Jul 14, 2024  
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025 
    
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025

Spanish, B.A.


Universal Curriculum Requirements


To be awarded a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, students are required to complete universal curriculum requirements in addition to the program requirements provided below. The school universal curriculum requirements can be found on the school Degree Programs page .

Prerequisites


In order to declare a major in Spanish, a student must have completed SPAN 2020 Advanced Intermediate Spanish or the equivalent, with a grade of C or better. A C- is insufficient. Students must complete SPAN 2020 at the University of Virginia or through a study abroad program recommended, not merely approved, by the department.

Students who have scored a 4 on the Spanish Language Advanced Placement (AP) Exam will proceed directly to SPAN 3010. Students who have scored a 5 on the Spanish Language AP Exam may not take SPAN 3010 for credit; they are eligible to enroll in any SPAN class for which 3010 is the sole prerequisite.

Students who score a 4 on the Spanish AP Literature Exam will proceed directly to SPAN 3300. Students who have scored a 5 on the Spanish AP Literature Exam may not take 3010 or 3300 for credit; they should proceed to any course for which Span 3010 or 3300 is a prerequisite. Students who have earned a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Spanish Exam A1 or A2 may enroll in SPAN 3300. They may not take SPAN 3010 for credit.

Students who have scored a 5 or 6 on the IB Spanish Exam B (High Level) should enroll in SPAN 2020.

Students who have scored a 7 on the IB Spanish Exam B (High Level) should enroll in SPAN 3010.

Native speakers of Spanish must consult the Director of the Undergraduate Program before taking any Spanish courses in order to determine how best to proceed. Heritage speakers will need to be assessed via SAT II, AP, or AVANT placement exam scores, but are welcome to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Program as well.

Spanish


Requirements for the Major in Spanish


The Spanish major consists of thirty credits completed above the following course with a grade of C or better: 

  • Credits: 3
  • NOTE: Courses in which a student receives a C- or less will not count toward the major.

    As in the case of any major in the College of Arts and Sciences only courses taken for a grade will count for the major. Additionally, only courses taught in Spanish and with the “SPAN” prefix can count toward the Spanish major.


    When declaring the Spanish major, all students are required to choose one of the three concentrations described below (the General Concentration, the Literature and Culture Concentration, and the Language and Linguistics Concentration) to give structure to their Spanish studies.

    • Students are expected to take courses in the sequence indicated below for each concentration. ​
      • The Spanish major consists of 10 different courses (30 credits).
      • Spanish majors may not take a survey course (3400-3430) during their fourth year, unless:
        • They are on the Language and Linguistics track OR
        • They began upper level Spanish study late enough that it would have been impossible to have taken the survey course any earlier.

  • Students who are placed out of the following courses must still earn 30 credits of upper-division Spanish to complete the major, substituting another language course for SPAN 3010 and another literature course for SPAN 3300:

  • Credits: 3
  •       AND/OR

  • Credits: 3
  • NOTE: A survey of literature and culture course (SPAN 3400-3430) may substitute for 3300 as long as it is not used to count as one of the required surveys. Students who place out of SPAN 3010 and/or 3300 must provide the department with proof of placement (e.g. copy of AP scores).


  • Information for Native and Heritage Speakers: 

    • All students who place themselves incorrectly may lose credit for the courses in which they enroll without departmental permission.
      • Only one conversation course may be counted toward the major.
      • Native speakers of Spanish may not enroll in conversation courses.
      • Heritage speakers must consult with the Director of Undergraduate Programs for permission to enroll in a conversation course.

    • It is expected, but not required, that all Spanish majors will complete at least a summer of study-abroad. All are highly encouraged to study abroad for a semester or a year.
      • Credit will only be granted for study completed at a program approved by the department for major or minor credit. A list of these programs is available on the department website.

    NOTE: Students who wish to study in a program that does not appear on the department’s list must go through the petition process administered by the International Studies Office and must also apply to the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Spanish.

    • They must provide a compelling academic reason for studying in a non-approved program.
    • Students who study in a UVA program (currently, only the program in Valencia provides 2000-4000 level courses) may count all of the courses taken abroad toward their Spanish major or minor.
    • Students who study in an approved program in Spain or Latin America that is not run by UVA may count up to 9 credits for a semester of study abroad or 15 credits for a year of study abroad toward their Spanish major.
      • Two non-consecutive semesters of study abroad will be treated as a continuous year abroad for the purpose of transferring credit toward the major or minor, as will any combination of a semester abroad with a summer term.

Concentration in General Spanish


One prerequisite and 10 additional courses.

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 - Finding your Voice in Spanish Credits: 3  (Must be completed before declaring the major)

Four courses at the 4000-level:


  • SPAN 4040 may count as a literature and culture or as a language course.

 

  • SPAN 3010 must be taken at the University of Virginia, the U.Va. program in Valencia, or through an approved study abroad program. If the student has received a 5 in the AP Spanish Language Exam, these 3 credits need to be replaced by a language or linguistics course at the 3000 level.

