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Studying Spanish isn’t simply about learning another language.

With 37 million Spanish speakers in the U.S., and nearly 500 million globally, it’s about learning the third most widely spoken language in the world. At Emmanuel College, you will open the door to new cultural and career opportunities. Immerse yourself in the language, art, literature and culture of Latin America and Spain, and of Latino communities in Boston and across the country.

The Curriculum

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. in Spanish

  • Three LANG courses at the 2000-level and above
  • LANG2420 Phonetic and Oral Spanish (LC)
  • LANG2422 Writing in Spanish
  • LANG2413 Spanish Conversation and Composition I
  • LANG3417 Spanish American Experience: An Overview
  • LANG3429 Great Figures of Spanish Literature
  • LANG3437 Special Topics
  • LANG4999 Senior Seminar

Major courses are chosen with departmental advising.

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Departmental Minor in Spanish

  • Two LANG courses at the 2000-level and above
  • LANG2420 Phonetic and Oral Spanish (LC)
  • LANG2422 Writing in Spanish
  • One 3000-level courses
  • LANG3437 Special Topics

Minor courses are chosen with departmental advising.

Requirements for a Modern Language Certificate

  • Five LANG courses at the 1000-level and above, with a minimum grade of B- for each course. The Language Certificate will be noted on the student transcript.

Students seeking teacher licensure in Spanish must complete a major in Spanish as well as complete required education courses and student teaching. Education requirement are available through the education department. Students seeking Initial Licensure in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

At the completion of the Spanish major, the student will:

  • Demonstrate Spanish language proficiency.
  • Demonstrate understanding of Hispanic peoples and cultures.
  • Critically read literature in Spanish, conduct research in the discipline, and clearly express statements and support ideas in essays and research papers.
Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Along with areas of knowledge and major requirements, you will cultivate essential values in the classroom and complete two courses in each area:

  • Social Justice (SJ): Develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation to participate beneficially in activities of personal and public concern.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism (DM): Understand the complexity of identity the historical truths of different cultural perspectives to address bias and examine contemporary social issues. 

One hundred percent of Emmanuel students complete an internship as part of the core curriculum. In a city as dynamic as Boston, your options are bound only by the limits of your curiosity.

A diverse city, Boston is home to a large Spanish-speaking community, and the need for bilingual interns in healthcare, nonprofit, education and other sectors are in demand.

In all majors, the Capstone Experience involves completing a significant piece of work that requires the integration and application of learning from multiple courses.

The culminating experience for Spanish majors is the Senior Seminar course (LANG4999), which you will complete in the spring semester of your final year of study. In this course, you will research a chosen topic in-depth, make regular peer-reviewed oral presentations of progress, and give a final oral presentation of your research paper to peers and Modern Language faculty.