Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

The Department of Languages offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. The objectives of language studies are to enable students to communicate effectively through development of skills in: understanding, speaking, reading and writing the language and to understand and appreciate the values of cultures and world views that are different from their own.

Foreign language study increases students' awareness of their own values and beliefs. Classes in literature and civilization acquaint students with the masterpieces in the foreign culture.

When coordinated with studies in other departments, the major will satisfy students with widely differing career goals: working in international business, law, or industry; performing government service; teaching in elementary or secondary schools; continuing language studies in graduate school; working for museums; doing research in original languages; serving in the tourism industry; working in the health care or social service professions.

A semester study abroad or an internship abroad is required for a major. This requirement is usually satisfied during the student's junior year - in either the fall or spring semester - but may also be satisfied through a summer intensive study abroad program. Under the guidance of a faculty member and approval of the department, an individualized study abroad program may be tailored to meet the needs of the student.

Retroactive credits for previous language study are available. Students who have studied a foreign language for two or more years are encouraged to seek retroactive credits. Up to 14 retroactive credits are possible. The number of credits is determined by the course level at which the student begins foreign language study at the University. Retroactive credits are awarded upon completion of one university level course, designated by the department, with a grade of B or above. These credits are available free of charge to any student who has taken a foreign language in high school. Retroactive credits fulfill university credit requirements for graduation.

Degree Requirements

Program Credits34
Required Courses

201, 202, 203, 204, 306, 309, 330 or 331, 345,401 and any other upper division courses (300 or 400) to attain 34 credits.

Required Auxiliary Courses


Additional Information

Some required courses for the major will be completed abroad. A semester or summer of study abroad is required for a Major. The Secondary Teaching Major requires 307 and EDSED 275, EDSED 395.