Goals of the Major

A major in Spanish consists of at least 24 credit hours beyond SPA 202 with a grade of C- or higher in every course counting toward the major, and with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the major (see curriculum for course distribution).  The major is designed to allow students to gain advanced linguistic, cultural, and literary competence in the communities that speak this language.  Students learn with each course to understand, interpret, and analyze  communication patterns and cultural products (new technologies, film, literature, etc.) from the geopolitical positions of the linguistic communities they study.  This learning process also fosters a greater appreciation of the students’ own language, culture, and society. As part of the development of analytical and critical skills, students learn to build coherent arguments orally and in writing; to develop tools for the interpretation of various texts; to perform research and write critical papers; to find and evaluate sources of information; to heighten their sensitivity to the contexts of language, and to appreciate language as art.  Students will also acquire a broad, structured knowledge of the relevant history, literature and culture in the target language. Finally, they will learn to carry out cultural comparisons and to view their own culture with new eyes.

You do not have to be a student of the College of Arts and Sciences to major in a modern language; you need only the approval of your college or school advisor and to complete the departmental requirements. If you wish to complete a double degree, consult with an Arts and Sciences Advisor.

Students completing a major in a modern language are encouraged to study abroad. The Department offers a faculty-led study abroad summer program in Spain. The Study Abroad Office (in Dooly Memorial Classroom, Building 1111, Memorial Drive, Suite 125) sponsors programs for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. It is also possible to fulfill some Arts and Sciences distribution requirements abroad. In order to take full advantage of these opportunities, students should visit Study Abroad early in their university careers, discuss course equivalencies with the Study Abroad Advisor for their chosen languages (contact the Department office for names and office hours), and consult with their major advisors. Credit hour toward the major for courses taken abroad will be determined on an individual basis. 

Students with transfer credit hours must take at least  18 graded credit hours at or above the 300-level at the University of Miami; i.e., up to 6 credit hours may be transferred towards the Spanish major from another institution or a study abroad program not administered by UM. Up to 12 credit hours taken abroad in a UM-administered program may count towards the major.

Spanish majors must take SPA 301 or SPA 307 (or equivalent), and they are advised to take this course as they start fulfilling their 300-level credit requirements.  In consultation with their MLL advisor, students can have up to 1 course (3 credits) from among the MLL courses or SPA courses taught in English (numbered 310-319) count toward their Spanish major.

Only one professional Spanish course (SPA 432, SPA 433, SPA 434) will count towards the Spanish major, although students are free to take more than one.

Capstone Courses

The final course in the major is the capstone course (501) which must be taken in residence. This course will:

  • Integrate the various skills acquired during the course of study (linguistic, analytical, knowledge-based);
  • Incorporate interpretive as well as presentational modes of communication;
  • Contain an over-arching and cohesive theme;
  • Include an element of collaboration among students.

It will constitute a moment of recapitulation, synthesis, and reflection on a student’s experience in the major as well as a bridge towards graduate-level studies, should s/he decide to pursue them.

Of the 24 credit hours required for the major, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty (whether on campus or in faculty-led study-abroad programs). Since we encourage students to study abroad in UM-sponsored programs, up to 12 credit hours from these programs may be applied toward the major. Up to 6 transfer credit hours from other institutions may count toward the major; whether these are credit hours transferred from another U.S. institution or from non-UM study abroad programs, transferred credit hours must be granted UM equivalency in order to be eligible to count toward the major. Please note, however, that the total number of combined UM study-abroad (exclusive of MLL faculty-led programs) and transfer credit hours shall not exceed 12 credit hours.

For example: 

  • A student may use 3 transfer credit hours with UM equivalency and 9 credit hours from a UM-sponsored study abroad program toward fulfillment of the major; the remaining 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty.
  • A student may use 6 transfer credit hours with UM equivalency and 6 credit hours from a UM-sponsored study abroad program toward fulfillment of the major; the remaining 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty.
  • A student may use 12 credit hours from a UM-administered study-abroad program not led by MLL faculty and 12 credit hours in courses taught by MLL faculty to fulfill the major.

Exceptions to this 12 credit hours rule may be made in cases where a student will participate in a UM-administered study-abroad program for a full academic year. 

