Spanish Major

As a Letters & Science student, you will take a variety of courses across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to satisfy university-wide General Education Requirements plus additional classes in formal reasoning, international awareness, and research to satisfy Letters & Science Degree Requirements.

There are also quality requirements (minimum GPA) and residency requirements (number of classes taken at UWM).

Degree requirements may vary depending on when you first started college either at UWM or elsewhere.

Requirements

Total Spanish Credits

33 credits

Required Language Courses (6 credits)
  • Spanish 308 - Advanced Writing and Reading
  • Spanish 318 - Advanced Speaking and Listening
    or
    Spanish 319 - Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers
Required Lingusitics Course (3 credits)
  • Spanish 341 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Required Literature Courses (12 credits)
  • Spanish 350 - Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • Spanish 470 - Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization
  • Spanish 472 - Survey of Spanish American Literature and Civilization
  • Spanish 474 - Survey of Spanish Literature and Civilization
Research Requirement (3 credits) (Satisfies L&S Research Requirements)

Students must complete a research experience within the context of one of the following courses at the 500 level:

  • Spanish 506 - Seminar in Spanish Literature: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 507 - Seminar in Spanish American Literature: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 508 - Seminar in Hispanic Literature: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 541 - Seminar in History of the Spanish Language
  • Spanish 545 - Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 570 - Seminar in Spanish Golden Age Literature: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 571 - Seminar in Spanish American Colonial Literature: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 572 - Seminar on Cervantes: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 575 - Seminar in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Spanish American Literature and Civilization: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 577 - Seminar in Modern Spanish American Literature and Civilization: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 578 - Seminar in Modern Spanish Literature and Civilization: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 580 - Seminar in Spanish Romanticism and Realism: (Subtitle)


Electives (9 credits)

Students must take a minimum of 9 additional credits at the 300 level or above. At least 3 of these credits must be taken at the 400 level or above. All 9 credits can be taken from the following list of electives as well as from the 500-level courses listed under the research requirement:

  • Spanish 315 - Spanish Immersion Experience
  • Spanish 332 - Business and Legal Spanish I
  • Spanish 333 - Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • Spanish 338 - Spanish for Health Professions
  • Spanish 348 - Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish
  • Spanish 377 - Introduction to Galician Culture
  • Spanish 388 - Health Issues in the Hispanic World
  • Spanish 391 - Social and Historical Issues in the Hispanic World
  • Spanish 442 - Business and Legal Spanish II
  • Spanish 443 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • Spanish 444 - Spanish Syntax and Morphology
  • Spanish 446 - Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish 461 - Topics in Hispanic Culture
  • Max 3 credits selected from:
    • Spanish 371 - Introduction to Latino Literature in English
    • Spanish 373 - Topics in Latino Literature in English
    • Portugs 360 - Luso-Brazilian Culture
    • Portugs 380 - Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation


Other Requirements

The major in Spanish requires 33 credits in Spanish courses at the 300 level and above, at least 15 of which must be taken in residence at UWM.

Honors in Spanish

Spanish majors who meet the following requirements may apply to the undergraduate advisor to graduate with "Honors in the Major":

  1. Maintain at least a 3.500 GPA in all credits that count toward the major;
  2. Maintain at least a 3.000 GPA in all courses taken at UWM; and
  3. Take at least two 500-level courses.


GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.