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Spanish & Latin American Studies
Spanish & Latin American Studies
Spanish & Latin American Studies
Rafael and McKenna enjoying Día del Niño
Spanish & Latin American Studies
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish & Latin American Studies
Spanish & Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
World-recognized "Carnaval de Barranquilla" - Colombia
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Miguel de Cervantes - Plaza de Espana, Madrid
Spanish and Latin American Studies
 Spanish & Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Painting by Brazilian-born artist, Soco Freire

Spanish & Latin American Studies (SPLA) Minor

Spanish and Latin American Studies

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About the Spanish & Latin American Studies Program
You do not need to pursue a minor in Spanish in order to take advantage of the benefits of our language courses and study abroad opportunities. Many students at Schreiner choose to study Spanish to fulfill their core curriculum requirements for the "Global Perspective" category, and others decide to enroll just for the benefit of improving their skills or because they enjoy the interactive, conversation-based classes. Most report that they learn more Spanish in one or two semesters at Schreiner than they did during their entire middle school and high school experience (and that they had more fun doing it!). 

About the SPLA Minor
Our Minor in Spanish & Latin American Studies offers students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary study of the past, present, and emerging cultural realities of the Spanish-speaking world, a geopolitical entity that includes but is not limited to Spain, Latin America, and the United States. In addition to studying the Spanish language and its more traditional cultural artifacts (e.g., literature and film), students of this interdisciplinary minor contemplate the many social, historical, political, and economic contexts that shape and are shaped by the cultural production of the Spanish-speaking world.   

Why minor in Spanish & Latin American Studies?

  • Gain a distinct advantage in seeking job opportunities in the ever-growing bilingual U.S. job market, especially for students interested in fields like  Healthcare, Business, Education and more!
  • Expand your mind and your opportunities by exploring cultural trends and taking advantage of unique travel opportunties at Schreiner and beyond
  • Expect a higher salary, according to studies like this one ( Wall Street Journal)
  • Enjoy more flexibility and more choices for coursework options than any other minor on campus.

Why opt for an  interdisciplinary  minor?
An interdisciplinary minor allows you to enhance your college experience and increase your marketability by earning a well-rounded degree, complemented by a minor  that tells future employers loud and clear that you have cross-functional skills and knowledge beyond just your major. Schreiner's SPLA program produces graduates who not only have langauge skills, but who also know how to apply them across different contexts and to connect knowledge of language and culture to other fields that matter in their lives.  While  the SPLA minor’s central focus is in the humanities and social sciences,  students are encouraged to incorporate relevant coursework options from numerous other disciplines, such as  nursing,  business,  communication,  education,  or  public health.

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  • >> Curriculum

    The Spanish & Latin American Studies minor provides a foundational knowledge of linguistic, literary, and cultural aspects of the study of Spanish. It is designed to give students an overview of perspectives from all parts of the Spanish-speaking world. As the texts and cultures of these areas are examined, histories, politics, and arts and societies also will be examined. All course content emphasizes meaningful use of the language, and aims to raise student awareness of the interaction of language, society, and culture.

    The minor requires 18 semester hours of course work.

      • 6 credits of LOWER-LEVEL SPAN courses (SPAN 1401*, 1402*, 2303, or 2304)

    *SPAN 1401 and SPAN 1402 can fulfill Global Perspectives Core Requirement

    ** Students with a placement score at the level of SPAN 1402 or above may, upon receiving approval from the Registrar, be given credit for required courses at the appropriate level.

      • 12 credits of UPPER-LEVEL courses (designated SPAN or NON-designated interdisciplinary – 3000 course code and above
        • Required - SPAN 3310 Gateway to Hispanic Studies
        • At least 6 credits must be from "DESIGNATED" options (SPAN-language courses)
        • Option to elect 6 credits to dually count for your major and the minor

      UPPER-LEVEL “NON-DESIGNATED” options (Interdisciplinary / courses relevant to your major

    (YOU may elective 6 credits to dually count for your major and the minor)

      • IDST 4340 Problems & Solutions in Global Society
    • Business & Marketing Majors
      • BSAD 3322 International Marketing
      • BSAD 3340 Borderless Business
    • Communication Majors
      • COMM 3320 Intercultural Communication
      • COMM 4310 Conflict and Communication
    • Education Majors
      • EDUC 4305 Curriculum & Assessment (EC-6)
      • EDUC 4307 Curriculum & Assessment (7-12)
      • RDNG 3309 Disciplinary Literacy
      • RDNG 3310 Reading and Language Arts
    • English Majors
      • ENGL 4335 Studies in World Literature
      • ENGL 4363 Religion in Literature & Film
    • History Majors
      • TXST 3330 Texas Culture, Literature, and Song
    • Public Health and Nursing Majors
      • PBHL 3371 Introduction to Public Health
      • PBHL 3372 Global Health
      • PBHL 4374 Community Health (*travel course)
    • Political Science Majors
      • POLS 3372 International Law
      • POLS 3381 Globalization Theories, Issues & Trends
      • POLS 3382 Comparative International Political Systems
      • POLS 3383 International Political Economy 

    Other options for interdisciplinary credits are available. These, above courses, are examples and are already approved.

