Major in Spanish Studies

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • express information and opinions verbally in consistent, effective, and clear Spanish
  • write in Spanish using the disciplinary conventions and methodologies of literary and cultural analysis
  • comprehend oral discourse produced by native speakers of Spanish
  • analyze the main ideas of various cultural phenomena, such as literature, art, music, film and popular media
  • identify major artistic and cultural figures of the Spanish-speaking world in the context of their historical, cultural, and/or aesthetic traditions
  • appreciate the linguistic, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural and social diversity of Latin America, Spain and Latina/o and Hispanic communities within the US


Lower-division courses (Spanish 100, 101, 102, 201 and 221) serve as a prerequisite but do not count toward the units necessary for the major.


40 units

Lower-division (12 units)

  • SPAN 202 Fourth Semester Spanish
    SPAN 222 for Bilingual Students II
  • SPAN 206 Confluences and Conflicts in the Spanish-speaking World

Elective (1 course)

  • SPAN 225 Spanish and Spanish Speakers in the U.S., California and San Francisco
  • SPAN 226 Introduction to Spanish Translation
  • SPAN 255 Small, Round and Juicy: the Modern Hispanic Short Story

To continue with the next level of any language course, or even to enter Upper Division after Fourth Semester, students must receive a final grade of 70% or higher.

Upper-division (28 units)

Language and Culture Studies (1 course)

  • SPAN 301 Building bridges: ESL in the Spanish-speaking Community
  • SPAN 311 Advanced Oral and Written Expression
  • SPAN 312 Spanish Phonetics
  • SPAN 317 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 325 Language and Culture in Latin America

Literary and Cultural Studies (2 courses)

  • SPAN 331 Introduction to the Analysis of Literary Texts
  • SPAN 333 Subversive Feminine Enjoyment in Latin American, Hispanic and Latino Film and Literature
  • SPAN 335 20th Century Spanish American Literature
  • SPAN 336 Feminist Discourse and feminist theories in Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 337 Love and Sex, Vengeance and Death: Honor in Early Spain
  • SPAN 338 The Invention of Spain: A Metamorphosis of the Modern
  • SPAN 340 The Word and the Image: Intersections Between Photography and Literature in the Spanish Speaking World
  • SPAN 346 Evil in Latin American, Hispanic and Latino Literature: From the Caudillo to the Drug Dealer
  • SPAN 352 The Spanish Civil War Re-imagined: Literature, Film and the Visual Arts
  • SPAN 355 Cultural Studies of Spain
  • SPAN 360 Studies in Latin American Culture

Electives (2 courses)

  • SPAN 375 Border and Cultural Studies
  • Courses taken in Study Abroad Programs (pre-approval required)

Senior Seminar (1 course)

  • SPAN 402 Service Learning Project
  • SPAN 410 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • SPAN 412 Special Topics in Linguistics
  • SPAN 431 Traces of Dante's Inferno in Hispanic Contemporary Literature
  • SPAN 445 Cultures in Contact and Conflict: Christians, Muslims and Jews in Pre-Modern Spain
  • SPAN 452 Don Quixote
  • SPAN 456 Private Lives, Public Voices: The generation of 98 and Autobiography
  • SPAN 457 Undoing Reality/Redoing Reality: Latin American Narrative
  • SPAN 458 The Latin American City and Its Cinema: Urban Spaces and Living Practices
  • SPAN 459 Borges, The Readerly Writer
  • SPAN 470 Honors Senior Thesis

Special Topics Course (1 course)

  • SPAN 490 Special Topics *

* Taught by faculty from another departments.