latin America, Latinx America or Spain
- LAS 221 and up to 4 credits of course work with content solely on Latin America, Latinx America or Spain
Study abroad credits toward the major are approved according to the following guidelines:
- A maximum of 12 credits from courses taken at study abroad programs approved by the Spanish Department can be applied toward the Spanish major;
- Courses from study abroad programs cannot fulfill the following major requirements: 343, at least one low-300 literature course, and seminars;
- All courses must be taught in Spanish;
- The Department will accept any courses that fit the following descriptions:
- Spanish Language courses (for example, conversation, composition, stylistics, phonetics, semantics, history of the language, etc.), including the language and culture courses taught entirely in Spanish in programs where all the other courses are taught in English.
- Literature courses on Latin America, Latinx America and Spain that do not cover material taught in regularly offered Spanish courses at Grinnell.
- A maximum of 4 credits of coursework in areas other than language and literature with content solely on Latin America, Latinx America or Spain.
In order to approve credits, the department will require syllabi if the study abroad course may cover material regularly offered in Spanish courses in our department.
We adhere to the same guidelines for Grinnell approved off-campus programs in the US.
For study abroad programs that are not approved by Grinnell, the department must approve the courses after reviewing the course syllabi. Courses must be taught in Spanish.
For study abroad programs approved by Grinnell, but not recommended by the Spanish Department, only credits from language courses would count toward the major. Students can request that the Spanish Department consider the approval of other courses by submitting course syllabi. Courses must be taught in Spanish.
For off-campus programs in the US that are not approved by Grinnell, the department must approve courses in order to have their credits count toward the major. In order to approve credits, we will require syllabi and other relevant information. Courses must be taught in Spanish.
*** After completing any of the seminar courses (except 384 or SPN 395 on Spanish Linguistics) mentioned above, students cannot enroll in SPN 311 , SPN 312 , SPN 314 , SPN 315 , SPN 317 , or SPN 295 on literature. SPN 343 may be taken concurrently with any seminar (except SPN 384 and SPN 395 on Spanish Linguistics).
**** SPN 320 may be repeated for credit when content changes. A maximum of 8 credits may count toward the major. SPN 320 may be taken concurrently with any seminar.
At least 20 credits must be taken within the Department of Spanish at Grinnell. Upon declaration of a Spanish major, students will consult with the department concerning their objectives in order to plan an approved program of courses. Off-campus study courses or transfer courses are not allowed to fulfill the requirement for the two seminars listed above.
To be considered for honors in Spanish, graduating seniors, in addition to meeting the College’s general requirements for honors, must complete a third seminar in any area of study offered by the department.