Major and Minor Requirements

Spanish Major

Degree Requirements

Core Courses (*denotes classes for Spanish Heritage speakers):

  • 3 units (1 course) in Grammar and Writing SPAN 325 or SPAN 323*
  • 3 units (1 course) in Conversation SPAN 330 or SPAN 333*
  • 3 units (1 course) in Literature SPAN 350 or SPAN 352
  • 6 units in Portuguese (2 courses) PORT 305 and PORT 325

All students majoring in Spanish are required to choose an emphasis in one of the following areas, in addition to the core classes:

A minor is required. Consult with your advisor to select a minor or discuss other options such as selecting a second major.

Every undergraduate degree program requires satisfaction of the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA).

N.B.: University policy does not allow courses offered for Tier 1 General Education credit to be applied to any major or minor.

Spanish or Portuguese Minor

We offer two minors: a minor in Spanish and a minor in Portuguese.

Spanish Minor Degree Requirements

The minor in Spanish consists of no less than 18-20 units of work beyond the 102 level, and must include at least nine units of upper division coursework. Required courses include SPAN 201, 202, 251, 325, 330, and 350 or 352. Students must meet prerequisites to take 400-level courses.

The required courses are also offered in the Heritage Track, SPAN 253, 323 and 333.

Courses (*denotes classes for Spanish Heritage speakers):

  • 3 units (1 course) in Third Semester Spanish SPAN 201
  • 3 units (1 course) in Fourth Semester Spanish SPAN 202 OR Writing and Oral Skills for the Heritage Learning of Spanish SPAN 203*
  • 3 units (1 course) in Intermediate Spanish SPAN 251 OR Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners I SPAN 253*
  • 3 units (1 course) in Grammar and Writing SPAN 325 OR Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners II SPAN 323*
  • 3 units (1 course) in Conversation SPAN 330 OR Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners SPAN 333*
  • 3 units (1 course) in Introduction to Literary Genres SPAN 350 OR Regarding Politics & Culture SPAN 352
  • 3 units (1 course) in SPAN 300/400 elective (SPAN 343: Spanish Phonetics for the Heritage Speaker is recommended)*

All students need to complete the 6 courses. If you did not start with SPAN 201, you need to complete courses through the CLEP test or by taking SPAN 300/400 level classes in order to get a total of 6 courses.

Portuguese Minor Degree Requirements

The minor in Portuguese consists of no less than 18 units, starting at 200 with at least 9 units of upper division courses.

Here is the roadmap of undergraduate requirements for a Portuguese minor:

The first step is to take Portuguese 101 and 102 for a total of 8 units. If you test into Portuguese 305A or above level classes, proceed to the next level.

The Portuguese Minor 
requires a minimum of 18-20 units of coursework - minimum of 9 units of upper division courses and requiring PORT 350 as a core course. Please note that Portuguese 305A and 325 are part of the minor.

The 9 units upper division units can be chosen from the following list:

Language classes:
PORT 305A – First Semester of Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
PORT 325A – Second Semester of Portuguese: Intermediate Grammar and Conversation
PORT 425 – Third Semester of Portuguese: Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Writing Skills

Literature classes:
PORT 350 – Introduction to Genres and Literary Analysis
PORT 401 – Luso-Brazilian Literature - 1900
PORT 463 – Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature

Linguistics classes:
PORT 440 – Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology
PORT 452-  Introduction to Portuguese Linguistics

PORT 498 – Senior Capstone
Portuguese minor completed!

Muito bem parabéns!

Questions? Contact the Undergraduate Advisor for Spanish and Portuguese.


Ready to Declare?

Thank you for your interest, there are many benefits of majoring in Spanish & Portuguese! Declare a major or minor in one of the following ways:

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To declare a major, please schedule an appointment using the button below.

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Complete the online Major/Minor declaration form (NetID required). An academic advisor will follow up with more information as soon as possible. Please note that there may be slight delays during registration and other periods during the semester. If you have any questions, please contact