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Spanish, BS

Bachelor of Science

US News and World Report - best bachelor's degree 2023
What you study

Did you know that Spanish is the official language in 20 countries around the world? And that here in the US, about 13.5 percent of the population speaks Spanish at home? IU Online’s Bachelor of Science in Spanish offers a rigorous curriculum that develops your language proficiency, cultural facility, and professional competence in Spanish. 

How you benefit

Tailor your degree to your professional interests by choosing one of four tracks:

  • Spanish for Business (18 credit hours)
  • Spanish for Medical Communication (18 credit hours)
  • Hispanic Cultures for Travel and Tourism (18 credit hours)
  • Hispanic Cultures in the US (18 credit hours)

The tracks allow you to apply your command of the Spanish language and knowledge of Hispanic culture in a variety of real-world settings.

This 100 percent online program is taught by IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. 

Download a printable PDF summary of the BS in Spanish.

Students admitted to IU Online receive a full range of personalized support services, including:

  • Onboarding
  • Advising
  • Success Coaching
  • Math and Writing Support
  • Career Services
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Tutoring

Employment opportunities in the fields of Spanish are expected to continue growing well above average for the next 10 years at the state, regional, and national level. Your IU Online BS in Spanish prepares you to work in such positions as: 

  • Meeting, convention, and event planner
  • Public relations specialist
  • Sales manager, training manager, general/operations manager
  • Interpreter, translator, medical communications
  • Human resources specialist

If you decide to pursue an advanced degree, the solid liberal arts foundation and suite of core Spanish coursework will prepare you for admission to a wide variety of professional graduate programs. 

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Spanish, you must complete 120 credit hours. You may transfer up to 60 previously earned credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (6 credit hours)
  • Major courses (24 credit hours)
  • Capstone course (3 credit hours)
  • Track courses (18 credit hours)
  • General education and elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours)

Students who meet the admission standards of their home campus will be admitted directly into the BS in Spanish.

Application Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

You can transfer up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited community college, or 90 credit hours from an accredited four-year university or college.

Christine Taff

Faculty Name

Christine Taff is senior lecturer in Spanish, and associate director of the Latinos Unidos: Hispanic Center at IU Kokomo. Her scholarship has appeared in Currents in Teaching and Learning, MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, and New Hibernia Review. She is a reviewer for Creative Practices in Language Learning and Teaching. She has presented at conferences in the US, Spain, and Ireland.

Representative courses: Introduction to Spanish Literature, Second Year Spanish.

“I love teaching Spanish because it opens to students a whole new world of culture, communication, and relationships. I work hard to make my online classes personal and to create connections with each and every student. I encourage student interaction in order to build a sense of partnership and community in my classes.”

Tammy Fong-Morgan


Tammy Fong-Morgan is associate professor of Spanish in the department of world language studies at IU South Bend. She earned a PhD in contemporary Spanish American literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She teaches all levels of Spanish language, writing, literature, and culture. Her research interests include Latinx young adult fiction, second language acquisition, and language learning for professions. She developed the Costa Rica summer abroad program for Indiana University, is a member of the IU Faculty Academy for Excellence in Teaching (FACET), and was director of the University Center for Excellence in Teaching at IU South Bend. Her scholarship has appeared in multiple books and journals.

“I use the online environment to help students vividly imagine themselves in the world. I integrate technology as they use it in real life. For my course Food in the Hispanic World, they research recipes and holidays, and food traditions of specific regions. For Cities of the Spanish-Speaking World, they create itineraries, travel diaries, and learn to make fake selfies so they can post pics of their travels. Finally, in Stories of Fantasy and Terror, they explore legends and folktales. I encourage students to express their personal preferences and experiences while learning the language.”


SPAN-S 200

-OR- SPAN-S 203

Second-Year Spanish I

3 Credits

SPAN-S 250

-OR- SPAN-S 204

Second-Year Spanish II

3 Credits


SPAN-S 498Capstone Seminar in Spanish3 Credits

SPAN-S 275

-OR- SPAN-S 317

Hispanic Culture and Conversation

-OR- Spanish Conversation and Diction

3 Credits 

Choose one:

HISP-S 308Composition and Conversation in Spanish3 Credits
SPAN-S 311Spanish Grammar3 Credits
SPAN-S 313Writing Spanish I3 Credits
SPAN-S 312Written Composition in Spanish3 Credits

Choose one:

SPAN-S 301Hispanic World I3 Credits
SPAN-S 302Hispanic World II3 Credits
SPAN-S 360Introduction to Hispanic Lit3 Credits

Choose five: 

SPAN-S 319Spanish for Healthcare Personnel3 Credits
SPAN-S 429Medical Interpreting3 Credits
SPAN-S 315Spanish in the Business World3 Credits
SPAN-S 323Introduction to Translation3 Credits
SPAN-S 423The Craft of Translation3 Credits
SPAN-S 326Intro to Spanish Linguistics3 Credits
SPAN-S 426Intro to Spanish Linguistics3 Credits
SPAN-S 468Varieties of Spanish3 Credits
SPAN-S 363 Intro A La Cultura Hispanica3 Credits
SPAN-S 370Service Learning in the Dominican Republic3 Credits
SPAN-S 381Hispanic Civilization I3 Credits
SPAN-S 382Hispanic Civilization II3 Credits
SPAN-S 383Hispanic Civilization III3 Credits
SPAN-S 384Hispanic Civilization IV3 Credits
SPAN-S 411Spanish Culture and Civilization3 Credits
SPAN-S 412Latin American Culture and Civilization3 Credits
SPAN-S 413Hispanic Culture in the U.S.3 Credits
SPAN-S 390Special Topics in Spanish3 Credits
SPAN-S 493Internship Program in Spanish3 Credits
SPAN-S 495Hispanic Colloquium3 Credits 

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $250.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $750.00

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $350.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1050.00
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