Spanish Major and Minor

Our recently redesigned Spanish Major and Minor allows students to choose among three concentrations: Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, and Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies. The Teaching of Spanish Major also forms an integral part of the program. We also offer a Spanish-Economics Curriculum which focuses on Spanish for business. Through the major, students' language skills—speaking, reading, and writing—are strengthened in order to reach a high intermediate to advanced level of linguistic and cultural competency. Our courses are designed to expose students to the most current and innovative critical, analytical, and theoretical approaches in Hispanic studies today, thereby providing a solid foundation for advanced and postgraduate studies.

The Spanish major provides students interested in careers, such as business, law, criminal justice, industry, social, services, nursing, premed, and other health-related fields, with an edge in their professional training, supporting proficiency in areas such as language skills, analytical ability, and critical thinking. We also have close ties with the Latin American and Latino Studies Program for students interested in interdisciplinary work and the study of Hispanic communities here in the U.S.

We encourage you to think of the study of Spanish as key to your future professional success, and invite you to consider the becoming a Spanish major, double-major, or minor.

Advising
Major in Spanish
Minor in Spanish
Spanish Course Descriptions

Advising

Below please find a detailed description of the requirements for the Spanish Major and Spanish Minor. All incoming and continuing majors and minors must schedule an advising session with the Spanish Academic Advisor. They will open and maintain your student file, check your DARS report and make sure you are complying with LAS and department requirements, advise you regarding the possibility of a double-major, review with you available courses, and revise study abroad equivalencies.

For further information regarding the Spanish major or minor, the specific content of courses, and study abroad programs please contact the Director of Spanish Undergraduate Studies,

Kat Aldag
kaldag@uic.edu
1728 UH

Major in Spanish

Degree Requirements—Major in Spanish
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 of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA with a Major in Spanish  
Degree Requirements Hours
Major Requirements 32
General Education and Electives  
to reach minimum total hours 88
Minimum Total Hours—BA with a Major in Spanish 120

 

Major Requirements

Courses Hours
SPAN 202—Spanish Grammar in Practice  3
   
One of the following courses:  3
SPAN 203—Extensive Reading and Writing for 
Nonnative Speakers of Spanish (3) 
 
SPAN 204—Extensive Reading and Writing for 
Heritage Speakers of Spanish (3) 
 
   
SPAN 206—Introduction to Hispanic Linguisticsa 4
SPAN 210—Introduction to the Formal Analysis of Hispanic Testsbc  3
SPAN 212—Cultural and Literary Studies in Spain and Latin Americaa  4
SPAN 303—Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing, and Analysis  3
SPAN 380—Professional Development  0
   
In addition, students must choose one of the following concentrations:  12
Concentration I: Hispanic Studies (12)   
Four courses from the 200-, 300-, or 400-levels.  
A maximum of two of these courses can be taken at the 200-level. Only one of the following courses can be counted toward these credit hours:   
SPAN 224—Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanic American Writers (3)d   
SPAN 225—Spanish and Latin American Culture through Literature and Film (3)b   
SPAN 226—Early Modern and Colonial Literature and Culture in Translation (3)bc   
SPAN 278—Latin American/Latino Film Studies (3)   
SPAN 295—Latino Literary Studies (3)d   
SPAN 495—Topics in Latino Community Studies (3)   
   
Concentration II: Hispanic Linguistics (12)   
Four topic courses from the following:   
SPAN 361—The Structure of Spanish (3)   
SPAN 362—Sounds of Spanish (3)   
SPAN 363—Spanish in Society (3)   
SPAN 364—Acquisition of Spanish (3)   
SPAN 365—Meaning in Language (3)   
SPAN 366—Current Topics in Spanish Linguistics (3)   
Or any 400-level course in linguistics (3)   
   
Concentration III: Hispanic Literatures and Cultural Studies (12)   
Three topic courses in literature and culture from the following:  
SPAN 375—Current Topics in Hispanic Studies (3)   
SPAN 376—Topics in Politics, Economy, and Law in Hispanic Culture (3)   
SPAN 377—Topics in Health, the Psyche, and the Human Body in Hispanic Culture (3)   
SPAN 378—Topics in Hispanic Cultural and Media Studies (3)   
SPAN 379—Topics in Cultural Difference and the Politics of Translation (3)   
One additional 400-level course in literature and culture (3)   
Total Hours—Major Requirements 32

a SPAN 206 and 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.
d This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category. 

Four Year Plan of Study/Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Four Year Plan of Study/Bachelor of Arts in Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Minor in Spanish

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Spanish must complete 20 semester hours as outlined below:

Required Courses—Spanish Minor Hours
SPAN 202—Spanish Grammar in Practice  3
   
One of the following courses:  3
SPAN 203—Extensive Reading and Writing for Nonnative Speakers of Spanish (3)   
SPAN 204—Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish (3)   
   
SPAN 206—Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 4
SPAN 210—Introduction to the Formal Analysis of Hispanic Tests 3
SPAN 212—Cultural and Literary Studies in Spain and Latin America  4
One additional course at the 300-level  3
Total Hours—Spanish Minor 20