Spanish and Linguistics Major

The Joint Major in Spanish and Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program requiring a minimum of 45 credit hours. If you are interested in declaring a major in Spanish and Linguistics, please visit OUE Forms and fill out the declaration of major/minor form. Spanish and Linguistics majors meet with the coordinator of the joint major, Prof. José Luis Boigues, to finalize their declaration.

Requirements for the Joint Major in Spanish and Linguistics

  1. Required core courses (5 courses)
    - Spanish 303
    - Spanish 304 (may be substituted with Ling 201 by petition)
    - A research methods course in Spanish or Linguistics (or other related field upon approval)
    - Linguistics 101
    - Linguistics 401 (only in senior year)
  2. Advanced 400-level courses in Spanish Linguistics (3 courses)
    - Three different Spanish 410 courses
  3. Language course (1 course)
    - 1 language course at any level in a language that is not Spanish
  4. Electives (at least 4 courses)
    In consultation with the advisor, students should take additional courses to complete 45 credits from the following:
    - At least 2 courses in Linguistics
    - At least 2 courses in Spanish, which can be Span 212 or any other courses at the 300 or 400 levels


  • Maximum of 15 credits from approved study abroad programs. Summer study abroad programs run directly by Emory faculty are excluded from this maximum.
  • Approval from the program coordinator required for substitutions in the core courses (Ling 201 and research methods course).

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a major in Spanish and linguistics will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills to the study of linguistics and the Spanish language.
  2. Use spoken and written academic Spanish and English according to the standards of the field.
  3. Describe and apply ethically principles and methods of the discipline.
  4. Carry out and report on linguistic research related to the Spanish speaking world.