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Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Upon completion of the Spanish and Hispanic studies program, students will have proficiency in the Spanish language; be knowledgeable about major ideas, events and issues of Spanish-speaking countries; and acquire analytical skills developed through the study of literature. This program involves much more than language.

The BA with a major in Spanish and Hispanic studies consists of 33 credit hours. The study abroad courses, SPAN 30013 and SPAN 30023, may be taken as electives to fulfill the major requirements. Students must first check with the study abroad adviser. SPAN 43103 —Senior Honors Thesis may be used as an elective, but Honors students must still take two 40000-level literature courses. Only a total of three credit hours are given for the junior and senior theses.

Course Catalog

 

The BA with a major in Spanish and Hispanic Studies consists of 33 credit hours, as follows:

  • SPAN 31103 Oral Communication
  • SPAN 31203 Writing in Spanish
  • SPAN 31403 Advanced Spanish Grammar

One of the following:

  • SPAN 32003 Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 32103 Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 32203 Popular Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries

Any two of the following:

  • SPAN 32503 Panorama of Spanish Literature 1
  • SPAN 32603 Panorama of Spanish Literature 2
  • SPAN 32703 Panorama of Latin American Literature 1
  • SPAN 32803 Panorama of Latin American Literature 2

Four upper-level Spanish electives, two of which must be 40000-level literature courses

SPAN 43203 Senior Seminar

Native and heritage speakers will not receive credit for SPAN31103 (Oral Communication in Spanish), and should select another course at the 30000 level and above. In addition, native speakers must substitute an upper-level course for SPAN 31203 and/or SPAN 31403.

A native speaker is considered someone who completed his or her primary and secondary education in a Spanish-speaking country. A heritage speaker is someone who was primarily educated in U.S. schools but speaks Spanish in the home, and with friends and co-workers, and is quite fluent.

Courses taken Pass/No-Credit and courses in which the student earns below a “C” will not count toward the major.

Study abroad is strongly recommended for all Spanish majors. Besides the enormous gains you’ll make in your speaking ability, the international experience will enhance your career opportunities and cross-cultural competence. Fifteen credits of the Spanish major may be earned in study-abroad programs. If you earn six of those credits while on a TCU-sponsored summer program, then you may still apply nine credits to the major from a semester-long program.

For students in a year-long program, 21 credits of the Spanish and Hispanic studies major may be earned in study-abroad programs. If you earn six of those credits while on a TCU-sponsored summer program, then you may still apply 15 credits to the major from a semester-long program.

In order to receive credit, you must meet with the Spanish and Hispanic studies department’s study abroad adviser, as well as the Center of International Studies, prior to departure so that you can obtain approval for coursework abroad.

Learn more about study abroad options

Students seeking certification for teaching in Spanish at the secondary school level should be advised by the secondary certification adviser of the College of Education. The College of Education offers post-baccalaureate certification to TCU graduates.

Students seeking Spanish teaching certification (elementary though high school) must take and successfully complete the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Spanish certification exam. Candidates seeking Spanish certification must also successfully complete the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 examination.

Students seeking bilingual teaching certificate must submit a language assessment from the Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies when applying to the Teacher Education Program.

See the degree plan for educational studies/Spanish double major

Spanish majors, please observe the following sequence of courses. Note that even though study abroad may alter this block schedule, it is strongly suggested that you follow the sequence in choosing your courses. Consult with your academic advisor when in doubt. A semester abroad implies that you may complete your requirements before your date of graduation.

Suggested Course Sequence

Map your degree plan progress with this course checklist.