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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog
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Spanish Major (BA)

Department of Modern Languages and Classics, 200 B.B. Comer Hall

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in Spanish must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours

Admission into the major. Course placement information appears in the Spanish course description section of the catalog. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in Spanish requires the successful completion of the following 27 semester hours:

Courses Hours
SP 353 3
SP 356 3
SP 364 or SP 366 3
SP 371, SP 372, SP 375, or SP 376 6
SP 491 3
SP elective 400 level 3
SP electives 300 or 400 level 6
Total 27

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in Spanish requires the successful completion of the following courses:

Courses Hours
SP 101 and SP 102 (or SP 103)* 4–8
SP 201* 3
SP 202* 3
*Or proficiency or placement.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

Special opportunities. The Spanish program at The University of Alabama offers high quality education and a wide-range of learning opportunities including the highly-regarded Alabama in Spain Summer Abroad Program in Alcalá de Henares, the new Spanish Outreach Program in the Tuscaloosa/Northport area, and UA’s semester and year abroad programs in Spain. The Department of Modern Languages and Classics also offers honors courses in Spanish.

Credit option. Except for heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in SP 201 or higher and who earn a grade of “C-” or higher in the course are granted additional credit upon written petition:

Placement Credit received with grade of “Pass”
SP 201 SP 103 (4 hours)
SP 202 SP 103 and SP 201 (7 hours)
SP 300- or 400-level SP 103, SP 201, SP 202 (10 hours)

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