Foreign language programs

Your language study at Northwestern will include cross-cultural opportunities around the world and outside your door as you learn about breaking through barriers. In addition to spending a semester abroad, you might accompany professors as they translate in the courtroom or hospital.

Spanish Major

Spanish electives (beyond Spanish 202) 6 credits **
Semester Abroad 12 credits ***
SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture
SPA 311 - Advanced Spanish Conversation *
SPA 312WI - Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPA 314 - Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature
SPA 376 - Study Abroad Cross-Cultural Preparation
SPA 377 - Enhancing the Study Abroad Experience
Choose one course: 3 credits
SPA 351 - Survey of Hispanic Literature from Spain
SPA 352 - Survey of Hispanic Literature from the Americas
Total credits required: 35


* 1 credit course, repeated a minimum of 3 different semesters. Additional credits may be applied towards Spanish electives.

** Students may substitute 3 credits from either French or German languages.

*** Students must study Spanish abroad in a Spanish-speaking country through an approved program (the list of approved programs to complete the semester abroad requirement for the Spanish major is available from the chair of the Modern Foreign Languages department, Registrar’s Office or Career Development Center director).

For students seeking the secondary teaching endorsement in Spanish:

  1. Students must earn a minimum of 85% accuracy on the language pronunciation exam prior to student teaching. The pronunciation test score must be on file in the registrar’s office by the end of the semester prior to graduation.
  2. LAN308, Methods of Teaching Secondary Foreign Language is required
  3. TESL307, Methods in TESL is recommended