Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish emphasis has five basic components:

  1. General Education and Institutional Requirements
  2. Foreign Language Requirement
  3. Core Discipline Requirements
  4. Spanish Electives
  5. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Information Literacy0-1
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
OR
Complete a 1020 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
or
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
OR
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16
1

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Introductory Information to Spanish Degree           

Students can begin taking the required courses for the Spanish major in one of three ways:

1.  By beginning with any of the lower division courses (SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, or 2020), depending on a student’s background. Students who begin with 1020, 2010, or 2020 may receive vertical credits for the lower classes, if needed, according to policy.

2.  By beginning with SPAN 3010 for heritage Spanish speakers1.  If needed, students can receive vertical credits for the classes skipped, according to policy

3.  By beginning with SPAN 3060 for native speakers1 or students who have lived in a Spanish speaking environment for 1.5 years or more.  If needed, students can receive vertical credits for the classes skipped, according to policy.

The Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement may be filled with any of these three options as soon as the student receives credit for either SPAN 2020 or SPAN 3060.

Placement in foreign language classes is at the discretion of the Department Chair.

Spanish Core Requirements 2
SPAN 3060Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I3
SPAN 3070Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II3
SPAN 3075Intro to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 3390Intro to Spanish Literature3
SPAN 4550Culture and Civilization of Spain3
or SPAN 4560 Culture/Customs of Spanish America
SPAN 4610Spanish Peninsular Literature to 18003
or SPAN 4620 Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
SPAN 4630Spanish American Lit to 18803
or SPAN 4640 Spanish American Lit From 1880
SPAN 4800Spanish Senior Capstone3
Spanish Electives
Complete 12 credits from the following: 2,312
SPAN 3010Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
SPAN 3040Intermediate Grammar and Oral Proficiency4
SPAN 3080Spanish Phonetics & Pronunciation3
SPAN 3090Spanish for the Professions3
SPAN 3570Contemporary Spanish Culture and Society Through Film3
SPAN 3580Contemporary Issues3
SPAN 3950Hispanics in US Service Learn3
SPAN 3990Seminar in Spanish0.5-3
SPAN 4000Foundations of Dual Language Immersion Education3
SPAN 4510Business Spanish I3
SPAN 4520Business Spanish II3
SPAN 4550Culture and Civilization of Spain3
SPAN 4560Culture/Customs of Spanish America3
SPAN 4610Spanish Peninsular Literature to 18003
SPAN 4620Spanish Peninsular Literature From 18003
SPAN 4625Generation of '983
SPAN 4630Spanish American Lit to 18803
SPAN 4640Spanish American Lit From 18803
SPAN 4700Teaching Modern Languages3

 Notes

1

You are a "heritage speaker" if the primary language spoken at home was Spanish and you graduated from a high school where the language of instruction was English.

You are a "native speaker" if the primary language spoken at home was Spanish and you graduated from a high school where the language of instruction was Spanish.

2

 If a student's native language is Spanish, SPAN 3010 cannot be counted towards requirements.

3

 Each course can only be used once to fulfill program requirements

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline and Emphasis course.

 Spanish Sample Graduation Plans


Graduation Plan for students beginning with SPAN 1010

This graduation plan is designed for students who begin studying Spanish with no or very little background in the language.  If a student has sufficient background to skip a class or even the beginning year, this plan will become easier.  Students who will have the background to skip into a higher class will be those who have had multiple years of high school Spanish, including those who have taken AP Spanish.  In these cases, speak with the department chair for placement advice.

The Spanish department encourages students who begin at this level to incorporate a study abroad experience into their educational experience.  Placement in Spanish courses will vary based on an individual student’s skill level.

