Spanish Studies, B.A.
Chairperson: Mercedes Julia, Ph.D.
Office Location: 303 Saint Augustine Center
Telephone: (610) 519-7794
Spanish is the language that the majority of students in the United States (and in Villanova) chooses to study at the present time for very good reasons: It is the second major language spoken in the world (after Mandarin) and it is the second language spoken in the United States. Therefore it will be very useful and advantageous to know Spanish in any career path that students may choose. Approximately 800 students take Spanish undergraduate courses every semester at Villanova. Students are encouraged to spend summers and semesters abroad in Spain and Central and South America, to obtain a greater proficiency in the language.
MAJOR (30 credits)
The influence of Spanish crosses centuries as well as geographic boundaries. It is a dynamic and exciting language used in diverse parts of the world, such as: Central, South, North America, the Caribbean and Spain. Spanish and its different cultures are taught at Villanova in interdisciplinary courses, in the Liberal Arts Program, Cultural Studies program, and in courses that were designed in response to these developments. The classes provide students with a thorough grounding in the history, politics, cultural production (literatures, film, theater), linguistics, post-colonial experiences, and development of the Hispanic world.
- Of the 10 Major courses at least 3 must be at the 3000 level (including SPA 3970), two of which must be taken at Villanova.
- One RLL course taught in English with SPA attribute may be accepted for the major.
- Students may obtain up to 6 credits through the Villanova summer program in Cádiz (Spain) or Valparaiso (Chile), and up to 9 credits through an authorized semester program. Contact the ISO for details.