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Where do I take courses in Spanish?

The Department of Linguistics offers introductory courses in Spanish.

The Department of Literature offers intermediate and advanced courses in Spanish.

Department of Linguistics Department of Literature
1A/AX 2A
1B/BX 2B
1C/CX 2C
1D/DX 2DE (Spanish for heritage/native speakers)
  50ABC (Introductory Literature Courses)


Where do I start?

  • If you have never studied the language before, you should enroll in LISP 1A/AX
  • If you have studied the language before, you may not enroll in LISP 1A/AX
  • If you have studied the language before, consult with your college advisor about whether you need to take an online placement test. This test will determine which course is appropriate for you. Students who have taken AP exams in these languages or other college-level courses may not need to take the online placement test - again, check with your advisor.
  • If you already understand and speak Spanish fairly fluently and are a native speaker, you may not enroll in LISP 1A/AX-2C. You probably should enroll in LTSP 2D, which emphasizes acquiring skills in reading, writing, and grammar. Check with the Spanish language supervisor for proper placement.


Language and Culture Programs

Spanish Supervisor:

Luis Martin-Cabrera

Student Advising:
Undergraduate Advisor
117 Literature Building
Virtual Advising

Director Undergraduate Studies:
Margaret Loose

Course Flow Chart

Course Flow Chart

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LTSP 2A is the first course of an intermediate-level language sequence (2A, 2B, 2C)  that reinforces and enhances the development of the communicative skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and the intercultural competency of the student. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this class will provide students with ample opportunity to gain confidence communicating in Spanish.

As language does not exist apart from culture, the class also assumes that the teaching of Spanish cannot be decoupled from the countries and cultures where that language is spoken, including the United States. Therefore, language is learned in the cultural contexts in which it is produced, using a variety of formats (film, literature, journalism, songs, etc.). In addition, students are exposed to variety of language registers from most formal to more colloquial and from the metropolitan rule to each of the regional variations of Spanish.


This course is the first quarter of a sequence of classes (2D/E) designed for those students who speak Spanish at home or in their daily lives, but may have not received a “formal education” in Spanish. The class is designed therefore for  “heritage” speakers of Spanish.   The course will emphasize reading and academic writing skills, although all four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) will be considered.

Although learning formal Spanish is one of the goals of the class, bilingualism or different degrees of proficiency in Spanish will not be considered a deficiency or a “problem” but rather an asset and a normal outcome of a border or migrant subjectivity. This, needless to say, does not mean that we will not learn about orthographic rules, grammar and formal vocabulary, but rather that we will consider this a form of enrichment – the acquisition of a different language register—to be added to an already rich and beautiful hybrid language (i.e. Spanglish).