Curriculum Requirements

Core Requirements
SPA 203Advanced Spanish3
or SPA 208 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
SPA 301Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish3
or SPA 307 Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish For Heritage/Native Speakers
At least 9 credits must be at the 300-level. 19
At least 3 credits in a course focused on a pre-20th Century period, choose one of the following:
Colonial Spanish American Topics
19Th-Century Spanish American Topics
Medieval and Early Modern Peninsular Topics
18th and 19th Century Peninsular Topics
At least 3 credits must be at the 400-level, choose one of the following: 3
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Spanish Second Language Acquisition.
Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
Business and Diplomatic Spanish 2
Spanish for Health Care Professions 2
Legal and Cultural Debates In the Spanish-Speaking World 2
Phonetics
Stylistics and Composition
Introduction to Translation
Cultural Debates: Public Speaking on Societal Issues
At least 3 credits must be at the 500-level.
SPA 501Capstone3
Additional Graduation Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students Not needed by students who place into MTH 1133
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Language Requirement (3-9 credits) 3
Minor15
People & Society Cognate 49
STEM Cognate 59
Natural Science Course 63
Advanced Writing & Communication 73
Electives 848
Total Credit Hours120
 
1

 In consultation with their MLL advisor, students can have up to 1 course (3 credits) from among the MLL courses or the SPA courses taught in English (numbered 310-319) count toward their Spanish major.

2

Only one professional Spanish course (SPA 432, 433, 434) will count towards the Spanish major, although students are free to take all three. 

3

Students satisfy this requirement by the time they start the major with SPA 203.

4

If the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society", the student does not need to satisfy the requirement for a People & Society cognate. 

5

If the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM", the student does not need to satisfy the requirement for a STEM cognate. 

6

This requirement is waived if the STEM cognate includes a Natural Science course from the approved list. 

7

Students satisfy this requirement by taking four writing courses, at least one of which must be in one of the student's manor disciplines, since all  SPA courses above 203/208 are designated as writing (WRIT) courses, all  Spanish majors satisfy this requirement by completing their major. 

8

 A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Sufficient credits must be earned in electives to enable the student to complete this minimum of 120 credits. The exact number of elective credits required will vary depending on the number of credits needed to complete all other graduation requirements.

 

These  Suggested Plans of Study are samples of  four-year plans, but an individual student's actual plan is likely to vary from these sample plans in a number of ways, depending on such factors as (1) AP, dual-enrollment, and transfer credits that a student brings in; (2) the student's initial placement in composition, mathematics, and Spanish; and (3) the minor chosen by the student, as well as any additional minor or major the student chooses to complete.  For example, a student is not required to complete a cognate in People & Society if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society," and similarly, a student is not required to complete a cognate in STEM if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM."

Suggested Plan - Starting the major with SPA 101

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Summer
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 1 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
Fall
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
SPA 203 Advanced Spanish 2 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Year Three
Fall
SPA 301 Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish 2 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Ideally through Study Abroad  
SPA 302 or 303 The Culture of Spain 2
or The Cultures of Spanish America
3
SPA 321 Introduction to Literary Themes 3 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
Pre-20th Century Topic Course, choose one of the following: 2 3
Colonial Spanish American Topics  
19Th-Century Spanish American Topics  
Medieval and Early Modern Peninsular Topics  
18th and 19th Century Peninsular Topics  
SPA 394 SPA 394 Internship 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
SPA 446 Cultural Debates: Public Speaking on Societal Issues 3
Or any other 400 level SPA course
 
SPA 501 Capstone 2 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan - Starting the major with SPA 203 or 208

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
SPA 203 or 208 Advanced Spanish 2
or Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Choose one of the following: 2 3
Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish
or Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish For Heritage/Native Speakers
 
The Culture of Spain 4
or The Cultures of Spanish America
 
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
Choose one of the following: 3
Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish
or Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish For Heritage/Native Speakers
 
The Culture of Spain
or The Cultures of Spanish America
 
STEM Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
SPA 322 Cultural Topics 3 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
Ideally through Study Abroad  
Pre-20th Century Topic Course, choose one of the following: 2 3
Colonial Spanish American Topics  
19Th-Century Spanish American Topics  
Medieval and Early Modern Peninsular Topics  
18th and 19th Century Peninsular Topics  
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
SPA 401 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 2 3
Or any other 400 SPA course 4
 
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
SPA 394 SPA 394 Internship 3 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
SPA 501 Capstone 2 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

 Ideally through Faculty Led Study Abroad

2

 Also satisfies Writing Credit.

3

 Or any other 300 level SPA course also satisfies Writing Credit.

4

 Students can opt to take SPA 302 and SPA 442 in Santander, Spain during the summer.