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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, B.A.

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In addition to adhering to the UC Merced and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts requirements, the Spanish major requires 56 units. Courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis unless the course is only offered on a pass/no pass basis. Students must complete all major course prerequisites with a C- or better.

Before starting Spanish Major coursework, students should have taken SPAN 004: Intermediate Spanish II  or SPAN 011: Spanish for Heritage Speakers II , or the equivalent (i.e. appropriate scores on the Spanish Language or Literature Advanced Placement Exam).

Lower Division Spanish Major Requirements [8 Units]

Two lower division introductory courses:

Upper Division Spanish Major Requirements [44 Units]

 Complete the following courses:

One course in Hispanic Culture [4 units]

Two courses in Spanish Literature [8 units]

Two courses in Latin American Literature [8 units]

Two upper division elective courses [8 units]

Complete two upper-division elective courses in Spanish language and culture, Spanish Literature, Latin American literature or U.S. Latino/a literature. Students may choose any courses from the following list, except for those they may have already taken to satisfy one of the requirements listed above.

Breadth Requirement [4 Units]

One breadth course focused on literature, linguistics, or any aspect of the Hispanic world from any discipline. This may be either an upper division or a lower division course. Consult a SSHA Advisor, the SSHA Advising website (ssha-advising.ucmerced.edu) or MyAudit for the most updated list.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who wish to major in Spanish should complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) at their community college. Transfer students may not be admitted to the Spanish major without specific major preparation. Please contact the Office of Admissions for current information.

Spanish Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning goals for the Spanish major describe the purpose of education in our degree unit and our vision for student enrichment. Faculty will strive to realize the following goals.

  1. Demonstrate Spanish writing and reading skills equivalent to at least the advanced-high level of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines.
  2. Demonstrate Spanish speaking and listening skills equivalent to at least the advanced-high level of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  3. Explain and apply the major theoretical perspectives in literary analysis.
  4. Identify and apply linguistic concepts pertinent to the Spanish language when analyzing writing and oral, literary and non-literary texts.
  5. Articulate similarities and differences within the cultures of the Hispanic world by discerning the main topics and characteristics of different historical periods, and by analyzing literary and non-literary texts in light of their historical embedment in the Latin American, US Latino and Spanish contexts.

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