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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish BA


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As one of our students said, they chose Spanish because, “I knew the importance of being bilingual and the rapid growth of the Spanish-speaking population.” In fact, Spanish is one of the five most common languages on the planet, spoken from Spain and South America to Mexico and the U.S.-which is the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. This program is for people who love learning about languages and enjoy being immersed in some of the world’s most diverse cultures.

Visit the Spanish academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Romance Languages and Literatures department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria


Current UB students seeking admission to the Spanish BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements


Spanish Core (36 credits)


Notes


*Students are required to complete Introductory Language Core courses unless some or all are waived by the Department based on demonstrated proficiency. Appropriate language placement is based on a student’s high school preparation. Below are possible sequences to satisfy this requirement:

Total Credits Required for Major: 36-52


Additional Degree Requirements Include:


  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120


Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements


Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.000 in all Spanish coursework.

Students who wish to complete most of the requirements of a major in two distinct but related fields may choose to do a joint major. The Spanish half of a joint major requires completion of two 200-level courses and seven 300- or 400-level courses with a minimum major GPA of 2.000. In addition, the student must complete the joint major requirements for the other selected department.

Transfer Credit Policy

The department’s residency requirement stipulates that at least 50% of required credits for a major or minor be completed via Spanish courses taken on campus. 

Curricular Plan


A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall


  • UB Seminar Credits: 3
  • Introductory Language Core Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • Credits: 4 OR  Pathway Credits:3

Total Credits: 13 or 14


First Year Spring


  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Introductory Language Core Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Credits: 4 OR  Pathway Credits:3

Total Credits: 15 or 16


Second Year Fall


  • SPA 200 level Requirement Credits: 3
  • Math and Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16


Second Year Spring


  • SPA 200 level Requirement Credits: 3
  • Earlier Literature Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15


Third Year Fall


  • Two (2) SPA 300/400 level Electives AND Three (3) Electives Credits:15 OR Departmentally-approved study abroad (if not done senior year) Credits: 15

Total Credits: 15


Third Year Spring


  • Non-European Literature and Culture Credits: 3
  • Linguistics Focus Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15


Fourth Year Fall


  • Non-Literary Cultural Production AND Two (2) SPA 300/400 level Electives AND Two Electives Credits: 15 OR Departmentally-approved study abroad (if not done junior year) Credits: 15
  • Credits: 1

Total Credits: 16


Fourth Year Spring


  • SPA 300/400 level Electives Credits: 3
  • SPA 300/400 level Electives Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 2

Total Credits: 14


Total Credits Required: 120


Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes


  • Develop language competence and communicative strategies.
  • Apply knowledge of language history.
  • Identify and utilize linguistic core concepts.
  • Identify and analyze rhetorical strategies in different texts and genres.
  • Apply knowledge of cultural and theoretical contexts.
  • Locate and interpret sources and produce original research.
  • Incorporate sources and modes of analysis from multiple disciplines and media.
  • Appraise material critically.
  • Recognize and cultivate personal growth.

 

(HEGIS: 11.05 SPANISH, CIP16.0905 Spanish Language and Literature)

 

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