BA in Romance Languages with Emphasis in Spanish

Degree Program Requirments

The BA in Romance Languages with an emphasis in Spanish is the exploration of the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries.  The degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of Spanish beyond SPAN 2100.  Faculty strongly encourages all majors to spend at least one semester (or summer) studying abroad, preferably after their second year of the language.  Given the liberal arts foundation of a degree in Spanish students pursue careers in a variety of fields or continue their studies.  Graduates have pursued careers in journalism, tourism, diplomacy, and education.

Major Program Requirements

Course work must be completed with a grade in the C range or higher in each of the required courses and students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the major. Students must meet all major requirements listed below, as well as all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

Students who work toward a double major (two degrees within the College of Arts and Science) may be able to complete the majors with a minimum of 120 credits. Students who are considering a dual degree program (in Arts and Science and in another school or college) are advised that a minimum of 132 credits are necessary.

To obtain the BA degree in Romance Languages with an emphasis in Spanish, the following courses, or their equivalents, must be included in the graduation plan (numbers in parentheses indicate prerequisite courses):

Major core requirements
SPAN 2160Intermediate Spanish Composition and Conversation (SPAN 2100)3
SPAN 3150Advanced Spanish Conversation (SPAN 2160)3
OR SPAN 3720: Spanish Phonetics (SPAN 2160)
SPAN 3160Advanced Spanish Composition (SPAN 2160)3
OR SPAN 3280: Commercial Spanish (SPAN 2160)
SPAN 3420Introduction to Hispanic Literature I (SPAN 3160)3
SPAN 3430Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (SPAN 3160)3

Additional Requirements

Students must complete five 4000-level courses (one of which must be a capstone) selected with the advisor’s approval. These courses must be distributed in one of the following options:

  • Option 1: two peninsular lit., two Spanish-American lit., one course of choice (one course must be capstone).
  • Option 2: one peninsular lit., one Spanish-American lit., one language/civilization, one capstone and one course of choice.

It should be noted that SPAN 4960 Special Readings in Spanish cannot be used to fulfill this requirement except by permission of the department chair. Students who plan to teach at any level should include courses SPAN 3160 and SPAN 3721, rather than their alternates.

  • Students beginning at a level higher than SPAN 2160 due to placement testing must still complete 30 credits in order to receive the major.
  • In addition, the student is required to take a Writing Intensive course in the major, normally designated sections of SPAN 3420 or SPAN 3430, and must complete a minor.
  • It is highly recommended that students take SPAN 2310 Spanish Civilization as an elective and, if at all possible, study for a summer, a semester or a full year in a Spanish-speaking country.

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
SPAN 2160^3SPAN 3150 or 3721^3
ENGLSH 1000*3Science/Science Lab*5
MATH 1100*3Behavioral Science*3
Social Science*3Social Science*3
 12 14
Second Year
Science*3SPAN 3420 or 3430^3
SPAN 3160 or 3280^3Science*3
Behavioral Science*3Humanities*3
 12 12
Third Year
SPAN 3420 or 3430^3SPAN 4000-level^3
Social Science*3SPAN 4130^3
 15 15
Fourth Year
SPAN 4000-level^3SPAN 4993^3
SPAN 4000-level^3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 110

Course meets degree program requirements


Course meets University general education and/or campus requirements

Electives may be replaced by courses that fulfill requirements for a double/dual major or a minor.

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Degree Audit


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MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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