Spanish

Spanish Major

The Spanish major has different requirements depending on the student's experience with the Spanish language.  

Spanish Major Requirements

 Non-native speakers: Individuals whose first [native] language is English, or any language other than Spanish (the categories of native, non-native, and heritage refer to the students' linguistic proficiency level and are determined by the Spanish area).

STAGE   TYPE  COURSES HOURS 
 1  3 orientation courses  

Span 2302: Advanced Intermediate (Pre-req: 2401)

3
 

Span 3358: Advanced Spanish (Pre-req: 2302; can be taken simultaneously

with 3311 or 3312 or 3313 or 3355) 

3
 

Any additional 3000-level course (see list below)

3
 2  Introductions to core disciplines  

SPAN 4395: Introduction to Hispanic Literature

(Pre-req: 3358 + 2nd 3000-level course; can be taken simultaneously with 4357)

3
 

SPAN 4357: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

(Pre-req: 3358 + 2nd 3000-level course; can be taken simultaneously with 4395)

3
 3  3 core advanced courses  

5000-level in Peninsular Literature (Pre-req: 4395)

3
 

5000-level in Latin American Literature (Pre-req: 4395)

3
 

5000-level in Linguistics (Pre-req: 4357)

3
 Plus  2 electives  

Electives may be taken at any stage from the 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level

but you may NOT take 3000-level courses after beginning Stage 2.

One WL course in English about the Spanish-speaking world may count as an elective.

3
3
 MAJOR    Total Hours 30

3000-level elective courses cover a variety of topics: Conversation (3355); Literature (3310); Linguistics (3357); Culture & History of Spain (3311, 3373), Latin America (3313, 3374), Mexico (3312), and U.S. Latinos (3375). In addition to core intro courses on Literature (4395) and Linguistics (4357), we offer 4000-level courses on culture, conversation, and business: 4352 (Conversation and Community), 4365 (Latin American Film), 4382 (Texas &Mexico), 4385 (Internship), 4391 (Spanish for Business), 4396 (Business and Ethics through Literature)

Graduating with Distinction: Qualified Spanish majors interested in working with a mentor professor to produce an advanced research project in Spanish are encouraged to complete a distinction project, which requires 6 extra hours of coursework and a proposal by spring of the junior year.

Heritage speakers: Spanish/English bilingual individuals who have grown up in Spanish-speaking environments in the United States (the categories of native, non-native, and heritage refer to the students' linguistic proficiency level and are determined by the Spanish area).

STAGE TYPE COURSES HOURS
1 3 orientation courses

SPAN 2302: Advanced Intermediate or equivalent

3

SPAN 4358: Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers

(can be taken simultaneously with 3373, 3374 or 3375

3

SPAN 3373, 3374 or 3375

3
2 Introductions to core disciplines

SPAN 4395: Introduction to Hispanic Literature

(Pre-req: 4358 + 3373, 3374, or 3375; can be taken simultaneously with 4357)

3

SPAN 4357: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

(Pre-req: 4358 + 3373, 3374, or 3375; can be taken simultaneously with 4395)

3
3 3 core advanced courses

5000-level in Peninsular Literature (Pre-req: 4395)

3

5000-level in Latin American Literature (Pre-req: 4395)

3

5000-level in Linguistics (Pre-req: 4357)

3
Plus 2 electives

Electives may be taken at any stage from the 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level

but you may NOT take 3000-level courses after beginning Stage 2.

Up to 2 WL courses in English about the Spanish-speaking world may count as an elective.

 

3
3
MAJOR Total Hours 30

3000-level courses cover a variety of topics: Culture & History of Spain (3373), Latin America (3374), and U.S. Latinos (3375). In addition to core intro courses on Literature (4395) and Linguistics (4357), we offer 4000-level courses on culture, conversation, and business: 4352 (Conversation and Community), 4365 (Latin American Film), 4382 (Texas and Mexico) 4385 (Internship), 4391 (Spanish for Business), 4396 (Business and Ethics through Literature).

Graduating with Distinction: Qualified Spanish majors interested in working with a mentor professor to produce an advanced research project in Spanish are encouraged to complete a distinction project, which requires 6 extra hours of coursework and a proposal by spring of the junior year.

Native speakers: Individuals who have relatively recently arrived in the US and/or have had extensive schooling in Spanish in Spanish-speaking countries (the categories of native, non-native, and heritage refer to the students' linguistic proficiency level and are determined by the Spanish area)

STAGE TYPE COURSES HOURS
1 Introductions to core disciplines*

SPAN 4395: Introduction to Hispanic Literature

(can be taken simultaneously with 4357)

3

SPAN 4357: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

(can be taken simultaneously with 4395)

3
2 3 core advanced courses

5000-level in Peninsular Literature (Pre-req: 4395)

3

5000-level in Latin American Literature (Pre-req: 4395)

3

5000-level in Linguistics (Pre-req: 4357)

3
Plus 4 electives

Electives may be taken at any stage from the 4000- or 5000-level

Up to 2 WL courses in English about the Spanish-speaking world may count as an elective

3
3
MAJOR Total Hours 27*

 

*Native Speakers will receive retroactive credit for the first requirement of the major, SPAN 2302 (Advanced Intermediate), for a total of 30 hours applied to the major. Students will need to request approval to enroll in both of these courses from the area chair or WLL advisor to obtain permission to enroll on My.SMU.

 

In addition to core intro courses on Literature (4395) and Linguistics (4357), we offer 4000-level courses on culture, conversation, and business: 4352 (Conversation and Community), 4365 (Latin American Film), 4382 (Texas and Mexico) 4385 (Internship), 4391 (Spanish for Business), 4396 (Business and Ethics through Literature). We also offer 5000-level courses on a wide variety of cultural, literary, and linguistic topics.

Graduating with Distinction: Qualified Spanish majors interested in working with a mentor professor to produce an advanced research project in Spanish are encouraged to complete a distinction project, which requires 6 extra hours of coursework and a proposal by spring of the junior year.

Declaring a Major

Students wishing to declare a Spanish minor or major should first complete the Major/Minor Declaration form and then Schedule an Appointment

Students with other inquiries or those who matriculated prior to Fall 2013 should contact Dr. Alicia Zuese