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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.

SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I (GE Electives) 14
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 (C2) 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 (Upper-Division C) 1
Spanish and Latin American Film (Upper-Division C) 1
Chicano/a Authors (Upper-Division C) 1
Spanish for the Professions
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)
(see list below)12
Minor and Upper-Division SPAN Courses32
With department approval, any declared academic minor or coursework from a second major. Minor or second major coursework may not double count with SPAN major requirements or approved electives. (24-30 units depending on minor selected) 2, 3
SPAN 300-400 level courses (2-8 units, depending on unit total of selected minor)
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives 420
Total units180

  Approved Language/Culture Electives (300-400 level)

Select from the following: 512
The Global Environment
Global Agricultural Marketing and Trade
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
The Legal Environment of International Business
Developmental Issues in Education
Group Performance of Literature
Intercultural Communication
Intergroup 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 6
French Literature in English Translation 6
Selected Advanced Topics 6
Global Geography
Geography of Latin America
Advanced German Composition and Grammar
Advanced German Conversation and Grammar
Significant Works in German 6
German Literature in English Translation 6
Selected Advanced Topics 6
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
Storytelling: Modern Applications of Traditional Narrative
Medieval Philosophy
Early Modern Rationalism
Kant and 19th Century European Philosophy
Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society
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
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
Introduction to English-Spanish Translation
Significant Works in Spanish 6
Spanish and Latin American Film 6
Chicano/a Authors (USCP)
Hispanic Literature in English Translation 6
Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States
Advanced Literature in Spanish 6
Selected Advanced Topics 6
Seminar in Playwriting
Global Theatre and Performance
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology
Feminist Theory
World Cultures through Film
Humanities in World Cultures 6
Humanities in Chicano/a Culture
Culture of Spain: Activities
Critical Issues in Latin American Studies
Literatures in World Cultures
Language, Technology and Society
Methods in Teaching Languages Other Than English
Selected Advanced Topics 6

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 60 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning4
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English (4 units in Major) 10
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C (4 units in Major) 10
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units60