Lander University’s Spanish program emphasizes language acquisition and the study of Hispanic cultures, civilizations, and literatures.

Spanish classroomSpanish majors gain proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking the language. By the time they graduate, majors can converse with native speakers on a variety of topics, such as sports, cinema, art, and even politics and religion. They also have studied and experienced Hispanic culture to a point where they can distinguish similarities and differences between various Hispanic societies.

There is no doubt that the best way to become fluent in a language and a culture is to live in the middle of that culture for an extended period of time. Spanish majors are required to study in a Spanish-speaking country and thus gain first-hand experience participating in everyday life in another culture. Through its affiliation with Academic Studies Abroad, Lander offers home-stay programs in Argentina, Chile, and Spain. In addition to normal coursework, students with an advanced level of Spanish may choose to take part in an internship overseas. The Financial Aid Office at Lander works closely with students to help make this opportunity available.



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

Humanities and Fine Arts


Behavioral and Social Perspectives 6
Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning 7
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Approved Mathematics 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0
Approved General Education Electives2


Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation


SPAN 102* 0-3
SPAN 203** 3
SPAN 204 3
SPAN 301 3
SPAN 305 3
SPAN 310 3
SPAN 330 1
SPAN 499 3

*Students who place into SPAN 101 will be required to take SPAN 102 before proceeding to upper-level SPAN courses. Those who have placed above SPAN 102 are not required to take this course.

**Students who place into SPAN 204 will not take 203, but will take three additional hours of major electives.


SPAN 308 or SPAN 350 or SPAN 380 or SPAN 410 3
SPAN 313 or SPAN 314 or SPAN 360 or SPAN 410 3
SPAN 200-, 300- or 400-level electives 6
Total Major Program Requirements 31-34
Additional Electives 44-47


  • Spanish majors must spend a minimum of one semester living and studying on an approved overseas residential study program. Majors must also successfully complete the Departmental Comprehensive Evaluation by passing the Examen Básico of the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE), Level B2, or its equivalent.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses.