Requirements for Minor in Italian
18 credits, exclusive of ITAL 101-202, and including: one ITTR course from the range 226-263; ITAL 301 and 302; ITAL 311 and 312; and one 300- or 400-level course. Substitutions: by agreement with the Italian undergraduate advisor.
Requirements for Major in Italian
Prerequisite for enrolling in the Program: ITAL 202 or equivalent. Course requirements for the B.A. degree in Italian language and literature: 27 credits (beyond ITAL 202), including: ITAL 301, 302, 311 and 312; one ITTR course from the range 226-263; two ITAL 300-level courses (one of which may be substituted with ARTH 231 or HIEU 321), and two ITAL 400-level courses. Substitutions by agreement with the Italian undergraduate advisor.
Distinguished Major in Italian
Prerequisites and curricular requirements are the same as for the major. In addition, students must have, at graduation, a GPA of 3.500 in all major courses, and must take 3 credits (thus reaching a total of 30) in connection with the senior thesis, to be written in Italian, of a length and nature accepted by the sponsor (selected by the student), and evaluated by a committee of three faculty.
The Italian program recognizes outstanding students of Italian through its chapter of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society. Each spring (in April), the program awards the Lola Pelliccia Prize, the Sonia Kaiziss Prize, and the Guiliano Prize.
For more information, contact Christina della Coletta, Associate Professor of Italian, 115 Wilson Hall, P.O. Box 400777, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4777; (434) 924-7159; www.virginia.edu/span-ital-port
The Portuguese program functions primarily as a service to other programs, including Spanish, Latin American Studies, the Latin American program in the department of Government and Foreign Affairs, Anthropology, and others. Students interested in beginning Portuguese at the University should have considerable prior experience with Spanish or French. Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad in Brazil or in Portugal.
Requirements for Minor in Portuguese
The Portuguese minor consists of eighteen credits beyond PORT 212.
For more information, contact the department, 115 Wilson Hall, P.O. Box 400777, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4777; (434) 924-7159; www.virginia.edu/span-ital-port
Prerequisites for Majoring in Spanish
In order to declare a major in Spanish, a student must have completed SPAN 202 or the equivalent, with a grade of C or better. Native speakers of Spanish must consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies before taking any Spanish courses in order to determine how best to proceed.
Requirements for the Major in Spanish
The Spanish major consists of thirty credits completed above the 200 level with a grade of C or better. When declaring the Spanish major, all students are required to choose one of the three tracks described below—the general track, the literature and culture track, and the linguistics and philology track—to give structure to their Spanish studies. All three tracks require students to complete three core courses that provide basic skills and knowledge: SPAN 311 Grammar Review or 411 Advanced Grammar and Composition; SPAN 330 Literary Analysis; and one of SPAN 340/341/342/343 Spanish and Spanish American literature surveys. Students must fulfill these core courses (311/411, 330 and a literary survey) at the University of Virginia or through a UVa direct-study abroad program such as the Valencia Program.
SPAN 311 must be completed before students take 330. These prerequisites for subsequent coursework may not be taken concurrently, and both must be completed before students can proceed in the major. Students who have completed 202 or who have scored 4 on the Spanish Language AP exam will begin the major in SPAN 311. Students who have scored 5 on the same exam may not take SPAN 311 for credit; they must substitute SPAN 411, Advanced Grammar and Composition, for SPAN 311, they may do so either before or after they take SPAN 330. Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the Spanish Literature AP exam may not take SPAN 330 for credit; they must substitute a 300- or 400- level literature or culture course for SPAN 330. All students who incorrectly place themselves, may lose credit for the courses in which they enroll without departmental permission. Native speakers of Spanish may not enroll in conversation courses.
