Majoring in Spanish

Students may obtain a BA with a major in Spanish with a minimum of 30 hours of Spanish beyond 2100. Additionally, coursework must be completed with a grade in the C range or higher in each of the required courses and students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the major. Students must meet all major requirements listed below, as well as all College of Arts & Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

Students who work towards a double major (two degrees within the College of Arts and Science) may be able to complete the majors with a minimum of 120 hours. Students who are considering a dual degree program (in Arts & Science and in another school or college) are advised that a minimum of 132 credit hours are necessary.

To obtain the BA degree with a major in Spanish, the following courses, or their equivalents, must be included in the graduation plan (numbers in parentheses indicate prerequisite courses):

  • 2160 Intermediate Composition and Conversation (2100)
  • 3150 Advanced Conversation (2160)
    OR
    3721 Phonetics (2160)
  • 3160 Advanced Composition (2160)
    OR
    3280 Commercial Spanish (2160)
  • 3420 Introduction to Hispanic Literature I (3160)
  • 3430 Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (3160)
  • Plus FIVE additional 4000-level approved courses:   One Peninsular literature, one Spanish-American literature, and three other courses of your choice.

It should be noted that Spanish 4085, Special Readings, cannot be used to fulfill this requirement except by permission of the departmental chair.

Students who plan to teach at any level should include courses Spanish 3160 and Spanish 3721, rather than their alternates.

Students beginning at a level higher than Spanish 2160 due to placement testing must still complete 30 hours in order to receive the major.

In addition to the above hours, the student is required to take a Writing Intensive course in the major, normally designated sections of Spanish 3420 or 3430, and must complete either a related field or a minor. For a related field, a minimum of 8 hours, including at least two upper class courses, as approved by the student's adviser, outside the major field of study.

It is highly recommended that students take Spanish 2310: Spanish Civilization as an elective and, if at all possible, study for a summer, a semester or a full year in a Spanish-speaking country.