Jul 04, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Spanish (B.A.)

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Laura Vidler, Ph.D.,
Department Chair, Modern Languages and Linguistics
Spanish Program Coordinator
Slagle Hall 306
(605) 677-5357



Laura Vidler, Ph.D. Performance Studies, Golden Age Theatre, Spanish Literature, Spanish Civilization

Associate Professor:

Angela Helmer, Ph.D. (Spanish & Linguistics), Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Colonial Perú

Assistant Professor:

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


Dayana Soto y Caballero de Galicia (Spanish), Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture

Adjunct Instructor:

Armando Galicia-Silva (Spanish), Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture


Nelson Arana, 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 (B.A., B.S.Ed.) (75 hours)

See Secondary Education/Spanish Education (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. 

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