2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Foreign Language, BA, Concentration: Spanish

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About the Program

Apply Now A major in Foreign Language fosters a deep understanding of other cultures, languages, and literatures. It prepares students to play an active role in today’s globalizing world. Students in this major learn new languages, explore fascinating cultures, and come to know other societies firsthand through study abroad programs. They gain linguistic skills and cultural sensitivity that make them highly competitive in the global marketplace.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Spanish courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

CHESS College Core (24 Credits)

Other Required Courses (39 Credits)

  • Free Electives (39 Credits) - Elective credits can be used toward completing the requirements of a Minor.  See advisor for additional information.

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest 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 the 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.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA): Minimum grade of C required for all Spanish courses, 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL): One EL course required, EL courses are noted by (e) next to course title.

General Education Core: General Education notations can be found within the course description, please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses: Milestone courses are noted by (m) next to the course title and have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines sections below for more information. 


Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

  • Free Elective/Minor Requirement
  • Free Elective/Minor Requirement
  • Free Elective/Minor Requirement
  • Spanish Elective
  • Spanish Elective from list (Note 3)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1:  Spanish non-heritage speakers can take any SPAN course above the SPAN 30000 level

               Spanish heritage speakers must take SPAN 31300 - Spanish for Spanish Speakers I 

               Spanish heritage speakers will receive departmental credit for SPAN 10100-20200

Note 2:  All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHSS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed.

Note 3:  SPAN Electives must be one of the following courses:

  • SPAN 21100 -  Elementary Spanish Conversation II
  • SPAN 24100 – Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 37300 – Spanish Translation
  • SPAN 48100 – Spanish Culture
  • SPAN 48200 – Latin American Civilization
  • SPAN 48600 – Latin American Film


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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