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  • Spanish Major
  • Spanish Minor
  • Spanish Translation Minor
  • Graduate Studies – Master’s Degree (MA) in Spanish
  • Study Abroad
  • Clubs and Organizations

Spanish Major

What Spanish courses count for my Spanish major?
How many credits do I need?
What courses are required?

A Spanish major consists of 31 total credits. The first class that counts for your major is SPAN 301 or 302 (Spanish IV), and it is a 4-credit course. This means that, after taking (or receiving credit for) SPAN 301 or 302, you must take 27 more Spanish credits, or 9 courses. A minimum of three of these courses must be at the 700-level; Spanish 550 is required; and a maximum of two 400-level classes count towards the major.

Use the basic outline below to plan your courses:

  • Spanish 301 or 302 (4 credits)
  • Spanish 410 (or 411) and 420 (or 421) (6 credits)
  • Spanish 550, required (3 credits)
  • three more 500-level courses (9 credits)
  • three 700-level courses (9 credits)
  • TOTAL = 31 credits

700-level courses contain a research component, and two of them must be taken on Campus or via K-State. Below, #KStateSpanish Majors make progress towards their SPAN 772 research projects IN SPAIN during Dr. Bender’s faculty-led summer program. Students enrolled in SPAN 772 with Dr. Bender via K-State. Projects included the Tourism Industry, Wine Industry, Youth Culture, Museum Studies, and Nationalism(s) – read about them and learn more here!

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Spanish Minor

What Spanish courses count for my Spanish minor?
How many credits do I need?
What courses are required?

A Spanish minor consists of 19 total credits. The first class that counts for your minor is SPAN 301 or 302 (Spanish IV), and it is a 4-credit course. This means that, after taking (or receiving credit for) SPAN 301 or 302, you must take 15 more Spanish credits, or 5 courses. A minimum of three of these courses must be at the 500-level; Spanish 550 is required.

Use the basic outline below to plan your courses:

  • Spanish 301 (or 302) (4-credits)
  • Spanish 410 (or 411) and 420 (or 421) (6 credits)
  • Spanish 550, required (3 credits)
  • two more 500-level courses (6 credits)
  • TOTAL = 19 credits
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Spanish MINORS can study abroad, too! (Addie at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, as part of Spanish 565. Summer 2019)

Spanish Translation Minor

What Spanish courses count for my Spanish Translation minor?

A Spanish Translation minor consists of 18 total credits. These must include a professional Spanish course, a series of three translation courses, and an “approaches to language” elective in either Spanish or English, and a professional writing course in English.

Use the basic outline below to plan your courses:

  • 3-credits: Spanish 530 (Business) OR 531 (Health/Human Services)
  • 9-credits: Series of 3 Translation courses: Span 575, 771, AND 774
  • 3-credits: “Approaches to language” course – Span 580, 670 OR 776 or other options in English
  • 3-credits: Professional writing in English elective (course options here)
  • TOTAL – 18 credits
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#KStateSpanish majors and MA Students translated and interpreted for the Fall 2019 Gallery Events featuring Edwin Rodriguez, founder of the Colombian non-profit organization Mil Colores Para Mi Pueblo (A Thousand Colors for My Town)

Graduate Studies – MA in Spanish

Access the complete graduate student handbook as a PDF HERE

Our M.A. program in Modern Languages (specialization, Spanish), allows students to tailor their program of study with coursework in Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Literature and Culture, and Translation. This is an ideal program for aspiring educators. Prospective students may apply to teach basic Spanish at K-State and receive a stipend and a full tuition waiverApplications for the 2020-2021 academic year and for fully-funded Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are still open for domestic students; the deadline for international applications is generally in January (for an August start date). Every spring semester our graduate students can apply for scholarships to obtain funding for a summer or future project, such as a conference presentation, Translation exams, study abroad, or software for research projects.

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2019 Scholarship recipients. From left to right, 3 Spanish MA students, a French MA student, and an undergraduate Spanish + Education major.

Our M.A. students collaborate closely with faculty mentors and peers in a supportive environment, and we recently highlighted  a few examples of this dynamic on the blog — check out the posts with the “Graduate Students” tag. Future M.A. students will also have the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for graduate credit during our annual 5-week faculty-led summer program based in Pamplona, at the Universidad de Navarra. In Spain, they can live with a Spanish host family, conduct research, or work with faculty as a teaching assistant.

To get an idea of the type of courses offered, descriptions of our graduate-level advanced Spanish seminars (Span 700+) can be found on our COURSES page; two additional graduate seminars taught in English by Modern Languages professors will be Foreign Language Pedagogy and Principles of Linguistics. Visit our FACULTY page to get in touch with a Professor whose research and teaching interests align with your career goals. They would love to hear from you!

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Spanish MA Students presenting their research projects at a conference at Texas Tech University (Spring 2019). Read about their experience here.

Study Abroad

Our Spanish section offers annual faculty-led summer study abroad programs in Spain (May-June) and Mexico (June-July), both of which last about 5 weeks.

Students can also choose to study abroad for a semester or participate in summer internships via the Education Abroad Office. See our STUDY ABROAD page to read about some of our #KStateSpanish majors’ experiences during their semesters in Madrid and Granada, Spain, and during summer programs in Valparaiso, Chile and Pamplona, Spain!

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#KStateSpanish Students in Mexico on Dr. Valentin-Rivera’s faculty-led Study Abroad program (Summer 2019)

Clubs and Organizations

See our EVENTS page for upcoming events; updated each semester.

Spanish Club – contact Dr. Bender (rbender)

Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor’s Society – contact Dr. Valentin-Rivera (lvalentin)

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Sigma Delta Pi’s end-of-semester Students vs. Professors soccer game, partido de futbol. Every May and December before finals week.

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