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Widely used around the world, Spanish has become the second-most-spoken language in the United States, touching all facets of our culture from media to education to business.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers you a hands-on Spanish major and minor that include immersive study abroad programs, our nationally-recognized Service Learning course, and internships both in the U.S. and abroad. You'll obtain the experiences necessary to improve language fluency while expanding your understanding of cultures different from your own.

Join us and take advantage of:

  • Access to Central Indiana’s rich Latino community, in which students interact in social and service learning capacities
  • Opportunities for students to serve as Spanish-speaking teacher aides in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) classrooms
  • Immersive study abroad, including faculty-led programs to Alcalá de Henares, Spain (one semester, offered every fall) and Costa Rica (three-week summer intensive)
  • Internships both in the U.S. and abroad
  • Our active, on-campus Latinos Unidos student group
  • Classes led by internationally recognized and published faculty hailing from countries around the world, including Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Italy, Panama, El Salvador, Senegal, Serbia, and Spain
  • Use of Butler’s student Modern Language Center (MLC) and its wealth of movies, technology, tutoring, and lounge areas
  • The option to complete the degree in three years

Browse our course offerings.

Financial Support

Please read through these lists of numerous Prestigious Scholarship Opportunities (scroll down to "language study"), as well as study abroad scholarships (CIEE and IFSA-Butler) and travel grants.

Check out the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences $1,000 essay contest (typically due by January), the annual John Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism (typically due by March), and the annual Corrine Welling Scholarship (typically due by April).

For international students, here's some advice and information on Scholarships and Grants set aside specifically for you.

If you encounter a short-term, unforeseen financial hardship or immediate expense that's impacting your academic success, please read about the Butler Emergency Assistance Fund.

Requirements for the Spanish Major

Download our Spanish Major/Minor packet. (PDF)

Overview

The Spanish major consists of a minimum 33 credits.

At least 24 of these credits must be at the 300 level or above.

At least two courses must be at the 400 level.

And for those student entering Fall 2018 onward, at least 18 credits must be from SP 325–499.

Students who major in Spanish normally include study abroad in their programs.

For Core Curriculum requirements, please visit the Core Curriculum website.​

Skills Courses

One of the following:

Culture/Literature Courses

At least two of the following:

  • SP 330, Themes in Hispanic Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 335, Spain: Middle Ages to 1700 (3)
  • SP 340, Spain: 1700 to the Present (3)
  • SP 345, Analysis of Literary Genres (3)
  • SP 350, Spanish American Culture (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean) (3)
  • SP 355, Spanish American Culture (Southern Cone, Andean countries) (3)
  • SP 360, Hispanic Film (3)
  • SP 365, Hispanic Short Story (3)
  • SP 370, Topics: Contemporary Hispanic Societies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 420, Topics: Golden Age of Spain (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 430, Topics: 18th and 19th Century Spain (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 440, Topics: Contemporary Spanish Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 450, Topics: Spanish-American Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 460, Topics: 20th Century Spanish-American Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 470, Hispanic Culture in the United States (3)
  • SP 490, Seminar (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
Linguistics Courses

At least one of the following:

  • SP 325, Intro to Hispanic Linguistics (3)
  • SP 375, Spanish Pronunciation (3)
  • SP 380, Structure of Spanish (3)
  • SP 385, Intro to Varieties of Spanish (3)
  • SP 405, Spanish Sociolinguistics (3)
  • SP 415, Spanish in the USA (3)
  • SP 425, Phonetics of the Spanish Language (3)
  • SP 435, Spanish Dialectology (3)
  • SP 445, Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (3)
  • SP 455, Spanish 2nd Language Acquisition (3)
  • SP 465, Bilingualism in Hispanic World (3)
  • SP 485, History of the Spanish Language (3)
Additional MLLC Courses
  • FL 390, Spanish-focused Seminar (in English; counts toward Spanish major only, not minor; may only be counted once) (3)
  • SP 401, Internship in Spanish (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (1)
  • SP 402, Internship in Spanish (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (2)
  • SP 403, Internship in Spanish (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (3)
  • SP 410, Topics: Communication Skills in Spanish (3)
  • SP 499, Honors in Thesis in Spanish (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (3)
  • FL 499, Keystone (in English; strongly encouraged for all senior majors and minors) (1)
Medical Spanish Courses

Please see drop-down below.

