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Major In Spanish for International Service

The Major in Spanish for International Service (SIS) is a pre-professional career-oriented program designed to prepare students for service in government or private agencies and business in Spanish-language related fields. In addition to providing a solid background in the cultural history of Latin America, Spain and the Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States, the major emphasizes the development of practical skills to prepare students for careers in international service.

Required Courses (10 courses / 30 credits)


SPAN 203 or 210   Advanced Conversation and Composition I or Spanish for Heritage Speakers I 
SPAN 204 or 211  Advanced Conversation and Composition II or Spanish for Heritage Speakers II

 (Students placing out of 204/211 add 2 elective courses)


SPAN 300  Thinking Critically: Literature, Film, and Media in the Spanish-Speaking World
SPAN 301  Society and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World 
SPAN 302 Mapping the Hispanic Worlds: Contemporary Issues, Trends and Debates in the US and Abroad

 (Note: 300, 301, and 302 can be taken out of sequence)


SPAN 408/412/425/448: One content research seminar
SPAN 401/402/485  Two practical skills courses: Spanish for Business, Translation, Legal Translation 
and Interpretation
SPAN 489  Research Seminar: Senior Essay 
SPAN 495 Spanish Internship

Electives (2 courses / 6 credits)

− Courses at the 300 level and higher taught in Spanish at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or transferred from study abroad.
− One of these courses may be a 200-level course taught in English at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, a transfer course, or a course in another disciplines. This course must be pre-approved by the advisor.

Education Abroad

− Spanish for International Service Majors are required to spend a semester studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. 
− All credits earned abroad are eligible for transfer if the student is enrolled in affiliated programs. SPAN 300, SPAN 302, and SPAN 489, must be taken at CUA.
− Under special circumstances may students petition that the study abroad requirement be waived. In these cases the department will consider summer abroad programs, approved cultural immersion experiences, or internships instead.

Free Electives and Distribution Courses

- SIS Majors are strongly advised to complete the course work for the Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies.
- Students are also strongly encouraged to add minors or a second major in related disciplines, such as Art, Drama, History, International Business, Media Studies, Philosophy, or Politics. 

Contact: Dr. McMahon (