Spanish and Portuguese

Degrees in Spanish BA, MA, PhD

Portuguese: Although no major in Portuguese alone is offered, the department offers a combined Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture degree option (see the Spanish Majors section). Language courses at the elementary and intermediate levels are also available, as well as senior and graduate courses in Luso-Brazilian civilization and literature.

  Arabic Language and Culture: Although no major in Arabic is offered, the department offers a number of courses in Language and Culture. The language courses are at the elementary and intermediate level.

The department has identified the following as educational outcomes for the three tracks within the Spanish major.

The undergraduate degree in Spanish language and literature emphasizes knowledge and awareness of:

• the fundamental outlines of the history of Spanish literature or of Spanish American literature;
• the major creative writers in either Spanish or Spanish American literature;
• basic critical methodologies in the study of poetry, drama, narrative fiction, and the essay; and
• the social and historical contexts in which particular literary traditions developed.
In addition, students completing the degree in Spanish language and literature are expected to acquire the ability and skills to:

• read sophisticated Spanish texts at a level at which literary analysis can be performed;
• write and speak Spanish sufficiently to participate in critical discussions and write critical essays;
• analyze and interpret literary texts in terms of themes, characters, structure, style, and overall textual strategies;
• relate analysis and interpretations of different texts to one another; and
• communicate such interpretations competently in written form in Spanish.
The undergraduate degree in Spanish and Portuguese language and culture emphasizes knowledge and awareness of the same topics listed in the degree in Spanish Language and Literature, but specifies electives and related field courses, focusing on the Luso-Brazilian culture and adding knowledge of the Portuguese language.

The undergraduate degree in international Spanish for the professions emphasizes knowledge and awareness of:

• modern business practices as applied to the Spanish-speaking world;
• the theories of economics, business law, and international trade and finance;
• fundamental business Spanish terminology;

• the cultural environment in which business is conducted in the Spanish-speaking world;
• basic business according to the canons of this discipline; and
• international relationships.
In addition, students completing the degree in international Spanish for the professions are expected to acquire the ability and skills to:

• read and interpret in cultural and business-related terms sophisticated Spanish texts concerning business transactions;
• write and speak Spanish sufficiently to communicate effectively on business-related issues, be involved in critical discussions, and write critical essays on the subject;
• analyze a particular business problem to place it in a relevant context and formulate an appropriate response; and
• adequately translate business-related documents.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs +

Students must complete the required courses of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below. All Spanish majors are encouraged to consult with their designated departmental advisor before they register each semester.

Required Courses Semester Hours

Language and Literature Option

SPAN 3000 Advanced Spanish Language Skills, SPAN 3100 Literary Analysis in Spanish, and SPAN 3120 Advanced Spanish Grammar 11
Hispanic linguistics requirement. Of the total 32 credit hours required for the degree, at least 3 credit hours must be in Hispanic linguistics (SPAN 3050, 3150, 4430, or 4450).
At least 9 credit hours in upper-division literature, culture, and/or language (may include the Hispanic linguistics requirement) 9
At least 12 credit hours in courses at the 4000 level or above, with at least 9 credit hours devoted to literature (3 credit hours must come from either SPAN 4150 or 4160, and 3 credit hours must come from either SPAN 4170 or 4180). (Twelve credit hours may include the Hispanic linguistics requirement.) 12
In addition to the 32 credit hours in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 6 credit hours in courses from outside the Spanish department in one of the following areas are required: courses listed in the Chicano Studies program; linguistics; upper-division courses in another foreign language or comparative literature; or Portuguese 2110 and 2120 or 2150 6

Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture Option

Students must complete the required courses of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below. All majors are encouraged to consult with their designated departmental advisor before they register each semester.

Note that prerequisites for the program include sufficient Spanish knowledge to be admitted to 3000-level courses and sufficient knowledge of Portuguese to be admitted to 2000-level courses.