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NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

Requirements for the Spanish Minor

Download our Spanish Major/Minor packet. (PDF)

Overview

The Spanish minor consists of a minimum 21 hours.

At least 12 of these hours must be at the 300 level or above.

At least one course must be from SP 325–499 (i.e., Culture/Literature or Linguistics).

Students who minor in Spanish normally include study abroad in their programs.  

Skills Courses
Culture/Literature Courses
  • SP 330, Themes in Hispanic Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 335, Spain: Middle Ages to 1700 (3)
  • SP 340, Spain: 1700 to the Present (3)
  • SP 345, Analysis of Literary Genres (3)
  • SP 350, Spanish American Culture (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean) (3)
  • SP 355, Spanish American Culture (Southern Cone, Andean countries) (3)
  • SP 360, Hispanic Film (3)
  • SP 365, Hispanic Short Story (3)
  • SP 370, Topics: Contemporary Hispanic Societies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 420, Topics: Golden Age of Spain (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 430, Topics: 18th and 19th Century Spain (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 440, Topics: Contemporary Spanish Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 450, Topics: Spanish-American Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 460, Topics: 20th Century Spanish-American Studies (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 470, Hispanic Culture in the United States (3)
  • SP 490, Seminar (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
Linguistics Courses
  • SP 325, Intro to Hispanic Linguistics (3)
  • SP 375, Spanish Pronunciation (3)
  • SP 380, Structure of Spanish (3)
  • SP 385, Intro to Varieties of Spanish (3)
  • SP 405, Spanish Sociolinguistics (3)
  • SP 410, Topics: Communication Skills in Spanish (may be repeated with different topics)(3)
  • SP 415, Spanish in the USA (3)
  • SP 425, Phonetics of the Spanish Language (3)
  • SP 435, Spanish Dialectology (3)
  • SP 445, Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (may be repeated with different topics) (3)
  • SP 455, Spanish 2nd Language Acquisition (3)
  • SP 465, Bilingualism in Hispanic World (3)
  • SP 485, History of the Spanish Language (3)
Additional MLLC Courses
  • SP 401, Internship in Spanish (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (1)
  • SP 402, Internship in Spanish (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (2)
  • SP 403, Internship in Spanish (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (3)
  • SP 499, Honors in Thesis in Spanish (counts as 300- or 400-level elective) (3)
  • FL 499, Keystone (in English; strongly encouraged for all senior majors and minors) (1)
Medical Spanish Courses

Please see drop-down below.

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NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

Medical Spanish Courses (COPHS)

Overview

To increase medical fluency in Spanish and facilitate interaction with and cultural awareness of the local Hispanic/Latino community, Butler's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) offers Medical Spanish Courses.

A Spanish Medical Track through these courses was developed for COPHS students. The COPHS track is different from our Spanish major and minor, housed in Butler's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Many students pursue both the COPHS track and our LAS major/minor. The COPHS Spanish Medical Track has its own, unique requirements. If you have questions about the medical track, please contact Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Kim Beck.

Counting RX Courses Toward Spanish Major, Minor

We will accept up to six credit hours of 300-level equivalent, COPHS medical Spanish coursework toward completion of a Spanish major, or three toward a Spanish minor.

Those 300-level equivalent hours—from RX 482 Advanced Medical Spanish (3), RX 483 Medical Spanish Service Learning (3), and RX 484 Medical Spanish Language Immersion Trip (when you're placed at the highest level after arrival in the host country)(3)—are recognized as Skills elective credits.

Special Notes
  1. RX 481 Introductory Medical Spanish (3) counts as 200-level equivalent elective credits and will be accepted toward completion of a Spanish major or minor in addition to the credits mentioned above. Mathematically, though—because of the course progression and/or Butler Language Placement Credits (BLPC)—these 200-level credits don't actually advance you toward the major or minor. RX 481 cannot be taken in place of SP 203 or SP 204.
  2. RX APPE rotation with Spanish language emphasis is not accepted toward completion of a Spanish major or minor.
  3. Students pursuing the COPHS Spanish Medical Track will be given enrollment preference in these courses.
  4. You cannot use RX Medical Spanish courses to help fulfill a CCOM, International Business, or LAS language requirement.

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NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

How to Declare a Spanish Major or Minor

To declare a Spanish major or minor, simply complete a "Major/Minor/Program Change Form" in the Dean's office of your primary major.  The LAS Dean's office is located in Jordan Hall 237.