 

  • SPAN 3300 must be taken at the University of Virginia, the U.Va. program in Valencia, or through an approved study abroad program. If the student has received a 5 in the AP Spanish Literature Exam, these 3 credits need to be replaced by a different literature and culture course.

In order to take a 4000-level course in literature and culture or culture and civilization, a student must have previously completed at least one survey (3400s) course. Students in the Business Spanish minor are not required to take a survey or SPAN 3300 if they take SPAN 3010 at UVA. Ideally a major will take both survey courses before advancing to the 4000-level courses in literature and culture and in culture and civilization. Please note that Spanish majors may not take literature survey courses (3400s) during their fourth year, except as described above.

Note that only one conversation course will count for the major.

Concentration in Literature and Culture


One prerequisite and 10 additional courses.

Six 4000-level Literature and Culture courses:


  • SPAN 3010 must be taken at the University of Virginia, the U.Va. program in Valencia, or through an approved study abroad program. If the student has received a 5 in the AP Spanish Language Exam, these 3 credits need to be replaced by a language or linguistics course at the 3000 level

 

  • SPAN 3300 must be taken at the University of Virginia or through a recommended study abroad program. If the student has received a 5 in the AP Spanish Literature Exam, these 3 credits need to be replaced by a different literature and culture course.

Taking one survey course is a prerequisite for taking any 4000-level course in literature and culture. At least one survey must be taken at the University of Virginia or through a recommended study abroad program. Ideally a major will take both survey courses before advancing to the 4000 level courses in literature and culture. Please note that Spanish majors may not take literature survey courses during their fourth year.

Concentration in Language and Linguistics


One prerequisite and 10 additional courses.

Additional Courses


Study Abroad


All students wishing to earn SPAN credit for work done abroad must have this credit approved by the Spanish program. Students wishing to study in Spain for major credit must enroll in a program approved by the department.

The department operates one direct-credit program in Valencia, Spain.  Currently, only the Valencia program offers courses at the 2000, 3000 and 4000 level.  Students may also study in a number of other programs in Spain and Latin America that have been approved by the Spanish faculty. Consult the Director of Undergraduate Programs, or the departmental website for an up-to-date list of approved programs. Students who wish to study in a program that does not appear on this list must go through the petition process run by the International Studies Office, and must apply to the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Spanish.  They must provide a compelling academic reason for studying in a non-approved program.

For information about how to count study-abroad credit toward the major in Spanish, please consult the sections on the major above.

Independent Study


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 must be taught in Spanish and must have the “SPAN” prefix—as noted above, only courses taught in Spanish and with the “SPAN” prefix can count toward the Spanish major, the Spanish minor, and the Business Spanish minor. For an independent study course to count for the Spanish major it must be taken for a grade.

Distinguished Majors Program


Spanish majors of exceptional ability and dedication are encouraged to enroll in the Distinguished Major Program. Like other Spanish majors, the DMPs are required to take ten courses (30 credits) at the 3000-level or above. However, three of these courses must be 4000-level seminars or, with the approval of the DMP Coordinator, 5000-level courses.

In addition to the ten courses (30 credit hours) required of all majors, DMPs take two additional courses (6 hours) devoted to researching and writing a thesis in Spanish.

In the fall semester of their 4th year, DMPs enroll in Span 4890, “Distinguished Major Colloquium” (a 3-credit credit/no credit course), and meet regularly with the Coordinator to discuss research strategies and set intermediate goals. In the second semester of their 4th year, DMPs enroll in Span 4989, “Distinguished Major Thesis” (3 credits, grade option) and meet regularly with a faculty thesis adviser. DMPs present their research at a departmental colloquium in the spring of their final year. A departmental committee determines different levels of distinction (Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction), based on the quality of the student’s thesis, the student’s overall work in the major field of study, and the student’s overall college record (a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 is required).

Language Requirement


SPAN 1010 and 1020 are courses reserved exclusively for true beginners, students who have never studied Spanish before entering UVA. Students who have studied Spanish prior to coming to UVA 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, the IB (high level) exam, or the UVa Spanish placement exam. The sequence of courses, depending on the level at which the student begins, is as follows: SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020; or SPAN 1060, 2010, 2020; or SPAN 2010, 2020; or SPAN 2020. The sequence must be followed to complete the language requirement. Once students begin the sequence of courses, they cannot skip any course in the sequence. Students are not permitted to self-place in a language course. Students who place themselves incorrectly will receive an F for the courses in which they enroll without permission. SPAN 1010 is offered in Fall only and SPAN 1020 is offered in Spring only. All Spanish courses to be counted toward the language requirement must be taken at UVA or at a UVA approved study abroad program.

Major in Latin-American Studies


For major and minor requirements see the section on Latin American Studies.

Additional information

For more information, contact Professor Thomas Klubock, Department of History, 323 Nau Hall, P.O. Box 400180, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4180; (434) 924-7147; www.history.virginia.edu/home.

Transfer Credit


With approval from the Department, a student who transfers to UVA from another college or university may apply up to 12 credit hours for the major requirements and up to 6 credit hours for the minor requirements.