Spanish Studies Major

The objective of the Spanish major is to provide oral and written competence in the language and a solid background in the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

Requirements for the Major in Spanish Studies

The program requires the completion of forty (40) units in Spanish.

Lower Division Course (12 units)

Required:
  • SPAN - 206 Confluences and Conflicts in the Spanish-Speaking World: Negotiating Language and Culture (4)
Choose one course from below:
  • SPAN - 202 Fourth Semester Spanish (4)
  • SPAN - 222 Spanish for Billingual Students (4)
Choose one course from below:
  • SPAN - 225 Spanish and Spanish Speakers in the U.S., California and San Francisco (4)
  • SPAN - 226 Introduction to Spanish Translation (4)
  • SPAN - 255 Small, Round and Juicy: the Modern Hispanic Short Story (4)

Upper-Division Courses (28 units)

Language and Culture Studies (4 credits needed):
  • SPAN - 301 Building Bridges: ESL in the Spanish-speaking Communit (4)
  • SPAN - 311 Advanced Oral and Written Expression (4)
  • SPAN - 312 Spanish Phonetics (4)
  • SPAN - 317 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (4)
  • SPAN - 325 Language and Culture in Latin America(4)
Literary and Cultural Studies (8 credits needed):
  • SPAN - 331 Introduction to the Analysis of Literary Texts (4)
  • SPAN - 333 Subversive Feminine Enjoyment in Latin American, Hispanic and Latino Film and Literature (4)
  • SPAN - 335 20th Century Spanish American Literature (4)
  • SPAN - 336 Feminist Discourse and feminist theories in Latin American Literature (4)
  • SPAN - 337 Love and Sex, Vengeance and Death: Honor in Early Spain (4)
  • SPAN - 338 The Invention of Spain: A Metamorphosis of the Modern (4)
  • SPAN - 340 The Word and the Image: Intersections Between Photography and Literature in the Spanish Speaking World (4)
  • SPAN - 346 Evil in Latin American, Hispanic and Latino Literature: From the Caudillo to the Drug Dealer (4)
  • SPAN - 352 The Spanish Civil War Re-imagined: Literature, Film and the Visual Arts (4)
  • SPAN - 355 Cultural Studies of Spain (4)
  • SPAN - 360 Studies in Latin American Culture (4)
Electives (8 credits needed) :
  • SPAN - 375 Border and Cultural Studies
  • Courses taken in Study Abroad Programs.
Senior Seminar (4 credits needed):
  • SPAN - 402 Service Learning Project (4)
  • SPAN - 410 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (4)
  • SPAN - 412 Special Topics in Linguistics (4)
  • SPAN - 431 Traces of Dante's Inferno in Hispanic Contemporary Literature (4)
  • SPAN - 445 Cultures in Contact and Conflict: Christians, Muslims and Jews in Pre-Modern Spain (4)
  • SPAN - 452 Don Quixote (4)
  • SPAN - 456 Private Lives, Public Voices: The generation of 98 and Autobiography (4)
  • SPAN - 457 Undoing Reality/Redoing Reality: Latin American Narrative (4)
  • SPAN - 458 The Latin American City and Its Cinema: Urban Spaces and Living Practices (4)
  • SPAN - 459 Borges, The Readerly Writer (4)
  • SPAN - 470 Honors Senior Thesis (4)
Special Topics Courses (4 credits needed):
  • SPAN - 490 Special Topics (4)

Learning Goals/Outcomes for the Major in Spanish

Students will be able to:

  • Articulate in Spanish, either in conversation/discussion or in writing (both formal and informal models) information and opinions on a variety of issues, including texts and cultural artifacts.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of several of the many cultures of Spanish speakers in their varied dimensions (social, economic, political, religious, artistic), as the result of thoughtful academic study as well as personal engagement with Spanish speakers in their own communities (either abroad or through service learning).
  • Demonstrate a basic critical ability to identify, interpret, and evaluate the ideas and formal features of an integrated body of literary texts and cultural artifacts, showing sensitivity to the plurality of meanings within them.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the literary, historical, social, or cultural influences that inform literary works or other cultural artifacts produced in the Spanish-speaking world, including diversity of perspectives, experiences, and traditions.