Spanish Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Major

The 28 units of upper-division work, which are selected from Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, must include:

SPAN 301Advanced Grammar and Composition3
or  SPAN 311 Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 302Cultural History of Spain3
SPAN 303Introduction To Cultural Analysis3
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America3
Select one of the following 400-level courses in Spanish Peninsular Literature:3
Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
Don Quijote de la Mancha
Studies in 18th and 19th Century Pennisular Literature and Culture
Studies in 20th and 21st Century Peninsular Literature and Culture
Studies in Hispanic Film
Depending on content, SPAN 430 may count for either the Peninsular or Latin American requirement. Consult with instructor or section director.
The "New" World
Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (depending on topic)
Select one of the following 400-level courses in Latin American Literature:3
Latin@ Literatures and Cultures
Studies in Hispanic Film
Depending on content, SPAN 430 may count for either the Peninsular or Latin American requirement. Consult with instructor or section director.
The "New" World
Latin American Short Story
Latin American Novel
Mexican Literature and Culture
Jewish Latin America
Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
One 400-level elective course 3
Select any 6 units of upper-division SPAN courses6
SPAN 495Senior Capstone Project 11
1

The capstone project is carried out in the student’s last year in the program, and it should be linked thematically to one of the last two upper-division courses taken for the major. The student must consult with the program director to determine her or his project and enroll in SPAN 495.

A minimum of 15 upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus.

Recommended Program of Study for the Spanish Major

This program of study is designed for incoming freshmen with little or no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. Students begin the program at the level corresponding to their placement as determined through the department's Placement Policy, and, therefore, with sufficient prior language preparation, they may initiate upper-division course work as early as their freshman year. While students having successfully completed SPAN 202 may enroll in many 300-level courses (300-307), it is highly recommended that the sequence outlined above be followed.

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
SPAN 101First Semester Spanish3
Semester IIHours
SPAN 102Second Semester Spanish3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
SPAN 201Third Semester Spanish3
Semester IIHours
or SPAN 202
212
Fourth Semester Spanish
Spanish for Heritage Speakers
3
Junior Year
Semester IHours
or SPAN 301
311
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers
3
Semester IIHours
SPAN 302Cultural History of Spain3
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America3
300-level course3
Senior Year
Semester IHours
300- or 400-level course3
400-level course3
Semester IIHours
400-level course3
400-level course3
SPAN 495Senior Capstone Project (linked to 400-level course)1-3