One survey of Spanish literature
One survey of Latin American literature:
One Culture and Civilization course from following options:
Two language courses with a number higher than 300
Three courses at the 400 level or above in either language, literature, or culture and civilization
Major in Literature and Culture
One survey of Spanish literature:
One survey of Latin American literature:
One Culture and Civilization Course from the following options:
Five literature and culture courses from SPAN 423 or above
Major in Spanish Linguistics and Philology
- SPAN 421 - Spanish Philology
One seminar (SPAN 492, SPAN 493)
whose topics can include
- Peninsular Spanish Dialectology
- Latin American Spanish Dialectology
- Spanish in the United States
- Modern Spanish Syntax
- Sociolinguistics II
- Comparative Oral Discourse
- Contrastive Analysis
- Second Language Acquisition
- External History of Spanish Semantic Change
- Problems in Historical Phonology
- Problems in Historical Morphology
- Problems in Historical Syntax
- Problems in Spanish Etymology
The three core courses of the major must be completed at UVa or through a UVa direct-study abroad program such as Valencia, and all courses taken abroad for major or minor credit must be taken in Spanish. Students seeking elective credit should consult the appropriate departments.
Students wishing to study in Spain for major or minor credit must enroll in the UVa Valencia Program, which offers UVa credit, not transfer credit, or in a program approved by the Department, the College and the International Studies Office. Up to 15 UVa credits per semester and up to 24 UVa credits per year of study in the UVa Valencia Program may be applied to the Spanish major. Up to 9 UVa credits per year or semester of study in a UVa direct study program may be applied to the Spanish minor (see below).
Students who enroll in other approved study abroad programs in Spain may transfer up to 9 credits per semester and 15 credits per year of foreign study to the Spanish major, and up to 9 credits to the Spanish minor.
Students wishing to study in Latin America for major or minor credit must enroll in a study abroad program approved by the Department, the College, and the International Studies Office. Up to 15 UVa credits per semester and up to 24 UVa credits per year of study in a UVa Program such as UVa in Lima may be applied to the Spanish major. Up to 9 credits may be applied to the Spanish minor. Students who participate in other approved study abroad programs in Latin America may transfer up to 9 credits per semester and 15 credits per year of foreign study to the Spanish major. Up to 9 credits may be applied to the Spanish minor.
Independent study with a faculty advisor is available to advanced students who wish to pursue specific areas in depth that are not included in the regular curriculum. All of these courses are taught in Spanish.
Distinguished Majors Program
The department has a Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) in Spanish for those students who excel and wish to be considered for a degree with a title of distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction. Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program are required to complete 9 credits of coursework at the 500-level or above as part of the 30 credits required for their Spanish major. They are also required to complete a 6-credit thesis during their final semester of study.
Major in Latin-American Studies
For major and minor requirements see the section on Latin American Studies.
Requirements for the Minor in Spanish
The Spanish minor consists of 6 Spanish courses beyond the 202 level completed with a grade of C or better. SPAN 311 is a requirement for the minor, and it must be completed before students can take a course with a number higher than 311.
Five-year Teacher Education Program
Students wishing to enroll in the five-year B.A./M.T. Teacher Education Program should contact Professor Alicia Belozerco in the Curry School of Education or Professor David T. Gies, the program advisor in Spanish. The five-year program leads toward teaching certification and has special requirements, including a mandatory study abroad and diagnostic and evaluative proficiency exams in Spanish.
SPAN 101 and 102 are courses reserved exclusively for students who present no entrance credits in the language. Students who enter with two or more entrance credits and who wish to continue in Spanish will be placed according to scores obtained on the College Entrance Examination Board SAT II tests, the AP Exam, or the UVa Spanish placement exam. The sequence of courses, depending on the level at which the student begins, is as follows: SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202; or SPAN 106, 201, 202; or SPAN 201, 202; or SPAN 202. The sequence must be followed to complete the language requirement.
Students who place themselves incorrectly will not receive credit for the courses in which they enroll without permission.
For more information, contact the Department of Spanish, 115 Wilson Hall, P.O. Box 400777, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4777; (434) 924-7159; www.virginia.edu/span-ital-port
Italian in Translation
Note: ITTR courses are given in English and may not be taken to fulfill the language requirement in Italian.
In Italian, the sequence satisfying the language requirement is: ITAL 101, 102, 201, 202. Advanced standing is determined by an interview with the Italian undergraduate advisor.
Portuguese in Translation