Spanish, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 36

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B850

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
  • The major requires 36 hours beyond SPAN 1115 and SPAN 1225.
  • A grade of C or better must be earned in all Major Requirements.
Core Requirements
Beginning Spanish (5 hours)
Beginning Spanish (Continued) (5 hours)
SPAN 2113Intermediate Spanish3
SPAN 2223Intermediate Spanish Continued3
SPAN 3073Grammar in Conversational Communication3
SPAN 3423Grammar in Written Communication3
SPAN 3853Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Culture3
SPAN 4183Senior Capstone3
Literature & Culture Requirement
Choose two of the following:6
Literature and Culture of Spain
Literature and Culture of Latin America
Transatlantic Literature and Culture
Regional Literature and Cultures
Linguistics Requirement
Choose one of the following:3
History of the Spanish Language
Topics in Spanish Linguistics
The Structure of the Spanish Language
Teaching of Spanish in the United States
Electives
Choose three courses from the Spanish Major Electives course list (maximum 6 hours at the 3000-level)9
Total Credit Hours36

Major Support Requirements

History
Choose a course in the history of Spanish America or Spain3
Study Abroad
International Experience: Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities in a Spanish-speaking country or in a Spanish immersion environment. Plans should be approved by the major advisor in advance
Exceptions: Exceptions will be made by the major advisor
International Credit: The Spanish program will make every effort to equate towards the Spanish major any relevant academic credit earned in a study abroad program at an institution recognized by OU
Total Credit Hours3

Spanish Major Elective Course List

SPAN 3723Business Spanish3
SPAN 3733Medical Spanish3
SPAN 3743Legal Spanish3
SPAN 3753Spanish for Social Work3
SPAN 3763Spanish for Journalism3
SPAN 4083Literature and Culture of Spain3
SPAN 4113Literature and Culture of Latin America3
SPAN 4143Transatlantic Literature and Culture3
SPAN 4173Regional Literature and Cultures3
SPAN 4503Hispanic Cinema Studies3
SPAN 4713History of the Spanish Language3
SPAN 4773Topics in Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 4913The Structure of the Spanish Language3
SPAN 4923Teaching of Spanish in the United States3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Spanish major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
Math (Core I) 3
SPAN 1115 Beginning Spanish 5
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
SPAN 1225 Beginning Spanish (Continued) 5
Social Science (Core III) 3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
SPAN 2113 Intermediate Spanish 3
HIST Spanish America or Spain History Support Requirement 1 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Western Culture (Core IV), lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
SPAN 2223 Intermediate Spanish Continued 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
SPAN 3073 Grammar in Conversational Communication 3
SPAN 3423 Grammar in Written Communication 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SPAN 3853 Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Culture 3
Literature & Culture Major Requirement 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 4
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior
First Semester
Literature & Culture Major Requirement 3
Linguistics Major Requirement 3
Spanish Major Elective 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Spanish Major Elective 3
Spanish Major Elective 3
SPAN 4183 Senior Capstone 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120