Hispanic Studies majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. A course in Spanish (SPAN), based on language placement
  2. A course of your own choosing
  3. A course of your own choosing

1 st Semester Courses

If you are interested in the Hispanic Studies major, the first step is to take the language proficiency exam so that you can be placed in the language or culture course that best meets your current proficiency level. Information about the placement test can be found here: http://modernlanguages.cua.edu/placementinfo.cfm.

Once you have taken the test, you will receive an email notifying you about the language/culture course you should take. Your major adviser will be in touch with you about other course choices, such as electives, courses in a potential minor or a second major.

If you speak Spanish at home, you should not take the regular placement test. Instead, go to this website for the placement information for heritage speakers: http://modernlanguages.cua.edu/SpanishHeritage/index.cfm.

On this site you will find information about special course offerings for you.

As a Hispanic Studies major, you will be required to complete two courses at the 200-level (SPAN 203 and SPAN 204 or, if you are a heritage speaker of Spanish, SPAN 210 and SPAN 211). If you test at a lower level, you will be placed in SPAN 103 or SPAN 104 or, if you are a heritage speaker, in SPAN 111. In this case, you should try to enroll in a culture or literature course offered in English. If you place above SPAN 204 or 211, you can enroll in literature and culture courses taught in Spanish. You should discuss your options with your advisor.

If you are majoring in Hispanic Studies, you may want to consider EURO 202/POL 202, which is one of the gateway courses for the Certificate in European Studies. More information about the program here: http://euro.cua.edu/. If you are interested in Latin America, you should take a look at the courses offered in the Program for Latin American and Latino Studies: http://lals.cua.edu/. If you are combining your Hispanic Studies degree with another major or minor, you should make sure to take the first required course for that degree. Your undergraduate advisor will be able to help you with these choices.

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