This is a simple question, which I haven't found the answer to online.

Due to the increasing number of Spanish-speaking students in American universities, I've been interested in teaching Spanish-language courses in mathematics, such as calculus or linear algebra.

What US universities, if any, hold mathematics courses in Spanish?

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    $\begingroup$ I would be surprised to learn that there were mathematics courses in Spanish at the university level anywhere in the United States. $\endgroup$
    – Jim Belk
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 2:48
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    $\begingroup$ @JimBelk Prepare to be surprised. I have a friend who was specifically hired by a university because of her double major in Spanish. Now, it's just gen-ed course work, but she exists. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 10:59
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    $\begingroup$ @JamesS.Cook Do you know of an institution at which such a course is taught (i.e., mathematics in Spanish)? From my search (written up below) it seems that no U.S. university currently offers such a class. Personally, I would expect such an institution to exist somewhere in the States; particularly since such an institution did exist (in California) about half a century ago: Elbert Covell College, University of the Pacific. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 11:51
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    $\begingroup$ @BenjaminDickman see liberty.edu/online/lue-inicio I'm not sure if it's completely in spanish, but I know there exist math for liberal arts courses in spanish. On the other hand, the online side (even in math) has no higher math, not even calculus at this time. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 12:47

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Excerpt from a 2011 Insider Higher Education article (bold text added by me):

In an effort that some are calling the first program of its kind, Georgetown College, a Christian liberal arts college in Georgetown, Ky., is hoping the same high interest in foreign languages in K-12 schools can be translated to the postsecondary level. This fall, the 1,300-undergraduate college will welcome its first cohort of 15 students to its Inmersión en Español program.

These students still will be able to pursue a major in any of the college's departments, but they will take about one-third of their core requirements in Spanish instead of English. Specifically, five of the courses that are part of Georgetown's Foundations and Core Program will be offered in Spanish. They will include, at first, required courses in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, political science and mathematics. The courses will be taught, in large part, by professors who are versed in both Spanish and the core discipline. For example, the college recently hired a Ph.D. in Spanish who has a master's degree in philosophy.

The article continues:

...the initiative at Georgetown is thought to be unique, said Emily Spinelli, executive director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

“Although there might be other colleges or universities that offer required general education courses in Spanish, I am not personally aware of them,” she wrote in an e-mail.

I altered the link to the program above to direct you specifically to the course offerings.

Philosophy is already listed, and under "Upcoming Courses" you will also see:

Other courses planned include: Political Science, Biology, and Math.

The comments from the Inside Higher Education article also mention a former school, Elbert Covell College (ECC), at the University of the Pacific.

Though ECC has since closed, it once had the sort of offering you describe.

A school description can be found here, where the relevant section begins:

Elbert Covell College, a liberal arts and sciences college also, was unique because all courses were taught in Spanish.

Finally, an October of 1963 article in Time Magazine remarks:

This month [College President] Burns opened another college that appears to be unique in the U.S., one teaching everything in Spanish. The goal of Elbert Covell College is "education for life in the Americas in the 20th century." It will stress math, science, business and school teaching. Equally important, it will throw together 250 dissimilar students, two-thirds of them from Latin America, the rest Americans fluent in Spanish. Already on hand are 60 students from the U.S. and 14 Latin American countries. Faculty is still a problem. Covell has spent months trying to find a Spanish-speaking physicist, for example. "The very difficulty we've had shows how much this program is needed," says Director Arthur J. Cullen.


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