    NOTE: Any “non-designated” course will require a course contract between the student and professor, stating your goals and expectations to focus on content relating to the SPLA minor.

  • >> Degree Plans with SPLA Minor 

    The SPLA Minor is one of the BEST options for Schreiner students, because it is so flexible! You can easily complete this minor without the concern of extra finances or extra semesters.

    View these sample degree plans to see how YOU can fit the Spanish & Latin American Studies Minor into your degree.


    NOTE: These are not official degree plans, only examples. To make this official for you, visit with the SPLA Program Coordinator, Dr. Russo. If you would like to view a different degree not listed, contact the SPLA Program Coordinator. 

  • >> Study Abroad Opportunities

    Through Schreiner University, students can study in several locations to immerse themselves in the Spanish. The University offers faculty led winter and summer trips abroad. Students have recently studied in Colombia (Barranquilla), Spain (Madrid and Salamanca) and Mexico (San Miguel de Allende).

    The study abroad opportunity that is most closely coordinated with Schreiner’s SPLA course offerings is the Colombia Exchange Program. Easily take placement exam for current Spanish level or obtain SPAN 1401 and SPAN 1402, and spend a 7-week summer immersed in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla, Colombia.

    Colombia Exchange Program - 2018 Information Flyer

    Colombia Exchange Program - Application Form

    Colombia Exchange Program

  • >> Faculty  

    Dr. Russo

    Maureen Russo Rodríguez, Ph.D.
    Program Coordinator for Spanish & Latin American Studies


    • B.A., Georgetown University (Italian; Spanish)
    • M.S., Georgetown University (Spanish Language, Literature & Culture)
    • Ph.D., Georgetown University (Spanish Language, Literature & Culture)

    Dr. Russo earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Language, Literature & Culture from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where she trained alongside some of the nation’s top researchers in languages and linguistics. At Schreiner, she enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish language as well as courses in Cultural Studies and World Literatures. Her main research background lies in Comparative Literature and Hispanomedieval Studies, however she also enjoys researching advances in language pedagogy and international education initiatives.

    Empowering undergraduates to broaden their horizons through international education, global service and study abroad are topics that she is very passionate about. As Coordinator of the SPLA Program and Faculty Liaison for SU’s Colombia exchange, Dr. Russo likes to remind herself and others that when she was a college freshman, she did not yet even own a passport! Since beginning those adventures, she has lived, taught and volunteered abroad throughout Latin America and Europe, including Bogotá, Colombia; Milan, Italy; and Sinaloa, Mexico.

    Dr. Nancy J. Nystrom

    Nancy J. Nystrom, Ph.D.
    English and World Languages


    • A.B., Brown University (Comparative Literature)
    • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

    Dr. Nystrom has had a long and wonderful career in the field of English and language education.   Her scholarly work is generally in applied linguistics, and her professional activities have focused on the education of bilingual students and teachers.  She has taught English to international students and Spanish to grades 1 through university-level in public and private schools in Texas, Louisiana, and Connecticut.  She has been a supervisor of teachers and has served on the faculty of Tulane University (6 years), the University of Hartford (4 years) and UTSA (5 years), teaching a variety of courses relating to the teaching of English as a Second Language, Spanish, and bilingual teacher-training.  

    She loves anything that relates to effective teaching, and her primary concern with teaching students to write at Schreiner is to give helpful and timely feedback.  Fascinated by innovations in teaching, she most recently developed a web-based application that helps bilingual pre-service teachers in Texas prepare for the state certification test in Spanish. She is currently working on integrating service learning into her sections of English 1301 so that students can participate in writing partnerships in the community.

    Meet all our faculty members for SPLA!

    Nelson Hernandez

    Nelson Hernández
    Adjunct Instructor of Spanish


    • Master of Arts Degree in Spanish, The University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Texas Spanish Teacher Certified


    • Spanish II NISD Jay High School
    • Spanish I and II NISD Alternative High School
    • Spanish I St. Philip’s College

    Prior to coming to Schreiner, Mr. Hernández taught Spanish II and was the Head Soccer Coach. Originally, he is from Honduras Central America and Spanish is his native language. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Spanish with concentration in Cuban Science Fiction Literature. His research interests are in the areas of utopian and dystopian elements in science fiction literature from Cuba and Honduras. Currently, he is learning Brazilian Portuguese and enjoys playing fútbol in his spare time.

    Carmen Ramos Gómez Jose Jacobo

    Adjunct Instructor of Spanish


    • B.A. University of Cádiz, Spain (English Philology)
    • B.A. University of Granada, Spain (Translation and Interpreting)
    • M.A. University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (Second Language Studies)
    • A.G.C. University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (Second Language Studies and Spanish Applied Linguistics)

    Carmen is from El Puerto de Santa María, Spain, and language study has always been her passion.  Prior to her arrival at Schreiner, Carmen taught beginning and intermediate Spanish at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.  She has also extensive experience teaching English, and Spanish at the University of Cádiz, Spain, as well as experience working as a translator and interpreter. She enjoys yoga, and before leaving Hawaii was an avid outrigger canoe paddler, participating in races throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

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