B.A. in Spanish

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DESCRIPTION

The undergraduate major in Spanish Language, Literatures, and Cultures consists of 36 credits of coursework beyond the intermediate prerequisite level, with an additional supporting area (nine credits). All students will take a core of four courses and a three course literature/culture sequence focused on Spain or Latin America; the remaining coursework will come from one of three options: Literature and Culture, Linguistics and Culture, Language and Culture in Professional Contexts.

To declare a major in Spanish, students should meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to begin the process. After this advising session, prospective majors will also need advising from the College of Arts And Humanities in 1120 Francis Scott Key.

REQUIREMENTS (See TESTUDO for the current list of SPAN course offerings)

All students new to SLLC courses must take the online Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) before registering for classes.

Prerequisite Courses for The Spanish Studies Major (11 Credits)

 

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

SPAN 103

 Intensive Elementary Spanish 

4

None

SPAN 203

Intensive Intermediate Spanish

4

None

SPAN 204

Review of Spanish Grammar3None

Notes:

Students who receive a grade of B+ or above in SPAN203 can proceed directly to SPAN207. 

Core Sequence: 21 Credits (Required for all three options)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

SPAN 207

Reading and Writing in Spanish

3

Prereq: SPAN 203 with a grade of B+ or higher; or SPAN 204; or concurrent SPAN 204; or equivalent knowledge

SPAN 301

Advanced Grammar and Composition I

3

Prereq: SPAN 207 or concurrent SPAN 207

SPAN 302

Advanced Grammar and Composition II

3

Prereq: SPAN 301

SPAN 303

Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World

3

Prereq: SPAN 207

AND (9 credits)

SPAN 331 Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature I: Medieval Times3Prereq: SPAN 301 and SPAN 303

SPAN 332 

Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque3Prereq: SPAN 301 and SPAN 303

SPAN 333 

Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times3Prereq: SPAN 301 and SPAN 303
OR (9 credits)
SPAN 361 Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: Pre-Columbian to Colonial3Prereq: SPAN 301 and SPAN 303
SPAN 362 Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation3Prereq: SPAN 301 and SPAN 303
SPAN 363 Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-liberalism3Prereq: SPAN 301 and SPAN 303

Notes:

  • See TESTUDO for the current list of SPAN course offerings.
  • All students enrolling in an SLLC language course for the first time must take the Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT).
  • Students must take language acquisition courses sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher-level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower-level course may not be taken for credit.

Literature and Culture option: 15 Credits

This option provides greater expertise in Spanish or Latin American literature and culture (three 400-level courses minimum). Students can choose either 2 commercial Spanish classes OR 2 translation classes OR two additional 400-level literature classes.

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

SPAN 4xx 

Two 400 level courses in Spanish or Latin American Literature and Culture

6

Prereq: One from SPAN 331, 332, 333 // 361, 362, 363 (literature sequence above)

SPAN 4xx

OR (6 credits)

SPAN 316Practicum in Translation I3SPAN301 and SPAN303; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department

SPAN 318 

Translation of Technical Texts3Prereq: SPAN 316
OR (9 credits)
SPAN 4xx Three 400 level courses in Spanish or Latin American Literature and Culture3Prereq: One from SPAN 331, 332, 333, 361, 362, 363 (literature sequence above)
SPAN 4xx3
SPAN 4xx3

 

 

Linguistics and Culture option (15 credits) 

This option provides greater expertise in Hispanic linguistics (three upper-level courses). Language and Culture in Professional Contexts This option combines business courses with translation courses to provide a better understanding of professional language contexts.

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

SPAN 310

Spanish Phonetics

3

SPAN 301 and SPAN 303

SPAN 425

Hispanic Linguistics I: Basic Concepts

3

SPAN 301 and SPAN 303

SPAN 426

Hispanic Linguistics II: Language in Use

3

SPAN 425

SPAN 4xx

Two 400 level courses in Spanish or Latin American Literature and Culture

6

One from SPAN 331, 332, 333, 361, 362, 363 (literature sequence above)

SPAN 4xx 

Note:

The approved program in Spanish and Secondary Education requires 2 upper-level courses in literature/culture along with the three linguistics courses this option provides.

 

Language and Culture in Professional Contexts  (15 credits)

This option combines business courses with translation courses to provide a better understanding of professional language contexts.

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

SPAN 315

Commercial Spanish I

3

SPAN 301 and SPAN 303

SPAN 415

Commercial Spanish II

3

SPAN 315

SPAN 316

Practicum in Translation I

3

SPAN 301 and SPAN 303

SPAN 318Translation of Technical 3SPAN 316
AND

SPAN 422

 

 

 

 

SPAN 4xx

Two 400 level courses in Spanish or Latin American Literature and Culture

 

OR

 

One 400 level course in Spanish or Latin American Literature and Culture

3

 

 

 

 

3

SPAN 315

 

 

One from SPAN 331, 332, 333 // 361, 362, 363 (literature sequence above)

Note:

Supporting Area: 9 credits in a single area other than Spanish, 6 of which must be at the 300 or 400 level, all with the approval of the Spanish advisor. Students should discuss their choice of supporting area with the Spanish advisor early on in their Spanish studies.

Courses for Heritage Learners

Heritage learners and students from homes where Spanish is spoken or who have had in-depth exposure to Spanish take a series of courses designed to enhance their skills.

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

SPAN 206

Review of Oral and Written Spanish for Native Speakers Educated in the US

3

Native or near native knowledge of oral Spanish and no formal education in Spanish

SPAN 306

Spanish II for Native Speakers

3

SPAN 206

SPAN 307

Oral Communication Skills for Native Speakers of Spanish

3

Native or near native knowledge of oral Spanish and no formal education in Spanish

Note:

  • Placement in courses for heritage learners is determined by speaking with the Spanish advisor.
  • Native speakers and all others with the ability to begin coursework at a higher level should speak with the undergraduate advisor for course substitutions.
Study Abroad

All students majoring in Spanish Language, Literatures, and Cultures are encouraged to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking environment. The program advisor will review all proposed course sequences before the study abroad experience and determine equivalencies after official transcripts have been received by UM (students should expect to present samples of work done abroad to advisor).

Double Major/Double Degree

A student may wish to fulfill the major requirements in two chosen fields. If the two majors do not belong to the same College, the requirements of both Colleges must be met. The courses for the other major will fulfill the Spanish Supporting Courses requirement. A double major may be earned with completion of all requirements and a total of 120 credits. A double degree may be awarded with completion of all requirements and a total of 150 credits. The student must decide on a primary and a secondary major. Academic decisions for each student are made by the primary College.

Combination of the Spanish Major and Teacher's Certification

Students may combine the Spanish Linguistics Option with a second major in Foreign Language Education to earn teacher certification. Students must take the California Achievement Test to become eligible for admission to the College of Education. Information and Declaration of Major Forms can be found in room 1210 of the Benjamin Building. A graduate program in Education for teacher certification is available to students who receive a B.A. in Spanish from our Department.

ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Advisor: Fabian Faccio
Office: 2211 Jiménez Hall
Email: fabian@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-6556

For more information about advising, please visit the advising section of our website.