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Hispanic Studies B.A.

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 28 to 48
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The B.A. in Hispanic Studies provides cultural manifestations and a broader world perspective; studying Spanish is also important as it becomes the second language of the United States. This major emphasizes communication skills, language proficiency, and the study of language, literature, and culture as they pertain to Spain, Spanish America, and the U.S. Latino population. It prepares students for graduate or professional school programs such as law, or for work in government or with agencies and businesses having international ties. It provides students with a traditional liberal education. Honors Requirements: Departmental honors will be awarded to students according to the following process. Students who achieve a 3.30 GPA in upper division language courses at UMD will be invited by program faculty to submit a portfolio of excellent work done in the language for consideration by faculty in the program. The faculty then will decide if honors will be awarded, based on that portfolio.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major). Students majoring in Hispanic Studies cannot minor in Latin American Area Studies, but they may double major. Students double majoring in Hispanic Studies and Latin American Area Studies must have a third field of study (another major or minor). Note: Students pursuing both Hispanic Studies B.A. and the Teaching Spanish B.A.A. must satisfactorily complete 12 non-overlapping upper division credits of Spanish electives over and above the requirements for the B.A.A. to receive both degrees. 2. Two elective courses applicable to the major must be taken through UMD. 3. Study abroad is encouraged for all students and the department makes every effort to facilitate such experiences. 4. Oral proficiency exam.
Core (0-20 cr)
The core program in language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) is common to all majors and minors. Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement. Students need to complete the advanced Spanish language course before other upper division courses that emphasize literature and culture.
SPAN 1101 - Beginning Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1102 - Beginning Spanish II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 2301 - Advanced Spanish [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Electives (24 cr)
To enroll in these courses students must have earned a C or better in SPAN 2301, be currently enrolled, or have instructor consent. With adviser consent, some upper-division Spanish courses may be transferred and/or earned abroad, but at least two courses must be taken through UMD. For a complete listing of courses see the Course Description page: https://webapps-prd.oit.umn.edu/courses/courses.jsp?designator=SPAN&submit=Show+the+courses&campus=UMNDL
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3042 - Hispanic American Civilization and Culture [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3xxx
· SPAN 4xxx
· FST 3894 - Study Abroad in Spain: Language and Culture (6.0 cr)
Optional Elective
One of the following courses (taught in English) applies to the '24 elective credits'. With prior approval from an adviser, selected courses may be taken in another department or program if related to the major.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3618 - Ancient Middle America (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3563 - American Literature I [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3564 - American Literature II [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 2001 - Existential Literature [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 2093 - Spanish Historical Film and Fiction in Translation [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 2540 - Latino Literatures and Cultures [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 2550 - Globalization and Sustainability in Latin America [SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
· WS 3002 - Latin American Women: Culture and Politics (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Recommended: WRIT 3100 - Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing
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