B.A. in Spanish

The Spanish major consists of 30 units of upper division coursework. Up to 16 units of prerequisite coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required to begin the major. All upper division courses are conducted in Spanish, and students are expected to use Spanish in their speaking, reading, and writing.


Preparation for Majors and Non-majors

First-year courses in Spanish are designed for students who have had no previous formal training in Spanish and are not native speakers. Those students who have spoken Spanish at home but have not had any formal training should, in general, choose courses no lower than SPAN 205. SPAN 215 is recommended for heritage students.
SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 (four units each) emphasize the four basic language skills, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing.
The second-year sequence (SPAN 205 / SPAN206) reviews and expands upon the principles learned in SPAN 101 / SPAN 102. Second-year courses are 3 units each.

Admission to the Program

Spanish Proficiency can be demonstrated by completing the necessary lower-division courses, testing out of them, or by taking the placement test via ILearn (please consult your advisor for further details). It is also expected that students complete the lower-division courses or the placement test prior to taking upper division courses in language and literature.


Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Required Core Courses (15 units):

  • SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
  • MLL 325 Linguistics for Foreign Language (3)
  • SPAN 341 Introduction to the History of Hispanic Literature (3)
  • SPAN 401 Culture and Civilization of Spain (3) or SPAN 405 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America (3)
  • SPAN 595 Senior Seminar in Spanish and Latin American Literature (3) 

Electives in the Major (15 units):

Students choose five courses in Spanish numbering from 300 to 699. At least three of these courses must be at the 400 level or above.

Minimum total: 30 units



Writing in the Major

Students must complete the University’s GWAR requirement by taking SPAN 401GWMLL 400GW, or CWL 400GW.