Spanish (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (SPAN BA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Classical and Modern Languages

Program Information

The Spanish program offers two options for students wishing to complete the Spanish Major.

The Spanish as a Second Language (SL) serves students whose primary experience with Spanish has been in the classroom. Students may place into Spanish 201 or higher through the online placement exam.

The Spanish as a Heritage Language  (HL) offers courses for individuals who grew up in Spanish-speaking environments and are able to communicate, to some extent, in more than one language. Some students are immigrants who have recently arrived in the United States and have had extensive schooling in their native countries. Others are first-, second-, or third-generation bilinguals whose abilities in the heritage language vary widely. Placement into Heritage Learner courses is done through departmental evaluation.

Both the Second Language and Heritage Language options offer 300-level courses that are designed to meet the language needs of both groups and to prepare them for the 400- and 500-level courses that are required for both tracks.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements31
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements68
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BA/MA (Master of Arts) in Spanish

The combined BA/MA program is an accelerated option for motivated and highly prepared students who wish to prepare themselves for the global economy, a multicultural community, and a changing workplace through the study of Language, Culture, Linguistics, Translation, Interpretation, and Spanish in the Workplace. It seeks to prepare our students to speak the language in a variety of settings, and to use linguistics skills and cultural knowledge for both academic and non-academic careers.

Students accepted into the combined BA/MA program will complete all the coursework for the Spanish BA. However, during their senior year, students will take three graduate level courses, which will meet both undergraduate and graduate requirements in Spanish. Students remain enrolled as undergraduate students until completion of the BA. At that point, they are officially admitted to the graduate program, and enroll as graduate students for the remainder of the coursework for the MA.

Students accepted into the program will be eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantships. Assistantships can only be awarded for the year following completion of the undergraduate degree.

Interested students should be in their junior (third) year of undergraduate work (with no more than 90 degree applicable hours), with an overall GPA of 3.35 (see Admissions tab for more information).

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Spanish requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

Accelerated BA/MA (Master of Arts) in Spanish

At the time of application, students must have:

  • A 3.35 undergraduate GPA
  • Completed required 300-level SPAN courses (e.g., SPAN 321) with grades of B or better.

It is also recommended that students have completed one course at the 400 level before applying.

Students should contact the Spanish graduate advisor for more information.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements31

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Spanish Core Courses
SPAN 201
SPAN 202
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
6
or SPAN 205 Intensive Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners
Select one of the following sequences: 6-12
Sequence One:
Spanish Grammar in Context
Readings and Writing in Spanish I
Cultural Readings and Writing in Spanish II
Communication and Conversation in Spanish
Sequence Two:
Bridging Linguistic Registers for Heritage Learners of Spanish
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
Select two of the following: 6
Foundations of Spanish Civilization
Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Modern Spain
Foundations of Latin American Nations and Identities
Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Modern Latin America
SPAN 490Spanish Capstone Seminar 43
SPAN 524Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
Spanish electives at the 300 level or above6-9
Supporting Courses
Electives in Humanities Division disciplines, other than Spanish, at 300 level or above 59
Minimum Electives23-26
Minimum Total Hours68
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Spanish Capstone Seminar

No more than 40 hours in Spanish may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. SPAN 121, SPAN 122, and SPAN 123 and SPAN 141 and SPAN 142 do not count toward the 40 hour maximum in Spanish.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
SPAN 305 Spanish Grammar in Context 3
SPAN 310 Readings and Writing in Spanish I 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
SPAN 311 Cultural Readings and Writing in Spanish II 3
SPAN 321 Communication and Conversation in Spanish 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Foundations of Spanish Civilization  
Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Modern Spain  
Foundations of Latin American Nations and Identities  
Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Modern Latin America  
SPAN 405 Introduction to Literary Analysis 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Spanish Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Foundations of Spanish Civilization  
Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Modern Spain  
Foundations of Latin American Nations and Identities  
Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Modern Latin America  
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SPAN 524 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Hours17
Spring
SPAN 490 Spanish Capstone Seminar 3
Spanish Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121

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