BA with a Major in Spanish

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements32
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours88
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
SPAN 202Spanish Grammar in Practice3
SPAN 203Extensive Reading and Writing for Non-Native Speakers of Spanish3
or SPAN 204 Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish
SPAN 206Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics a4
SPAN 210Introduction to the Formal Analysis of Hispanic Texts b,c3
SPAN 212Cultural and Literary Studies in Spain and Latin America a4
SPAN 303Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing, and Analysis3
SPAN 380Professional Development0
In addition, students must select 12 hours from one of the concentrations listed below12
Total Hours32
a

SPAN 206 and SPAN 212 fulfill the Writing-in-the-Discipline require­ment.

b

This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.

c

This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Concentration I: Hispanic Studies
  • Concentration II: Hispanic Linguistics
  • Concentration III: Hispanic Literatures and Cultural Studies

Concentration I: Hispanic Studies

Required Courses
Four courses from the 200-, 300-, or 400-levels. A maximum of two of these courses can be taken at the 200-level.12
Only one of the following courses can be counted toward these credit hours:
Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanic American Writers a
Spanish and Latin American Culture through Literature and Film b
Early Modern Spanish and Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture in Translation b,c
Latin American/Latino Film Studies
Latino Literary Studies a
Interdisciplinary Seminar in Latino Studies
Total Hours12
a

This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.

b

This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.

c

This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Concentration II: Hispanic Linguistics

Required Courses
Select four topic courses in linguistics from the following:12
The Structure of Spanish
Sounds of Spanish
Spanish in Society
Acquisition of Spanish
Meaning in Language
Current Topics in Spanish Linguistics
Or any 400-level course in linguistics
Total Hours12

Concentration III: Hispanic Literatures and Cultural Studies

Required Courses
Select three topic courses in literature and culture from the following: 9
Current Topics in Hispanic Studies
Topics in Politics, the Economy, and Law in Hispanic Culture
Topics in Health, the Psyche, and the Human Body in Hispanic Culture
Topics in Hispanic Cultural and Media Studies
Topics in Cultural Difference and the Politics of Translation
One additional 400-level course in literature and culture3
Total Hours12

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I 4
Quantitative Reasoning Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours16-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 103 Elementary Spanish III 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
SPAN 104 Topics in Spanish Language and Culture 4
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 9
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
SPAN 202 Spanish Grammar in Practice 3
SPAN 203
Extensive Reading and Writing for Non-Native Speakers of Spanish
or Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish
3
SPAN 210 Introduction to the Formal Analysis of Hispanic Texts a 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 206 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics b 4
SPAN 212 Cultural and Literary Studies in Spain and Latin America b 4
SPAN 303 Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing, and Analysis 3
Electives 3
 Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Spanish Concentration Courses c 9
Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring Semester
SPAN 380 Professional Development 0
Spanish Concentration Course c 3
Electives 9
 Hours12
 Total Hours120
a

May be used to satisfy one of the nine courses in the General Education Requirement.

b

These courses satisfy the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

c
  1. Concentration 1: Four courses from the 200-, 300-, or 400-level. Only two may be at the 200-level. Only one may be from SPAN 224, SPAN 225, SPAN 226, SPAN 278, SPAN 295, LALS 495.
  2. Concentration 2: Four courses from SPAN 361, SPAN 362, SPAN 363, SPAN 364, SPAN 365, SPAN 366, or any 400-level Spanish linguistics course.
  3. Concentration 3: Three courses from SPAN 375SPAN 376, SPAN 377, SPAN 378, SPAN 379, and one 400-level literature and culture course.