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Spanish BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 11.05 SPANISH, CIP: 16.0905 Spanish Language and Literature)

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620

Dr. Amy C. Graves Monroe

Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Spanish BA Program

Academic Requirements

In order to be accepted into the Spanish major, joint major, or minor, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 overall, and must complete prerequisite courses, typically SPA 151-SPA 152 (unless these are waived on the basis of placement results or if additional prerequisite language courses are required to achieve the level of 151 proficiency), earning a minimum GPA of 2.500 in all Spanish coursework.

Graduation requirements for the Spanish major (and the double major) consist of completion of two 200-level courses and ten 300- or 400-level courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000. Students who wish to complete most of the requirements of a major in two distinct but related fields may choose to do a joint major. The Spanish half of a joint major requires completion of two 200-level courses and seven 300- or 400-level courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000. In addition, the student must complete the joint major requirements for the other selected department. For the university's policy on the joint major, see Major Requirement under University Degree Requirements.

Academic Advice

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the 200-level through the 400-level courses is necessary for successful completion of the major and minor.

Transfer Credit Policy

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to facilitate transfer from one SUNY campus to another (including UB). SUNY has identified courses which SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and promote timely graduation. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to learn how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Residency Requirement

The department’s residency requirement stipulates that at least 50% of required credits for a major or minor be completed via Spanish courses taken on campus. Thus a maximum of 50% of credits earned by exams (AP, IB, etc.) or transfer courses or study abroad may count toward Spanish requirements, although this restriction does not prevent counting them as general electives towards UB’s 120 credit hour graduation requirement. The following chart explains the credit breakdown:

Total Credits RequiredTotal credits to be fulfilled for the residency requirement
Regular Major 36 18
Joint Major 27 15
Minor 18 9

Prerequisite Courses

SPA 151-SPA 152 (unless these are waived by the Department on the basis of placement results or if additional prerequisite language courses are required to achieve the level of 151 proficiency)

Required Courses

Two 200-level courses (for example, SPA 207, SPA 208, SPA 210)

One course from each of the following areas:

Six 300- or 400-level electives

Note: SPA 314 also fulfills the UB Curriculum Communication Literacy / CL2 requirement. Three courses for the major may fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway requirement through the Language and Culture track. Alternatively, courses for the major may help fulfill the Global Reflections track or the International Experience track of the Global Pathway. Please use the Pathfinder tool to learn more about sequences and options.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Spanish BA degree
Prerequisites**  6 
Total Credits Required for Major36
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 44
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

**These totals will vary depending on the level at which the student begins study at UB. Students demonstrably prepared to begin at the 200 level are deemed to have satisfied the prerequisites, and for them the total credits required for the major are thus 36 rather than 42, and the credits from electives should then add up to 53.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: May 26, 2020 15:54:52