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 Literacy Course(s)0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English GE Courses3-7
Information Literacy GE Course0-1
Mathematics GE course3-5
American Institutions GE course(s)3-6
Life Sciences GE course(s)3-10
Physical Sciences GE course(s)3-5
Laboratory Science GE course0-1
Fine Arts GE course3
Literature/Humanities GE course3
Social & Behavioral Sciences GE course3
Exploration GE course3-5
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 listed below (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) in a language not currently taught at DSU
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.

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
HUM 1001FYE: Humanities1
SPAN 1010Beginning Spanish I (if needed based on placement)4
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
General Education (Literature / Humanities)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
SPAN 1020Beginning Spanish II (if needed based on placement)4
MATH 1000Transitional Mathematics II (if needed based on placement)3
Elective (Any course)1
 Term Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 2010Intermediate Spanish I (if needed based on placement)4
General Education (American Institutions)3
General Education (Fine Arts)3
General Education (Mathematics)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
SPAN 2020Intermediate Spanish II (if needed based on placement)4
General Education (Life Sciences)3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours13
Summer Semester
Recommended Summer Study Abroad 
SPAN 3040Intermediate Grammar and Oral Proficiency4
 Term Hours4
3rd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 3060Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I3
General Education (GLOCUP)3
General Education (Physical Sciences / Lab)4
Elective (Any upper-division course)3
Elective (Any upper-division course)3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
SPAN 3070Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II3
SPAN 3390Intro to Spanish Literature3
SPAN upper-division elective3
General Education (GLOCUP)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 3075Intro to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 4550
or 4560
Culture and Civilization of Spain
Culture/Customs of Spanish America
3
SPAN 4610
or 4630
Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1800
Spanish American Lit to 1880
3
SPAN upper-division elective3
General Education (Exploration)3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 4620
or 4640
Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
Spanish American Lit From 1880
3
SPAN upper-division elective3
SPAN 4800Spanish Senior Capstone3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours12
Total Hour: 120

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.

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
HUM 1001FYE: Humanities1
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
SPAN 3010Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
General Education (Literature / Humanities)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours14
Spring Semester
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
MATH 1000Transitional Mathematics II (if needed based on placement)3
SPAN 3060Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 3075Intro to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 3390Intro to Spanish Literature3
General Education (American Institutions)3
General Education (Fine Arts)3
General Education (Mathematics)3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
General Education (Life Sciences)3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
SPAN 3070Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II3
SPAN 4620
or 4640
Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
Spanish American Lit From 1880
3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 4610
or 4630
Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1800
Spanish American Lit to 1880
3
General Education (GLOCUP)3
General Education (Physical Sciences / Lab)4
Elective (Any course)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
SPAN 3080Spanish Phonetics Pronunciation (or other SPAN upper-division elective)3
SPAN 4640
or 4620
Spanish American Lit From 1880 (or other SPAN upper-division elective)
Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
3
General Education (GLOCUP)3
Elective (Any upper-division course)*3
Elective (Any upper-division course)*3
 Term Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
SPAN upper-division elective3
SPAN upper-division elective3
General Education (Exploration)3
Elective (Any course)*3
Elective (Any course)*3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 4800Spanish Senior Capstone3
Elective (Any upper-division course)*3
Elective (Any course)3
Elective (Any course)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
Total Hour: 120
*

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.

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
HUM 1001FYE: Humanities1
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
SPAN 3060Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I3
General Education (Literature / Humanities)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours14
Spring Semester
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
MATH 1000Transitional Mathematics II (if needed based on placement)3
SPAN 3070Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II3
SPAN 3390Intro to Spanish Literature3
 Term Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 3075Intro to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 4560Culture/Customs of Spanish America3
General Education (American Institutions)3
General Education (Fine Arts)3
General Education (Mathematics)3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
General Education (Life Sciences)3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
SPAN 3080Spanish Phonetics Pronunciation (Spanish elective)3
SPAN 4620
or 4640
Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
Spanish American Lit From 1880
3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 4610
or 4630
Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1800
Spanish American Lit to 1880
3
General Education (GLOCUP)3
General Education (Physical Sciences / Lab)4
Elective (Any course)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
SPAN 4640
or 4620
Spanish American Lit From 1880 (or other SPAN upper-division elective)
Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
3
SPAN upper-division elective3
General Education (GLOCUP)3
Elective (Any upper-division course)*3
Elective (Any upper-division course)*3
 Term Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 4630
or 4610
Spanish American Lit to 1880 (or other SPAN upper-division elective)
Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1800
3
Elective (Any upper-division course)*3
Elective (Any course)*3
Elective (Any course)*3
General Education (Exploration)3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 4800Spanish Senior Capstone3
Elective (Any upper-division course)*3
Elective (Any course)3
Elective (Any course)3
Elective (Any course)*3
 Term Hours15
Total Hour: 120
*

Consider minor coursework in another field to improve career opportunities.