Major Requirements

updated 6/19
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (SaLAS)   CLICK HERE for a checklist of courses required for the major. Updated June 2020. 

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 Latinx communities in the United States. Students completing a Spanish minor can easily meet the requirements for the Certificate of Biliteracy

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.
  • 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). 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Spanish and Latin American 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 sources.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Hispanic cultures across time and geography, and articulate an understanding of global perspectives, practices, and products of those cultures. 

Our major includes courses in Literary Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies

By taking Hispanic literary studies courses, students study the rich literary and cultural texts and traditions from Spain, the Americas, 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.

By taking Hispanic Linguistic Studies courses, students are well-prepared for future career goals that include graduate study in language and linguistics, work in education and teaching, 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, and Justice, Community and Leadership).

By taking Hispanic Cultural Studies coursesstudents gain 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 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.

Many of our courses fulfill Core Curriculum course requirements.

All major concentrations require two full credit (1.00) lower-division courses and their accompanying partial credit (.25) praxis, and 8.25 upper-division courses, (10.25 credits) as follows:

LOWER DIVISION (3.75 credits)
Spanish 9/89* or 10/90* and 11/91*

* .25 praxis courses are 1 hour per week and must be enrolled concurrently with 1.00 course

A student can place into any of these courses by taking the Avant proficiency exam (a minimum placement of intermediate low, as defined by ACTFL, is required) or by scoring at an appropriate level on the AP Spanish Language and Culture or the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam.


SPAN 102 Advanced Writing and Research (Writing in the Disciplines)

2 Courses in Literary Studies *

2 Courses in Linguistic Studies**

2 Courses in Cultural Studies***

1 additional elective course within the major

SPAN 185 (.25) Senior Capstone

* Literary Studies Courses include: SPAN 120, 121, 122, 127, 130, 140, 141, 143, 145, 150

** Linguistic Studies Courses include: SPAN 100, 101, 103, 104, 131, 170

*** Cultural Studies Courses include: SPAN 132, 160, 161, 162

Upper-division course listings are rotated regularly to offer students the widest variety. A minimum of four upper-division courses must be taken on campus. 

Students who plan to study abroad should complete the Spanish 11/91 requirement before going abroad and before enrolling in upper-division courses.

Split Major With Spanish 
The split major in which predominant field of study requires Spanish 9/89 or 10/90; Spanish 11/91; 6.25 upper-division courses which must include 102; three of the following: 120, 121, 140, 141; two electives, and 185. The split major in which Spanish is not the predominant field requires Spanish 9/89 or 10/90; Spanish 11/91; three upper-division courses, one of which must be Spanish 101 or 102; and Spanish 196.