Undergraduate Programs in Spanish and Portuguese

Why Study Spanish?

In addition to the academic, cognitive, and social benefits to learning another language, there are unique benefits to learning Spanish. For example, consider the following facts:

  • Spanish is the official language of 21 countries, and there are more than 400 million native speakers of Spanish, more than any other language in the world except for Mandarin Chinese.
  • Spanish has never been a “foreign language” in the United States. In fact, in the present day states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and FLORIDA, Spanish was spoken for nearly a century before the first English-speaking settlers arrived in Virginia and Massachusetts.
  • The United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world (after Mexico and ahead of Spain, Colombia, and Argentina).

Spanish Major Requirements

Thirty semester hours, distributed in the following manner, are required: fifteen semester hours of 3000-level courses including SPN 3300, SPN 3400; one 3000-level Hispanic cultures course (SPN 3510, SPN 3520, or SPT 3503); one SPW 3000-level literature course; a departmental linguistics course (usually LIN 3041). Required at 4000 level are fifteen semester hours in SPN or SPW courses, including at least one senior seminar (SPN 4540, SPN 4930, SPW 4930, or SPN 4700). SPT 3100 and SPT 3130 will not count for major credit. Heritage speakers must take SPN 3350 plus one additional 3000- or 4000-level SPW or SPN course (excluding 3400) instead of required SPN 3300 or SPN 3400.

Other major options include: Spanish with a concentration in business or a

Spanish co-major with 1 other language (French, German, Italian, or Russian).

Major requirement check sheets can be obtained from the undergraduate advisor in DIF 364.

Minors

Spanish: The minor requires 15 hours in Spanish coursework above 2220, including at least 3 hours in Spanish literature (SPW). SPT 3130 will not count for minor credit. Courses used to satisfy the Arts and Sciences or B.A. degree language requirement may not be used to satisfy the minor.

PortugueseThe minor consists of 12 hours in Portuguese above 1999. Credit extended in meeting the foreign language requirement may not be used in satisfying the minor.

Linguistics: Linguistics is the study of the nature of language. There are linguistic applications in many disciplines. The minor requires at least 12 hours from the following Linguistics courses; two of these must be core courses: LIN 3041, LIN 4030, LIN 4040, LIN 4512 or LIN 4905. If LIN 3041 is used for the Spanish major, it cannot be used for the linguistics minor.

Language Courses: (Starred courses may not be taken by native or heritage speakers)
  • SPN 1120* Elementary Spanish I (4cr)
  • SPN 1121* Elementary Spanish II (4cr)
  • SPN 2160r Spanish for Careers (4cr)
  • SPN 2220* Intermediate Spanish (4cr)
  • SPN 2240 Intermediate Spanish II (3cr)
  • SPN 3300 Spanish Grammar & Comp (3cr)
  • SPN 3350 Spanish for Heritage Speakers (3cr)
  • SPN 3400* Spanish Reading & Convers. (3cr)
  • SPN 3440 Lang. & Cult. in Business (3cr)
  • SPN 3510 Cultures of Iberia (3cr)
  • SPN 3520 Cultures of Latin America (3cr)
  • SPN 4420 Adv. Spanish Comp & Transl. (3cr)
  • SPN 4440 Business Writing in Spanish (3cr)
  • SPN 4540r Regional Cultural Studies (3cr)
  • SPN 4740 Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3cr)
  • SPN 4780 Spanish Phonetics (3cr)
  • SPN 4930r Studies in Hispanic Lang. (3cr)
Literature Courses:
  • SPW 3030 Approaching Hispanic Lit (3cr)
  • SPW 3103 Readings from Early Iberia (3cr)
  • SPW 3104 Readings from Modern Spain (3cr)
  • SPW 3132 Readings from Early Spanish Am (3cr)
  • SPW 3493 Readings from Mod Spanish Am (3cr)
  • SPW 4140r The Poetics of Hispanic Love & Violence (3cr)
  • SPW 4150r Transatlantic Encounters (3cr)
  • SPW 4190r Special Topics in Hispanic Lang & Lit (3cr)
  • SPW 4301r Hispanic Culture & Performance (3cr)
  • SPW 4481 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers (3cr)
  • SPW 4491 SPN American Women Writers (3cr)
  • SPW 4770 Caribbean Literature (3cr)
  • SPW 4930r Studies in Hispanic Literature (3cr)
Courses in Translation:
  • SPT 3100 Spanish Literature in Translation (3cr)
    • (This course will not count for major/minor credit)
  • SPT 3130 SPN-Am Literature in Translation (3cr)
    • (This course will not count for major/minor credit)
  • SPT 3391r Hispanic Cinema (3cr)
  • SPT 3503 Hispanic Cultural Analysis (3cr)

Honors In The Major

The Honors in the Major program in Spanish requires students to maintain a 3.2 grade point average, complete six hours of honors research, and write an honors thesis. For more information please contact the FSU Honor’s Office at 644-1841.

Spanish Honor Society

Sigma Delta Pi is the honor society for students of Spanish, and has had a chapter at the University since 1935. Sigma Delta Pi offers students competitive opportunities to study abroad. Students are initiated once a year. Undergraduates must have a 3.2 GPA in Spanish. Graduate students are also eligible. New members may apply in the spring term. Information about the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, may be obtained from Dr. Carolina Gonzalez; cgonzalez3@fsu.edu.

Language Requirement

All students receiving a degree (BA or BS) in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete a classical or modern foreign language through the intermediate level. This can be demonstrated with foreign language coursework through the 2000 level or with a satisfactory score on a department approved language placement exam...

Exemption and Placement

Students who can already demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and speaking through the intermediate level (in a language other than English) may be exempt from taking foreign language coursework. Students who speak French, German or Spanish can visit the Assessment Services Test Center in University Center Bldg. C, Rm 1200 to take a placement test. For information call 644-3017. All other students, please contact the undergraduate advisor in DIF 364, MLLadvising@fsu.edu.

For those students who have initiated foreign language study prior to entering Florida State University, selection of the appropriate language course level is extremely important. For students continuing studies in a language for which they have not yet received college credit, a mandatory (no cost) placement test is required.

Note: A placement exam may not be taken by any student that has already received college credit in that language. If you have questions about language placement and have already received college credit (CLEP, AP, IB, AICE, dual enrollment or transfer credit) please consult with the undergraduate advisor in DIF 364, MLLadvising@fsu.edu.

Heritage Speakers: A general definition of heritage speaker is one who grew up exposed to a minority or home language (Spanish) and the majority language (English). These students should take SPN 3350 (Spanish for Heritage Speakers) instead of SPN 3400, which is closed to heritage speakers. This one course will completely satisfy the 12-hour language requirement. Some courses are closed to heritage and native speakers.