2015-2016 Catalog 
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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, BA

In the United States, Spanish is fast becoming second to English in usage. A language of practical utility, great literature (Don Quixote), and wide applicability (in North, Central, and South America, as well as in Europe), Spanish is a necessary skill for dealing with today’s world.

Teaching Option

A degree option is available for elementary, secondary and special education teachers. Please contact Acadmic Advising for further information.

Learning Outcomes, Spanish, BA

  • Be able to speak the language well enough to satisfy routine social demands and limited nonspecific, work related tasks
  • Be able to comprehend face-to-face speech in standard language spoken at a normal rate with some repetition and rewording by a native speaker not accustomed to dealing with foreigners
  • Have sufficient comprehension to read authentic printed material or edited texts and material within a familiar context
  • Be able to write routine social correspondence and simple discourse as well as cohesive summaries, resumes, short narratives and descriptions on factual topics in the past, present, and future times
  • Possess a broad understanding of the history and civilization of the target culture
  • Possess a critical and theoretically-based awareness of the literary and cultural traditions, periods, genres and contexts of the target language

General Requirements

  • 36 credit hours in Spanish language and literature courses (beyond SPAN 2110 )
  • 6 credit hours in Foreign and Cultural Studies
  • Spanish majors must achieve grades of C or higher in all required Spanish courses

Total: 42 semester hours – 36 semester hours in Spanish plus 6 semester hours in Foreign and Cultural Studies.

Course Requirements

Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)

  • Complete 3 additional hours of SPAN elective courses. Students entering at the 3000 level may elect to take these 3 credit hours in upper-division grammar/language, or in Spanish literature.


In some cases these major requirements may result in total credit hours in the major in excess of the Letters, Arts and Sciences 54-hour subject area requirement. Unless the student successfully petitions the Committee on Academic Progress for a waiver, the major hours exceeding the 54-hour maximum will be in addition to the 120 hours needed to graduate.