Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (SPANBA)Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Description

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.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 33 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Second-Year Spanish II. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-S 200 or appropriate placement exam score. This course continues the work of HISP-S 200. Continued emphasis on all four skills and on critical thinking skills. Grades are based on exams, oral tests, homework, compositions, and a cumulative final exam. Homework is substantial. After successful completion of this course, the foreign language requirement is fulfilled for schools that require a four-semester sequence. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Spanish Grammar in Context**. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-S 250 or appropriate placement exam score. A topic-based approach to the formal aspects of Spanish grammar. Formal linguistic skills are developed through explicit grammar instruction, the reading of Hispanic texts, and the study of literature and culture through writing and conversation. Credit given for only one of HISP-S 280 or HISP-S 310. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-S 280 or HISP-S 310; or appropriate placement exam score. Through the examination of a variety of texts, this course explores Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latino culture from historical, social, artistic, and political perspectives. Credit given for only one of HISP-S 275 or HISP-S 324. (3 credit hours.)
  4. Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-S 280 or HISP-S 310; or appropriate placement exam score. Introduces the basic concepts of Hispanic linguistics and establishes the background for the future application of linguistic principles. The course surveys linguistic properties in Spanish, including phonology, morphology, and syntax. Additional introductory material on historical linguistics, second language acquisition, semantics, and sociolinguistics will be included. (3 credit hours.)
  5. Introduction to Hispanic Literature. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-S 280 or HISP-S 310; or appropriate placement exam score. Develops skills needed for more advanced study of Hispanic literatures through the reading and analysis of texts in at least three literary genres. Credit given for only one of HISP-S 328, HISP-S 331, HISP-S 332, or HISP-S 333. (3 credit hours.)
  6. Spanish Track Requirement. Complete one (1) of the Spanish Tracks (see list below).
  7. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. 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.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. 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.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Notes

  • * Native speakers of Spanish are expected to complete the major with coursework at the 300–489 level.
  • ** Students who place into the HISP-S 300 level are not eligible for HISP-S 280 credit, and therefore must take three (3) additional credit hours of advanced Spanish electives.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.