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BA in Romance Languages with Emphasis in Spanish

Degree Program Description

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 BA degrees within the College of Arts and Science) may be able to complete the majors with a minimum of 120 credits.

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 Conversation3
SPAN 3150Advanced Spanish Conversation3
or SPAN 3721 Spanish Phonetics
SPAN 3160Advanced Spanish Composition3
or SPAN 3280 Commercial Spanish
SPAN 3420Introduction to Hispanic Literature I3
SPAN 3430Introduction to Hispanic Literature II3

Additional Requirements

Students must complete five 4000-level courses selected with the advisor’s approval. 

  • Required courses: one peninsular lit., one Spanish-American lit., three courses of choice.
  • Up to 12 credits of SPAN 4980 may be counted toward fulfillment of major requirements.

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.
  • It is highly recommended (not required) that students study for a summer, a semester or a full year in a Spanish-speaking country. 

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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 216013SPAN 3150 or 372113
ENGLSH 1000*3Science/Science Lab*5
MATH 1050, 1100, or STAT 12003Behavioral Science*3
Social Science*3Social Science*3
 12 14
Second Year
Science*3SPAN 3420 or 343013
SPAN 3160 or 328013Science*3
Behavioral Science*3Humanities*3
 12 12
Third Year
SPAN 3420 or 343013SPAN 4000-level13
Social Science*3SPAN 413013
 15 15
Fourth Year
SPAN 4000-level13SPAN 499313
SPAN 4000-level13Elective3
 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. Please see Minor in Spanish.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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