The Spanish program at Oregon State University provides students with the opportunity to learn about and through the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Spanish-speaking world, both locally and globally. 

Our classes are student-centered and proficiency-based, and they prepare students to live bilingually both in their personal and professional lives. 

At the heart of our program lie ACTFL’s five C’s of language learning: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Our faculty come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and each one brings a unique perspective to the process of language-learning.

In addition to the face-to-face and hybrid classes we offer on our Corvallis campus, students can take advantage of a wide range of offerings on our Ecampus, and they can also participate in study abroad programs in places like Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Argentina and many others. For more information about study abroad opportunities visit the Office of Global Opportunities at Oregon State.   

To learn more about our programs, enroll in our classes or for information about declaring a major or minor in Spanish, please contact Freddy Leon, the Spanish advisor. 





Learning Outcomes:

  1. Literacies
    • Demonstrate Intermediate-High or equivalent proficiency on an officially certified oral examination in a language other than English.
    • Read and analyze written literary and nonfiction genres from multilingual and non-English speaking cultures in their original language.
    • Understand, analyze, and interact with visual and multimodal genres such as film, video, and social media from multilingual and non-English speaking cultures.
  2. Identities and Intersections
    • Explore and reflect on the experiences of members of linguistic or cultural communities that have been historically marginalized due to race, gender, sexual identity, social class or other social constructs.
    • Understand, analyze and reflect on personal identity and positionality in global/polycultural contexts.
    • Describe ways in which linguistic behavior is used to reinforce social identities.
  3. Social Architecture and Power
    • Understand and explain the concept of colonialism and identify its social and economic effects in different parts of the world.
    • Describe the role of language in creating and maintaining systems of ideological and social control.
  4. Intercultural Engagement
    • Interact with community organizations affiliated with multilingual and non-English speaking communities.
    • Experience everyday life in multilingual and non-English speaking communities for at least one full term.
    • Integrate academic topics from the classroom with multilingual/polycultural interpersonal relationships.

Program Tabs

Undergraduate Electives: 
SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish Grammar (3)
SPAN 312 Intermediate Writing Skills (3)
SPAN 313 Spanish Language Through Culture (3)
SPAN 314 Third-Year Spanish for Native Speakers (3)

SPAN 315 Third-Year Spanish for Native Speakers (3)

SPAN 316 Third-Year Spanish for Native Speakers (3)
SPAN 317 Directed Reading and Writing in Spanish (3)
SPAN 318 Intro to Spanish Language Literature (3)
SPAN 319 Spanish for Business (3)
SPAN 320 Spanish Conversation (3)
SPAN 327 Mexican-American Lit & Comp for Span Heritage Lang Learners (3)

SPAN 331 the Cultures of Spain and Portugal (3)

SPAN 332 The Cultures of Spain and Portugal (3)
SPAN 333 Cultures of Spain and Portugal (3)
SPAN 336 Latin American Culture (3)
SPAN 337 Latin American Culture (3)
SPAN 338 Latin American Culture (3)
SPAN 339 Mexican Immigrant Experience in the United States (3)
SPAN 344 Selected Topics in Literature (3)
SPAN 350 Phonetics and Pronunciations (3)
SPAN 351 Hispanic Linguistics (3)
SPAN 379 Proctor Experience (1)
SPAN 388 Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Study Centers (1-12)
SPAN 399 Special Topics (1-16)
SPAN 401 Research (1-16)
SPAN 402 Independent Study (1-16)
SPAN 403 Thesis (1-16)
SPAN 405 Reading and Conference (1-16)
SPAN 407 Seminar (1-16)
SPAN 410 Internship (1-15)
SPAN 411 Specialized Grammar or Linguistics Topics (3)
SPAN 412 Advanced Composition (3)
SPAN 413 Advanced Communications Skills (3)
SPAN 435 Special Topics in Latin American Culture (3)
SPAN 438 Selected topics in Luso-Hispanic Culture (3)
SPAN 439 Topics in Mexican Culture as Evidenced Through Mexican Film (3)
SPAN 444 Selected Topics in the Literature of Spain (3)
SPAN 445 Selected Topics in the Literature of Latin America (3)
SPAN 446 Recent Latin American Literature (3)
SPAN 447 Mexican Women Writers (3)
SPAN 448 Latin American Great Works (3)
SPAN 453 Spanish Sociolinguistics (3)
SPAN 455 Intro to Spanish Translation (3)
SPAN 456 Spanish in the United States (3)
SPAN 461 Fifth-Year Spanish (3)
SPAN 462 Fifth-Year Spanish (3)
SPAN 463 Fifth-Year Spanish (3)
SPAN 470 Advanced Spanish Coordinated Studies (1-30)
SPAN 488 Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Study Centers (1-12)
SPAN 499 Special Topics (1-16)