Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures


The BA in Spanish degree program is a lively, flexible and intellectually challenging way of developing language skills in Spanish while gaining knowledge of the literatures and cultures of Spain, Latin America, and of Hispanics in the United States. At Loyola, Spanish majors learn the essential skills and techniques with which to critically read, interpret, and write and speak about all genres of Hispanic literature and of cinema and visual arts in Spanish. In so doing, students refine their linguistic skills, and gain awareness of the complexities of the Spanish-speaking world. 


  • Spanish 250 and 251, or Spanish 252 and 253 (for native/heritage speakers)
  • Spanish 270, and Spanish 271 (Spain) or Spanish 272 (Latin America)
    • Spanish 270 and 271 or 272 are prerequisites for all 300-level courses
  • Any six Spanish courses at the 300-level, of which:
    • One must focus exclusively on Latin America
    • One must focus exclusively on Spain
  • Completion and presentation of an e-portfolio, as per program guidelines

This is equivalent to 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with key works of Latin American and Peninsular literature and with the social and political environments of present-day Latin America and Spain.
  • Have the ability to discuss literature critically.
  • Interpret the representation and impact of broad historical events in Peninsular, Latin American, and Latinx culture, art, and literature.
  • Read, write, and speak Spanish fluently.
  • Have the ability to sustain a coherent discussion of complex ideas in both oral and written Spanish.
  • Articulate how social and cultural identities impact community engagement and intercultural communication.
  • Integrate the Jesuit principles of service, inclusion, and self-knowledge into practice.

These outcomes will be evidenced in the students' senior capstone project (ePortfolio).


Professional Uses

Spanish is the second most widely-spoken language in the United States, and the fourth most widely-spoken language in the world. Knowledge of Spanish is not only a practical necessity in an increasingly interconnected world, but also a valuable asset in a wide range of careers. Our graduates embark on a wide array of careers, including teaching, health care, foreign relations and diplomacy, social work, law, journalism, communications, politics, and international business.‌

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