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Spanish Studies B.A.

Spanish & Portuguese Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 34 to 54
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The program develops analytical skills and methodologies needed to explore Hispanic and Hispanic-American languages and cultures. It is important to note that department majors and minors are not simply Spanish and Portuguese language majors or minors; rather, they are liberal arts majors and minors concentrating on Spanish, Latin American, and/or Luso-Brazilian literary, cultural, and linguistic studies with language skills at the foundation. All major and minor options in this department begin with prerequisite language courses, followed by advanced language skills courses (special arrangements may be made for native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese). These are followed by critical analysis skills courses in Hispanic literature, culture, and linguistics that prepare students to take advanced coursework in specific areas. The major options culminate in the completion of a senior project through a SPAN 5xxx course or SPAN 3972W. Majors are required to enroll in a minimum 6-week study abroad experience, or a semester-long service learning course. The study abroad requirement must be fulfilled in a Spanish-speaking country, involve at least one three credit course taught in Spanish, and include courses related to Spanish studies. Students must meet with the department advisor prior to departure. The service learning requirement is fulfilled by semester-long SPAN 3401, or SPAN 3404, or other courses with advisor consent. Detailed information regarding Spanish and Portuguese studies undergraduate academic issues is printed in the Undergraduate Advising Handbook (available at http://spanport.cla.umn.edu).
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA degrees require students to complete 48 credits of upper division coursework taken at the 3xxx, 4xxx, or 5xxx level. For a BA at least 18 of the 48 upper division credits must be outside of the major. For some specific majors, there are exceptions to this requirement. This program requires 18 upper division credits outside the major. See your advisor for a list of courses that can or cannot be used to meet this requirement.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of Spanish. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
The Spanish Studies major is completed with a minimum of 54 credits and 15 courses, which includes 20 credits of preparatory coursework (SPAN 1001-1004 or equivalent), and 34 credits within the major. The major requires at least 5-6 semesters of language above and beyond the CLA second language requirement. Students pursuing a second CLA major may choose to complete the senior project requirement in their other major. These students are required to substitute 3 credits of advanced SPAN electives with a 31xx pre-req for SPAN 3972W. Students need to complete at least 6 of the upper level major courses in residence. Three of these courses can be fulfilled either on campus or through department sponsored study abroad programs. The other three courses must be advanced elective courses (at least two with a critical analysis prerequisite) and must be taken on campus (Span 3972w/Span 5xxx/Port 5xxx counts towards this requirement). The department administers two allowable degree combinations: Spanish Studies B.A. and Portuguese Studies minor, or Spanish Studies minor and Portuguese Studies minor. No other departmental degree combinations are allowed. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Preparatory Coursework
These courses (20 credits), or equivalent, must be taken in sequential order. In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may be exempt from taking some or all of these courses. See the departmental advisor for more information.
Take 0 - 4 course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
SPAN 1001 - Beginning Spanish (5.0 cr)
SPAN 1002 - Beginning Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1022 - Alternate Second-Semester Spanish (5.0 cr)
SPAN 1003 - Intermediate Spanish (5.0 cr)
SPAN 1004 - Intermediate Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1014 - Business Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1044 - Intermediate Medical Spanish (5.0 cr)
Advanced Language Course
SPAN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication [WI] (4.0 cr)
Critical Analysis Courses
Take the following 3 courses for a total of 9 credits:
SPAN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
SPAN 3105W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures [WI] (3.0 cr)
SPAN 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics [WI] (3.0 cr)
Spanish Major Electives
Take 6 SPAN 3xxx courses. 4 of the 6 must have a Span Critical Analysis prereq. Of the 6, take 1 course from each area: culture, linguistics, and literature. As an elective, SPAN 3970 must be taken for 3 credits. Honors students must take at least 1 SPAN 5xxx course. Up to 1 approved course taught in English with coursework completed in Spanish can count toward the major as an elective without a Critical Analysis prereq. Written departmental consent is required during the first week of classes.
Take 6 or more course(s) totaling 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
Electives
Literature Electives
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3211 - Interpreting Imperial Spain, 1492-1800 (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3212 - Interpreting Modern and Contemporary Spain, 1800-Present (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3221 - Interpreting Colonial Latin America: Empire and Early Modernity (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3222 - Interpreting Modern and Contemporary Latin America (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3910 - Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3920 - Topics in Spanish-American Literature (3.0 cr)
Culture and Civilization Electives
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3502 - Modern Spain (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3510 - Issues in Hispanic Cultures (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3512 - Modern Latin America (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3800 - Film Studies in Spanish (3.0 cr)
Linguistics Electives
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3701 - Structure of Spanish: Phonology and Phonetics (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3702 - Structure of Spanish: Morphology and Syntax (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3703 - Origins and History of Spanish and Portuguese (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3704 - Sociolinguistics of the Spanish-Speaking World (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3706 - Spanish Applied Linguistics (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3707 - Linguistic Accuracy Through Translation (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3730 - Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (3.0 cr)
SPAN 3970
Depending on the topic, this course may fulfill culture, literature, or linguistics requirement.
