The study of a foreign language is an important component of a liberal arts education. In a world where most people speak a language other than English, proficiency in a foreign language allows you to take the fullest advantage of opportunities to understand the culture, history, and literature of another country. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the U.S.; another reason why a Spanish major can be extremely useful!

As a Spanish major, your first priority will be to write and speak Spanish at a sufficient level to allow you to participate in critical discussions as well as write critical essays. The ability to read sophisticated Spanish texts at a level at which literary analysis can be performed will come next. 

You will also become acquainted with the history of Spanish and Spanish-American literature, and develop a familiarity of the major creative writers. Along with the study of literature comes an awareness of the social and historical contexts in which particular literary traditions developed.  

Modern language laboratories and media are used to provide a basis for discussion. However, there is no substitute for close teacher-student interaction in foreign language instruction; therefore, most instruction is carried on in lecture-discussion format classes.

The department offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in Spanish. You have the option of either pursuing a language and literature option, Spanish and Portuguese language and culture option, or an option in international Spanish for the professions. This latter includes courses in business, economics, and math, among others.  

A degree in Spanish provides you with the skills, information, and concepts relevant to careers in virtually every area. It also offers exciting career possibilities, both in government and private industry, at home and abroad. Languages are extremely useful in

The Spanish program also provides the background necessary for advanced study and specialization in Spanish.  

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work. 

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

It is strongly recommended that as a Spanish major you include some study in a Spanish-speaking country as part of your undergraduate program. In conjunction with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the CU-Boulder Office of International Education offers a program of particular interest to Spanish majors in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The university also offers programs in Alicante, Granada, Madrid and Sevilla, Spain; and in the Latin American countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

For more information, call the Office of International Education at 303-492-7741 or stop by the Center for Community. The home page is at: http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/.

Majors may choose to seek honors in Spanish, resulting in the designation of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude at graduation. Look into this program early as it often involves special coursework, research, or a thesis. 

Spanish is one of the languages available to students involved in the CU-Boulder Modified Foreign Language Program. This program is designed for students who have exceptional difficulty with foreign languages. For more information, call the Office of Arts and Sciences at 303-492-7885.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. Learn to write proposals, conduct research, pursue creative work, analyze data, and present the results. For more information, call UROP at 303-492-2596, or view the website: http://enrichment.colorado.edu/urop/.

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.         

 

Spanish Language and Literature 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

First Year – Fall Semester
SPAN
1010 (5): Beginning Spanish 1 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
SPAN
1020 (5): Beginning Spanish 2 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)
Elective/MAPS (3-4)


Second Year - Fall Semester
SPAN
2110 (3): Second-Year Spanish 1 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester
SPAN
2120 (3): Second-Year Spanish 2 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
Related Fields (3): course outside of Spanish (See Degree Audit for details and instructions)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year - Fall Semester
SPAN
3000 (5): Advanced Spanish Language Skills
Related Fields (3): course outside of Spanish (See Degree Audit for details and instructions)
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Third Year - Spring Semester
SPAN
3100 (3): Literary Analysis
SPAN 3120 (3): Advanced Spanish Grammar
SPAN 3010 (3): Advanced Rhetoric and Comp (Also fulfills CORE: Skills Acquisition Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
SPAN
(3): Hispanic Linguistics (See Degree Audit for choices)
SPAN 4150 or 4160 (3): Major Works/Trends
SPAN (3): Literature course (See Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
SPAN 4170 or 4180
(3): Major Works/Trends
SPAN 4000 (3): level elective
SPAN (3): upper-division elective
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.

 

Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

First Year – Fall Semester
SPAN
1010 (5): Beginning Spanish 1 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
SPAN
1020 (5): Beginning Spanish 2 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)
Elective/MAPS (3-4)


Second Year - Fall Semester
SPAN
2110 (3): Second-Year Spanish 1 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester
SPAN
2120 (3): Second-Year Spanish 2
PORT 2350 (3): Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year - Fall Semester
SPAN
3000 (5): Advanced Spanish Language Skills
PORT 2120 (3): Second-year Portuguese 2 or upper-division SPAN/PORT elective
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Third Year - Spring Semester
SPAN
3100 (3): Literary Analysis
SPAN 3120 (3): Advanced Spanish Grammar
PORT 3220, 3230, or 3003 (3): Portuguese Culture
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals and Values)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
SPAN
(3): Hispanic Linguistics (See Degree Audit for choices)
SPAN 4150 or 4160 (3): Major Works/Trends
PORT 4000 (3): level course elective
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
SPAN 4170 or 4180
(3): Major Works/Trends
SPAN or PORT 4000 (3): level elective
SPAN 3010 (3): Advanced Rhetoric and Comp (Also fulfills CORE: Skills Acquisition Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.
 

International Spanish for the Professions 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

First Year – Fall Semester
SPAN
1010 (5): Beginning Spanish 1 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
SPAN
1020 (5): Beginning Spanish 2 (If needed, does not fulfill Spanish major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills-a Statistics or Calculus course is required for the Business major)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)
Elective/MAPS (3-4)


Second Year - Fall Semester
SPAN 2150 (3):
2nd Year Spanish (2150 requires permission)
Lower-division Area Course (3): (Six credits required, see Degree Audit for details and restrictions)
BUSM 2001 (3): Principles of Marketing and Management (must apply to Business minor, requires Statistics or Calculus prerequisite)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)

Second Year - Spring Semester
SPAN
3000 (5): Advanced Spanish Language Skills
Lower-division Area Course (3): (Six credits required, see Degree Audit for details and restrictions)
BUSM 2002 (3): Financial Accounting and Finance
ECON 2010 (4): Principles of Microeconomics
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)


Third Year - Fall Semester
SPAN 3030
(3): Professional Spanish for Business 1
SPAN 3100 (3): Literary Analysis
SPAN 3120 (3): Advanced Spanish Grammar
BUSM 3001, 3002, 3003, or 3004 (3): (3004 is Summer only)
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)

Third Year - Spring Semester
SPAN 3040
(3): Professional Spanish for Business 2
BUSM 4001 (3): Professional Business Plan Development
ECON 2020 (4): Principles of Macroeconomics
Upper-Division Area Course (3): (Six credits required, See Degree Audit for details and restrictions)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: United States Context)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
SPAN 4060
(3): Problems of Business Translation in Spanish 1 (Fall only)
SPAN 4000 (3): level elective
ECON 3403 (3): International Economic Policy
SPAN 3010 (3): Advanced Rhetoric and Comp (Also fulfills CORE: Skills Acquisition Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
SPAN 4070
(3): Problem of Business Translation in Spanish 2
SPAN (3): Culture Course (See Degree Audit for choices)
Upper-Division Area Course (3): (Six credits required, See Degree Audit for details and restrictions)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

*Students who are dual degree in the Leeds School of Business do not complete the Business minor or the Area Courses – courses are completed using Leeds requirements