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Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Requirements for a Major in Spanish

Download the appropriate Department of Modern Languages (MODL) Spanish Degree Plan Worksheet to reference while you read about the requirements for a major in Spanish (The PDFs will open in new windows):

The worksheet will help prospective and current students chart a major in Spanish and will help transfer students see the credits they have and those they will need.

Basic Requirements

Spanish majors are required to take the following courses:

  • SPAN 1441 Beginning Spanish I
  • SPAN 1442 Beginning Spanish II
  • SPAN 2313 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 2314 Intermediate Spanish II or 2315 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar or 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 3315 Composition Through Literature
  • SPAN 3319 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • 15 additional hours in Spanish at the 3000/4000 level, at least 9 of which must be at the 4000 level. Note that Business Spanish (SPAN 4334, SPAN 4335), Spanish Translation (SPAN 4341, SPAN 4342), and Spanish Interpreting (SPAN 4343, SPAN 4344) CANNOT be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Heritage Speakers of Spanish

Students who grew up speaking Spanish at home are considered to be Heritage Speakers of Spanish and are not permitted to take SPAN 2314 or 3314. They take SPAN 2315 and 3305 instead.

If you are not sure whether you are a heritage speaker or not, please contact the head of the Spanish section, Dr. Sonia Kania, for an appointment.


The prerequisites for the most common Spanish courses at each level are shown below. (See catalog for additional offerings.) A grade of C or above is required in the prerequisite unless otherwise indicated:

Course Prerequisite
1441 none
1442 1441
2313 1442
2314/2315 2313
3305/3314 2314 or 2315
3311, 3312, 3313 2314 or 2315
3315, 3319 3305 or 3314
3340 3315 with B or better
3341 3305 or 3314
43XX (Lit/Culture) 3315
43XX (Linguistics) 3319
43XX (Translation) 3340 with B or better
43XX (Interpreting) 3341 with B or better

Recommended Sequences

Non-heritage speakers:

  • 5th Semester: 3303 & 3314
  • 6th Semester: 3315 & 3319
  • 7th Semester: 33XX & 43XX
  • 8th Semester: 43XX & 43XX

Heritage speakers:

  • 5th Semester: 3305 & 33XX
  • 6th Semester: 3315 & 3319
  • 7th Semester: 33XX & 43XX
  • 8th Semester: 43XX & 43XX

Need More Help?

For help with your degree plan, please contact the Modern Languages advisor, Mr. Scott Jackson. He can assist you with all of the complexities of your future plans in Spanish and help you make the right decisions.

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