2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Spanish (B.A.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Christine Garst-Santos, Spanish Program Coordinator
Department of Modern Languages and Global Studies
SWG 121
Email: christine.garst-santos@sdstate.edu
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Program Information
The Spanish major at SDSU consists of language, culture, literature and professional courses to prepare students for careers in which they will use Spanish as a language for communication. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of the Spanish major, students should be able to:

  • Speak, read and write Spanish at the intermediate-high or advanced level
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures and communication cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Spanish civilizations and its cultural products, such as literature, art, government, etc.

Academic Requirements
Major Coursework: A minimum grade of “C” is required for a Spanish course to count towards the major or minor. Major courses used to fulfill the Institutional requirements (IGRs) must be different from those taken to fulfill the General Education requirements (SGRs).

Placement: Students who have a background in modern language study before entering the University should take the Placement Examination to determine the appropriate course in which to enroll. Credit may be obtained for courses exempted upon completion of one course in the department, with a grade of “C” or better, and the payment of the established fee to the Academic Evaluation and Assessment Office. Please refer to Modern Language Credit under Academic Evaluation in the catalog for more detailed information.

Oral Proficiency Interview: An official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) certified by the American Council in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is required of all students majoring in Spanish. A minimum ranking of Intermediate Mid is required for all Spanish Majors and Intermediate High for majors with a teaching specialization.

Course Delivery Format
Most courses in the Spanish major are offered face-to-face on campus. Some upper-division courses are offered online, normally during the summer term.

Requirements for Spanish Major: 120 Credits

 Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

Institutional Graduation Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 6+
  • Modern Foreign Language Including the 202-Level Credits: 6+
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

SGRs, IGRs, and/or Major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.

Major Electives

  • 21 credits total are required from the following 3 elective categories; distribution will vary for the Humanities Emphasis or the Professional Emphasis.
  • 15 of the 21 elective credits must be at the 300 and 400 level.
  • In total, 24 of the 36 credits required for the Spanish major must be at the 300 and 400 level.

Advanced Language/Linguistics Electives

Select from the following courses.  Credits: 3-6*
*Minimum of 1 course is required for the Humanities Emphasis;
*Minimum of 2 courses are required for the Professional Emphasis

Literature and Culture Electives

Select from the following courses.  Credits: 6-9*
*Minimum of 3 courses are required for the Humanities Emphasis;
*Minimum of 2 courses are required for the Professional Emphasis

Applied and Experiential Learning Electives

Select from the following courses. Credits: 0-9*
*No courses from this category are required; however students can draw from this category OR the previous categories (Advanced Language/Linguistics & Literature and Culture) in order to complete their remaining elective credits for a total of 21.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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