The Spanish program at Marquette provides students with the opportunity to develop linguistic proficiency in one of the most widely spoken languages in the world while learning about the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America, Spain and the Latino communities in the United States. The goal of the undergraduate program is twofold: to master all four skills of language acquisition (speaking, understanding, reading and writing), and to gain in-depth knowledge of content areas related to language, linguistics, literature, culture and film of the Spanish-speaking world. Majors in Spanish may combine studies with other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences or sciences. Students considering careers in education, international business, medicine, law, government or communications are particularly encouraged to pursue a double major or a minor in Spanish. Two distinct majors are offered: Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture, with special concentrations including one for Education majors; and Spanish for the Professions, with concentrations in either Business or Health. Both majors also offer curricular concentrations designed to meet the needs of heritage and native speakers of Spanish.

Minors may also choose to concentrate on Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture or Spanish for the Professions. The minor consists of six to seven courses (18-22 credit hours), excluding SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish 1, SPAN 1003 Intensive Elementary Spanish, and SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish 1.

The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences also offers an Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies major or minor for those students who would like to combine their language skills with other disciplines.


  • Heritage learners of Spanish are students of Hispanic background who have been educated in the United States and have been exposed to Spanish in their homes or communities from an early age, but who consider English their primary language.
  • Native speakers of Spanish have been primarily educated in Spanish and consider Spanish their first language.
  • Electives: These are upper-division courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels which were not previously taken to fulfill a requirement. Where there are options listed, if a student wanted to take both instead of choosing only one, such as SPAN 3300 or SPAN 3310, or SPAN 3515 and SPAN 3520, one course could be used to fulfill the requirement and the other course to fulfill an elective.



Spanish Faculty


International Education at Marquette

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