Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

The Major

Preparation for the Spanish Major

Students must have finished SPAN 202 or SPAN 212 (or the equivalent, e.g. placement in upper-division through the Department's Placement exam), thereby demonstrating proficiency in oral and written expression. Lower-division courses provide the necessary training in the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) as well as basic cultural competency. Upper-division courses further develop these skills and bring students to a level of proficiency of Advanced Low to Advanced High on the ACTFL scale. The experience of living and studying in a Spanish-speaking country is highly recommended.

Major Requirements

Students must complete 27 units of upper-division work, selected from Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, which must include:

SPAN 301Writing and Composition in Spanish3
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: 13
SPAN 422Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
SPAN 423Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
SPAN 424Don Quijote de la Mancha
SPAN 426Studies in 18th and 19th Century Peninsular Literature and Culture
SPAN 427Studies in 20th and 21st Century Peninsular Literature and Culture
SPAN 434The "New" World
Select one of the following 400-level courses in Latin American Literature: 13
SPAN 410Latinx Literatures and Cultures
SPAN 434The "New" World
SPAN 448Latin American Short Story
SPAN 449Latin American Novel
SPAN 451Latin American Poetry
SPAN 453Mexican Literature and Culture
SPAN 458Jewish Latin America
One 400-level elective course 3
Select any 6 units of upper-division SPAN courses6
SPAN 495Senior Capstone Project (optional) 20-3
or SPAN 497 Senior Capstone Project with Advanced Integration
Total Units27-30

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 or SPAN 212 may enroll in many 300-level courses (300-307), it is highly recommended that the sequence outlined above be followed.

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
SPAN 101First Semester Spanish3
Semester IIHours
SPAN 102Second Semester Spanish3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
SPAN 201Third Semester Spanish3
Semester IIHours
SPAN 202
or 212
Fourth Semester Spanish
Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Junior Year
Semester IHours
SPAN 301
or 311
Writing and Composition in Spanish
Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers
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 495 Optional Senior Capstone Project