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BA in Spanish
(52–86 hours minimum*)


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  1. The Spanish and Portuguese Department requires a minimum of 18 hours of upper-division major credit to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  2. Meet the foreign language residency requirement.
  3. Complete a minor (approximately 16–21 hours), second major (approximately 30–60 hours), or supporting course work (15 hours).

    Note: Latin American Studies majors or minors: Span 321, 339, 345 or 355, and 441 or 451 meet requirements for both the Spanish major and the area studies minor. Only one of these courses may be double-counted (applied to both the major and the minor). Students wishing to complete a Spanish major and one of these area studies minors must take an additional 6–9 hours chosen from the approved electives for either major or minor. Consult the department and the advisement center for clarification of the choices available to you.
  4. Complete the following prerequisite courses:
    Note 1: Students with foreign residence experience usually begin with Span 321.

    Note 2: Prerequisite courses may be waived for those having sufficient proficiency with the language.
  5. Complete the following:
      SPAN 321 : Third-Year Spanish Reading, Grammar, and Culture. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 321 : Third-Year Spanish Reading, Grammar, and Culture. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Placement by test.
      DESCRIPTION: Intensive study and practice with Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and writings incorporating cultural and literary readings.
      NOTE: First class for returned Spanish-speaking missionaries. Fullfills the University Core Languages of Learning requirement. Required for Spanish major and minor.

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      SPAN 329 : Survey of Hispanic Linguistics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 329 : Survey of Hispanic Linguistics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer, Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: SPAN 321
      DESCRIPTION: Introduction to linguistics of Spanish: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, history of the Spanish language, philology, dialectology, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.

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      SPAN 339 : Introduction to Spanish Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 339 : Introduction to Spanish Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Span 321 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Readings in modern Hispanic literatures, focusing on formal literary analysis.
      NOTE: Course is prerequisite to 400-level literature courses.

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      SPAN 441 : Survey of Spanish Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 441 : Survey of Spanish Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: SPAN 339
      DESCRIPTION: Literary masterpieces of Spain.

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      SPAN 451 : Survey of Hispanic-American Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 451 : Survey of Hispanic-American Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer, Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: SPAN 339
      DESCRIPTION: Literary masterpieces of Spanish America.

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      SPAN 493 : Capstone Course in Spanish. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SPAN 493 : Capstone Course in Spanish. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department. Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Senior status or departmental advisor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: A culminating experience for Spanish as a first or second major. Students will be able to articulate the value of the Spanish BA and will develop strategies and a rationale for applying the skills acquired during their undergraduate studies.
      NOTE: Course must be taken concurrently with an approved upper-division, senior-level (e.g. 400-level) course in the semester prior to graduation.

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  6. Complete one course from the following:
  7. Complete 18 hours from the following:
  8. Complete the following:
    Note: The Senior Proficiency Evaluation is taken in connection with Span 491. It is expected that Spanish majors will pass with a rating of advanced-low or higher.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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