Dec 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Spanish, International Language and Culture for the Professions Option BA

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This option in the Spanish major offers career possibilities, both in government and private industry, at home and abroad. Languages are useful in business, industry, commerce, civil service, law, library science, media, science, economics, health and social sciences. Students who follow this course of study could also qualify as teachers of general business subjects in bilingual as well as traditional school systems. (However, students who wish to be certified to teach Spanish in the public schools should consult the department for information concerning the undergraduate language licensure program.)

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Major

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  • International Spanish for the Professions is a controlled-enrollment major that takes two years to complete. Interested students should contact the Spanish advisor in the Department of Modern Languages to declare the major. This should be done as early as possible in the student’s academic career, but not later than the second semester of the sophomore year.
  • To be admitted to major status in Spanish, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3).
  • Prerequisites: (These courses do not count toward the major total of 45 semester hours)
    • ECON 2012 - Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 
    • ECON 2022 - Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 
    • MATH 1070 - Algebra for Social Sciences and Business  or
    • MATH 1110 - College Algebra  or
    • higher level math course
    • SPAN 2110 - Second Year Spanish I  or
    • SPAN 2120 - Second Year Spanish II 

General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a total of 45 credit hours, including a minimum of 30 SPAN credit hours and 15 credit hours in ancillary coursework.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 30 upper division (3000-level and above) credit hours in the major.
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C-(1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.5. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 18 SPAN credit hours with CU Denver faculty.

Program Allowances and Restrictions

  1. Spanish majors are advised to take MATH 1010 or 2830 for their CU Denver Core Curriculum Mathematics requirement.
  2. Courses taken at other institutions while a student is enrolled at CU Denver may be applied to the major only with departmental approval before enrollment in those courses.
  3. Before enrolling in their final semester in the language, Spanish majors must be evaluated by the faculty in oral and written skills. Students must see their Spanish advisor for specific information.
  4. Students must complete least 6 SPAN credit hours at the 4000 level.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in courses taught in Spanish.


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