Starting a major

  • The graduation major consists of a minimum of 8 courses in Spanish above Spanish 232, as follows: Span 250 (all students start the major in this course), Span 275, Span 276, and either Span 313 or Span 314, plus four electives (one at the 3XX level). Courses from our study abroad programs in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Spain, may count for major credit. (Note: courses from abroad transfer as 27x level)
  • The Spanish section offers courses at each level (250, 270, 300) both fall and spring semesters. During interim, we offer Span 274 (on campus) or Span 270 (in Spain), in alternate years.
  • If interested in majoring in Spanish, students are encouraged to enroll in Span 250 no later than the fall of the sophomore year.

Are there courses students MUST/SHOULD/CAN take their First Year?

  • First-year students with previous study of Spanish language are required to take the online Spanish placement exam to determine which course (111-250) best suits their abilities and experience with the language. Contact Prof. Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol ( or Liza Davis, Spanish AAA ( for more information.
  • Span 111-250 are offered both fall and spring semesters and are all open to qualified students; 111, 231, and 232 are offered during interim. If first-year students complete 250 in the fall, they are eligible for on-campus 270-level courses during their first year.
  • Qualified students (those who test into Span 231 or 232) may be eligible to apply for off-campus interims during their first year: Span 233 (Intermediate Spanish II in Ecuador). Interested students should contact the instructors as soon as possible upon arrival on campus. Prof. Kris Cropsey ( as soon as possible upon arrival on campus.

Credit for previous coursework:

  • General questions about transfer of credit for AP (advanced placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), Cambridge A Levels, PSEO (Postsecondary Education Option) and CIS (College in the Schools) related to the completion of the Foreign Language requirement (FOL) in Spanish should be directed to the St. Olaf College Registrar (
  • AP and IB scores and Spanish placement: Prof. Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol ( or Liza Davis, Spanish AAA ( will inform students via email of their Spanish Placement once St. Olaf receives your official AP or IB scores.
  • Questions about transfer credit for Spanish from other institutions should be directed to Prof. Gwen Barnes-Karol (


Informational Events

  • Week One Information Sessions in Spanish are scheduled between 1:30 and 4:00 pm on Monday, September 3, 2018.

Other Information/College Catalog Link/Website Link

Contacts & Department Location

To download or print this sheet, click on this link: Spanish Information Sheet