Spanish Major (B.A.)

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When you major in Spanish you are opening your opportunities to a variety of fields in which proficiency in the Spanish language and knowledge of Hispanic cultures are desirable or required. Such fields might include international relations, business administration, government, social service, and communications (click here to see what our Alumni are doing). In addition, students can prepare to teach Spanish at the elementary and secondary levels and in bilingual education programs through UNH’s foreign language teacher education program. The undergraduate major also provides a basis for graduate study in preparation for scholarly research and teaching at the college level. When combined with coursework or a dual major in other disciplines, the major prepares students for work in Spanish-speaking areas of the world as well as in bilingual regions of the United States.

The major consists of a minimum of 40 credits. All coursework required for the Spanish major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Specific course requirements are:

SPAN 631
SPAN 632
Advanced Conversation and Composition I
and Advanced Conversation and Composition II
Select five of the following culture, linguistics, and literature electives or equivalent:20
Spanish Phonetics
Intro to Spanish Linguistics
Hispanic Cultural Studies
Readings in Current Periodicals
Introduction to Critical Analysis
Introduction to Spanish Literature and Thought
Introduction to Spanish Literature and Thought
Introduction to Latin American Literature and Thought
Introduction to Latin American Literature and Thought
Spanish Civilization and Culture 1
Latin American Civilization and Culture
Select three courses taught in Spanish at the 700 level12
Total Credits40

SPAN 525 Spanish Civilization and Culture or SPAN 526 Latin American Civilization and Culture may be used to satisfy one of these electives, but students are strongly encouraged to select courses taught in Spanish to meet their major requirements. Only one course taught in English may be counted toward the Spanish major.

An approved foreign study experience in a Spanish-speaking country of a minimum of one semester is required; a full academic year is highly recommended. The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing SPAN 797 Topics in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies (topic R only) in the fall semester or any 700-level Spanish course in the spring semester. Students completing their Discovery capstone in the spring semester must designate one class as their capstone and present their final work in that class at the Undergraduate Research Conference that semester.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.