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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish BA

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The Spanish program studies the language, linguistics, literature, culture and civilization of Spain, Spanish America and the Spanish-speaking areas of the United States.

Admission and Grade Requirements

To be admitted to major status in Spanish, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3). The minimum grade acceptable in any course applied to a Spanish major or minor is a C (2.0). The GPA in all courses applied to a Spanish major or minor at UC Denver must be 2.5. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a Spanish major or minor.

Residency Requirement

The BA in Spanish requires 30 semester hours of upper-division course work in Spanish and 6 additional hours in related fields. A minimum of 18 semester hours of Spanish course work for the major, and 9 hours for the minor, must be taken from Spanish faculty at CU Denver. 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.

Proficiency Requirement

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.

Course Requirements for the Major

Students majoring in Spanish for the BA degree must complete 30 semester hours of upper-division course work, at least 12 of which must be at the 4000 level. All course work applied to the 30-semester-hour minimum must be taught in Spanish. In addition, students must complete 6 semester hours in courses in related fields outside the curriculum in Spanish.

Program Requirements

Language, Literature and Culture Track


Total: 9 Hours


Total: 9 Hours

Total: 6 Hours


Two SPAN electives, to be taken at the 4000 level

Total: 6 Hours


Choose 2 courses from the following fields of study (see Modern Languages departmental web site for a list of pre-approved courses):

Latin American studies (from fields such as history, geography, political science, art history)
Hispanic American studies
Linguistics (in the fields of anthropology or English)
Comparative literature
Upper-division courses in another foreign language

Total: 6 Hours


International Language and Culture for the Professions Track

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.)

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.


(These courses do not count toward the major total of 45 semester hours)

Total: 12 Hours

Total: 6 Hours

Total: 6 Hours


Two SPAN electives, to be taken at the 4000 level.

Total: 6 Hours


Business Total: 15 Hours



  • Language study abroad / international travel or field study
  • Internship in target language
  • Official proficiency exam

Undergraduate Licensure Program in Spanish

With this option, students complete a major in Spanish along with additional course work required for certification to teach Spanish in the public schools. This program should be chosen early in the students’ careers. See the description of Undergraduate Teacher Licensure  on the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) Urban Community Teacher Education program page for more information. You may also contact the CLAS Advising Office (phone 303-556-2555 or visit North Classroom, 4002) and the Spanish advisor for more information.

Honors in Spanish

Students who complete all the requirements for the Spanish major (as outlined above) and meet the following criteria are encouraged to talk with the Spanish faculty about participation in the honors program. Successful completion of this program by students majoring in Spanish leads to graduation with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude.

Cum laude

Overall GPA of 3.5 or better and Spanish GPA of 3.8 or better

Magna cum laude or summa cum laude

  1. Overall GPA of 3.5 or better and Spanish GPA of 3.8 or better
  2. 6 semester hours of Spanish 4840, Independent Study, spread over two semesters. The candidate must present the independent study topic for approval by the faculty honors committee by the end of the semester preceding the independent study. At the end of the independent study project, and at least one month before the end of the second semester, the candidate shall submit a written thesis to the faculty honors committee.
  3. The designation of magna or summa will be the decision of the faculty honors committee.


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