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Spanish, B.A.

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Maria Tapias - Fall
Yvette Aparicio - Spring


Rebecca Bender
Valérie Benoist
Erin Cowling
Michelle Nasser
Brian Patrick
Mirzam Pérez
Barbara Stone
Carmen Valentín

Courses in Spanish examine the diverse cultural achievements of Latin America, Latin@ 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, Latin@ 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.

Major Requirements: A minimum of 32 credits

Courses numbered SPN 105 , SPN 106 , SPN 204 , and SPN 205  do not count toward the major. Required are:

Additional Requirement: 4 credits

Seminar Requirement: 8 credits


*With permission of the department, LAS 111  and/or up to 4 credits of coursework with content solely on Latin America, Latin@ America or Spain (taken at Grinnell or at a Grinnell-approved off-campus study program) may count toward the major.

Additional Information

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 must meet the College’s general requirements for honors. In addition, they must complete a third seminar in a third area of study offered by the department.

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