Hours52 - 86 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

It is strongly recommended that StDev 317, a 2-credit-hour course, be taken at the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. Because liberal arts degrees provide preparation in a variety of useful fields rather than a single career track, this course is recommended to help liberal arts students focus on specific educational and occupational goals and to identify the career options or educational opportunities available to them. The course will introduce them to the resources needed for accessing information about graduate schools, internships, careers, and career development. Students will learn basic employment strategies, including the steps necessary for obtaining employment related to their own specialty.
The Spanish and Portuguese Department requires a minimum of 18 hours of upper-division major credit to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
requirement 1
Prerequisite courses:
Complete the following prerequisite courses: Span 105, 106, 205, 206.
Complete one of the following prerequisite courses: Span 211R or Span 212R.
Note 1: Native speakers and returned missionaries normally start with Span 321; however, returned missionaries who wish to strengthen their language skills may start with Span 206.
Note 2: Prerequisite courses may be waived for those having sufficient proficiency with the language.
requirement 5 Complete 15.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 6 Complete 1 option
option 6.1 Complete 1 course
Note: An ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test, Reading Comprehension Test, and Listening Comprehension Test are taken in connection with Span 491. It is expected that Spanish majors will pass these tests with a rating of Advanced Low or higher.
requirement 7
Complete a minor from any department (approximately 16-21 hours), or complete a second (additional) major (approximately 30-60 hours), or complete 18 credit hours of courses (also known as an Option II) from among the following related fields: (1) A second modern foreign language (upper-division courses only); (2) Latin, Greek, or English beyond the GE requirement; (3) Linguistics; (4) Classical civilization; (5) Latin American history or geography; (6) humanities; (7) archaeology of Spain or Latin America; (8) Comparative literature; (9) Pre-medical school requirements; or (10) Other areas approved by the department chair.
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a Spanish language/culture immersion experience, such as an LDS mission, Study Abroad program, internship, a semester in the Foreign Language Student Residence, or a service learning course.
Program Outcomes

Language Competence

Students will speak, listen, read, and write Spanish at the ACTFL advanced level or higher (see the ACTFL guidelines here).

Cultural Competence

Students will identify cultural practices (e.g., customs and traditions) and cultural products (e.g., arts, institutions, and individuals) from the Spanish-speaking world, place them in their historical, political, and social contexts, and interpret the unique perspectives on human experience that they reveal.

Critical Thinking and Expression

Students will analyze language, literary texts, and other cultural products and practices using sound thinking and clear expression.

Connecting Learning to Life

Students will connect academic experience to their personal and professional lives.