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This is an archive of the 2015-2016 University Catalog.
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Program: B.A., Spanish

Language and Culture


The Spanish majorconsisting of three options: I. Literature, II. Language and Culture and III. Hispanic Linguisticsis designed for students who wish to prepare for a career in secondary, college or university teaching, or who intend to pursue other careers where a strong background in Spanish is essential. Students should seek advisement from Spanish faculty advisors concerning the option best suited to their goals.

The Spanish major requires a capstone paper to be written in a 500-level course of the student’s choice.

Students with some knowledge of Spanish wishing to take Lower Division courses should take the Spanish placement exam before registration. The exam is available on a drop-in basis at certain hours or by appointment in the Barbara Ann Ward Language Center (BAWLC), JR 316.

Students with advanced placement cannot receive credit for courses below the level at which they are enrolled. However, 200-level classes may be waived or replaced by appropriate classes. Please consult an advisor.

Credential Information

Students interested in teaching Spanish in the secondary schools should seek advisement as soon as possible. The Spanish program currently offers a Subject Matter Program that has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and that meets the Subject Matter Competency requirement for a Single Subject Credential. Students wishing to teach Spanish must choose the Language and Culture Option of the major, which is designed to meet the requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential. For details on the Single Subject Credential program, see the Credentials and Department of Secondary Education sections in this Catalog.

This is the option with the same requirements for the Single Subject Credential.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

SPAN 210 Intermediate Spanish Conversation (3)
SPAN 220A Intermediate Spanish I (3)
SPAN 220B Intermediate Spanish II (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (39 units)

a. Language Proficiency Development (9 units)

SPAN 304 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
SPAN 306 Advanced Composition (3)

Choose one from the following:

SPAN 300 Advanced Conversational Spanish (3)
SPAN 310 Language and Contemporary Hispanic Life (3)

b. Language and Linguistic Analysis (9 units)

SPAN 395 Spanish Phonetics (3)
SPAN 401 Language and Culture (3)

Choose one from the following:

SPAN 400 Structure of the Spanish Language (3)
SPAN 497 Comparative Structure of Spanish and English (3)

c. Literature and Literary Aspects of Culture (15 units)

SPAN 307 Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Literature (3)

Choose one from Group A and one from Group B:
Group A

SPAN 315A Literature of Spain I (3)
SPAN 315B Literature of Spain II (3)

Group B

SPAN 363 Literature of Latin America I (3)
SPAN 364 Literature of Latin America II (3)

Choose one from the following:

SPAN 508 Literature of the Middle Ages (3)
SPAN 509 Literature of the Renaissance (3)
SPAN 512 Golden Age Prose (3)
SPAN 513 Golden Age Poetry (3)
SPAN 518 Spanish Neoclassicism and Romanticism (3)
SPAN 519 Spanish Realism and Naturalism (3)
SPAN 561 Spanish Women Writers (3)
SPAN 580 Spanish Literature from 1898 to 1936 (3)
SPAN 581 Spanish Literature Since 1936 (3)
SPAN 595A-Z Experimental Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures (3)

Choose one from the following:

SPAN 421/521 Central American Literature (3)*
SPAN 520 Latin American Cinema and Literatures (3)
SPAN 550 The Latin American Novel (3)
SPAN 560 Latin American Women Writers (3)
SPAN 584 The Novel of the Mexican Revolution (3)
SPAN 587 The Contemporary Mexican Novel (3)

*Spanish majors should take SPAN 521.

d. Civilization and Culture (6 units)

Choose one from Group A and one from Group B:
Group A

SPAN 380 Latin American Civilization (3)
SPAN 382 Literature and Society in Latin America (3)

Group B

SPAN 381 Spanish Civilization (3)
SPAN 383 Literature and Society in Spain (3)

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 48

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 24

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Chair: Brian J. Castronovo
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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Prepare students for careers in teaching (secondary, community college, university), and legal, medical, administrative and journalistic fields, etc., that require advanced-level (ACTFL Guidelines) abilities in both oral and written skills.
  2. Provide students with techniques, strategies, methodologies and skills to carry out independent research that supports career choices.
  3. Establish a solid foundation for lifelong learning, service and participation in the Hispanic, Latino and global communities.
  4. Carry out research and apply critical theories in analysis of Hispanic linguistics, literatures, civilizations and cultures.
  5. Communicate at the advanced level using a variety of rhetorical modes in both oral and written discourse.
  6. Achieve subject matter competency (as stated in the Standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) to enter a credential or a graduate program in Spanish at any U.S. university.