Spanish, B.A.

Program Code: SPNBA_BA

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, a minimum of 123 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 18
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 24
Requirements for the Major 36

3 of the 24 credits for Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements are included in the Requirements for the Major, General Education, or Electives and 0-12 credits are included in Electives if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Foreign Language (0-12 credits): Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language. See the Placement Policy for Penn State Foreign Language Courses.

B.A. Fields (9 credits): Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (may not be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)

Other Cultures (0-3 credits): Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
SPAN 215Introduction to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 253WIntroduction to Hispanic Literature3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
SPAN 200Intensive Grammar and Composition3
or SPAN 301 Advanced Writing and Stylistics in Spanish for Spanish Speakers
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Grammar and Composition
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Spanish Bilinguals 1
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Medical-Related Fields
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Communication-related Fields
Select 3 credits of 400-level Hispanic Linguistics:3
The Evolution of Spanish
Special Topics
Select 3 credits of 400-level Hispanic Literature:3
Don Quijote
The Contemporary Spanish American Novel
Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
U.S. Latina/o Culture en Espanol Keystone/General Education Course
War, Revolution, and the Struggles for Modernity: Spain 1898-1939
Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
Special Topics
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits from the following 200- and 300-level course list:9
Readings in Iberian Civilization
Readings in Ibero-American Civilization
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Intermediate Conversational Spanish
Advanced Grammar and Composition Through Reading
Spanish for Social Services
Spanish Sounds
Building Words and Sentences in Spanish
Topics in the Cultures of Spain
Topics in Border Studies
Topics in the Cultures of Latin America
Topics in the Cultures of the Americas
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Spanish
Select 9 credits from the following 400-level course list:9
Advanced Oral Expression and Communication 1
Translation
Interpretation
The Evolution of Spanish
Spanish for Business and International Trade
Don Quijote
The Contemporary Spanish American Novel
Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
U.S. Latina/o Culture en Espanol Keystone/General Education Course
War, Revolution, and the Struggles for Modernity: Spain 1898-1939
Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Spanish

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will have developed oral skills in Spanish that allow them to communicate efficiently in a range of settings from informal to professional.
  2. Students will have developed literacy skills that allow them to read texts written for native speakers of Spanish. Majors should be able to understand and interpret a variety of media ranging from newspapers to literary texts to formal academic prose.
  3. Students will have developed control of Spanish grammar and syntax as demonstrated in written work.
  4. Students will have developed a broad cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.
  5. Students will be familiar with major authors and literary works from Spain and Latin America.
  6. Students will have been strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad immersed in the target language and its culture through a study abroad program.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Spanish, B.A. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SPAN 114SPAN 24
ENGL 15, 30H, 137H, CAS 137H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3CAS 100A, 100B, 100C, 138T, or ENGL 138T (GWS)3
General Education Course (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Requirements3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SPAN 34SPAN 100*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5BA Requirements3
BA Requirements3Elective3
 14.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SPAN 200*3SPAN 253W*3
SPAN 215*3200- or 300- level course in SPAN, in consultation with major adviser*3
General Education Course3200- or 300- level course in SPAN, in consultation with major adviser*3
General Education Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202B (GWS)3400-level SPAN, in consultation with major adviser*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5400-level SPAN, in consultation with major adviser*3
200- or 300- level course in SPAN, in consultation with major adviser*3400-level SPAN, in consultation with major adviser*3
400-level SPAN literature, in consultation with major adviser*3BA Other Cultures23
400-level SPAN linguistics, in consultation with major adviser*3Elective3
Elective3 
 16.5 15
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:

All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

Career Paths

A degree in Spanish will prepare you to make a significant impact in the service of the Spanish-speaking community in the United States, as Spanish is increasingly necessary in the professions, business, and government. It will also open opportunities to live and work abroad, whether in vibrant, modern cities or in the service of developing communities. With your enhanced communication skills and global awareness, you will be a strong candidate for almost any job. If teaching is your passion, your Spanish degree will lead to your success in the Spanish language classroom at home, and the English language classroom abroad.

Careers

Your degree in Spanish will be highly prized by employers in business, who value international competence; in government, who need both your Spanish proficiency and the cultural awareness acquired in learning a language; in medicine, where health care practitioners who speak Spanish are in great demand and short supply; in law and law enforcement, where too few are trained to address the needs and interests of Spanish speakers. Research in Spanish Linguistics promises insights into the nature of language learning and processing; Spanish literature and film scholars are dispelling myths and stereotypes toward a more informed view of Hispanic realities.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish will prepare students for a teaching career and is extremely valuable in many other career paths and choices. It can also lead to advanced degrees in Spanish literature or linguistics, general linguistics, second language acquisition, comparative literature, law, medicine, international business, international relations or politics, education, translation and interpretation, environmental and sustainability studies, and labor and employment relations.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH, ITALIAN AND PORTUGUESE
442 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-4252
sp-it-port@psu.edu

http://www.sip.la.psu.edu