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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

Check out our course offerings.

Check out numerous Prestigious Scholarship Opportunities (scroll down to "language study"), as well as study abroad scholarships (CIEE and IFSA-Butler) and travel grants.

Also, 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).

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.

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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.

Internships

Pre-professional experiences—both in the U.S. and abroad—are vital for résumés and applications. From a liberal arts perspective, experiential education offers time for self assessment and reflection.

Local internships have included the Indiana Latino Institute, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the Christian Neighborhood Legal Clinic, Salesforce, and Indianapolis Public Schools.

Internships abroad include the Programa AC English Language Assistant Program in Spain.

Steps to Pursue a Language Internship

  1. Find an internship. Helpful resources: butler.edu/ics and ascendindiana.com/connect
  2. Consult with a full-time MLLC faculty member on the internship and how many credits it might be worth; ask them to be your instructor (typically, per credit hour, a student spends a combined 42 hours on site and doing reflection work)
  3. Apply for the internship
  4. While awaiting a decision on your application, draft a syllabus (with your instructor), attaching a completed LAS academic internship contract
  5. Submit the syllabus, contract, and a blue registration card (from our administrative specialist) to the MLLC department chair for their approval and signature
  6. If accepted into the internship, complete the University student internship agreement form (with signatures from both your instructor and on-site supervisor) and turn it into our administrative specialist
  7. Then, obtain any remaining needed signatures on your blue registration card and take it to the registrar’s office (Jordan Hall 133); note: it may take up to two weeks for the internship course to appear in my.butler and Moodle

If the deadline to add a course for credit passes, it might still be possible to enroll in the Internship course during the same semester. In addition to signatures from the MLLC department chair and your primary advisor, please also acquire a retro-dated signature from the dean's office of your primary major.

Special Note for Business Majors

You can request that your three-credit Modern Languages Internship (overseen by a language instructor) count as one of the two required internships for all Lacy School of Business (LSB) majors. To make the request, please visit the LSB dean's office.

More Info from Butler's Internship and Career Services

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Please visit butler.edu/ics and click “Internship and Job Search Resources” in the main body for the following:

  • internship databases
  • a professional guide to success
  • job data
  • a calendar of networking events
More Info from Ascend Indiana

Logo for Ascend IndianaButler has partnered with Ascend to help you find internships and jobs:

  1. visit ascendindiana.com/connect and introduce yourself
  2. receive an invite for a 1:1 meeting with Ascend when the right opportunities are available
  3. choose a time to discuss your career interests and passions with Ascend
  4. explore their network and connect with top Indiana employers
Indy Summer Experience

Badge for Butler's Indy Summer ExperienceThe Indy Summer Experience (ISE) program—coordinated by Butler's Internship and Career Services—offers you the chance to work and play in Indianapolis. You secure and complete an internship (or similar professional experience) with a local organization during the day and, in the evenings, participate in social and cultural events. This is a great opportunity to make Indy connections with employers, have fun around town, and spend the summer getting to know other Butler students.

For more information, please visit the Indy Summer Experience homepage.

Course Codes
SP 401 1 credit hour
SP 402 2 credit hours
SP 403 3 credit hours

 

Independent Study

Download our Independent Study procedures sheet. (PDF)

Steps to Pursue an Independent Study

You must complete all of the following:

  1. reach out to and convince any full-time MLLC faculty member (i.e., Instructor; Assistant, Associate, or full Professor) to be your Instructor
  2. write in full—yourself, with guidance from the Instructor, in English—a complete syllabus that includes all of the following:
    1. the topic of study
    2. a detailed description of the plan of study
    3. justification why you cannot complete these studies in a regular course
    4. full timeline for completion of work
    5. how the Independent Study will be evaluated
    6. bibliography of materials
    7. reasoning why this Independent Study is important to you
  3. present the proposed syllabus to the MLLC department chair, requesting their approval
  4. if approval is granted, ask our administrative specialist for a blue registration card—which is then completed by you (checking the box next to "Enroll student in a non-published class" and acquiring all needed signatures)—and turn it in to the registrar's office (JH 180)
Special Notes
  1. Independent Studies count as 300-level credit. Chinese and German students, as well as MLLC/Elementary Education double majors, can request in their proposal that the Independent Study be counted at the 400 level. The student must provide justification and have the recommendation of their Instructor. (Elementary Education majors spend a full year student-teaching, making it difficult for them to complete the 400-level courses offered.)
  2. Students can still enroll in an Independent Study after the “Last Day to Add” deadline. In this case, the academic advisor, the MLLC department chair, and the dean’s office of the student’s primary major must all sign and retro-date the registration blue card (before turning it into the registrar’s office).
Course Codes
SP 491 1 credit hour
SP 492 2 credit hours
SP 493 3 credit hours

 

Honor Societies

Sigma Delta Pi

We host the Delta Upsilon chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish Honor Society, which recognizes students who have attained academic excellence in the study of the language, literatures, and cultures of Spanish-speaking people.

