Spanish Major

Prerequisites for declaring the major

Before declaring the major, students must complete four Spanish language courses in order to gain the indispensable skills to effectively read, write, and engage in discussions in a foreign language. Students with any previous knowledge of Spanish must take a placement test. Please note that a grade of ‘B+’ or higher in SPAN 0004 is required in order to declare the major.

Students who intend to pursue a major or minor in Spanish and have received a B or B- in Spanish 0004 have the opportunity to take the B+ Test. The B+ test consists of a written component and an oral interview. You should receive at least 87 points with the two scores combined. You must take the B+ test within the year following the completion of SP 0004. For example, if you received a B in SP 0004 in the Fall 2016, you are allowed to take the B+ test either in Spring 2017 or Fall 2017. Students will be granted the opportunity to take the B+ test only once. Please contact Dolores Lima ( to schedule a B+ test.

Requisites to major in Hispanic Languages and Literatures Effective Fall 2018 the Spanish major will changed from 38 to 36 credits.

Basic Level (2 courses, 6 credits) Credits
Spanish 0020 Conversation  3
Spanish 0025 Grammar and Composition  3
Mid Level (6 courses, 18 credits)  Credits
Spanish 1250 (or 00500) Hispanic Civilizations 3
Spanish 0055 Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies (satisfies W GER) 3
Portuguese 0101 Elementary Portuguese (Previously 5 credits) *3*
Spanish 1280 (or 1400) Latin American Literature (satisfies Lit. 1 GER) 3
Spanish 1260 (or 16000) Spanish Literature (satisfies Lit. 1 GER) 3
any Spanish 13XX-level course 3
Upper Level (4 courses, 12 credits) Credits
Spanish 1806 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
Three electives from the following course series: 14XX, 16XX, 17XX, 18XX (including, for example, Colonial Literature and Cultures, Latin American Novel, U.S. Latino Literature and Film, African Presence in Hispanic Literature and Culture, Don Quixote, Modern Spanish Novel and Film, etc.) or Portuguese 0002 if you are a Portuguese Minor or a related-area student. 9
Total Credits (Previously 38 credits) *36*

General Education Requirements

Spanish 0055 (Introduction to Hispanic Literature ) satisfies the Writing (W) requirement. Spanish 1260 and 1280 satisfy the Literature 1 (L1) requirement. Span 1250 will satisfy the Historical Change and Foreign Culture/ International-Regional​ requirement.

Language of instruction

Majors can take up to one course offered by the Department that is taught in English. In order to have it count toward major requirements, however, written assignments must be submitted in Spanish.

Grade requirements

Students must maintain an average grade of C or higher in all department courses. No course with a grade below “C” will count towards the major requirements.

Satisfactory/Audit option

Majors may take one required course on a S/NC basis.

Related area

Students must complete a 12-credit related area or a minor field in order to fulfill A&S graduation requirements. Many students in the department do this by taking additional courses in Portuguese, or a certificate program in, for example, the Center for Latin American Studies, the West European Studies Program, the Film Studies Program, or the Global Studies Program, or a second major or minor in another field.

Double majors, dual degrees and CLAS certificates

Students who have declared an additional major or pursue a dual degree take three upper level courses instead of four. The same rule applies to students who do the CLAS Field Trip to Latin America. Only one course reduction applies if a student meets more than one of these criteria

To complete the Spanish major, students are required to take in residence at the University of Pittsburgh a minimum of eighteen (18) credits of the thirty eight (38) required for the major. Spanish 0055, 1806, and one upper level elective must be included in these eighteen (18) credits.