Undergraduate Program in Hispanic Studies

Student Spotlight


Katherine Monroe


Meet Katherine Monroe, recipient of the 2023 James Smith Jr. Endowed scholarship in Romance Languages. “My name is Kat Monroe, I am a current sophomore majoring in Spanish and Sociology with a minor in Linguistics. My passion for studying Spanish began in my hometown, San Antonio, Texas. Growing up within such a rich Hispanic culture, I fell in love with the language and the ability to build relationships with so many more people thanks to that shared connection. Learning Spanish has not only strengthened my mental abilities, but has also introduced me to so many beautiful, unique cultures around the world and widened my global connections. Last summer, I studied in Córdoba, Argentina on the LSU faculty led study abroad under Dr. Jeremy King, and I will be continuing my junior year studies in Madrid, Spain this fall through a Bilateral Exchange program. I look forward to completing my undergraduate studies by writing my thesis in the realm of Spanish Sociolinguistics for the Roger Ogden Honors College with the help of my mentor, Dr. Rafael Orozco. I plan on attending graduate school for Speech Language Pathology in the field of Bilingual Service Delivery, helping individuals communicate more effectively in both Spanish and English. Muchísimas gracias to the LSU faculty here in the Spanish department, who have made my current success possible and to whom I am eternally grateful for continuing to uplift and guide me with this award. 

Undergraduate Major

The undergraduate major (B.A. in Spanish) offers students a flexible program which combines the traditional focus on language and literature along with offerings in cultural studies and professional uses of Spanish. Majors must complete a minimum of 33 hours in Spanish numbered above 2102, including 2155, 2156, 3010, 3020 and any four of the following nine: 3015, 3043, 3044, 3070, 3071, 3072, 3073, 3074, 3980 plus 4005 and at least six hours of 4000-level courses. Native speakers majoring in Spanish must substitute any two 3000 or 4000-level Spanish electives for 2155 and 2156. Majors must see the Undergraduate Advisor prior to registration and for all questions regarding requirements.

Undergraduate Minor

The undergraduate minor in Spanish consists of 18 semester hours above Spanish 2102, including Spanish 2155, 2156, 3010 and nine hours of courses at the 3000-4000-level. Native speakers minoring in Spanish must substitute any 3000 or 4000-level Spanish elective for 2155 and 2156. Minors are encouraged to see the Undergraduate Advisor before registration and for all questions regarding requirements. 

Sequence of courses and prerequisites in course requirements for Majors and Minors is as follows:

  • SPAN 2155: prerequisite 2102
  • SPAN 2156: may be taken with SPAN 2155
  • SPAN 3010: may be taken with SPAN 2155 and/or SPAN 2156
  • SPAN 3020: prerequisite SPAN 2155, SPAN 2156, & SPAN 3010 . SPAN 3020 is a prerequisite for all 3000-level literature courses
  • SPAN 4005: prerequisite SPAN 3010
  • All 4000 level literature courses: prerequisite one of the following: 3043, 3044, 3071, 3072

 Please direct questions to worldlang@lsu.edu