B.A. Program

The Joint Major in Linguistics and Spanish

12-16 required courses totaling a minimum of 36 credits.

Linguistics Courses:
201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory
401 Introduction to Syntax
402 Speech Sounds and Structure

Three courses chosen from the following:
LING 101 People and Their Language
LING 404 Field Methods
LING 409 Formal Foundations of Linguistics
LING 411 Intro to Language Acquisition
LING 413 Sociolinguistics
LING 414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists
LING 503 Intermediate Syntax
LING 505 Introduction to Historical Linguistics
LING 510 Introduction to Semantics

Spanish Courses:
SPAN 110, 120, 230, 240 (First and second year Spanish or equivalent proficiency demonstrated by testing or high school work)

SPAN 311 Advanced Grammar (SPAN 354 recommended for native speakers)
SPAN 378 Spanish Phonetics
SPAN 470 General View of Hispanic Linguistics

One of the following:
SPAN 320 Literature of Spain I (to 17th Century)
SPAN 321 Literature of Spain II (18th to 20th Century)
SPAN 322 Spanish American Literature I (to 19th Century)
SPAN 323 Spanish American Literature II (20th Century)

One of the following:
SPAN 415 Culture and Civilization of Spain
SPAN 417 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America

One of the following:
SPAN 471 Linguistic Varieties and Pluralism
SPAN 473 Contrastive Analysis Spanish English
SPAN 512 Spanish Language Minority in the US
SPAN 572 Spanish Dialectology
SPAN 574 Bilingualism and Language Contact
SPAN 579 Structures of Modern Spanish
LLC 475 Story of Romance Languages
or any other Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics course

Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing requirement in either department. The following courses satisfy the requirement:  LING 389, LING 404, LING 510, SPAN 312. The course need not be taken in the junior year.


Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.


College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.


See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.


University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.