About the Program
Purdue University’s School of Languages and Cultures offers B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish. A minor is also offered in Portuguese, so students have the opportunity of combining Portuguese with their study of Spanish in interesting ways.
Several different degree options are available. The Spanish and Portuguese faculty has outstanding credentials, and shows a strong commitment to both research and teaching. If you choose Purdue for graduate study you can count on receiving individual attention from professors, and on working in a friendly and supportive environment.
The Teaching Track prepares students to teach Spanish in grades 5-12. Students will take courses in the School of Languages and Cultures and in the College of Education, will do student teaching in a local school, and upon successful completion of the degree program, will receive the teaching licensure required to teach in Indiana public schools.
This program meets state and national licensure standards and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State of Indiana, State Board of Education. Admission to and successful completion of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are required.
Please visit Spanish and Portuguese for more information.
3 Year Degrees
The College of Liberal Arts offers the opportunity for students to complete their degree in three years. Degree in 3 majors allow students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier than traditional plans of study while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree.
Students can complete the three-year option with or without AP credit by adding summer sessions to traditional coursework in Fall and Spring semesters. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.
120 Credits Required
Liberal Arts Curriculum
Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (33 credits)
Pre-requisite Language Courses
Before undertaking the major, students must establish proficiency equivalent to Spanish Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing SPAN 20200 or SPAN 20500 , by exam, or by other evidence acceptable to the School of Languages & Cultures. Courses taken for credit will be applied to Electives.
Spanish Major (30 credits)
Area A - Spanish Language (6 credits)
Area B - Spanish Literature (3 credits)
Education Track (21 credits)
Area C - Advanced Spanish Language (3 credits)
Area D - Advanced Spanish Literature (3 credits)
Area E - Spanish Linguistics (6 credits)
Area F - Spanish Culture (3 credits)
Area G - Spanish Selectives (6 credits)
Choose 6 credits from the following list.
Note: **if not used above.
World Languages Teaching Concentration–Professional Education Requirements (47 credits)
All Professional Education courses, including Learner Specialty Pathway Concentration courses, are calculated into the Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C”).
Learner Specialty Pathway Course (3 credits)
Choose one course from one of the learner pathway areas below. Students can elect to take additional coursework to complete a full concentration if they choose, but is not required. See the links for concentration requirements.
If you desire additional information regarding the Learner Pathway Concentrations, please reach out to your academic advisor or visit the Learner Specialty Concentration tab found here.
Other Departmental - Liberal Arts Core (12 credits)
Core III: Linguistic Diversity (0 credits)
Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives. (fulfills Humanities for core)
Foundational Requirements (12 credits)
Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes.
- Humanities - SPAN 30100. (fulfills Humanities for core)
- Behavioral/Social Science - EDCI 28500 or EDPS 23500. (fulfills Behavioral/Social Science for core)
- Information Literacy - EDCI 27000. (fulfills Information Literacy for core)
- Science #1 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
- Science #2 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
- Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science, Technology, Society for core)
- Written Communication - EDCI 20500. (fulfills Written Communication for core)
- Oral Communication - EDCI 49800. (fulfills Oral Communication for core)
- Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Quantitative Reasoning for core)
- Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
- All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
- “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- Students must earn an overall GPA of 2.67/4.0 in courses for the major.
- A minimum grade of C is required for a course to count for the major.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
- 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
- 2.5 Overall GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
- 2.67 Content GPA, as calculated by the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure, is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
- 3.0 Professional GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
- Indiana Licensure information.
- Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy
- P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
|ASL-American Sign Language
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