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3970 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
Additional Electives
Any courses not used to fulfill culture/literature/linguistics requirements may be taken as additional electives.
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· PORT 3001 - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3022 - Advanced Business Spanish (4.0 cr)
or SPAN 3044 - Advanced Medical Spanish (4.0 cr)
or SPAN 3401 - Latino Immigration and Community Engagement [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or SPAN 3404 - Medical Spanish and Community Health Service (3.0 cr)
Senior Seminar
Take a minimum of 3 credits. Majors fulfill the senior seminar requirement one of two ways: after all other major courses are complete, enroll in SPAN 3972W with departmental advisor permission, or enroll in a SPAN 5xxx with instructor permission. Students seeking Honors in Spanish must enroll in SPAN 3972W.
SPAN 3972W - Graduation Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
or SPAN 5xxx
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication [WI] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3105W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures [WI] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics [WI] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3972W - Graduation Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
 
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SPAN 1001 - Beginning Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Emphasizes development of communicative competence. Cultural readings. prereq: Less than 2 yrs of high school Spanish, dept consent, no college-level Spanish
SPAN 1002 - Beginning Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01306 - Span 1022/Span 4022
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Emphasizes development of communicative competence. Cultural readings. prereq: 1001 completed at UMNTC, dept consent
SPAN 1022 - Alternate Second-Semester Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01250
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who have studied Spanish in high school or at community college, or who are transfer students. Begins with accelerated review of 1001 followed by material covered in 1002. prereq: Placement above 1001
SPAN 1003 - Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02140 - Madr 1003/Span 1003
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Speaking/comprehension. Developing reading/writing skills based on materials from Spain/Spanish America. Grammar review. Compositions, oral presentations. prereq: [1002 or 1022] or EPT placement
SPAN 1004 - Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Speaking/comprehension. Developing reading/writing skills based on materials from Spain/Spanish America. Grammar review. Compositions, oral presentations. prereq: 1003 or EPT placement
SPAN 1014 - Business Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Vocabulary, report writing skills. Proper format for business communications. Conversational fluency on trade-related topics. prereq: 1003
SPAN 1044 - Intermediate Medical Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Prerequisites: 1003 or equiv
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Language needed by health-care workers who interact with Spanish-speaking patients. Basic medical vocabulary, questions/answers in common medical situations. Vocabulary/phrases to conduct patient interviews and physical exams. Readings on Latin American view of health and health care. prereq: 1003 or equiv
SPAN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Span 3015W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Comprehending written/spoken texts. Speaking, reading, writing beyond intermediate level. prereq: 1004 or 1014 or 1044, LPE pass
SPAN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01161 - Argn 3104W/Span 3104W/Tldo3104
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structures, meaning, and social/historical function of diverse literary texts. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor]or Span-Port major
SPAN 3105W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01162
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cultural issues pertaining to Spain or Spanish America. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor] or Span-Port
SPAN 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01152
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure of Spanish. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, language/gender, sociolinguistics. History of Spanish. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor] or Span-Port major
SPAN 3211 - Interpreting Imperial Spain, 1492-1800
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01153 - Span 3211/Tldo 3211
Typically offered: Every Fall
Novels, places, poems, aphorisms, emblems, letters, and political treatises. Questions of ethnicity, gender, class, colonization, early mass culture, and subjectivity. prereq: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or instr consent]
SPAN 3212 - Interpreting Modern and Contemporary Spain, 1800-Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01176
Typically offered: Every Spring
Wide variety of texts. Questions of gender, class, subjectivity, representation, art, and politics. prereq: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or instr consent]
SPAN 3221 - Interpreting Colonial Latin America: Empire and Early Modernity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01164 - Span 3221/Tldo 3002
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conquest, colonization, and forms of resistance in Latin America. prereq: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or instr consent]
SPAN 3222 - Interpreting Modern and Contemporary Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01156 - Span 3222/Tldo 3222
Prerequisites: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or #]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Late modern and contemporary discourses in literature, popular culture, mass media, and film. prereq: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or instr consent]
SPAN 3910 - Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Focus on central theme related to important groups of writers, literary movements, trends, critical approaches, methods. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or instr consent]
SPAN 3920 - Topics in Spanish-American Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00171 - Span 3320/3920
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Focus on central theme related to important groups of writers, literary movements, trends, critical approaches, and methods. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or instr consent]
SPAN 3502 - Modern Spain
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01157
Typically offered: Every Spring
Spanish culture, from beginning of 19th century to present. Cultural change and its conflicts as represented in Spanish art, literature, film, and diverse political developments. prereq: 3015, [3105W or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3510 - Issues in Hispanic Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of practices that have shaped cultural identity of Spanish or Portuguese-speaking areas. Topics vary. prereq: 3015, [3105W or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3512 - Modern Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01165
