Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 16.0905
College of Arts & Sciences
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.
College Level Requirements
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)
- 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.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.