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2023/2024 University Catalog 
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Spanish, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 11051) (SIMS Code: 117101)

Also Offered at SDSU Imperial Valley

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” No more than 52 units in Spanish courses can apply to the degree.

Impacted Programs

The majors in Spanish and Spanish in preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential are impacted programs. To be admitted to the Spanish major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better: SPAN 202  and SPAN 212  (or SPAN 282 ). These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC). These courses are automatically waived for native speakers of Spanish who have a high school diploma or equivalent from a country whose language of instruction is Spanish. International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement credit for SPAN 202  and SPAN 212  will satisfy this requirement;
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

A Minor Is Required with This Major

Students majoring in Spanish who complete a minor not exceeding 15 units can complete the major within 120 units.

Preparation for the Major

These courses are automatically waived for native speakers of Spanish who have a high school diploma or equivalent from a country whose language of instruction is Spanish. See adviser. (0-22 units)

Students completing the California Community College Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer (AA-T) will satisfy preparation for the major if SPAN 281  and SPAN 282  equivalent courses were completed. If not, SPAN 211  and SPAN 212  must be completed at the community college or at SDSU.


SPAN 281  replaces SPAN 201  and SPAN 211  and SPAN 282  replaces SPAN 202  and SPAN 212  for U.S. Hispanics.

Language Requirement

The language requirement for graduation is automatically fulfilled through coursework for preparation for the major.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience Requirement

All Spanish majors are required to complete an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country consisting of a minimum of six units (90 hours). To fulfill the International Experience Requirement, Spanish majors must enroll in a study abroad program approved by the department. Participation in other study abroad programs without the written approval of the department will not meet the international experience requirement for the major.


At least 15 upper division units for the major must be taken in residence through coursework offered by or sponsored by the SDSU Spanish department or by the CSU International Programs. Students who have successfully completed courses for upper division credit may not receive credit for lower division Spanish language courses.

A minimum of 30 upper division units taught in Spanish to include


*SPAN 381  or SPAN 382  replaces SPAN 301  and SPAN 302  for Spanish speakers. 

+Twelve units must be taken if SPAN 381  or SPAN 382  was taken in place of SPAN 301  and SPAN 302 .

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