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Program Learning Objectives

The Spanish major program provides students opportunities to:

  1. Learn to communicate effectively in Spanish and other target languages through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in authentic situations.
  2. Develop communicative and intercultural competency so that they can work productively both as individuals and in collaboration with others.
  3. Gain perspective on cultural and historical achievements in the target-language cultures as well as on relevant issues of diversity.
  4. Cultivate awareness of ethical and professional perspectives that reflect linguistic and cultural heritage.
  5. Think critically and creatively using Spanish and other target languages and negotiate meaning between the target language(s) and English.
  6. Develop the life-long ability to evaluate ways in which language and culture provide perspective on the larger world of the arts, sciences, and technology.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I4
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II4
SPAN 203Intermediate Spanish III4
or SPAN 206 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 207Introduction to Spanish Linguistics4
SPAN 233Introduction to Hispanic Readings (C1) 14
SPAN 301Advanced Composition in Spanish4
SPAN 302Advanced Conversation and Composition in Spanish4
SPAN 300-level courses
Select from the following:12
(see catalog description for credit limits on variable topic courses)
Introduction to English-Spanish Translation
Significant Works in Spanish (C4) 1
Spanish and Latin American Film (C4) 1
Chicano/a Authors (C4) 1
Introduction to Creative Writing in Spanish
SPAN 400-level courses
Select from the following:8
Advanced Topics in Spanish Linguistics
Advanced Literature in Spanish
Don Quixote
Selected Advanced Topics
Capstone courses
WLC 360Research Methods in World Languages and Cultures4
WLC 460Senior Project4
Approved language/culture electives (300-400 level) 2
(See Approved Language/Culture Elective list below)12
Minor and Upper-Division SPAN Courses (32 units) 232
SPAN 300-400 level courses (2-8 units, depending on unit total of selected minor)
With department approval, any declared academic minor. Minor coursework may not double count with SPAN major requirements or approved electives. (24-30 units depending on minor selected) 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)64
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives 216
Total units180


  Approved Language/Culture Electives (300-400 level)

Select from the following: 412
The Global Environment
Global Agricultural Marketing and Trade
Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica
Indigenous South Americans
Human Cultural Adaptations
Culture and Health
Native American Cultures
Art History - Nineteenth Century Art
Design History
Art History - Art Since 1945
Asian Art Topics: National, Religious, and Intellectual Movements
Intersectional Feminist Art Histories
International Business Management
Advanced Seminar in International Management
The Legal Environment of International Business
Adolescence
Developmental Issues in Education
Group Performance of Literature
Communication Theory
Intergroup Communication
Intercultural Communication
Gender and Communication
Cultural Influence on Dance in America
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration
International Trade Theory
Bilingual Literacy
Foundations of Bilingual Education
Advanced Rhetorical Inquiry and Composing
Ethnic American Literature
Literary Themes
The Linguistic Structure of Modern English
Topics in Applied Linguistics
Topics in Transatlantic and/or World Literature
Topics in Applied Language Study
Theories of Language Learning and Teaching
Approaches to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Graduate Introduction to Linguistics
Chicano/a Non-Fiction Literature
Native Americans in Popular Culture
Asian Americans in Popular Culture
Latina/os in Popular Culture
Native American Architecture and Place
The Chinese American Experience
Cultural Production and Ethnicity
Ethnicity and the Land
Critical Race Theory
Advanced French Composition and Grammar
Advanced French Conversation and Grammar
Significant Works in French 5
French Literature in English Translation 5
Selected Advanced Topics 5
Global Geography
Geography of Latin America
Advanced German Composition and Grammar
Advanced German Conversation and Grammar
Significant Works in German 5
German Literature in English Translation 5
Selected Advanced Topics 5
The Witch-Hunts in Europe, 1400-1800
East Asian Culture and Civilization
Modern Middle East
Modern East Asia
Modern South and Southeast Asia
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Modern Central America
Modern Japan
20th Century China
Chinese Film and History
Nazi Germany
Renaissance and Reformation Europe
Critical Issues in Latin American Studies
Storytelling: Modern Applications of Traditional Narrative
Medieval Philosophy
Early Modern Rationalism
Kant and 19th Century European Philosophy
Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society
Aesthetics
Indian Philosophy
Chinese and East Asian Philosophy
Philosophy of Language
The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
International Relations Theory
Global Political Issues
Authoritarian and Democratic Rule
Issues and Topics in International Relations
Learning
Judaism
Hinduism
Buddhism
Christianity
Islam
Religion, Gender, and Society
Sustainable Travel and Tourism Planning
The World System and Its Problems
Sociology of Genders and Sexualities
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
U.S. Ethnic Minorities
Introduction to English-Spanish Translation
Significant Works in Spanish 5
Spanish and Latin American Film 5
Chicano/a Authors (USCP)
Hispanic Literature in English Translation 5
Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States
Advanced Literature in Spanish 5
Selected Advanced Topics 5
Seminar in Playwriting
Global Theatre and Performance
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology
Feminist Theory
Humanities in World Cultures 5
Humanities in Chicano/a Culture
Culture of Spain: Activities
Language, Technology and Society
Methods in Teaching Languages Other Than English
Selected Advanced Topics 5

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 8 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics8
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature (4 units in Major) 10
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (4 units in Major) 10
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units64