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Impact of various forms of modernization on cultural production in Latin American racial, ethnic, class relations, institutional, and ideological structures. prereq: 3015, [3105W or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3800 - Film Studies in Spanish
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Films from Spain or Spanish-speaking world in their historical, (geo)political, and socioeconomic contexts. Films analyzed under interdisciplinary frameworks, noting aspects related to cinematography/rhetoric. prereq: 3015, [3104W or 3105W or TLDO 3104 or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3104 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3701 - Structure of Spanish: Phonology and Phonetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00176
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Analysis of phonetics/phonology of modern Spanish. Regional/social variants of the language in Spain and Spanish America. Emphasizes improving Spanish pronunciation. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3702 - Structure of Spanish: Morphology and Syntax
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 3702/3802
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Using linguistic concepts such as morpheme, flexional affix, noun phrase, subject, subordination, and coordination to identify different morphological/syntactic components of Spanish. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3703 - Origins and History of Spanish and Portuguese
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of Spanish from its Latin roots. Phonetic, morphological, syntactic, and sociolinguistic aspects of language variations over time. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3704 - Sociolinguistics of the Spanish-Speaking World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 3704/3804
Typically offered: Every Spring
Spanish dialects. Spanish in contact with other languages. Bilingualism, language attitudes. Pragmatic analysis of Spanish. Impact of recent cultural, political, and socioeconomic transformations on language. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3706 - Spanish Applied Linguistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to second language acquisition processes as they relate to fundamental analysis of linguistic concepts of Spanish. Features that present difficulties for English speakers. Sociolinguistic aspects of language learning. Application to Spanish language teaching. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3707 - Linguistic Accuracy Through Translation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of style/audience/lexicon of various texts in Spanish (popular press, business, academic) examined as framework for training to communicate with accuracy in different contexts. Students apply lexical/grammatical choices in translating texts. prereq: 3015, [3104W or 3105W or 3107W or TLDO 3104 or TLDO 3105 or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3104 or VENZ 3107 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3730 - Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3970 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading/study in Hispanic linguistics, cultural studies, or peninsular, Latin American, or U.S. Latino theater or literatures. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
PORT 3001 - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, reading, speaking, writing. Uses communicative approach. prereq: [SPAN 1004 or SPAN 1014 or SPAN 1044, SPAN LPE pass] or instr consent
SPAN 3022 - Advanced Business Spanish
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01150 - Span 3022/Tldo 3023
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major issues of culture in relation to business in context of Spanish-speaking world. Important historical-social factors that contribute to understanding of economy/business relationships with industrialized nations. prereq: 3015
SPAN 3044 - Advanced Medical Spanish
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [[1004 or 1014 or 1044 or equiv], Span LPE] or #
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
How to communicate more effectively in linguistic/cultural terms with Spanish speaking patients. Advanced/specific medical vocabulary, communication strategies, and related cultural aspects. Conducting patient interviews/medical history. Using vocabulary/conversation to conduct physical exams. Latin American views on health/health care. prereq: [[1004 or 1014 or 1044 or equiv], Span LPE] or instr consent
SPAN 3401 - Latino Immigration and Community Engagement (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Service-learning course. U.S. power structures associated with emigration from Latin America. Rapid demographic change. Global economic system/emigration. Human rights. Federal immigration reform. Language issues. Inclusive political, economic, educational systems. Dialogue with Latino immigrants, community visits, civic engagement. Instructor approval required for January or summer offering. Pre-req SPAN 3015
SPAN 3404 - Medical Spanish and Community Health Service
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Creating materials for effective communication with and education of Spanish-speaking patients. Students engage in service learning with community health care partners that serve the Chicano/Latino population. prereq: 3015 with grade of at least B- or [1044, high pass on at least three sections of LPE]
SPAN 3972W - Graduation Seminar (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 3972/3974
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Completion of a research paper on cultural, literary, or artistic issue in Spanish or Portuguese speaking worlds or on topic related to Hispanic linguistics. In-depth research/consultation with instructor. prereq: 31 cr of 3xxx, instr consent
SPAN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Span 3015W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Comprehending written/spoken texts. Speaking, reading, writing beyond intermediate level. prereq: 1004 or 1014 or 1044, LPE pass
SPAN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01161 - Argn 3104W/Span 3104W/Tldo3104
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structures, meaning, and social/historical function of diverse literary texts. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor]or Span-Port major
SPAN 3105W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01162
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cultural issues pertaining to Spain or Spanish America. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor] or Span-Port
SPAN 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01152
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure of Spanish. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, language/gender, sociolinguistics. History of Spanish. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor] or Span-Port major
SPAN 3972W - Graduation Seminar (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 3972/3974
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Completion of a research paper on cultural, literary, or artistic issue in Spanish or Portuguese speaking worlds or on topic related to Hispanic linguistics. In-depth research/consultation with instructor. prereq: 31 cr of 3xxx, instr consent