The curriculum provides students with an attractive mixture of classes with Latin-American, Spanish Peninsular, U.S. Latino, and Transatlantic grounding. Studies will include the renowned works of Cervantes, including Don Quixote.

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Admission into the Major

Course placement information appears in the Spanish course description section of the catalog. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama. Additionally, students must declare a major with the undergraduate advisor in the department.

Special Opportunities

The Spanish program at The University of Alabama offers a quality education and a range of learning opportunities. These include the Alabama in Spain summer abroad program, the Spanish Outreach program in the Tuscaloosa/Northport area and UA’s semester abroad program in Cuba (offered by the College of Arts and Sciences). The Department of Modern Languages and Classics also offers honors courses in Spanish.

Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in Spanish must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

More InformationHours
Major Courses
SP 353Spanish Conversation 13
SP 356Adv Grammar And Compos3
SP 364 or Spanish Civilization3
SP 366 Spanish-American Civ
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Select two of the following:6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Survey Of Spanish Lit
Survey Of Spanish Lit
Masterpc Sp-Amer Lit I
Masterpc Sp-Amer Lit II
US Latino Literature
Electives 2
Select six hours of SP electives 300 or 400 level6
Select three hours of SP elective 400 level3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Cervantes
SP 491Cervantes3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in Spanish requires the successful completion of the following courses:
SP 101Introductory Spanish I4
SP 102Introductory Spanish II4
SP 201 or Intermediate Spanish3
SP 211 Honors Intermediate Spanish I
SP 202 or Intermediate Spanish3
SP 212 Honors Intermediate Spanish II
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Total Hours41

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus. Courses taken in the UA summer program in Spain may be used to satisfy the residency requirement.

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

Course Placement

The course level at which students begin their study of Spanish is determined by several factors. These factors include the following: the number of high school units completed, language placement examination scores, AP score, and/or faculty evaluation/consultation. For more detailed placement guidelines, see the College website or Spanish program website:  http://mlc.ua.edu/spanish/undergraduate/course-placement/

Placement Credit received with grade of "Pass" (C- or better)
SP 101 No prior instruction in Spanish (or >4 years ago); or 3 or fewer high school units; or UA placement test
SP 102 4 to 5 high school units in Spanish; or UA placement test
SP 201 6 to 7 high school units in Spanish; or UA placement test
SP 202 8 high school units in Spanish; or UA placement test
SP 353 / SP 356 UA placement test

Note that 1 high school unit is generally equivalent to 1 semester of high school work.

Credit Option

Except for heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in SP 201 or higher and who earn a grade of C- or higher in the course may be granted additional credit upon written petition.  Students are encouraged to take the placement test in order to place into the highest course level possible, as incoming students may receive up to 10 hours of additional credit (SP 102, SP 201, SP 202).

Placement Credit received with grade of "Pass" (C- or better)
SP 101 No prior instruction in Spanish (or >4 years ago); or fewer than 4 high school units; or UA placement test
SP 102 4 to 5 high school units in Spanish; or UA placement test
SP 201 6 to 7 high school units in Spanish; or UA placement test
SP 202 8 high school units in Spanish; or UA placement test
SP 353 / SP 356 UA placement test

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