Welcome to the Spanish Program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Virginia Tech. Spanish is in high demand at Virginia Tech and our Administration has responded with additional faculty positions to help meet expanding student needs. We currently have 17 faculty members and 2 Graduate Teaching Assistants. Some 500 students major or minor in Spanish at Virginia Tech, and hundreds more take our lower level classes. We are ever growing!
Our MA in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures with an emphasis in Hispanic Studies allows students to pursue graduate work in Spanish to enhance their career qualifications or to prepare for doctoral studies. We offer an exciting array of topics and areas of expertise for graduate courses.
At the undergraduate level, we offer a proficiency-oriented program for majors, double majors, minors and interested students, with specific proficiency-level goals for all first-, second- and third-year courses. Additionally, we offer a wide range of upper level courses in language, literature, culture, linguistics, translation, business, and oral proficiency.
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
331 Major Williams Hall (0225)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5362
Fax: (540) 231-4812
Add a Major or Minor in Spanish
To add a MAJOR or MINOR in Spanish, simply have a Spanish advisor sign your form, bring it by our office (331 MAJWM) to photocopy, and then hand-carry it to 238 Wallace Hall.
- NEW! Spanish students do not need to take a placement test. If you are taking Spanish for the first time at VT, please consult our Spanish Placement Guide to see which class to sign up for.
- Take a look at our Spanish Activities page for opportunities to practice Spanish, find tutors, and take part in cultural activities.
- Questions about Oral Proficiency, Force-adding, or your IS major? Need to contact a Spanish Advisor? Check out our Spanish Advising page.
Force-Add Policy for All Spanish Classes
- Do NOT contact the professor about force adding.
- Limited force-adds may be allowed for Spanish classes, depending on enrollments.
- What to do: If you are unable to add the class online, you should attend the class the first week of the semester (unless the professor tells you otherwise). Each day, the professor will pass around a "force add hopefuls" sheet or use another method for determining which students want to force add.
- We must give first consideration to declared Spanish majors, International Studies majors focusing in Spanish, IDST majors with a Spanish minor, all other Spanish minors, and then other students, in rank order within each category.
- Often by the end of the first week of classes, students' schedules shift around so that space does open up. If space becomes available, the professor will force add you and notify you of this. It is wise to continue attending the class and doing the assignments in the meantime, in case you are able to get into the class.
¡Buenos días Blacksburg!
Listen to interviews of Hispanic students studying here at Virginia Tech in these podcasts produced by VT alumna Victoria James: http://bdburg.wordpress.com/. This series of bilingual conversations gives voice to Latin American students as they reflect on their experiences in Blacksburg and at VT.
James produced these podcasts as part of an independent research project during her senior year.