Spanish, B.A.


Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements Spanish

1. Major requirements (39-53 units) (see Advising Notes 1, 2, and 3 below)
Lower division: (14 units)
SPAN 1A, SPAN 1B, SPAN 2A, SPAN 2B, SPAN 3, SPAN 4A, SPAN 4B, SPAN 5 (see Advising Notes 3 and 4)
Upper division: (39 units)
SPAN 119, SPAN 121A, SPAN 121B, SPAN 140, SPAN 142, SPAN 143, SPAN 170 (21 units)
Select from SPAN 145, SPAN 147, SPAN 148T, SPAN 149, SPAN 150, SPAN 165 (6 units)
Electives (exclude SPAN 110T) (12 units)

2. General Education requirements (48 units) (see Advising Note 2)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. This total indicates that a maximum of two courses (6 units) in G.E. Breadth C2 may be applied to the Spanish major: SPAN 1B, 2A, 2B, 3, 4A, and 4B. Consult a Spanish major advisor for additional details.

Advising Notes

  1. CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses in the Spanish major except for those taken Credit by Examination.
  2. Students must receive a minimum grade of C in each upper-division course used toward the Spanish major.
  3. A maximum of two courses from one department may be used simultaneously to satisfy the General Education requirement and the major requirements. If the Spanish major is the secondary major in a double major (see double major), this limitation does not apply. Consult a faculty advisor for additional details.
  4. Spanish majors who have studied Spanish in high school or who by culture or experience can speak Spanish at a certain level of proficiency must consult with a Spanish advisor to determine which lower-division courses, if any, may be waived. (Also see Credit Allowance in Foreign Language.) Spanish majors who are eligible to enroll immediately in SPAN 1B, 2A, 2B, 3, or 5 are not required to make up the lower-division units waived. Waiver of required units for the major does not reduce the total number of units required for the awarding of the bachelor's degree. All Spanish majors are required to take Spanish 4A and 4B as prerequisites to upper-division Spanish courses. These prerequisites can be challenged through Credit by Examination.


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Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Office Location: Peters Building, Room 393

Mail Stop PB 96
Fresno, CA 93740-8030

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