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The Spanish program gives you insight into the second most spoken language in the world. With an increased demand for Spanish-speaking people in a multitude of fields such as business and communication, having a Spanish degree proves marketable - especially when paired with another subject. Also, students don't just learn the language. The Spanish program is designed to be as immersive as possible - which includes learning the language and the culture, partaking in themed events that are important to the culture, and studying abroad for at least a semester to get fully immersed. Like all Modern Language majors at Doane, students who major in Spanish are required to spend at least a semester studying abroad. Once they reach junior year, students are allowed to use their $1,000 travel scholarship to aid them in this experience. 

Segovia Alcázar   Madrid Cibeles   Madrid Puerta del sol


Several students who completed this program also went on to become Fulbright scholars. Students who have earned their undergraduate degree can apply to the prestigious program that allows them to spend an entire year in another country. Doane has been recognized for its large output of Fulbright scholars by the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

For more information on the Fulbright scholarship, studying abroad, and general information about the Department of Modern Languages, click here



Learning Environment

Approximately 30-35 students are in the Spanish program each year, with 8-10 studying abroad during the year. Introductory courses average 20 students, while advanced courses range from 5-15 students. Small class sizes provide more opportunity for oral practice, as well as frequent field trips to area events and museums.

Spanish is used as much as possible in the classroom, incorporating the receptive skills of listening and reading, as well as the productive skills of speaking and writing. At the beginning and intermediate levels, interdisciplinary topics provide a framework. For example, students may learn about famous artists and popular music or films as they practice basic conversation and begin to study grammar. 

At every stage, learners are building on previously learned skills, with Spanish being used exclusively in culture and literature classes. Culture is a major component of learning at all levels, with equal attention to the many and varied cultures of Spain and the Spanish American countries. You are are required to spend a semester studying abroad to hone your skills through an intensive immersion in Spanish.

The community of Crete is also a laboratory for students who wish to practice conversational Spanish.  Students are encouraged to interact with local native speakers. Spanish film nights and campus festivities during National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Cinco de Mayo celebration are relaxing ways to "soak up" some of the culture.


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Requirements for the Spanish Major:

Complete 33 credits of Spanish

For students who begin beyond the 100-level, complete 30 credits of Spanish, excluding SPA 317,  SPA 321 


A student must earn 12 to 17 credits in Spanish in an approved semester or summer abroad program, with the approval of the department.  Courses taken abroad should be taught in the Spanish language.  The student has the option of earning up to 24 credits for a full year abroad. (Refer toOff-Campus Study Programs.)

Four-Year Plan

Complete 30 credits of Spanish

Students studying secondary education and Spanish must complete 30 credits beyond the 100-level, excluding SPA 317, SPA 321 

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

Credit by Examination

Students having already taken and passed a course in Spanish at Doane may take an exam for credit. Upon passing the exam, students can be awarded three credits. Additional fees apply. Credit by Examination is limited to 100- and 200-level courses. A maximum of three credits can be awarded.