Apr 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Spanish (B.A.)

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Robert L. Turner III, Ph.D.,
Interim Department Chair, Modern Languages and Linguistics
Spanish Program Coordinator
Slagle Hall 306
(605) 677-5357



Angela Helmer, Ph.D. (Spanish & Linguistics), Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Colonial Perú
Laura Vidler, Ph.D. Performance Studies, Golden Age Theatre, Spanish Literature, Spanish Civilization

Associate Professors:

Robert Turner III, Ph.D. (Spanish), Spanish Literature and Culture, Science Fiction, Golden Age Theater.


Dayana Soto y Caballero de Galicia (Spanish), 19th century Spanish realist novel, identity in Spanish First Modernity, Spanish and Spanish-American cinema and drama
Armando Galicia-Silva (Spanish), Colonial Spanish-American literature and culture, Colonial Nahuatl literature, Ius Gentium and human rights.


Nelson Arana, Ph.D., Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture



The program in Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics provides instruction and advising in Spanish language, literature, and culture at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels to the benefit of students with a variety of curricular and career goals. In cooperation with other departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, with the School of Education of the University of South Dakota, as well as with our partner universities abroad, we are committed to training professionals with a firm command of the Spanish language and with a broad, interdisciplinary background in Spanish culture (including history, literature, and contemporary civilization). Through advising, mentoring, and in cooperation with our international exchange partners, we are dedicated to developing an intercultural awareness in our student population.

A major in Spanish offers a comprehensive survey of Spanish language, literature, and contemporary civilization, and is a rewarding interdisciplinary program of study. In an increasingly multicultural world, graduates proficient in Spanish are sought after by employers in most industries.  A major in Spanish will prepare you for a range of careers, including teaching, business, public service, foreign service, graduate school, and academia.


The Lillian Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship shall be awarded annually to outstanding Spanish majors who have demonstrated excellence and shown interest in the study of Spanish at an advanced level.  Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) average in Spanish Courses.


The Alexander P Hartman Scholarship

This scholarship shall be awarded annually to French and Spanish language majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and interest in advanced levels of study in either language.


  • Awards for the above scholarships shall be announced each spring for the following year.  If you are a student receiving a Promise Scholarship, the department will automatically submit your application.  The departmental scholarship, if awarded, will replace some or all of your Promise Scholarship for the year awarded


The Edward and Helen Greene Modern Languages and Linguistics Travel Fund

This scholarship provides financial assistance to students of modern languages participating in our exchange programs abroad. Candidates shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).


Spanish Major Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial assistance for  undergraduate Spanish majors who are enrolled in or accepted by USD and meet all requirements to be a student in good standing.

36 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .

Students with a high school or other background in Spanish may earn credit by examination for introductory and intermediate level courses. Consult the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics for details.

Elective Requirements (12 hours)

Electives from any SPAN at the 300 or 400 level (SPAN 494 and SPAN 496 are limited to 3 credit hours each)


Students are encouraged to study abroad for a semester or a year, usually during their junior year.  SPAN credit for study abroad may be available; consult department for details.

Spanish Double Major (33 hours)

See Spanish Double Major  for program requirements.

Secondary Education-Spanish Education specialization (B.S.Ed.) also B.S. plus certification option

See Secondary Education-Spanish Education specialization (B.S.Ed.)  for program requirements.

See Spanish (B.A.) with Secondary Education Certification  for program requirements for B.A. degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.

Students must have a CGPA of 2.7 to co-register for EDFN 338  and SEED 296  and to be admitted to Teacher Education.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
  2. Students will engage in purposeful, ongoing learning activities that improve their knowledge, skills and competence in their personal and professional lives.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate cognitive, effective, and behavioral skills that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  4. All Spanish majors demonstrate their ability to write in Spanish at an ACTFL written intermediate high level.
  5. All Spanish majors demonstrate cultural awareness and knowledge and understanding of the civilizations and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
  6. All Spanish majors demonstrate their ability to express themselves orally in Spanish at the ACTFL intermediate high proficiency level, that is, they will successfully handle uncomplicated tasks and exchange of information in social situations in Spanish.
  7. Students will intentionally engage with diversity in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions leading to opportunities for equal access to participation in educational and community programs for all members of society.
  8. Students will connect ideas and experiences in order to synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus. 

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

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