PORT 2110 Second-Year Portuguese 1 or PORT 2350 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers 3
PORT 2120 or SPAN/PORT upper-division 3

Upper-division
PORT 3220 Latin American Culture: Spanish America and Brazil or PORT 3230 Lusophone Cultures: Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa 3
4000-level PORT course 3
SPAN 3000 Advanced Spanish Language Skills, SPAN 3100 Literary Analysis in Spanish, and SPAN 3120 Advanced Spanish Grammar 11

Hispanic Linguistic Requirement
Of the total 32 upper-division credit hours required for the degree, at least 3 hours must be in Hispanic Linguistics (SPAN 3050, 3150, 4430, or 4440).
Upper-division SPAN or PORT literature, culture, and/or language (may include Hispanic Linguistics requirement). 6
“Masterpieces” courses. Three of these credit hours must come from either SPAN 4150 or 4160, and 3 credit hours must come from either SPAN 4170 or 4180 6
SPAN or PORT 4000-level course 3

Note: Directly-related courses outside of the department, such as ANTH 4730, may satisfy this requirement. These courses must be preapproved by the department.

Native speakers of Portuguese, and in general, all students whose Portuguese skills are beyond the PORT 2120 or 2150 level, are not required to take these courses. However, students have to make up these credit hours by taking 6 hours of upper-division SPAN or PORT courses or any related courses outside the department. Related courses must be approved by the department.

NOTE: To fulfill the requirements for a Spanish Language and Literature or a Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture major, students must complete 32 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or above and at least 12 upper-division credits at CU-Boulder, 6 of which must be from the masterpiece courses listed previously (SPAN 4150 or 4160, and SPAN 4170 or 4180).
No more than 3 independent study credit hours may count toward the major.

No grade lower than C- in a Spanish course will be counted in the major requirement.

Students seeking teaching certification in Spanish must take SPAN 3050, 3120, and 3200 or 3210.

Students who want certification for teaching at the secondary level should note that the School of Education requires SPAN 4650 and 4660. Students who major in Spanish are expected to meet with their departmental advisor before registration. Failure to do so may delay graduation. Students considering entering graduate school for an advanced degree in Spanish, either at CU-Boulder or any other institution, should see a departmental advisor as early as possible.

Graduating in Four Years +

Consult the Four-Year Guarantee Requirements for information on eligibility. The concept of “adequate progress” as it is used here only refers to maintaining eligibility for the four-year guarantee; it is not a requirement for the major. To maintain adequate progress in Spanish, students should consult with the department associate chair for undergraduate studies to obtain detailed guidelines.

International Spanish for the Professions Option

In cooperation with the Leeds School of Business, the department offers an interdisciplinary major in international Spanish for the professions. It offers students numerous career possibilities, both in government and private industry, at home and abroad. Those choosing this major are not able to enter the Boulder graduate program in Spanish without fulfilling the requirements in the language and literature major. Only a limited number of students may enroll in the international Spanish for the professions major. Courses within the major normally are completed in the student’s junior and senior years. Declaration of the major should be completed as early as possible in the student’s academic career, but no later than the second semester of the sophomore year.

Note: Prerequisites for the program include sufficient Spanish to be admitted to 3000-level courses, ECON 2010 and 2020. SPAN 3040 and SPAN 4070 must be taken at CU-Boulder.

Required Courses Semester Hours
Professional Spanish Courses
(No substitutions permitted.) 15 credit hours
SPAN 3030 Professional Spanish for Business 1 3
SPAN 3040 Professional Spanish for Business 2 3
SPAN 3200 Spanish Culture or SPAN 3210 The Cultural Heritage of Latin America or 3220 Latin American Culture: Spanish America and Brazil 3
SPAN 4060 Problems of Business Translation in Spanish 1 3
SPAN 4070 Problems of Business Translation in Spanish 2 3

Spanish Language Courses
17 credit hours
SPAN 3000 Advanced Spanish Language Skills 5
SPAN 3100 Literary Analysis in Spanish 3
SPAN 3120 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
Any SPAN 4000-level course 3
Upper-division elective (recommended: SPAN 3050, 3310, 3340, 4930) 3

Courses in the Leeds School of Business
(No substitutions permitted.) 16 credit hours
BCOR 2000 Accounting and Financial Analysis 4
BCOR 2050/2400 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
BCOR 2150/2300 Adding Value with Management 3
BCOR 3000/3100 Business Law, Ethics, and Public Policy 3
ECON 3403 International Economics and Policy (Prereq. ECON 1000 or ECON 2010 and 2020) 3
Completion of the above sequence does not fulfill all requirements for a minor in the Leeds School of Business. Majors interested in this option must consult with the Spanish department advisor and will have to take some courses for the minor during the summer.

