Major in Spanish
The Spanish major requires 33 semester hours. Students may choose one of four tracks: Iberian Literatures and Cultures, Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Studies, or Hispanic Linguistics. All must take advanced language, core concentration, and elective courses. An immersion experience (study abroad preferred) is required. An Honors Major or Minor in Spanish is available. Undergraduate students choosing to major in Spanish or Portuguese have a variety of academic, personal, and professional interests. To fulfill these interests, approximately 60% of our 230 majors carry a double major or dual degree program during their undergraduate studies at OSU.
Major in Portuguese
The Portuguese major requires 30 semester hours. Up to 3 credits of courses offered in English on the Portuguese-speaking world may count as an elective toward the major. Undergraduate students choosing to major in Spanish or Portuguese have a variety of academic, personal, and professional interests. To fulfill these interests, approximately 60% of our 230 majors carry a double major or dual degree program during their undergraduate studies at OSU.
Major in International Studies: Latin American Studies
Students choosing a major in Latin American Studies are interested in careers in business, local, state and federal government, and non‐profit. This major requires completion of a minimum of two years of language study. Coursework completed at OSU or abroad and/or appropriate placement test results can document this. To fulfill the foreign language requirement students have three options: complete two years (4 semesters) of a single language, complete a foreign language minor or complete a second major in a language.
Minors available through SPPO
Minor/Honors Minor in Spanish
In the Minor in Spanish: Latin American Literatures and Cultures or Hispanic Linguistics, students must complete 15 semester hours to earn a minor in Spanish.
Minor in Spanish for Business
The Spanish Business Minor requires the completion of 15 semester hours is required for this minor. Students must complete 5 courses.
Minor in Portuguese
A Portuguese Minor requires that students complete 12 semester hours. Two orientation courses are required, followed by at least two courses in advanced language/linguistics and Portuguese literatures and cultures.
Minor in Andean and Amazonian Studies
The interdisciplinary minor in Andean & Amazonian Studies requires a minimum of 15 credit hours and highlights the geographical region, its languages and peoples, its history and societies, as well as its cultures and environment. The Andean & Amazonian Minor may be used to satisfy the completion of a foreign language minor of International Studies majors when students complete at least 6 credits of Quechua courses beyond the language prerequisite (i.e., Quechua 5504 & 5505).
Other Minors Available
Minor in Latino Studies
The minor in Latino/a Studies explores the social, cultural, and historical realities facing Latinos/as residing in the United States as well as how such realities interface with those of Central and Latin America and the Hispanophone Caribbean. The minor attends to all variety of cultural phenomena as well as social and historical event in the Americas that shapes a pan-Latino identity and experience.
Minor in International Studies
The Latin America Studies minor introduces students to the cultural, economic. historical and political forces, arising inside and outside the continent, that have combined to determine the past, present and future of Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking areas of the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours and 5 courses: one required course (IS 2100, Introduction to Latin America) and four Critical Perspectives courses.
Latin American Courses in Graduate and Professional Programs
The Ohio State University offers a variety of courses on Latin America across several departments and colleges. Please see the Latin American Studies list of Area Studies Courses for a description of courses in these departments.