Spanish Major

Sixty-six credits in Spanish including the following:no more than eighteen credits in the sequence 204-219; and no more than eighteen credits from courses numbered 220-299. A limit of three 200-level literature courses (may include one in translation) within the range of 220-299 guarantees that our students will proceed in a timely fashion to the upper division seminars and yet allows both flexibility and transition. All our courses demand that students learn and apply critical skills for literary and cultural analysis. However, it is at the 300-level that our majors complete a paper that can often form the basis for the senior comprehensive project, the capstone experience in our major.

At least three courses in Latin American literature, film and/or culture and three courses in Peninsular literature, literature, film and/or culture must be completed before winter term of the senior year.

In addition to these sixty-six credits, six credits in literature or film other than in Spanish are required.

The spring of our majors’ junior year, students consult with faculty and begin the process of their “comps” or “senior comprehensive exercise”.” The “comps” is completed spring term, senior year. Six credits for work in the “comprehensive exercise” are also included in the required 66 credits.


“Majoring in Spanish allowed me to fully take advantage of Carleton College’s liberal arts education.  Although the central focus of the major is literature, I spent many trimesters studying history, art, film, and urban development within the Spanish department.  As a junior, I spent three months in Madrid learning the nuances of Spanish culture and achieving fluency.  Being a pre-med student, I enjoyed being able to take both organic chemistry and Latin American love stories during the same trimester.  The detail-oriented analytical skills that I learned in the Spanish department will be a useful skill set as I begin my career as a bilingual physician.” (Ethan Bernstein '11)

“The Spanish Major at Carleton gave me the freedom to explore topics and texts that were exciting to me, and the confidence and critical skills I needed to succeed in a graduate program in Spanish literature. Although I did not have the same background as many of the other students in my Ph.D. program, many of whom were native Spanish speakers, Carleton's Spanish major provided me with the language, writing, and analytical skills that I needed.” (Britta Anderson '09)