Spanish

Spanish Major

Requirements

For Students Matriculated Prior to Fall 2013

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)

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.

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 in the 3000-level before advancing to the 4000-level. Once a student reaches the 5000 level, s/he should 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), and one on Spanish American literature.

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. Interested students should consult the description of this course under “Advanced Courses.”

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: For the following sample schedules, please be advised that all 3000-level courses must be taken before registering for any 4000 and 5000-level course. All 3000 and 4000-level courses must be taken before registering for any 5000-level course. Only the following exceptions will be allowed: a) concurrently taking SPAN 4357 (Spanish Linguistics) with 5000 Literature courses; b) concurrently taking SPAN 4395 (Introduction to Hispanic Literature) with 5000 Linguistics courses; and c) concurrently taking any 5000 level course with community involvement based courses such as SPAN 4352 and SPAN 4385.

Spanish BA (Major) Example #1

  Fall Spring
First Year SPAN 1402* SPAN 2401
Sophomore Year SPAN 2302 SPAN 3358 and SPAN CONV/COMP
Junior Year SPAN 3000/4000 and SPAN 3000/4000 SPAN 4395 or 4357
Senior Year SPAN 5000 and SPAN 5000 SPAN 5000

Spanish BA (Major) Example #2

  Fall Spring
First Year SPAN 2401* SPAN 2302
Sophomore Year SPAN 3358 and SPAN CONV/COMP SPAN 3000 and SPAN 3000
Junior Year SPAN 4395 or 4357 SPAN 5000
Senior Year SPAN 5000 SPAN 5000

Spanish BA (Major) Example #3

  Fall Spring
First Year SPAN 3358 SPAN CONV/COMP and SPAN 3000
Sophomore Year SPAN 3000/4000 SPAN 4395 or SPAN 4357
Junior Year SPAN 4000/5000 SPAN 4000/5000
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.