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Spanish majors can take advantage of an array of careers: Arts, Media & Entertainment, Teaching, Social Work, Human Resources, Travel & Tourism, Service, Industry & Commerce, Scientific & Professional, Government, Armed Forces, Court Translators, High School and College Counseling, Sales and Marketing, etc. The areas of Law Enforcement, Medicine and Law also need bilingual professionals at all levels.

There are three basic concentrations: 1) concentration in Spanish; 2) a two-language concentration; 3) a three-language concentration (Spanish and one of the following: Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, or Japanese). Furthermore, any major in Spanish may earn a collateral minor in International Business.

Concentration in Spanish

A minimum of twenty-four (24) upper-division semester hours is required for a major (the equivalent of eight (8) courses at the 3000 level or above). For students in this classification, the following courses in Spanish are available:

  • 3301 Conversation
  • 3303 Composition
  • 3308 Spanish Phonetics
  • 3311 Intermediate Conversation
  • 3312 Advanced Conversation
  • 3313 Advanced Composition
  • 4307-08 Advanced Grammar (4307 in the Fall and 4308 in the Spring)
  • 4306 Applied Spanish Linguistics (required for teachers)
  • 4410 Spanish Literature and Civilization (required)
  • 4431 Contemporary Spanish Prose
  • 4432 Contemporary Spanish Poetry and Drama
  • 4510 Spanish American Literature and Civilization (required)
  • 4561 Pre-Contemporary Spanish American Prose Fiction
  • 4563 Hispanic Literary Genres (required)
  • 4562 Contemporary Spanish American Prose Fiction
  • 4701 Spanish for Commerce
  • 4703 Languages/Cultures/Communities
  • 4704 Spanish for Healthcare
  • 4790-99 Special Topics in Literature and Linguistics

Please note that some course numbers may vary depending on the semester certain courses are offered.

Two-language concentration

A minimum of twenty-seven (27) upper-division hours is required, with a minimum of nine (9) hours in each language.

Three-language concentration

This option requires prior consultation and with the approval of the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Normally a three-language concentration requires thirty-three (33) upper-division semester hours: at least twelve (12) semester hours in two languages plus approved course work in a third language.

Collateral minor in International Business

Any major in Spanish may earn a collateral minor in International Business. Students with this collateral should take the following courses:

  • 3303 Composition
  • 3312 Advanced Conversation
  • 4701 Spanish for Commerce

Students should have a minimum of six (6) additional hours of Spanish taken from other upper-division courses. The minor in International Business requires at least eighteen (18) semester hours within the Fogelman College of Business and Economics. Students should know that the courses listed for the minor in International Business are upper-division courses which may have lower-division courses as prerequisites. Therefore, a minor will normally include nine (9) semester hours from this list, and another nine (9) semester hours of lower-division courses taken as prerequisites.

More information

For a full description of the program, please refer to the undergraduate catalog. A sample four-year plan for studying Spanish (Typical 4-Year Spanish Concentration Sequence) can also be found on that webpage.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Spanish program, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Spanish, Isadora Belmonte (Jones Hall 108H, (901) 678-4273).

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