Major Requirements

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (SaLAS)

Students may pursue a major in one of three concentrations in Spanish and Latin American Studies (SaLAS): Hispanic Literary Studies, Hispanic Linguistic Studies, or Hispanic Cultural Studies. In addition to preparing students for careers, the SaLAS major assists students who wish to pursue graduate education. The program of study is vibrant, flexible, challenging and engaging. SaLAS concentrations cultivate skills in communication, research, and analysis essential for a lifetime of intellectual engagement in language, cultures, and literatures of Spain, Latin America, and of Latinos in the United States.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR SaLAS MAJOR:
Students who complete this major will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a career-ready proficiency in all language modalities (speaking, writing, listening, and reading) for a variety of purposes and a range of content and contexts. [language proficiency]
  • Develop an understanding of the linguistic nature of Spanish including its primary fields (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and dialectology, language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and historical linguistics). [linguistic understanding and analysis]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of literary texts and traditions across time, including major literary and intellectual movements, genres, writers, and works, and discuss and analyze literary texts from a variety of media. [literary knowledge and analysis]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Hispanic cultures across time and geography, and articulate an understanding of global perspectives, practices and products of those cultures. [cultural understanding and analysis]
  • Demonstrate understanding of power/solidarity relations that develop among languages, cultures and literatures of multilingual societies, as well as the dynamics and tensions at play in Latin American and Spanish communities in today’s world. [cultural synthesis and dissonance]

HISPANIC LITERARY STUDIES CONCENTRATION
For students wishing to gain knowledge of the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world while achieving competency in Spanish. Students completing this course of study will study the rich literary and cultural texts and traditions from the Americas, Spain and the Caribbean, discuss major literary and intellectual movements, genres, writers, and works, and use literary and cultural texts from a variety of media. As students discuss works of literature, they will learn about history, politics, human rights, social activism, and gender roles through the lens of fictional and non-fictional characters, including the voices of writers who represent diverse class, gender, and ethnic backgrounds.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE CONCENTRATION
IN HISPANIC LITERARY STUDIES:
In addition to achieving the outcomes for all SaLAS majors, students who complete this concentration will be able to:

  • Grasp the defining characteristics of the major periods (medieval, conquest, etcetera) and movements (the baroque, romanticism, modernismo, etcetera) of Spanish and Latin American literature.
  • Identify the major authors of Spanish and Latin American literature and be conversant in their most representative texts.
  •  Appreciate the distinguishing features of literary genres (i.e. poetry, prose, narratives, theater) and the ways in which they often connect and are in dialogue with each other.
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate literary and theoretical lexicon and use it effectively in class discussion and written assignments.

HISPANIC LINGUISTICS STUDIES CONCENTRATION
For students interested in the study of the linguistic fields of the Spanish language and an increased understanding of language use and change. It is an excellent preparation for those whose career goals include graduate study in language and linguistics, work in education and teaching, or interpretation, and translation. This concentration is also designed for those who wish to combine language study for the professions with another discipline (e.g., Education, Health Sciences and Psychology, Business, Justice, Community and Leadership).

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE CONCENTRATION IN HISPANIC LINGUISTIC STUDIES
In addition to achieving the outcomes for all SaLAS
majors, students who complete this track will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main fields of linguistics (morphology, phonetics and phonology, semantics and syntax, sociolinguistics, bilingualism and applied linguistics).
  • Explain and use diachronic and synchronic approaches to the study of Spanish as they relate to these fields.
  •  Utilize the understanding of these concepts to complete individual linguistic research and fieldwork.
  •  Apply linguistic proficiencies in professional applications, such as interpretation, translation or Spanish for the professions.


HISPANIC CULTURAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION
For students interested in gaining a multidisciplinary understanding of the culture, languages and other artistic artifacts of the Spanish-speaking world. Considering a
variety of perspectives and employing diverse analytical tools, this program of study provides students with an understanding of the history, cultures, and contemporary
issues of Latin America, including the presence of Latinos in the U.S. Students in this track can take courses in literature, film, music, politics, art, and history, among others. Students gain knowledge of Hispanic cultures across time and geography, practices and products of those cultures, and explore how these interface with larger social, economic, political, and historical processes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE CONCENTRATION
IN HISPANIC CULTURAL STUDIES
In addition to achieving the outcomes for all SaLAS majors, students who complete this concentration will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Hispanic cultures across time and geography.
  • Recognize Hispanic cultures as a dynamic, interrelated system and employ a variety of processes to identify, analyze and evaluate cultural themes, values and ideas.
  • Articulate an understanding of global perspectives, practices and products of Hispanic cultures.
  • Discern the variety and nature of cultural practices and artifacts of Spanish-speaking communities, such as art, architecture, film, literature and music.
  • Grasp the political and sociological dimensions of cultural practices and artifacts classified under rubrics of race, class and gender in Spanish-speaking communities.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR SaLAS MAJOR
All majors require 10.25 courses, as follows:

LOWER DIVISION (same for all concentrations)
Spanish 4, 9 or 10, and 11

UPPER DIVISION—HISPANIC LITERARY STUDIES CONCENTRATION
Spanish 102; 120
or 121; 140 or 141
Two additional courses in Spanish literature
One course in Hispanic linguistics
One course in Hispanic Cultural Studies
Span 185
(.25) senior capstone

UPPER DIVISION—HISPANIC LINGUISTIC STUDIES CONCENTRATION
Spanish 102, 100,
and 103
Two additional courses in Spanish linguistics
One course in Hispanic Literature
One course in Hispanic Cultural Studies
Span 185
(.25) senior capstone

UPPER DIVISION--HISPANIC CULTURAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION
Spanish 102, 160,
and 161
Two additional courses in Hispanic Cultural Studies
One course in Hispanic Literature
One course in Hispanic Linguistics
Span 185
(.25) senior capstone

Upper division course listings are alternated regularly to offer students the widest variety in in his/her field. Except for modern languages in translation courses, all upper-division courses are conducted in the target language. Courses in translation are not normally taken for credit toward the major. A minimum of four upper-division courses must be taken on campus.

Students who plan to study abroad should complete the Spanish 11 requirement before going abroad and before enrolling in upper division courses. The Department of Modern Languages does not accept Spanish 11 courses taken in summer school or as an online course. Students who take Spanish courses abroad, and who do not declare a Spanish major prior to leaving, cannot declare a major in Spanish upon returning until they have completed the Spanish 11 prerequisite.

The split major in which Spanish is the predominant field of study requires Spanish 9
 
or 10; Spanish 11; 6.25 upper-division courses which must include 101; 102; two of the following: 120, 121, 140, 141; two electives, and 185. The split major in which Spanish is not the predominant field requires Spanish 9 or 10; Spanish 11; three upper-division courses, one of which must be Spanish 101 or 102; and Spanish 185.