Spanish Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

The program engages students in the study of the Spanish language, the development of their communicative proficiency, and the analysis of a wide range of literary and cultural production throughout the Spanish-speaking world, from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, to the Iberian Peninsula. They also gain a broad understanding of the diversity of Hispanic cultures through a study of these societies’ literary and cultural contributions, traditions, perspectives, and histories. Finally, students learn to analyze, critically engage, and interpret the texts (written works, cultural products, artifacts, etc.), and the language that constitutes this dynamic, intercultural space.

Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad, particularly those programs led by faculty of our department, which are offered during both intersession and summer. We also recommend a semester-long experience in our Madrid Program. Students should consult with their academic advisor and the director of the Spanish Program in order to determine when to study abroad and which courses to take.

Given our geographic location and the subject matter of our classes, students are strongly encouraged to participate in community engagement through classes that incorporate this important component into the curricula.