Students should consult with an advisor in the Department of Global Cultures and Languages regarding their individual plan of study. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in Spanish need to be aware of special requirements.
Spanish policy of transfer of study abroad credits
The following policy applies to all Spanish credits taken abroad. Students may transfer the following credits per term from study abroad experiences:
4 weeks: 4-5 credits
4 weeks: 4-5 credits
6 weeks: 6-8 credits
8 weeks: 8-10 credits
10 weeks: 8-10 credits
Fall/Spring semester term:
12-16 weeks: 12 credits (Exceptions may be allowed for partner programs.)
In the case of one year study abroad, there is a maximum of 16 credits which students majoring in Spanish can take abroad and apply to the major (nine credits applicable for minors). Credits taken in excess of that can be transferred to UWL as university elective credit.
(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)
21-25 credits1, 2
Beginning language proficiency
All students with Spanish language on their transcripts and/or prior experience in Spanish will take the UW System Placement exam and are required to enroll at their level of placement. Students with no evidence of prior study of Spanish are required to begin Spanish at SPA 103.
Students must complete two linguistics courses (SPA 331-350; SPA 380-399) and two cultural studies courses (SPA 300-320; SPA 351-370) by the time they complete the program.
|Experiences in cultural contexts 1|
|SPA 202||Spanish Language and Cultures in Action II||4|
|or SPA 221||Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions|
|Communities: diversity and social responsibility|
|Select two writing proficiency courses from the following list:||6|
|Diverse Stories: Reading for Social Responsibility|
|Spanish Culture Through Art|
|Spanish for Heritage Speakers|
|Work and Play in Diverse Communities|
|Writing to Effect Change: Global and Responsible Citizenship|
|Select two oral proficiency courses from the following list:||6|
|Faces of Spain: Conversation and Culture|
|Exploring Communities: Understanding Culture|
|Spanish for Professional Communication|
|Identities and perspectives|
|Select nine credits from the following:||9|
|Voices of Revolution|
|Perspectives on Contemporary Spain: Culture and Society|
|Artistic Expression and Society in the Spanish-Speaking World|
|Latinx in the U.S.: Culture and Society|
|Topics in Hispanic Cultures|
|Spanish for the Health Professions|
|Spanish Language in Contexts|
|The Sounds of Spanish|
|Human conditions in globalized societies elective 2|
|Studies in Hispanic Literature|
|Studies in Hispanic Linguistics|
|National/International Intern Program|
|Prerequisite courses (dependent upon placement) 3|
|Spanish in a Global Society I|
and Spanish in a Global Society II
or SPA 103
|Spanish in a Global Society I & II|
|Spanish Language and Cultures in Action I|
Students who begin their Spanish minor by placing into a course at SPA 300 or above will complete the minor with 21 credits instead of 25.
Students may enroll in "Human Conditions in Globalized Societies" courses once they have completed at least six of the "Identities and Perspectives" credits required.
Credits do not count toward the minor.