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Requirements for Majors

Spanish majors are required to take a minimum of 36 credit hours in Spanish at the 200, 300 and 400 levels, excluding SPAN-332. SPAN-251, 252, and at least one 400-level W course are required, as well as a study abroad experience as approved by the department. Spanish majors can fulfill the requirement for an oral presentation in the major and the capstone requirementby taking SPAN-401W, 402W, 403W or 492W.

Secondary School Certification

Students planning to obtain certification for secondary-school teaching in Spanish must take a minimum of 24 credit hours in Spanish at the 200, 300 and 400 levels. The following courses are required: SPAN-251, 252, 317, 328 and at least two 300- or 400-level courses. In addition to the course requirements, students are required to pass a qualifying examination before they will be admitted to candidacy for certification and a competency examination before being certified.
These tests will examine students’ linguistic competence, orally and in writing, testing phonetics, conversation, grammar and composition. The exit exam will also check their knowledge of Spanish literature and culture, including the arts, history and geography. Students and their advisers should consult the Ursinus College Education Department. Language majors and students preparing for certification are required to supplement their work at Ursinus by spending a summer, a semester or an entire year in a foreign country with a program approved by the department. Exceptions to this policy may be made by petition to the department chair.

Requirements for Minors

A minor in Spanish consists of SPAN-208 or SPAN-251 or 252, and 16 additional credits of Spanish at the 200, 300 or 400 level, excluding SPAN-332.


An Ursinus faculty member directs this full immersion program, designed to provide participants with a variety of sustained and meaningful interactions with native Spanish-speakers. The program targets three overlapping groups of students: those who are interested in continuing the study of Spanish beyond the language requirement, those who wish to major or minor in Spanish, and those who desire an internship-like experience in an international setting. 

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