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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the hours in the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

The Signature Experience, included in the required thirty-nine hours, serves as a peak in the student’s educational program by providing various opportunities in which to display or practice knowledge gained at UTSA. The Signature Experience can be realized as one of a number of study or practical options, such as an independent study, internship, and study abroad.

The prerequisite for Spanish courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels is either SPN 2023, SPN 3003, or an appropriate placement test score. Information regarding the test may be obtained by contacting the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. All courses are taught in Spanish unless otherwise noted.

Students seeking teacher certification should consult the College of Education and Human Development Advising and Certification Center for information.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog..

SPN 2003, SPN 2013, SPN 2023, SPN 2513, or SPN 2523 should be used to satisfy the World Society and Issues core requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. 39 semester credit hours in the major, all of which must be at the upper-division level:
    1. 9 semester credit hours of required courses (recommended for early completion):

      SPN  3043  Advanced Reading
      SPN  3063  Grammar and Composition
      SPN  4003  Advanced Language Skills

    2. 6 semester credit hours selected from the following:

      SPN  3013  Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation
      SPN  3113  Linguistic Structures of Spanish
      SPN  4113  Topics in Spanish Linguistics

    3. 9 semester credit hours selected from the following:

      SPN  3413  The Literature of Spain from the Middle Ages to 1700
      SPN  3423  The Literature of Spain from 1700 to the Present
      SPN  3463  Latin American Literature to Modernism
      SPN  3473  Latin American Literature since Modernism
      SPN  4203  Topics in Hispanic Literatures

    4. 6 semester credit hours selected from the following:

      SPN  3613  Spanish Culture and Civilization
      SPN  3623  Latin American Culture and Civilization
      SPN  4303  Topics in Hispanic Cultures

    5. 9 semester credit hours of Spanish electives, 3 semester credit hours of which must be at the 4000 level

    6. 3 semester credit hours as Signature Experience. The course can be applied to section A5 as part of the elective hours or to the support work in section B. The following courses can be used as the Signature Experience:

      FL  3033,6  Advanced Language Study Abroad
      SPN  4113  Topics in Spanish Linguistics
      SPN  4203  Topics in Hispanic Literatures
      SPN  4303  Topics in Hispanic Cultures
      SPN  4933  Internship in Spanish
      SPN  4993  Honors Research
      Study abroad experience with transfer credits from another university

  2. 12 additional semester credit hours of coursework in a single area or a combination, selected from the following in consultation with the undergraduate advisor: upper-division Spanish, literature, culture, linguistics, comparative studies in the humanities, foreign language (FL: translation, cross-cultural communication, study abroad, etc.), media studies, another foreign language, history, anthropology, art, or other related areas.

  3. 27 semester credit hours of electives

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Four-Year Academic Plan

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3
SPN 1014 or free elective  4 or 3 SPN 1024 or free elective 4 or 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Mathematics core 3 Social & Behavioral Science core 3
Natural Sciences Level I core 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
Total semester hours 15 or 16 Total semester hours 15 or 16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
ECO 2003, 2013, or 2023 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 SPN 2023 or World Society & Issues core 3
SPN 2013 or free elective 3 Free elective 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Literature core 3 Visual & Performing Arts core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
SPN 3013, 3113, or 4113 3 SPN 3013, 3113, or 4113 3
SPN 3063 3 SPN 3043 3
Free elective 3 SPN 4003 3
Free elective 3 Support work 3
Support work 3 Upper-division SPN elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
SPN 3413, 3423, 3463, 3473, or 4203 3 SPN 3413, 3423, 3463, 3473, or 4203 3
SPN 3413, 3423, 3463, 3473, or 4203 3 SPN 3613, 3623, or 4303 3
SPN 3613, 3623, or 4303 3 4000-level SPN elective 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1 or 3 Support work 3
Support work 3 Upper-division SPN elective 3
Total semester hours 13 or 15 Total semester hours 15

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