The major in Spanish is designed to cultivate our students' understanding, respect, and appreciation of the rich literary and cultural traditions of Spanish-speaking peoples; to provide a sound foundation for graduate study related to the Hispanic worlds; and to develop our students' ability to analyze literary and cultural works in Spanish.

Through their coursework in the major, students are introduced to the discipline of Hispanic letters, and also explore connections between Spanish and other disciplines in the humanities or in the social sciences. The on-campus curriculum, combined with a semester or year of study abroad on a program approved by the Spanish department, will enable students to reach an advanced level of proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.

It is recommended that students who plan to major in Spanish purchase the following texts for use in all of their Spanish courses:

  • Handbook of Contemporary Spanish Grammar (Vista)
  • 501 Spanish Verbs (Barrons)
  • Spanish Verb Tenses (McGraw-Hill)
  • Diccionario Spanish-English Dictionary (Merriam-Webster)
  • Diccionario de la Lengua Española (Real Academia Española; or consult online here)

Specific Requirements

The Course Catalog provides detailed information about specific major and minor course requirements.


Students who fulfill the University requirements for the Honors Program are encouraged to speak with a faculty member in Spanish during the junior year to discuss the possibility of doing an Honors thesis.

Teaching Certification

Students interested in becoming certified to teach Spanish should consult with the Spanish Department Chairperson and the Education Department in their first or early in their second year at Bucknell.