Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


World Languages and Cultures (WLC) with a concentration in Spanish (WLSP)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 16.0101

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The B.A. in World Languages and Cultures offers students a solid foundation in language and linguistic skills as well as knowledge of diverse cultures. Students may choose one concentration: Applied Linguistics, Chinese Language and Culture, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultures, French, French International Studies and Business, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish International Studies and Business, or may combine two concentrations (36 credit hours: 6 credit hours major core and 15 credit hours per concentration; the French International Studies and Business and the Spanish International Studies and Business concentrations are excluded). Upon completion of the program, students will be able to interact and participate in a global environment.

Concentration Description

The concentration in Spanish is an interdisciplinary program, which focuses on the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish is a global language, the second most spoken native language in the world. The historical ties with Spain, the proximity of Spanish America, and the presence of many Spanish speakers in the United States make knowledge of Spanish and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world highly relevant to students in all disciplines.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an 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 a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Students should demonstrate proficiency by testing or completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level per State Mandated Common Prerequisites (see https://dlss.flvc.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=4f8695e3-1adc-4631-9e89-9c26fc145b54). This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level.

Total Major Hours: 33 Hours

Major Core Courses - 6 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 24-63 Hours

Students must select one of the following concentrations:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classics
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • French
  • French International Studies and Business
  • German
  • Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish International Studies and Business

Concentration Core

Recommended Language Preparation

Four semesters Spanish or equivalent language competency and SPN 2240 Conversation I prior to taking the core and elective courses toward the concentration. (SPN 2240 will count as a concentration elective.)

  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • SPN 2340 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers I
    • SPN 2341 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers II
    • SPN 3300 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
  • SPW 3030 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies

Concentration Elective Courses - 21 Hours

  • Student chooses 21 credit hours of 3000- and 4000-level coursework from the following prefixes: SPN, SPT, or SPW.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • A student may take no more than two courses with an SPT prefix. 
  • SPN 2240 Conversation I and SPN 2341 may also be counted as concentration electives, unless the course has been used to fulfill another concentration and/or major requirement.
  • The requirements of SPN 3300 or SPN 2340 can be waived for qualified students. These students will take an additional coursework to satisfy the concentration requirements.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

World Languages Academic Advisor: languagesadvise@usf.edu

Concentration Advising

World Languages Academic Advisor: languagesadvise@usf.edu

Major Faculty

World Languages Chairperson: S.K. Schindler; Associate Chair: A. Thompson (Linguistics), Professors: P. Brescia (Spanish), 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), J. Cazenave (French), M.H. Chiang (Chinese), A. Huensch (Linguistics), J. Nethercut (Classics), X. Qin (Chinese), N. Tracy-Ventura (Linguistics); Instructors: S. Amer (Arabic), M. Chinea-Thornberry (Spanish), C. Davies (Portuguese), A. De La Pava (Spanish), S. Huber (German), M. Nozu (Japanese), A. Oh (Classics), O. Oleynik (Russian), A. Perez Franco (Spanish), S. Savona (French), S. Wohlmuth (Spanish), Q. Wu (Chinese).

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