Spanish Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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)
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|
|Communities: diversity and social responsibility|
|Select two writing proficiency courses from the following list:||6|
|Diverse Stories: Reading for Social Responsibility|
|Spanish for Heritage Speakers|
|Work and Play in Diverse Communities|
|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 12 credits of the following:||12|
|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 2|
|Select six credits of the following:||6|
|Studies in Hispanic Literature|
|Studies in Hispanic Linguistics|
|National/International Intern Program|
|Prerequisite courses (dependent upon placement scores) 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 major by placing into a course at SPA 300 or above will complete the major with 30 credits instead of 34.
Students may enroll in the "Human Conditions in Globalized Societies" courses once they have completed six of the "Identities and Perspectives" credits required.
Credits do not count toward the major.
All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Arts core requirements
The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:
- Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literature emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
- Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
- Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
- All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
- At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
- Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.
Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).
Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CASSH Academic Services Office in 235 Morris Hall:
A. Language track
- Native speakers of English complete:
Course List Code Title Credits Select one of the following: Intermediate Arabic II Intermediate Chinese II Intermediate French II Intermediate Languages II Intermediate German II Hmong Heritage Language: Intermediate Hmong Heritage Language: Advanced Intermediate Japanese II Intermediate Russian II Spanish Language and Cultures in Action II
- Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.
B. Humanities track
- One global language course 102 or higher; and
- Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: communication studies, English, history, philosophy and women's, gender and sexuality studies (see the Advisement Report (AR) for a listing of the approved courses); and
- One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.
C. Fine arts track
- One global language course 102 or higher; and
- Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, music, theatre; and
- One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
- Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
- Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
- Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1
- At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.
The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.
This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.
|SPA 3001||4||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3|
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3||Gen Ed Hum-Lit||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2||Gen Ed Elective2||3|
|Gen Ed Self & Society||3||SPA Major: Communities-Oral Course||3|
|Gen Ed World History||3||Gen Ed Natural Lab Science||4|
|Minor Course||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Gen Ed Math||4||Minor Course||3|
|SPA Major: Communities-Oral Course (not already used)||3||CASSH Core Elective||3|
|SPA Major: Communities-Writing Course||3||SPA Major: Identities & Perspectives Course||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2||Gen Ed Health & Well Being||3|
|Minor Course||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|SPA Major: Identities & Perspectives Course||3||Minor Course||3|
|SPA Major: Communities-Writing Course (not already used)||3||SPA Major: Identities & Perspectives Course||3|
|University Elective||3||University Elective||3|
|Gen Ed Global Studies||3||Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3|
|Minor Course||3||Minor Course||3|
|University Elective||2||University Elective||3|
|SPA Major: Human Conditions in Globalized Societies Course3||3||SPA Major: Human Conditions in Globalized Societies Course3||3|
|CASSH Core Elective||3||CASSH Core Diversity Elective||3|
|SPA Major: Identities & Perspectives Course||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
Prerequisite: SPA 202 Spanish Language and Cultures in Action II (4 cr.) or equivalent, or appropriate departmental placement. Student must earn retro credit in order to satisfy Gen Ed and the CASSH B.A. Core language requirement.
Must be taken from the General Education: Math/Language/Logical Systems category if Spanish (SPA) retro credit was not earned.
Students may enroll in the "Human Conditions in Globalized Societies" SPA 400-level courses once they have completed 6 credits of the "Identities and Perspectives" (SPA 351-399) courses.