Spanish - BA

A Spanish major provides students with language skills that translate into a practical tool for use in our increasingly bilingual landscape, whether this be Texas, the American Southwest, one of the many areas in the U.S. with large Spanish-speaking populations, or beyond our borders where over 500 million Spanish speakers reside. Above the practical aspect of the major, students of Spanish acquire a rich view of the world. Focusing on analytical and critical thinking, as well as cultural awareness, our students are prepared for graduate studies in Spanish and professional schools (medicine, law, business), and for professions in fields such as education, business, human resources, research, government, social service, tourism, journalism, and translation. To enhance their career options, Spanish majors are encouraged to seek out a complementary minor or second major/degree, to create even more opportunities after graduation. Similarly, students can also complete an internship that will provide practical hands-on experience.

The Spanish major consists of 33 hours of major coursework plus 38 hours of general supporting electives. The 33 hours are divided into 6 lower division hours (Spanish 201 or 221; 202 or 203 or 222) plus 27 hours that are equally distributed among Spanish language or linguistics (9 hours), Spanish literature or culture (9 hours), and approved related electives (9 hours). At least 9 of these 27 hours must be in 400-level Spanish courses. The 38 hours of general supporting electives can come from any of the university’s offerings and may be taken as a minor or part of a second major. To underscore the focus on cultural awareness and to support the achievement of increased linguistic proficiency, our major requires a minimum 10-week experience abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. This experience abroad can be in a formal academic setting, through an internship or other comparable environment.  For cases where an experience abroad is not possible, a student may petition that an internship or service-learning project be used instead.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
American history 3
Creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
General elective 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Mathematics 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
General elective 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
SPAN 202
Intermediate Spanish II
or Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers
3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
General elective 1 3
General elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Government/Political science 3
Spanish language/Linguistic 2 3
Spanish literature/Culture 3 3
General elective 1 3
General elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Spanish language/Linguistic 2 3
Spanish literature/Culture 3 3
Spanish literature/Culture 3 3
Spanish interdisciplinary elective 4 3
General elective 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
Fourth Year
Fall
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Spanish language/Linguistic 2 3
Spanish interdisciplinary elective 4 3
General elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
Spanish interdisciplinary elective 4 3
General elective 1 3
General elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

33 hours required. Spanish majors are required to complete a credit-bearing 10-week minimum semester-long study or experience abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Study abroad options include University-sponsored, reciprocal, affiliated, and independent programs. Selection of location and type of experience abroad should be made in consultation with departmental advisors. For students who are unable to study abroad, an internship may be used instead. This option is available only with prior approval by the Spanish advisor.

HISP-Related Interdisciplinary Courses

ANTH 308Archaeology of Mesoamerica3
ANTH 445Studies in African Diaspora3
ENGL 336Life and Literature of the Southwest3
ENGL 338American Ethnic Literature3
HISP 362/ENGL 362Latino/a Literature3
FILM 405/EURO 405European Cinema3
ENGL 351/FILM 351Advanced Film3
FILM 401National Cinema History3
GEOG 323Geography of Latin America3
HISP 201Current Issues in Hispanic Studies1
HISP 204Spanish and Spanish American Literature in Translation3
HISP 205Don Quixote and the Other Arts3
HISP 206Food in the Hispanic World3
HISP 352Hispanic Literature and Film3
HISP 362/ENGL 362Latino/a Literature3
HISP 363Borderlands: U.S. and Mexico3
HISP 474/RELS 474Diversity Lessons from Medieval Spain3
HIST 304Southwest Borderlands3
HIST 305Chicana/o History since 18483
HIST 307Latinx History3
HIST 319U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity3
HIST 321The Age of Revolution in the Atlantic World3
HIST 322History of the Iberian World3
HIST 326History of the Caribbean to Emancipation3
HIST 341Latin America to 18103
HIST 342Latin America Since 18103
HIST 343Inter-American Relations3
HIST 440Latin American Cultural and Intellectual History3
HIST 441History of Mexico, 1821 to the Present3
HIST 449History of Brazil, 1822 to the Present3
HLTH 236Introduction to Health Disparities and Diversity3
IBUS 459Latin American Markets3
INST 332
INST 334
PHIL 283Latin American Philosophy3
POLS 304Latino Politics in the United States3
POLS 323Political Systems of Latin America3
POLS 362Latin American Political Thought3
POLS 423U.S.-Latin American Relations3
SOCI 317/AFST 317Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 337International Migration3
SOCI 403Sociology of Latinos3
SOCI 404/RPTS 404Sociology of the Community3
THAR 201Introduction to World Theatre3
Any course, including 489 Special Topics, with 33% Hispanic focus