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
HUM 1001 FYE: Humanities 1
SPAN 1010 Beginning Spanish I (if needed based on placement) 4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
SPAN 1020 Beginning Spanish II (if needed based on placement) 4
MATH 1000 Transitional Mathematics II (if needed based on placement) 3
General Elective 1
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish I (if needed based on placement) 4
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Mathematics) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
SPAN 2020 Intermediate Spanish II (if needed based on placement) 4
General Education (Life Sciences) 3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours13
Summer Semester
Recommended Summer Study Abroad  
SPAN 3040 Intermediate Grammar and Oral Proficiency 4
 Hours4
3rd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 3060 Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I 3
General Education (Physical Sciences/Lab) 4
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
SPAN 3070 Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II 3
SPAN 3390 Intro to Spanish Literature 3
SPAN upper-division elective 3
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 3075 Intro to Spanish Linguistics 3
SPAN 4550
Culture and Civilization of Spain
or Culture/Customs of Spanish America
3
SPAN 4610
Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1800
or Spanish American Lit to 1880
3
SPAN upper-division elective 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 4620
Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
or Spanish American Lit From 1880
3
SPAN 4800 Spanish Senior Capstone 3
SPAN upper-division elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours120

Graduation Plan for students whose first Spanish class is 3010

This graduation plan is designed for heritage Spanish-speaking students.  These are students whose home language is Spanish but who attended and graduated from high schools in which English was the language of instruction.  Placement in Spanish courses will vary based on an individual student’s skill level.

In this graduation plan, there is room for students to take 33 elective credits.  This allows students opportunity to get a minor or even a second major in another field that will greatly improve future career opportunities.

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
SPAN 3010 Spanish for Heritage Speakers 3
HUM 1001 FYE: Humanities 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
SPAN 3060 Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I 3
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
MATH 1000 Transitional Mathematics II (if needed based on placement) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 3075 Intro to Spanish Linguistics 3
SPAN 3390 Intro to Spanish Literature 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Mathematics) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 3070 Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II 3
SPAN 4620
Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
or Spanish American Lit From 1880
3
General Education (Life Sciences) 3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 4610
Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1800
or Spanish American Lit to 1880
3
General Education (Physical Sciences/Lab) 4
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
SPAN 3080 Spanish Phonetics & Pronunciation (or other SPAN upper-division elective) 3
SPAN 4640
Spanish American Lit From 1880 (or other SPAN upper-division elective)
or Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
3
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
Upper Division Elective * 3
Upper Division Elective * 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
SPAN upper-division elective 3
SPAN upper-division elective 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Elective * 3
General Elective * 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 4800 Spanish Senior Capstone 3
Upper Division Elective * 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
*

Consider minor coursework in another field to improve career opportunities.


Graduation Plan for students whose first Spanish class is 3060

This graduation plan is specifically designed for native speakers whose language of education was Spanish or students who have a minimum of 1.5 years immersed exposure to Spanish and who will begin their studies with SPAN 3060.  Placement in Spanish courses will vary based on an individual student’s skill level.  Questions should be directed to the department chair or the Spanish advisor.

In this graduation plan, there is room for students to take 33 elective credits.  This allows students opportunity to get a minor or even a second major in another field that will greatly improve future career opportunities.

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
SPAN 3060 Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I 3
HUM 1001 FYE: Humanities 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
SPAN 3070 Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II 3
SPAN 3390 Intro to Spanish Literature 3
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
MATH 1000 Transitional Mathematics II (if needed based on placement) 3
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 3075 Intro to Spanish Linguistics 3
SPAN 4560 Culture/Customs of Spanish America 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Mathematics) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 3080 Spanish Phonetics & Pronunciation (Spanish elective) 3
SPAN 4620
Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
or Spanish American Lit From 1880
3
General Education (Life Sciences) 3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 4610
Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1800
or Spanish American Lit to 1880
3
General Education (Physical Sciences/Lab) 4
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
SPAN 4640
Spanish American Lit From 1880 (or other SPAN upper-division elective)
or Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
3
SPAN upper-division elective 3
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
Upper Division Elective * 3
Upper Division Elective * 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 4630
Spanish American Lit to 1880 (or other SPAN upper-division elective)
or Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1800
3
General Education (Exploration) 3
Upper Division Elective * 3
General Elective * 3
General Elective * 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 4800 Spanish Senior Capstone 3
Upper Division Elective * 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective * 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
*

Consider minor coursework in another field to improve career opportunities.