Area Courses
12 credit hours
Students are required to take courses outside the Spanish department in a field related to their professional interests or a second major or degree. These may include courses in business, economics, computer science, linguistics, another foreign language, Chicano studies, Latin American studies and international affairs, and any course dealing with the Hispanic world from anthropology, history, political science, and geography. Courses meeting this requirement must be approved by an advisor.
Six credit hours may be taken in lower-division courses.
Six credit hours must be taken in upper-division courses.

Note: The College of Arts and Sciences does not allow more than 45 credit hours in any one discipline to be counted toward the 120 credit hours required for a BA degree. This rule does not mean that a students may not take more than 45 credit hours in Spanish, but rather that one must have a least 75 credit hours in courses other than Spanish. PORT 2110 and 2120 or 2150 will be accepted as partially fulfilling upper-division courses in other foreign languages. No Spanish or approved area courses with a grade lower than a C- will be counted in the major requirements. The ancillary GPA (made up of the combined grades from the Business courses and the Area courses) must be at least 2.00.

Concurrent BA/MSIB +

This program is designed for exceptional students who wish to combine their BA in international Spanish for the professions with an MS in international business (MSIB) from the University of Colorado Denver. Students are able to complete both degrees in five years, including two summer sessions, because 15 credit hours of the undergraduate major can be used to waive the common body of knowledge requirement of the MS program.

Students who wish to pursue the joint degree will need to take the following undergraduate business courses.

Required Courses Semester Hours
BCOR 2000 Accounting and Financial Analysis 4
BCOR 1010/2010 Business Statistics (must be taken during summer) 3
BCOR 2050/2400 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
BCOR 3000/3100 Business Law, Ethics, and Public Policy 3
ECON 3403 International Economics and Policy 3

Admission Procedures. Students apply for the MSIB program in their third year by declaring their intention to the Spanish for the professions advisor, submitting the standard MSIB application forms, and completing admissions requirements, which include the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test). Students are notified of acceptance to the program before the start of their fourth year. Students must have at least a 3.00 GPA to be considered for admission.

Study Abroad +

The department strongly recommends that all majors include some study in a Spanish-speaking country in their major program. The department co-sponsors with the University of Kansas a program in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The university cooperates with full-year and semester programs in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Spain. There are also programs in Brazil and Portugal for Portuguese speakers. Credit earned normally counts toward satisfaction of the major requirements, but the student should see the associate chair for undergraduate studies before enrolling in a foreign program to discuss transfer of credit. Credit for work done in special programs offered by foreign universities is evaluated on an individual basis. It should be noted that courses taken abroad and designated as Spanish are also subject to the 45-hour maximum rule of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students interested in study abroad should see International Education in the first chapter of this catalog for more information.

Students who present transfer work or credit earned in CU study abroad programs to satisfy major requirements are expected to complete at least 12 upper-division credits, including at least 6 from the 4000-level masterpiece courses listed above, on the Boulder campus. As an exception, one of the masterpiece courses can be taken in the program at Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Graduate Degree Programs +

Students wishing to pursue graduate work in Spanish leading to candidacy for advanced degree should read carefully requirements for advanced degrees in the Graduate School section.

Master’s Degree +

Language Requirement. Students must demonstrate, as early as possible and before taking the comprehensive examination, a communication knowledge (as defined by the Graduate School) of a foreign language other than Spanish. They also must be able to speak, read, and write English well.

Areas of Concentration. The MA in Spanish is offered in two areas of concentration: one with an emphasis on literature, and one with an emphasis on linguistics. (Contact the department for further information.)

Doctoral Degree +

Residence Requirement. PhD students must complete a minimum of one academic year in residence on the Boulder campus (excluding summer) within the four years immediately preceding the date on which they present themselves for the PhD comprehensive examination.

Language Requirement. The student must demonstrate as early as possible, but at least one full semester before taking the comprehensive examination, a communication knowledge (as defined by the Graduate School) of one foreign language and a reading knowledge of a second language in addition to Spanish. The languages are chosen by the student in consultation with the advisory committee.

Areas of Concentration. The PhD in Spanish is offered in six literary periods of concentration: medieval, golden age, 18th and/or 19th century peninsular, 20th century peninsular, colonial and 19th century Spanish American, and 20th century Spanish American. For further information on these options, contact the department.

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