Requirements:

  1. Have already completed a minimum of three 300- and/or 400-level Spanish courses, at least one of which is Culture/Literature
  2. Have already completed at least 45 credits overall at Butler
  3. GPA within all Spanish courses of at least 3.6*
  4. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2

Butler's Delta Upsilon chapter, founded in 1960, is one of the earliest of the 400 active chapters on college and university campuses throughout the United States. Our chapter traditionally holds one initiation ceremony per school year, typically in March or April. (Note: the national organization does require attendance at the initiation ceremony, with no exceptions granted.)

Any questions, please contact faculty advisor Professor of Spanish Dr. Linda Willem.

* = For help with this, please see the "Calculate the GPA Within Your Major" section on our Departmental Honors webpage.

Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma Iota, the international Foreign Language Honor Society, recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture, as well as Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition, and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component.

Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. There are approximately 180 chapters at institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and at American University in Paris, France.

Requirements:

  1. Junior or senior undergraduate student of foreign languages
  2. Have already completed at least one course at the third year
  3. GPA within all foreign language courses of at least 3.0*
  4. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  5. Rank in the highest third of your class in general scholarship

Outstanding foreign language faculty members at college and universities are also eligible. New members are typically inducted each March or April.

Any questions, please contact faculty advisor Professor of French Dr. Sylvie Vanbaelen.

* = For help with this, please see the "Calculate the GPA Within Your Major" section on our Departmental Honors webpage.

How to Declare a Major or Minor

How You Declare

To add/drop a major or minor, simply complete a “Program Change” paper form in the dean’s office of your primary major.

Why You Should

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

Obtaining a Secondary Advisor

If your primary major lies outside of Modern Languages (MLLC), it's highly recommended that you contact our administrative specialist, requesting a secondary advisor in our department.

An MLLC advisor can help you find a selection of language courses that complements your other work being done at the University, as well as help you prepare for study abroad programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Orally communicate clearly in the target language on a variety of topics
  2. Articulate a cogent interpretation of a text regardless of cultures and centuries in the target language
  3. Clearly communicate in written form on a variety of topics in the target language
  4. Demonstrate intercultural awareness and competence: the ability to understand, relate to, and empathize with people from other cultures in the target languages

Transferring In Another University's Credits While a Student at Butler

For outside credits to transfer into Butler, you must see the appropriate faculty member to obtain Butler course equivalencies (if any).

As soon as possible, please bring this faculty member a syllabus and/or description for each course you have/will have completed, along with the appropriate transfer credit request form (if the institution is within the U.S.; the form is located at that link under the first "Are you a Butler student interested in taking a course somewhere else over the summer?" dropdown menu) or study abroad approval form (if the institution is outside the U.S.; the form is available in the study abroad office, JH 133). If you're not certain how to enroll at the other institution, the registrar's office can help you.

All courses must be completed with a "C-" or better.

Special Notes
  1. Please leave the transfer form's Butler equivalency spaces blank.
  2. If the syllabus is written in a language that we do not offer at Butler, please obtain a translation of as much of it as possible.
  3. If you have not already completed a Butler course in the language, you may need to establish your placement level at the other institution. Please contact their appropriate language department about this process.
  4. Only one, approved language course from another institution may be completed online.
  5. If the course(s) will be completed during your final 30 hours at Butler, you'll need to also obtain the "permission to intrude" form from the registrar's office.
  6. Only Butler faculty can teach 400-level language courses.

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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 received one of five, national Global Engagement Initiative Recognition Awards from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

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

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Learn a Language With Us. Take On the World.

Study at Butler and you'll broaden your global perspectives, traveling abroad for immersive language and cultural studies, and engaging with active polylingual and multicultural communities here in Indianapolis.

Modern Languages Flickr AccountCheck out pictures documenting students' adventures in our department’s Flickr account.

Have pictures of your own?

Each year our student Modern Language Center (MLC) collects submissions for a photo contest, for which winning entries get framed and displayed in the MLC, and small gifts are awarded to the photos’ owners.

Each year’s entries are typically due by April. More information can be found on the MLC's webpage.

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Liberal Arts Core Values

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mission StatementWe are proud to be part of Butler's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), working every day to infuse your education with the best the Humanities have to offer.

The College's faculty have put into writing how we intend to do so.

Read our LAS Core Values in English.

Read our LAS Core Values in Spanish.

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Questions?

Contact our MLLC faculty members anytime.