Degree Requirements

Spanish Studies Degree Requirements (effective Fall 2016)

There are a total of 45 upper-division credits required for the Spanish studies major. See Program Major Requirements below for a breakdown of the credit requirements.

Lower Division Requirement

  • Six courses in the regular track Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; or three courses in the Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SpHS) track, SpHS 4, 5, 6; or equivalent proficiency;
  • History 11A, Latin America: Colonial Period or History 11B, Latin America: National Period or History 12, Introduction to Latino American History;
  • Linguistics 50, Introduction to Linguistics.

Upper Division Requirement

Four required Spanish studies core courses (20 credits total):

  • Literature:  LIT 189A, From the Conquest to Sor Juana; or LIT 189B, Romanticism to Modernism (5 credits)
  • Spanish Studies:  Literature 189C/Span 105*, Introduction to Spanish Studies (cross-listed course) (5 credits)
  • Linguistics:  Spanish 150*, Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (5 credits)
  • Spanish Language: Spanish 114, Advanced Conversation and Composition or SpHS 115, El ensayo lectura, analisis y redaccion (5 credits)

*Spanish Literature 189C/Spanish 105 and Spanish 150 must be taken prior to enrollment in or in conjunction with concentration courses.

Choice of Concentrations (choose one concentration—3 courses, 15 credits total)

Languages and Linguistics Track (three courses): Five-credit Spanish language courses numbered 100-189, Spanish 199 and Languages 199 (except Literature 189C/Spanish 105, Spanish 114, Spanish 150 and Spanish for Heritage Speakers 115) are accepted with the permission of the Spanish studies director (or faculty adviser).

  • Spanish 140, Sounds of Spanish
  • Spanish 151, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Varieties of Spanish
  • Spanish 152, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish in the U.S.
  • Spanish 153, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish as a Second Language
  • Spanish 156A, The Language of Latin American Cinema
  • Spanish 156B, The New Latin American Song
  • Spanish 156C, Latin American Women’s Voices
  • Spanish 156E, Spanish Culture
  • Spanish 156F, Humor in the Spanish Speaking World
  • Spanish 156J, Central American Cultures
  • Spanish 156M, Mexico and the Southwest

Literature and Culture Track (three courses): Any 5-credit Spanish literature course numbered 188-189 (except Literature 189A, 189B, 189C); see below for examples:

  • Literature 188A, Medieval Spanish Literature
  • Literature 188B, Spanish Literature: Origins to 18th Century
  • Literature 188D, Introduction to the Golden Age
  • Literature 188E, Spanish Golden Age Theater
  • Literature 188G, Literature and Life in Don Quijote and Other Cervantes Texts
  • Literature 188I, Picaresque Novel
  • Literature 188M, Spanish Literature: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • Literature 189G, Cine y Literatura
  • Literature 189F, U.S. Latino/a Writing in Spanish, English, and Spanglish
  • Literature 189J, Social Documentary
  • Literature 189L, Latin American Poetry
  • Literature 189H, La Globalizacion en/del Cine Latin/o Americano
  • Literature 189N, Latin American testimonio
  • Literature 189M, Spanish American Prose
  • Literature 189O, El cuento en Hispanoamérica: Variedades esteticas de la literatura breve in America Latina
  • Literature 189Q, Fiction and Marginality: The Marginal at the Center
  • Literature 189S, Popular Culture in Latin American Narrative
  • Literature 189T, Historia de la lectura y los lectores: recepción y consumo cultural en el mundo Latino Americano
  • Literature 189U, Modernidad y Literatura: El Boom de la novela latinoamericana
  • Literature 189W, Spanish Speaking Caribbean
  • Literature 189X, Cuba
  • Literature 189Y, African-Latin American Literature

Electives (one upper-division course, 5 credits total): Choose from related 5-credit courses in Anthropology, Education, Feminist Studies, History, History of Art and Visual Culture, Latin American and Latino Studies, Linguistics, Sociology (see approved upper-division elective courses for Spanish Studies on our website:, or any upper-division Spanish Literature, Spanish, or languages concentration courses not taken for concentration credit or capstone requirement.

Capstone Requirement

The following courses will satisfy the capstone requirement for Languages and Linguistics track: Spanish 151 or Spanish 152 or Spanish 153.  For Literature and Culture track: Spanish 190A. The courses will be offered spring quarter only and are restricted to students with senior standing, please plan accordingly.  The courses listed above cannot be used for both capstone and concentration; one or the other only; no duplication.

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

The Disciplinary Communication general education requirement (DC requirement) is satisfied by successfully completing Spanish 114 or SpHS 115 and must be completed at UCSC.