Undergraduate

Major | Minor

Spanish Major (B.A.)

The Department offers specialized courses through its growing programs in business and world cultures and literatures, including additional areas to provide students with the background required to perform well in graduate programs and a wide range of career options. The program covers from the Golden Age to Contemporary Spanish culture and literature; literature and cultural studies from colonial to contemporary Latin America and its growing field of U.S. Latina and Latino cultures, literatures, and linguistics.

Requirements

Total Hours: minimum of 120 hours to include 36 advanced hours (3000 — 4000 level)

In addition to completing the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, students majoring in Spanish must complete 27 semester hours in Spanish at the advanced level (3000-4000). Spanish majors must take a minimum 15 credit hours in residence with the Department of Hispanic Studies, not including credit by exam or study abroad. Advanced-level courses must include the following:

  1. SPAN 3301 (or 3307 for students on the heritage track)
  2. SPAN 3302 (or 3308 for students on the heritage track)
  3. SPAN 3306: Introduction to the Spanish Language
  4. SPAN 3384: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  5. Fifteen hours from one or more of the following areas, including six hours at the 4000 level: Literature, Linguistics, Culture, Applied Spanish (business, education, translation, etc.) - See list of recommended courses below.
  6. At least 2302-level proficiency in a second foreign language is required. This requirement will be waived for Spanish majors who complete a second major.  This includes PB students who decide to pursue a second bachelor's degree in Spanish.

Minor

Spanish

Art, business, culture, film, language, and literature are among the subjects that students can take for their minor in Spanish. Students choosing to minor in Spanish must complete 15 semester hours, and 12 these credit hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level beyond the 4-course Spanish Language Program sequence.

Spanish for the Business Professions (SPB)

The language of business and trade, cross-cultural business contexts such as U.S. and Latin America and advanced business Spanish are among the subjects which students can take for this minor. Students must complete 15 hours of advanced Spanish courses.

Students can also fulfill the UH humanities or performing arts core requirements by taking courses in the Department such as SPAN 3373, 3374, 3386 (VISUAL), or 4311.

Requirements

Spanish:

  • 15 hours, 9 of which are advanced, 9 of which must be in residence.  Non-Heritage speakers must complete 2302, 3301, 3302 and six additional hours. Heritage speakers must complete 2308, 3307, 3308, and six additional advanced hours. Min GPA=2.0
  • Course Sequence for Non-Heritage Speakers 1501, 1502 or 1505, 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302, 33??, 33??
  • Course Sequence for Heritage Speakers 1507, 2307, 2308, 3307, 3308, 33??, 33??

Spanish for Global Professions:

  • 15 hours, all of which are advanced, 9 of which must be in residence.
  • Students must complete 6 hours of SPAN 3301, 3302 or 3307, 3308 (heritage speakers)
  • 3 hours of SPAN 3339
  • 6 hours of SPAN 3341 and SPAN 3342 for Business Professions Track or
  • 6 hours of SPAN 3343 and SPAN 4343 for Health Professsions Track or
  • 6 Hours of SPAN 3312 and SPAN 4313/4387 for Translation Studies Track.

BEFORE APPLYING FOR YOUR MINOR, YOU MUST:

Have completed at least 3 hours of coursework at the University of Houston in your minor at the sophomore level and be registered in a 3000 level course.  Your overall GPA has to be above 2.0, and you must have a major declared. (Pre-Business is OK)

Please come by the Department of Hispanic Studies main office (room 416 AH) two weeks after you have dropped off the “Degree Plan for Minor” form to sign your minor degree plan. 

NOTE: Business majors declaring Spanish as their minor have the option of Spanish or Spanish for Business Professionals.

Recommended 3000/4000 Spanish Courses

Literature

  • SPAN 3331: Mexican-American Literature
  • SPAN 3350: Women in Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 3384: Intro. to Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 4311: Survey Spanish Lit to 1700
  • SPAN 4312: Survey Span Lit since 1700 to Present
  • SPAN 4321: Survey Spanish-American Lit I
  • SPAN 4322: Survey Spanish-American Lit II
  • SPAN 4336: Don Quijote
  • SPAN 4337: Contemporary Spanish-American Lit
  • SPAN 4339: Spanish-American Short Story
  • SPAN 4368: Mexican Lit in the Twentieth Century
  • SPAN 4369: Contemporary Spanish Lit
  • SPAN 4372: Lit & the Visual Arts in Modern Spain
  • SPAN 4388: Images of Women in Span-Amer Film&Lit

Linguistics

  • SPAN 3303: Spanish Phonetics
  • SPAN 3305: Spanish Grammar Review
  • SPAN 4355: Intro to Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 4356: Spanish Grammar for Teachers
  • SPAN 4365: Spanish-Engl Contrastive Structures
  • SPAN 3394: Selected Topics in Spanish
  • SPAN 4396: Topics in Span Language and Linguistics

Culture

  • SPAN 3345: Hispanic Folklore of the Southwest
  • SPAN 3373: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3374: Spanish Amer Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3375: US Latino Culture
  • SPAN 3386: Spanish Film
  • SPAN 4372: Lit & the Visual Arts in Modern Spain
  • SPAN 4388: Images of Women in Span-Amer Film&Lit
  • SPAN 4391: Latin Am. and Latino Cult. Studies

Applied Spanish – Business

  • SPAN 3307: Public Speaking in Spanish
  • SPAN 3312: Fund of English/Spanish Translation
  • SPAN 3341: Span for Business and Trade
  • SPAN 3342: Cross-Cult Bus Contexts:U.S./Latin Amer
  • SPAN 3373: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3374: Spanish Amer Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3375: US Latino Culture
  • SPAN 4341: Advanced Business Spanish
  • SPAN 4388: Images of Women in Span-Amer Film&Lit
  • SPAN 4391: Latin Am. and Latino Cult. Studies

Applied Spanish – Teaching

  • SPAN 3303: Spanish Phonetics
  • SPAN 3305: Spanish Grammar Review
  • SPAN 3307: Public Speaking in Spanish
  • SPAN 3312: Fund of English/Spanish Translation
  • SPAN 3373: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3374: Spanish Amer Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3375: US Latino Culture
  • SPAN 3384: Intro. to Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 4356: Spanish Grammar for Teachers
  • SPAN 4365: Spanish-Engl Contrastive Structures