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Bachelor's Degree Programs

Major in Spanish

The mission of the program in Spanish at IUPUI is to assist students in achieving proficiency in the Spanish language and to lead them to an understanding of and appreciation for the wide range of Hispanic cultural, literary, and linguistic manifestations. To meet this goal, the program in Spanish offers introductory and advanced instruction in language, linguistics, culture and civilization, literature, and translation and applied language studies.

The introductory and intermediate sequences of courses are designed to provide non-majors with an exploration into Spanish language and Hispanic culture as an essential component of a liberal arts education. The sequences aim to develop an interest in the language and the people who speak it, as well as to prepare students for a variety of careers with international dimensions.

The advanced curriculum prepares students to communicate orally and in writing on the different content areas that comprise the study of Spanish, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success in their future careers, to meet their academic and personal goals, and to prepare them for graduate work.

Considering the rapidly growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States, a major in Spanish is becoming increasingly desirable in the workplace. The major in Spanish can prepare students for a wide variety of careers in such fields as education, social services, international business and finance, government service, international communications and information services, and the travel and hospitality industry.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish (SPAN) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • completion of general education and distribution requirements as indicated in the School of Liberal Arts section of the IUPUI bulletin that was current when the student declared a major in Spanish.
  • completion of a total of 30 credit hours at the 300 and 400 levels, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
  • Completion of minimum of 15 credit hours in the Spanish major at IUPUI (effective Fall 2015).
  • the required distribution of courses may NOT be waived or substituted, but equivalent courses from study abroad programs or transferred from other universities may be accepted with the consent of the lead faculty mentor.

Major Requirements

Required courses at the 300 level (15 credit hours):
  • SPAN-S 313: Writing Spanish* (3 cr.) or S318 for Native & Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN-S 323: Introduction to Translating Spanish and English (3 cr.) 
  • SPAN-S 326: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 360: Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 363: Introduction to Hispanic Culture (3 cr.)

Required courses at the 400 level (15 credit hours):

One course in Literature, choose from:

  • SPAN-S 407: Survey of Spanish Literature I (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 408: Survey of Spanish Literature II (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 431: Survey of Spanish Poetry I (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 432: Survey of Spanish Poetry II (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 445: Major Dramatists of the Golden Age I (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 450: Cervantes’ Don Quixote I (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 455: Modern Spanish Drama I (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 457: Modern Spanish Novel I (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 461: Contemporary Spanish Literature I (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 470: Women and Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN-S 471: Spanish-American Literature I (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 472: Spanish-American Literature II (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 477: 20th-Century Spanish-American Prose Fiction (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 495: Hispanic Colloquium (3 cr.)

One course in Culture and Civilization, choose from:

  • SPAN-S 411: Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 412: Latin American Culture and Civilization (3 cr.)

One course in Linguistics, choose from:

  • SPAN-S 425: Spanish Phonetics (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 427: The Structure of Spanish (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 428: Applied Spanish Linguistics (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 440: Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 441: The Acquisition of Spanish (3 cr.)

One Elective at the 400 level (3 credits)

One Capstone (3 credits), choose from:

  • SPAN-S 487: Capstone Internship in Spanish (3 cr.)
  • SPAN-S 498: Capstone Seminar in Spanish (3 cr.)

Only majors with senior standing may register for S 487: Capstone Internship or S 498: Capstone Seminar in Spanish with authorization.

*Note for Native speakers of Spanish: S 313 is not open to native speakers.  S 313 must be substituted with S 318