Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Spanish (SPA)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 16.0905

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The Spanish major is the study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, emphasizing how cultural values develop and are communicated through the arts and within the many cultures comprising the Hispanic world (Spain and Latin America). It explores the complex interconnections between visual arts, music, literature, material culture, social structures, and ideas expressed in Spanish. The objective of the program is to provide students with knowledge of the Spanish language as well as its global cultural heritage, and to prepare students for a myriad of career options in education, communication, tourism, the medical fields, the government, and the business world. Often students who seek a degree in Spanish combine it with another degree program, such as international business or education. However, a Spanish degree does not have to be combined with another degree to lead to a good career, given the fact that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the World and that Hispanics are the second largest minorities in the U.S. A Spanish major is especially useful/necessary in Florida. The Spanish program at WLE is geared towards effectively preparing our majors for the local and national/international job market that welcomes bilingual candidates.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
To complete a major in Spanish, students should demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level within the target language. This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level. If this coursework (or associated competency) is not completed at a Florida College System institution, it must be completed before the degree is granted. A grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Total Major Hours: 33 Hours

Major Core Courses - 21 Hours

  • Language (6 hours)
  • Literature (9 hours)
    • SPW 3030 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
    • SPW 4100 Survey of Spanish Literature I or SPW 4101 Survey of Spanish Literature II
    • SPW 4130 Survey of Spanish-American Literature I or SPW 4131 Survey of Spanish-American Literature II
  • Civilization (6 hours)

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

Select 12 hours in 3000-, 4000- or 5000-level SPN or SPW courses and may include one course (three-credit hours) of Spanish/Spanish American literature or culture in translation. Two courses of the 12 hours of electives must be at the 4000-level. All electives must be approved by a department advisor prior to enrollment.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Yury Riascos Email: languagesadvise@usf.edu

Major Faculty

World Languages Chairperson: S.K. Schindler; Professors: P. Brescia (Spanish), G.A. Brulotte (French), M. Camara (Spanish), V.E. Peppard (Russian), C.M. Probes (French), S.K. Schindler (German); Associate Professors: C.J. Cano (Spanish), M. Grieb (German), I. Kantzios (Classics), A. Latowsky (French), P. La Trecchia (Italian), E. Manolaraki (Classics), H. Scharm (Spanish), E. Shepherd (Chinese), K. Simeon-Jones (French), A. Thompson (Linguistics), C. Vasquez (Linguistics), W. Zhu (Linguistics); Assistant Professors: D. Arbesu (Spanish), M.H. Chiang (Chinese), A. Huensch (Linguistics), X. Qin (Chinese), N. Tracy-Ventura (Linguistics); Instructors: S. Amer (Arabic), M. Chinea-Thornberry (Spanish), F. Colleoni (Italian), C. Davies (Portuguese), A. De La Pava (Spanish), S. Huber (German), M. Manzur-Leiva (Spanish), M. Nozu (Japanese), A. Oh (Classics), O. Oleynik (Russian), S. Wohlmuth (Spanish), Q. Wu (Chinese).

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