Spanish

The Spanish Major

peruSpanish Major (SPAN)

The Spanish Major is designed to ensure a well-rounded education in language, literature, linguistics, and culture. The program is balanced and comprehensive yet allows students the opportunity to explore subjects of special interest to them. The Spanish major requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and begins at the 300 level.

See the University Catalog: Spanish Major


Spanish as a Second Major

Spanish as a Second Major requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and begins at the 300 level. Students must complete the requirements as described for the Spanish Major.


Curriculum

For declared majors as of Fall 2019:

Overall Requirements:

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 30 credits at the 300 level and above.
  • No requirement for the major can be met by a grade lower than C-.
  • Minimum 30 credits at the 300 level or above, including the courses listed below:

Required Courses (18 hours):

  1. One Bridge course: SPA 301: Spanish Language and Cultures OR SPA 302: Spanish Language and Cultures for Heritage Speakers
  2. One Linguistics course: SPA 342: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  3. One Literary Studies course SPA 351: Introduction to Literary Studies
  4. Two Focus on Writing courses:
  • SPA 315: Intermediate Spanish Composition OR
    SPA 318: Intermediate Spanish Composition for
    Heritage Speakers
  • SPA 415: Advanced Spanish Composition
  1. A 400-level seminar (SPA 432 or SPA 435 or SPA 436 or
    SPA 462 or SPA 446 or SPA 452 or SPA 454 or SPA 459)

Additional Requirements (12 hours): Students must complete at least 12 additional credit hours in Spanish at the 300 level and 400 level. Some LLC courses (such as LLC 389, LLC 399, LLC 419 and LLC 499) may also count towards the major. The plan of study must include:

Electives to be chosen from the list below:

  1. Cultural Studies courses
  • SPA 310: Advanced Spanish Language and Cultures for Heritage Speakers
  • SPA 311: Views of the Hispanic World through Intermediate Conversation
  • SPA 313: Views of the Hispanic World through Intermediate Conversation Abroad
  • SPA 317: Foundations in Hispanic Cultures, Literatures and Films.
  • SPA 332: Foundations in Spanish Cultures, Literatures and Films.
  • SPA 334: Foundations in Latin American Cultures, Literatures and Films.
  • SPA 411: Cultural Expressions in the Hispanic World through Advanced Conversation
  • SPA 417: Topics in Hispanic Cultures, Literatures and Films
  • SPA 432: Seminar in Spanish Cultures, Literatures and Films.
  • SPA 435: Seminar in US Latino/Latina Cultural Studies.
  • SPA 436: Seminar in Latin American Cultures, Literatures and Films.
  • SPA 462: Seminar in Film Genre.
  1. Hispanic Linguistics courses
  • SPA 442: Topics in Hispanic Linguistics.
  • SPA 443: Spanish in the U.S.
  • SPA 445: Spanish Phonetics.
  • SPA 446: Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics.
  1. Literary Studies courses
  • SPA 401: Special Topics in Language and Literature.
  • SPA 406: Topics in Latin American Literature.
  • SPA 407: Topics in Spanish Literature
  • SPA 409: Topics in Literatures from the Spanish-speaking world.
  • SPA 452: Seminar in Spanish Literature.
  • SPA 454: Seminar in Latin American Literature.
  • SPA 459: Seminar in Literatures from the Spanish-speaking world.
  1. Service learning/Internship courses:
  • LLC 389: LLC Service Learning.
  • LLC 399: Cultural Immersion through Community-Based Service Learning.
  • SPA 499: Internship in Spanish.
  • LLC 499: Community-Based Service Learning.
  1. Additional courses:
  • SPA 321: Spanish in a Public-School Setting.
  • SPA 341: Business Spanish.
  • SPA 493: Honors Work.
  • SPA 497: Directed Study in Spanish Language.
  • SPA 498: Directed Study in Hispanic Cultures and/or Literatures.

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For declared majors prior to Fall 2019:

Students who declared Spanish as their major prior to Fall 2019 will follow the below major requirements, unless they have requested that the University Registrar move them to the newer Catalog (This is not recommended for students who are very advanced in their programs of study as new major requirements may delay graduation. Please speak to your adviser if you are considering this option).

Overall Requirements:

  • 122 credit hours, to include at least 30 credits at the 300 level and above.
  • No requirement for the major can be met by a grade lower than C-.
  • Minimum 30 credits at the 300 level or above, including the courses listed below:

Required Courses (30 hours):

  1. SPA 301 “Advanced Spanish” (Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission) (3 hrs.) or
    SPA 302 “Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers” (Pr. placement test above SPA 204/241 level and having learned Spanish as a heritage speaker or permission of the instructor. For heritage speakers only.) (3 hrs.)
  2. Literature – 9 hrs. – three courses including:
    1. SPA 351[1] “Approaches to Hispanic Literature” (Pr. 301 or 302 or departmental permission)
    2. One course from SPA 401, 402, 403, 404, 405[2] (Pr. 315 and 351 or departmental permission)
    3. One course from SPA 502 or 504[3] (Pr. one 400-level course in Hispanic literature or departmental permission)
  3. Composition – 6 hrs. – two courses including:
    1. SPA 315 “Intermediate Composition” (Pr. 301 or 302 or departmental permission)
    2. SPA 415 “Advanced Composition” (Pr. 311 and 315 or equivalent)
  4. Conversation – 3 hrs. – one course chosen from:
    1. SPA 311 (Pr. 301 or 302 or departmental permission)
    2. SPA 313 (Pr. 204 or 241 or departmental permission)
    3. SPA 411 (Pr. 311 or departmental permission)
  5. Civilization – 3 hrs. – one course chosen from:
    1. SPA 332 (Pr. 301 or 302 or departmental permission)
    2. SPA 334 (Pr. 301 or 302 or departmental permission)
    3. SPA 532[4] (Pr. one 400-level course in Hispanic literature or departmental permission)
    4. SPA 534[5] (Pr. one 400-level course in Hispanic literature or departmental permission)
    5. SPA 535[6] (Pr. one 400-level course in Hispanic literature or departmental permission)
  6. SPA Electives – 6 hrs. – two courses
    1. Electives may include 408 (or 342) “Introduction to Spanish Linguistics,” 416 (or 445) “Phonetics,”499 “Internship,” 516 “Intro. to Syntax” or any other courses not already taken above.

At least one course at the 500 level must be included in the major.*  No more than 6 hours of Conversation may be counted towards the major. No requirement for the major may be met by a grade lower than C-.

*Please note that as of Fall 2019, undergraduates are no longer permitted to take 500-level courses.  Therefore, 400-level course equivalents have been developed to replace 500-level courses for undergraduate enrollment (e.g., SPA 452 replaces SPA 502, SPA 454 replaces SPA 504, SPA 432 replaces SPA 532, SPA 434 replaces SPA 534 and SPA 435 replaces SPA 535.) Please speak to an adviser if you have questions about these new corresponding course numbers.


[1] SPA 351 has a new course title, “Introduction to Literary Studies,” as of Fall 2019.
[2] SPA 406, 407, and 409 replace SPA 402, 403, 404, and 405, as of Fall 2019.
[3] SPA 502 and 504 are now SPA 452 and 454, respectively, as of Fall 2019.
[4] SPA 532 is now SPA 432, as of Fall 2019.
[5] SPA 534 is now SPA 434, as of Fall 2019.
[6] SPA 535 is now SPA 435, as of Fall 2019.