Spanish Major (B.A.)

The B.A. program in Spanish offers students a wide array of courses in Spanish and Latin American literature, Hispanic and Latino cultural studies, and different aspects of the Spanish language.  Once they complete a set of core courses, students may choose different combinations of electives depending on their academic interests.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements0-3
Major Requirements30-39
Free Electives 148-36
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Prerequisites
These courses will be waived for students who place above this level.0-9
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Required Courses
Language Elective
Complete one course from the following:3
Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners
Fundamentals of Spanish Grammar
Spanish Composition and Stylistics
Culture Elective
Complete one course from the following:3
Perspectives on Latin America
Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction
Spanish Language Review Through Literature, Culture and Film
Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean
Electives
Complete 8 courses from the list below. Only 2 LALS courses may be completed (counting required courses and electives).24
Total Credits30-39

Electives

LALS 201Perspectives on Latin America3
LALS 205Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction3
LALS 390Special Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies3
LALS 401Capstone Course in Latin American and Latino Studies3
SPAN 221Spanish for Business3
SPAN 241Fundamentals of Spanish Grammar3
SPAN 242Spanish Composition and Stylistics3
SPAN 332Negotiation Skills in Spanish3
SPAN 343Introduction to Spanish Phonetics3
SPAN 344Spanish Conversation3
SPAN 346Special Topics in the Spanish Language3
SPAN 348Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
SPAN 349Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies3
SPAN 361Voices of the Past and Present: Spain3
SPAN 363Voices of the Past and Present: Latin America3
SPAN 373Special Topics in Spanish and Latin American Literature3
SPAN 374Cultural Studies: Spain3
SPAN 375Spanish Study Abroad3
SPAN 376Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean3
SPAN 410Advanced Spanish Grammar3
SPAN 439Spanish Film and Fiction3
SPAN 441Contemporary Spanish Novel3
SPAN 442Spanish Poetry and Drama of the 19th Century3
SPAN 443Spanish Prose of the 19th Century3
SPAN 444Contemporary Spanish Theater3
SPAN 446The Latin American Essay and Crónica3
SPAN 447Short Stories and Cross-Cultural Processes in the Spanish-Speaking World3
SPAN 448Poetics of Resistance in Hispanic Poetry3
SPAN 449Negotiating Identity and Power in the Hispanic Novel3
SPAN 450Introduction to Interpreting3
SPAN 460El Quijote3
SPAN 466Scripts and Stages: Hispanic Theater and Performance3
SPAN 469The Drama of the Golden Age3
SPAN 470Senior Seminar3
SPAN 471Contemporary Trends in the Spanish-American Novel3
SPAN 472Puerto Rican Literature and Thought3
SPAN 473Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film3
SPAN 480Independent Study3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirement

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World Languages
Fulfilled by major.
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits0-3

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
SPAN 135
Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners
or Fundamentals of Spanish Grammar
or Spanish Composition and Stylistics
3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
SPAN 145
Spanish Language Review Through Literature, Culture and Film
or Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean
or Perspectives on Latin America
or Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction
3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
SPAN Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
SPAN Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
SPAN Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
SPAN Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
SPAN Elective 3
SPAN Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
SPAN Elective 3
SPAN Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120