The requirements for a Major in Spanish are 28 credits beyond Spanish 202, including at least one course at the 400 level in each of the following areas: (a) language/linguistics; (b) literature; and (c) culture. Study abroad and other transfer credits may apply toward the major, but a minimum of 14 credits must be taken at The University of Akron. You must also satisfy all university and college requirements, including:

  • 42 credits of General Education courses;

  • 47 credits total of courses taken at the 300 or 400 level (including those taken for the major, but excluding workshops or General Education courses).


After completing Spanish 202, the following steps MUST be taken before taking further departmental offerings:

  • Sign up for an advisor in the Department of Modern Languages. Your advising home base must be transferred from the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Register for Spanish 301 (Conversation) and/or Spanish 301/422 (Conversation for Health Professionals and First Responders), Spanish 302 (Composition) and Spanish 303 (Grammar). You may take these courses in any order, but you must have them all in place as prerequisites to other courses in the program.

  • When you have completed two 300-level courses, it is recommended that you take Spanish 340 (Intro to Spanish and Spanish-American Literature) (Fall), which is a prerequisite to the more advanced literature courses, Spanish 407 and 408.

Once you have an advisor in the department and have completed Spanish 301-303, TWO of the following must be completed prior to taking the culture and survey of literature courses. ALL THREE, however, are required for advanced courses in linguistics:

  • Spanish 401 Advanced Conversation (Fall)

  • Spanish 402 Advanced Composition (Spring)

  • Spanish 403 Advanced Grammar (Spring) *requires 303 as a prerequisite

  • Up to 10 credits of service learning projects (requires special permission)

  • 6-12 credits for Spanish 300/400 level electives through Valladolid Summer Study Abroad in Spain. For more information about Study Abroad contact Kirsten Polen de Campi at

The final tier of advanced courses includes any course with a number of 404 or higher, as well as Spanish 351 (Spanish for Professionals: Business). With the 401-402-403 sequence complete, you will be well prepared to take any culture (431, 432) or language/linguistics (404, 405, 406, 410) course in this category. Note, however, that advanced literature courses (411-429) require one of the two courses below to be taken as a prerequisite:

  • Spanish 407 Survey of Hispanic Literature: Spain (Spring)

  • Spanish 408 Survey of Hispanic Literature: Spanish America (Spring)

*Note: All courses must be taken for a grade; CR/NCR cannot be used

All courses applicable toward fulfillment of the requirements for the major must be passed with a grade of C or better in order for the courses to count toward the major.


Spanish majors often become teachers or language specialists for government agencies or businesses. Some work as translators or interpreters, while others become area specialists for companies with ties to Latin American or Iberian markets. Many choose to double major in international business, social work, nursing, or psychology as a way to augment professional skills with language and cultural studies. Still others pursue graduate work in literature, culture, linguistics, or teaching methods. Since almost any career you choose will involve either certification, graduate studies, a minor, or a second major, talk to your advisor as early as possible about your career plans. In order to attain the proficiency necessary for many jobs, it is highly recommended that you spend time studying or working in a Spanish-speaking environment. The Department has much information on work, volunteer, and study abroad programs which should be part of your undergraduate career plans.

For more information contact:

The Department of Modern Languages, 304 Olin Hall, 330-972-7486

Spanish Coordinator Dr. Matt Wyszynski at