Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages-Spanish

A bachelor of arts degree in Spanish prepares you with highly sought-after language and critical thinking skills in a variety of professional and academic fields with a firm knowledge of cultural practices in the Spanish-speaking world, which is rapidly, globally expanding. You will increase your proficiency in the language while learning about Spanish culture, history, and literature, developing your communication skills, and opening doors to new friendships and opportunities. 

Our department is committed to fostering a sound liberal arts academic experience and to preparing you to meet the educational, professional, and cultural needs of the region.The B.A. in Modern Languages-Spanish will prepare you for a variety of careers outside the obvious ones of professional writing and teaching--you will be well equipped to deal with the professional demands of many jobs, since you will be a great communicator who has been trained to think analytically and interact effectively with people.

Our department has a large network of alumni and community supporters who contact us frequently looking for graduates of our program (like you!), so job placement is also one of the ways we strive to support our students both during their studies and after graduation.

Explore such topics as:

  • Spanish Language (beginner through advanced)
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers
  • Spanish for Professionals
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • Culture and Civilization of Spain and Latin America
  • Latin American Literature
  • Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature
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Programs of Study

Majors - Course Requirements

Minors - Course Requirements

Modern Languages with Spanish Concentration

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages/Spanish concentration combines general requirements, including the core curriculum:

  1. Core curriculum requirements, 48 hours.
  2. Academic Foundations Requirements, 15 hours: SPAN 1311 and 1312 (Beginning Spanish I and II), SPAN 2311 and 2312 (Intermediate Spanish I and II), 3 additional hours selected from ENGL 3330 or 3332
  3. Major, 30 hours advanced Spanish: SPAN 3300 Spanish Conversation, SPAN 3310 Advanced Grammar and Composition, SPAN 3315 Advanced Expository Writing, SPAN 3320 Culture and Civilization of Spain, SPAN 3330 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America, SPAN 4310 Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature I, SPAN 4320 Survey of Spanish-American Literature I, SPAN 4330 Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature II, SPAN 4340 Survey of Spanish-American Literature II and SPAN 4380 Special Topics: Advanced Conversation
  4. Minor, 18 hours, including at least 9 hours of advanced courses.
  5. Academic Electives: 9 hours, including at least 3 hours of advanced courses.

With Teacher Certification

If you are seeking teacher certification with Spanish as the primary teaching field, you should major in the Department of English, Modern Languages and Philosophy and receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages/Spanish concentration.

If you are receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages/Spanish concentration with a Teaching Certification, you must take the same core curriculum and departmental foundations outlined in Bachelor of Arts Modern Languages/Spanish concentration and similar major studies with the exceptions listed below.

If you are majoring in Modern Languages/Spanish concentration with Teaching Certification, you do not need to have a minor, nor are they required to take ENGL 3330 or 3332. In addition, these students must complete SPAN 4350 – Teaching Methods EC-6 and SPAN 4360 – Teaching Methods 6-12. The Modern Language/Spanish concentration with Teaching Certification degree only requires 3 hours of academic electives – SPAN 2300 (Study Abroad) is recommended. You must also complete all required courses in professional pedagogy, including student teaching, must comply with all departmental/university and state preparation/remediation policies and must pass appropriate local and state qualifying examinations.

For requirements for elementary teacher certification with Spanish specialization, consult the College of Education and Human Development.

Minors in Our Department

Minor in Spanish

If you wish to minor in Spanish, you must take 18 hours beyond SPAN 1311, including the following (no grade less than “C”):

  • SPAN 1312 Beginning Spanish II.
  • SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I.
  • SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II.
  • SPAN 3300 Spanish Conversation.
  • SPAN 3310 Advanced Grammar and Composition.
  • 3 hours Advanced (3000-or 4000- level) Spanish electives.