Spanish B.A.

Degree Requirements

Preparation: Lower-Division Courses

  • SPAN 1A Elementary Spanish (4 units)
  • SPAN 1B Elementary Spanish (4 units)
  • SPAN 25A Intermediate Spanish (5 units)
    SPAN 25B Intermediate Spanish (5 units)

Preparation: Lower-Division Courses (Native Speakers)

  • SPAN 20A Spanish for Spanish Speakers (3 units)
  • SPAN 20B Spanish for Spanish Speakers (3 units)
    *Native Speakers should take SPAN 20A & 20B instead of 25A & 25B
  • One year of a second foreign language

Requirements in the Major

All of the Following:

  • SPAN 101A Advanced Spanish (4 units)
  • SPAN 101B Advanced Spanish (4 units)
  • SPAN 102A* Culture of Spain (3 units) - OR-
    SPAN 102B* (in Spanish or English - Spanish majors must take course in Spanish) Latin American Culture (3 units)
    *Both 102A and B are required for the Single Subject Credential

Six Additional Upper Division Courses Selected as Follows:

Two Courses in Language/Linguistics Selected From:

  • SPAN 105* Spanish Phonology (3 units)
  • SPAN 110* Spanish Morphology and Syntax (3 units)
  • SPAN 111 Advanced Conversation (3 units)
  • SPAN 160B Hispanic Linguistics (3 units)
  • SPAN 170 Spanish Translation (3 units)

* required for the Single Subject Credential

Two Courses in Literature Selected From:

  • SPAN 115 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 units)
  • SPAN 120A Spanish Literature I (3 units)
  • SPAN 120B Spanish Literature II (3 units)
  • SPAN 140A Spanish American Literature I (3 units)
  • SPAN 140B Spanish American Literature II (3 units)
  • SPAN 160C Hispanic Literature (3 units)

Two Elective Courses: Any of the Above Not Included in the Major And:

  • SPAN 132 Business Spanish (3 units)
  • SPAN 160A Hispanic Culture (Topics vary) (3 units)

Other Requirements:

  • FL 100W Writing Workshop (3 units)
  • 1 year of a second foreign language (6-10 units, must be written/oral)
  • Language majors are required to have a minor.
    A minor in a second language is recommended, which will simultaneously satisfy the requirement of one year of a second language.

Spanish B.A. Learning Objectives and Outcomes

1. Ability to effectively use grammatical structures in Spanish and to express oneself orally and in writing in different sociolinguistic milieus including formal and academic presentations.
2. Ability to appreciate literary texts of the Spanish-speaking world (Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic U.S.) and to recognize stylistic elements in the literature.
3. Ability to develop and carry out research projects in Spanish, including term papers and bibliographical research.
4. Ability to analyze and develop texts other than literary: for example, informal and formal correspondence, (applications for school or jobs, a résumé, brochures, etc.) and to understand the use of appropriate academic and technical terminology.
5. Ability to produce, analyze and rationalize the sounds of Spanish (phonology) as compared and contrasted with the sounds of English.
6. Ability to analyze morphological, syntactic and semantic components of Spanish


Programs in Spanish Provide Enrichment for All Degrees:

Experiences for all Degree Programs in Spanish:

  • Close contact and consultation of students with faculty and personalized supervision in the classroom and in advisement.
  • Extracurricular activities through several outlets, including the “Círculo Hispánico.”
  • Peer projects in discussion groups, writing activities and presentations.
  • Options to participate in local high school observations on teaching methods.
  • Access to activities promoted by the Department of Foreign Languages and the University: Public lectures, films, music and dance performances, alumni dinners, etc.
  • A foreign language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota, for qualified students.
  • Scholarships and opportunities for Study Abroad.

Understandings, Interests, and Values for all Degree Programs in Spanish:

  • The realization of being able to communicate in a language spoken in more than twenty countries.
  • The awareness of being able to read from a vast corpus of literature spanning over one thousand years and encompassing Spain, Latin America and the United States, among other areas.
  • The awareness of being able to access jobs as teacher, translator, interpreter, bilingual editor, and other professions.
  • The sense of having expanded one's view of the world and society by virtue of knowing two languages and envisioning culture and language in a broader perspective.
  • The realization of knowing one's own language by contrast and comparison with Spanish.
  • A greater awareness of the Hispanic community in the area (San José, Bay Area) and state (California) where the student lives, studies and works.
  • The satisfaction and sense of achievement of being able to communicate in Spanish with members of that community and to better understand Hispanic culture.

For More Information and/or Advising,
please Contact a one of the following advisors:

Cheyla Samuelson 
Spanish Undergraduate Coordinator
Clark Hall 410D 

Eleanor Marsh 
Spanish Graduate Coordinator
Clark Hall 412N 

Anne Fountain
Spanish Advisor (fall only)
Clark Hall 420G