Spanish (SPAN)

Students who study Spanish become explorers in many dimensions. They discover, among other things, that Spanish provides not only an alternative means for expressing what we see and think, but also a cultural lens predisposing and empowering its speakers to observe and reflect in unique ways.


Typical First Year Schedule

  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • SPAN 111-250 or 251*
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • SPAN 112-250 or 251*
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • OLE Core/Elective
Additional Information

ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE SURVEY/PLACEMENT EXAM, including students with no previous Spanish experience. Your placement will appear in your SIS under “Advising Information.”

International students who have studied in Spanish in their home country and wish to take Spanish courses should contact the coordinator of Spanish placement through <>.

Register for the level in which you are placed.

Prospective Spanish majors should begin their study of Spanish fall semester of their first year.

Other students interested in Spanish should begin their study of the language at some point during their first year. There are multiple entry points through the academic year: Spanish 111, Fall only, Spanish 112, 231, and 232, Fall, Interim, and Spring; Spanish 240, interim (by application only);  Spanish 250 AND Spanish 251, Fall and Spring.

Note: Spanish 240 is an off campus study interim in Puerto Rico. Prerequisites: completion of Spanish 232 or placement into Spanish 250/251.

  • 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 World Languages and Cultures (WLC) in Spanish should be directed to the St. Olaf College Registrar (
  • Transfer students interested in majoring in Spanish should contact Prof. Kristina Medina-Vilariño (
Informational Events

Nothing at this time.


Chair, Department of Romance Languages – Jonathan O’Conner (
Spanish Placement – email
Spanish Proficiency – Kristina Medina-Vilariño (