Spanish

Spanish Major

Students wishing to declare a Spanish major or minor should contact the Spanish Advisor, Alicia Zuese: *zuese@smu.edu.

Requirements

 

For Students Matriculated in Fall 2013 and Thereafter 

Non-native speaker* (Individuals whose first [native] language is English, or any language other than Spanish)

Heritage speaker* (Spanish/English bilingual individuals who have grown up in Spanish-speaking environments in the United States)

Native speaker* (Individuals who have relatively recently arrived in the US and/or have had extensive schooling in Spanish in Spanish-speaking countries)

*NOTE: Categories such as native, non-native, and heritage refer to the students' linguistic proficiency level and are determined by the Spanish area.

 

Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2013 should see the Spanish Advisor, Dr. Alicia Zuese (zuese@smu.edu) for information about how their requirements differ from current requirements.

 

General Advice for Spanish Majors

Sequencing

Students who either begin at the first- or second-year level at SMU, or who self-assess and decide they need to build foundational skills, should take as many classes as possible (up to four total, including 3358) in the 3000-level before advancing to the 4000-level. Once a student reaches the 5000 level, s/he may not take any more 3000-level courses. Exceptions to this rule will occasionally be made in order to award credit for study abroad courses.

Timing of Prerequisite

All majors should complete Spanish 4395 (Introduction to Hispanic Literature) before the beginning of their senior year.

 

Distribution of 5000-level Courses 

All Spanish majors must have at least one 5000-level literature course focused on peninsular literature (literature from Spain), one on Spanish American literature, and one on Spanish linguistics.

For Spanish-speaking Students

 

1) Spanish heritage speakers* 

Spanish/English bilingual individuals who have grown up in Spanish-speaking environments in the United States should take the placement test, and then will most likely enroll in Spanish 4358 (Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers) as their first Spanish course at SMU.

2) Spanish native speakers*

Most students who have recently arrived in the US and/or have had extensive schooling in Spanish in Spanish-speaking countries should obtain all major/minor credit hours from 4000- and 5000-level courses. Native speakers without much formal academic training in written Spanish should consider taking 4358 (Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers) before enrolling in other 4000-level courses.

*NOTE: Categories such as native, non-native, and heritage refer to the students' linguistic proficiency level and are determined by the Spanish area.

Samples of Four-Year Schedules for Majors

Note: The following sample schedules reflect requirements for students who matriculated in Fall 2013 or later. Remember that once a student reaches the 5000 level, s/he should not take any more 3000-level courses.

Spanish BA (Major) Example #1

 

Fall

Spring

First Year

SPAN 1402*

SPAN 2401

Sophomore Year

SPAN 2302

SPAN 3358 and SPAN 3311/12/13 or 55

Junior Year

SPAN 3000/4000 and SPAN 3000/4000

SPAN 4395 and 4357

Senior Year

SPAN 5000 and SPAN 5000

SPAN 5000 and SPAN 5000

 

Spanish BA (Major) Example #2

 

Fall

Spring

First Year

SPAN 2401*

SPAN 2302

Sophomore Year

SPAN 3358 and SPAN 3311/12/13 or 55

SPAN 3000 and SPAN 3000

Junior Year

SPAN 4395 and 4357

SPAN 5000

Senior Year

SPAN 5000 and SPAN 5000

SPAN 5000

 

Spanish BA (Major) Example #3

 

Fall

Spring

First Year

SPAN 3358

SPAN 3000 and SPAN 3000

Sophomore Year

SPAN 3000/4000

SPAN 4395 and SPAN 4357

Junior Year

SPAN 5000

SPAN 5000 and SPAN 5000

Senior Year

SPAN 5000

 

*If a student is starting with SPAN 1401 and desires to major in Spanish, the student should plan on summer work after the first year to complete intermediate level coursework. By studying abroad or taking summer classes, students may accelerate progress toward a Spanish major or minor later in the sequence as well.