Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in Spanish

SPT 250 and SPT 251 may not be counted toward the major. Spanish majors are encouraged to pursue the study of another foreign language. Students whose native language is Spanish may not enroll in courses below the 300 level.

Note that this is a sample four-year plan. There are other course sequences that will allow a student to graduate within four years as long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence. This sample plan does not guarantee course availability, and adjustments to students’ plans may be necessary if they are unable to take specific courses during specific semesters. Students who are placed into lower level FYW, MAT or other prerequisite courses will need to adjust their four-year plans accordingly. Similarly, students who bring in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment or transfer credit for courses will need to adjust their four-year plans. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA both overall and in the major is required for graduation. In addition to major requirements, all components of the Baccalaureate Experience must be completed in order to successfully graduate.

Forty credits at the 200 level or above plus two capstone courses are required to complete the Spanish major. SPA 300 and/or SPA 301 should be taken prior to enrolling in upper-division courses.  Courses at the 300 and 400 level are non-sequential and may be taken in any order unless otherwise specified in the course description. For example, 400-level courses usually require one or more 300-level courses as a pre-requisite, although these may be waived through instructor consent.  The plan that follows is only a sample; there are many different course progressions that can lead to the completion of the Spanish major.  It is also recommended that Spanish majors complete coursework in a second foreign language and participate in a study abroad experience; however, these are not requirements for graduation.  If you are a freshman without a Spanish background, you may begin by taking Spanish 101 and 102 in your first two semesters.

Degree Requirements

First (Freshman) Year - Fall Semester

SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I

4

MAT 155Finite Mathematics for Liberal Arts

4

or

MAT 160College Algebra

4

Humanities/Fine Arts (Bacc. Exp.)

4

FYW 101Writing and Inquiry

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 101Pathways to Honors 1

1

Total Credit Hours:17

First (Freshman) Year - Spring Semester

SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II

4

AWR 201Writing and Research

4

Humanities/Fine Arts (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

GTW 102Gateways II

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:17

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

LIN 210Basic Linguistics

4

or

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

SPA 300Advanced Spanish I

4

or

SPA 301Advanced Spanish II

4

LIN 320Second-Language Acquisition

4

Total Credit Hours:16

SPA 300 or 301: courses may be taken concurrently

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

SPA 300 levelElective

4

SPA 300 levelElective

4

Humanities/Fine Arts (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16

It is highly recommended that SPA majors enroll in study abroad during their junior or senior year, either over the summer or on a semester-long program.

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

SPA 300 levelElective

4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

SPA 300 levelElective

4

SPA 421Spanish Culture and Civilization I

4

or

SPA 422Latin American Civilization and Culture

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

SPA 435Latin American Literature

4

SPA 400 levelElective

4

SPA 431Spanish Literature through the Golden Age

4

and/or

SPA 432Spanish Literature from the 19th Century until Today

4

Total Credit Hours:12-16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

SPA 435Latin American Literature

4

and/or

SPA 436The Latin American Novel

4

Total Credit Hours:12-16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

SPA 400 levelElective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

SPA 499Research Capstone

2

Total Credit Hours:14

Minimum of 124 credits to graduate.

Total Credit Hours: 120-128