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Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements SPANBA

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish offers students an in-depth encounter with the rich and diverse realm of Spanish and Spanish American literature, culture and linguistics through the Spanish language. Students can explore such topics as Hispanic language, cultures, and societies, Hispanic film studies, the novel and short story, theater, poetry, translation, and gender in literature.


The major requires at least 33 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Second-Year Spanish II. One (1) course:
    • HISP-S 250 Second-Year Spanish II
    • HISP-S 251
  2. Spanish Grammar in Context**. One (1) course:
    • HISP-S 280 Spanish Grammar in Context
    • HISP-S 281 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  3. Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures. One (1) course:
    • HISP-S 324 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures
  4. Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. One (1) course:
    • HISP-S 326 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  5. Introduction to Hispanic Literature. One (1) course:
    • HISP-S 328 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  6. Spanish Track Requirement. Complete one (1) of the Spanish Tracks (see list below).
  7. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the HISP subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements or the College Breadth requirement (unless otherwise noted) :

  • HISP-S 100 Elementary Spanish I
  • HISP-S 105 First-Year Spanish
  • HISP-S 150 Elementary Spanish II
  • HISP-S 208 The Language of Leadership
  • HISP-S 220 US Latino Literatures
  • HISP-S 260 Trends in Hispanic Cinema
  • HISP-S 265 Topics in Hispanic Literature in Translation
  • HISP-S 269
  • HISP-S 284 Women in Hispanic Culture
  • HISP-S 290 Topics in Hispanic Culture
  • HISP-S 293 Spanish Across the Curriculum
  • HISP-S 499 Honors Research in Spanish
  • HISP-S 421
  • SPAN-S 203
  • SPAN-S 303
  • The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements, but will count toward the College Breadth requirement:
    • HISP-P 100 Elementary Portuguese I
    • HISP-P 115 Portuguese for Doing Business in Brazil
    • HISP-P 135 Intensive Portuguese
    • HISP-P 150 Elementary Portuguese II
    • HISP-P 200 Second-Year Portuguese I
    • HISP-P 250 Second-Year Portuguese II
    • HISP-P 290 Global Portuguese: Arts and Culture
    • HISP-P 311 Advanced Grammar and Composition in Portuguese
    • HISP-P 317 Reading and Conversation in Portuguese
    • HISP-P 400 Literatures of the Portuguese-Speaking World I
    • HISP-P 401 Literatures of the Portuguese-Speaking World II
    • HISP-P 405 Literature and Film in Portuguese
    • HISP-P 410 Brazilian Cinema
    • HISP-P 411 Portugal: The Cultural Context
    • HISP-P 412 Brazil: The Cultural Context
    • HISP-P 415 Women Writing in Portuguese
    • HISP-P 420 Literatures of the Portuguese-Speaking World in Translation
    • HISP-P 425 Structure of Portuguese Language
    • HISP-P 467 Contemporary Portuguese Literature
    • HISP-P 470 Poetry in Portuguese
    • HISP-P 475 Theatre in Portuguese
    • HISP-P 476 Prose in Portuguese
    • HISP-P 493 Portuguese Across the Curriculum
    • HISP-P 495 Luso-Brazilian Colloquium
    • HISP-P 498 Portuguese Honors Seminar
    • HISP-P 499 Honors Research in Portuguese
    • HISP-S 100 Elementary Spanish I*
    • HISP-S 105 First-Year Spanish*
    • HISP-S 150 Elementary Spanish II*
    • HISP-S 200 Second-Year Spanish I*

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) will count toward the College Breadth requirement.

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Minor in Spanish (SPANMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.