Mar 31, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish Major

Jessica Boll Associate Professor of Spanish
Elena M. DeCosta Associate Professor of Spanish

The Modern Languages program offers a major in Spanish and minors in French and Spanish.

Within the framework of a liberal arts education, the Spanish major provides students with direct linguistic contact with a culture different from their own. A culture expresses itself primarily through its language and its literature, and to comprehend another’s, one must be able to communicate with the peoples of that culture.

As a general rule, courses are conducted in the target language. All majors should spend a summer, semester or year abroad. Students may choose to study abroad during a summer, semester, or full academic year by applying to the Office of International Education. Recent graduates have studied in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain.

Learning Outcomes for Spanish

A student successfully completing a Spanish major at Carroll University:

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarize information from spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express oneself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating meaning in complex situations.
  • Can summarize cultural texts (literary and sociopolitical) intended for native speakers to support analysis, reflection, and research related to global issues while integrating cross–cultural perspectives.
  • Can utilize a wide range of sources on cultural themes, including international and domestic sources in the target language (e.g., heritage/immigrant community newspapers, radio and TV broadcasts, or websites.
  • Can utilize information from a variety of sources in the target language, including sources produced by writers in the target culture for target culture readers and listeners as well as sources produced by writers in the base culture (e.g., émigré community, for émigré readers ad listeners) in order to create one’s own argument, drawing appropriately on research for evidence of cultural significance.
  • Can balance perspectives across cultures and evaluate sources of target culture information.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts are:

  • Students must take 8 credits in the same modern language (MLL) other than English, this does not include American Sign Language. Carroll University will accept a total of 8 transferred credits from another college/university as long as all 8 credits are completed in the same language
  • **International students who have English as their second language should contact the Registrar concerning the Modern Language requirement.

  • 4 Hour(s)
  • 4 Hour(s)
  • Degree requirements cannot be waived.


Four year plans are individually developed based on the students’ placement level, cohort if applicable, and all open to modification.

Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major