Spanish majors must complete a minimum of 10 courses and a maximum of 14, including one course from each of the eight areas below, plus two or more elective courses. An elective is a second course or its approved equivalent taken from any of the required areas, on campus or abroad. For more information on the option of counting one course from outside the regular program offerings of the Spanish major as an elective, see below.
Spanish majors are also strongly encouraged to study abroad. For advice on planning your Spanish major with study abroad, see below.
At least two advanced courses (400 level) must be taken at Holy Cross during the fourth year.
Major Areas (expand to see courses)
Majors must take one course from each of the eight areas below, plus two or more elective courses. Printable version available by clicking here (PDF).
Area 1 Composition and Conversation
Spanish 301 “Spanish Composition and Conversation"
Spanish 302 “Composition for Bilingual Speakers”
Area 2 Focused Language
Spanish 219 "Directed Independent Medical Spanish"
Spanish 314 “Spanish for Business”
Spanish 312 “Filmmaking in Spanish”
Spanish 319 “Topics in Advanced Oral Expression”
Spanish 320 “Spanish Grammar through Translation”
Spanish 366 “Creative Writing in Spanish”
Area 3 Culture and Cinema
Spanish 303 “Aspects of Spanish Culture”
Spanish 304 “Aspects of Latin American Culture”
Spanish 420 “Topics in Latin American Film”
Spanish 421 “20th-Century Spain through Film”
Area 4 Linguistics
Spanish 318 “Spanish Phonetics and Phonology”
Spanish 413 “Spanish in the US: A Sociolinguistic Perspective”
Spanish 414 “Second Language Acquisition and Spanish”
Spanish 415 “Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World”
Spanish 422 “Cultural History of the Spanish Language”
Area 5 Textual Analysis (prerequisite for Readings courses)
Spanish 305 “Introduction to Textual Analysis”
Area 6 Readings in Literature (prerequisite for Advanced Literature courses)
“Readings in Spanish Peninsular Literature”
“Readings in Latin American Literature”
Area 7 Advanced pre-Modern Studies
Spanish 400 “Topics in Medieval Spanish Literature”
Spanish 401 “Topics in Golden Age Literature”
Spanish 402 “Don Quixote”
Spanish 409 “Topics in Colonial Spanish-American Literature”
Area 8 Advanced Modern Studies
Spanish 403 “Topics in Modern Spanish Literature”
Spanish 404 “Topics in 20th-Century Spanish Narrative”
Spanish 405 “Topics in Modern Spanish-American Narrative”
Spanish 406 “Topics in Modern Spanish Drama”
Spanish 407 “Topics in Modern Peninsular and Latin American Poetry”
Spanish 408 “Gabriel García Márquez”
Spanish 410 “Literature of Exile, Immigration and Ethnicity”
Spanish 411 “Latin American Literature of the 19th-Century”
Spanish 416 “Body and Text: Representations of Gender in Modern Spanish Literature”
Spanish 436 "Federico García Lorca”
Spanish 450 “Latinidades in Literature and Pop Culture”
Spanish 461 “19th- and 20th-Century Women Writers of Spain”
Two courses from any of the areas above, or by approval of the chair.
Note: One course from outside the regular program offerings of the Spanish department that is directly relevant to the Spanish major may be counted as an elective, subject to approval by the department chair. Eligible courses may include one of the following: a) Montserrat or Honors courses taught by full-time faculty in the Spanish department or b) courses taught in Spanish in other departments at Holy Cross, such as History or Religious Studies or c) four-week summer courses taught in Spanish, such as Maymesters.
Study Abroad for Spanish Majors
Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad at one of the College’s programs in Latin America (Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; or El Salvador) or Spain (La Coruña, León, or Palma de Mallorca).
Planning considerations for study abroad students:
Up to four Spanish major requirements can be met by a year of study in an approved program abroad, or up to two in a semester.
A year-long course at a study abroad site counts as two courses in Holy Cross. One of four courses taken abroad each semester is a required Holy Cross language course. For year-long programs, this course can fulfill two major requirements, normally Focused Language (Area 2), Culture and Civilization (Area 3), or an elective. For semester programs, the course may be used for Area 2, Area 3 or an elective.
Students planning to study abroad should prioritize taking Introduction to Textual Analysis (Area 5) and a Readings course (Area 6) at Holy Cross. Students should also consider studying Linguistics (Area 4) at Holy Cross either before or after their time abroad.
Study abroad allows students to explore their academic interests in local culture, literatures, and arts through direct enrollment in university classes abroad, alongside native students and taught by native professors. Students are encouraged to seek classes similar in scope to offerings at Holy Cross, and should expect to count their university classes as electives for the major. In certain cases, credit can be given for classes in another major area, but given the different approaches to teaching and learning abroad — an experience meaningful in itself — students are often better served fulfilling the bulk of their literary and linguistic area requirements at the College. Remember that two 400-level classes must be taken at Holy Cross in a major's senior year.
If you declare a Spanish major while studying abroad, please notify your Class Dean and the Registrar, who will help with course approvals and advising contacts.