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Spanish Program

Understanding Cultures

Our Spanish program develops student proficiency in reading, writing, listening, speaking and understanding the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. The ultimate goal is to assist students in the appreciation of other foreign languages and of the cultures from the international community.  

The Spanish program leads to the undergraduate degree in Spanish (for degree requirements) or, in combination with any other academic discipline, a double major in Spanish. The minor in Spanish is also available. We do not offer a master's degree program in Spanish; however, many of the upper-division courses are also offered for graduate credit. Students seeking graduate degrees in other disciplines at USD may choose to take these courses to complete their major area of graduate study.

We Offer:

See Course Descriptions from our Undergraduate Catalog.

View Four-Year Program Guide.

Spanish Tutoring

Advanced students and heritage and native speakers of Spanish can help you review your grammar and practice your Spanish skills.
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Study Abroad for Spanish students

USD has several programs for students studying Spanish. USD's program in Vigo, Spain, offers students summer, semester and year-long options for language learning. In Vigo, students may combine Spanish-language courses with classes offered in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics.

In addition to USD's Vigo program, we offer Spanish-language and culture programs throughout Spain and Central and South America. A number of short-term, faculty-led programs (FLPs) are offered during the summer in these locations, as well.  

For more information about studying abroad or taking part in a faculty-led program and to schedule an advising appointment, contact the Global Learning program in the Center for Academic Engagement by emailing theworld@usd.edu, calling 677-6338, or coming to the office in Academic Commons - Suite 103.

Get Involved

Sigma Delta Pi

USD is home to the Nu Omnicron chapter of the Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Spanish Club

This student organization is a fun learning and social environment for students studying Spanish. Students will have the opportunity to learn about culture, language, and customs associated with the Spanish-speaking countries. For more information, contact Armando Galicia-Silva at Armando.GaliciaSilva@usd.edu.


Our Mission:  Our purpose is to bring together an ethnically diverse community of students to experience, celebrate and learn about Hispanic and Latino language and culture through exposure to an array of culturally competent activities, performances, presentations and  interactions.

ContactUs  Spanish Program Coordinator
Angela Helmer, Associate Professor
(605) 677-6062
Angela.Helmer@usd.edu