Under "old plan", list all majors and minors that you currently have.
Under "new plan", list all of the majors and minors that you want to appear on your transcripts.  If there is more than one major, document which will be your primary major and which will be your secondary major.  List all minors.

Example:

Old:   English - primary major

          No minors

New: English - primary major

         Spanish - secondary major

         Psychology - minor

 

The sooner you declare a major or minor, the sooner you can ensure that you are on track to complete all the requirements.

Once the form has completed the approval process, Registration and Records will update your My.Butler portal.  The Administrative Specialist in Modern Languages (MLLC) will email you with an acknowledgment of the added major or minor, and assign an advisor if necessary.  The advisor can help you find a selection of language courses that complement your other work being done at the University, as well as help you prepare for study abroad programs.

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Go Beyond Learning Basic Skills

Screenshot of Butler student video on the subjunctive, starring dinosaursAs other universities do, we offer courses to develop your communication skills and improve proficiencies.

However we take it much further, offering you intensive studies in Culture, Literature, and Linguistics—both stateside and abroad, utilizing media of all kinds on both our end and yours.

View our YouTube series on Linguistics—dozens of videos providing you deep insight into the underpinnings of the Spanish language and its usage around the world.

Not only will your pronunciation improve, but your confidence will grow in speaking and writing about your Cultural and Literary areas of inquiry.

Butler Student Videos Dinosaurs and SpiesAnd Spanish coursework complements your studies from across the University.

Watch a College of Communication student movie on the subjunctive tense that incorporates computer generated dinosaurs roaming Butler's campus.

Enjoy a Jordan College of the Arts student stop animation movie documenting a faculty member's secret life as a spy.

For questions about our Spanish program, contact our faculty members anytime.

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Service Learning Opportunities

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)

Butler Student Tutoring Hispanic StudentOur SP 320S Service Learning in Spanish course has been continuously taught for roughly two decades now by its founder, Professor of Spanish Dr. Terri Carney, and Instructor of Spanish Liliana Goens. The course received one of five, national Global Engagement Initiative Recognition Awards from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and has been profiled in various regional publications.

In this course, you'll immerse yourself in Indianapolis Public School classrooms every week, aiding underserved, Spanish-speaking students.

Your supervised, on-site hours are supported by weekly, Butler class meetings for discussion and reflection, in Spanish, on topics including language acquisition and immigration. An individualized schedule is constructed by you, your course instructor, and the partner school.

This course not only fulfills the Skills requirement for the Spanish major, but it also fulfills your University Indianapolis Community Requirement (ICR), your Core Writing Across the Curriculum requirement (WAC, if completed once you've obtained junior status at 59 credit hours), and as a course toward the Peace and Conflict Studies program.

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Words From Alumni

I’ve had such good experiences learning languages at Butler, and it's something I'm so passionate about. I think getting to teach that to other people will be such a great opportunity. —Léa Levy

"I studied abroad in Spain and absolutely loved it. I love traveling, so I want to keep doing that. [With my Fulbright to Mexico], going to a Spanish-speaking country helps me. I'll obviously be speaking Spanish and improving my skills in that area, but I'll also be teaching English to non-native speakers. So it combines my passions.”

—Amber Zimay

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What Bulldogs Dream, We Do

Michael Hole

Spanish and Biology Double Major Michael HoleA Boston Medical Center pediatrician, Spanish and Biology double major Michael Hole was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders, and brightest stars.

While at Butler, he founded Ambassadors for Children and Timmy Global Health, and was active in Student Government Association and Delta Tau Delta.

After graduation, Hole went on to Stanford University, where he earned his MBA and Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Hole is the cofounder of StreetCred, an organization that works to reduce child poverty in America by improving access to money and services available to low-income families and individuals raising children.

The organization provides free tax preparation and financial literacy services in pediatric hospitals and clinics targeting families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. StreetCredt plans to expand services into one-stop shops that help families apply for community resources and public benefits like health insurance, food assistance, public housing, electricity, FAFSA, and savings plans—all before they leave the doctor’s office.

We look at thousands of candidates from 20 different categories and consider their game-changing quotient along various dimensions, such as impact, use of cutting edge technology or creativity, scalability or adaptability, number of people reached and dollars raised/generated. —Forbes Magazine