BA in Hispanic Language & Literatures

Changes to this program will take effect in the 2015–2016 academic year.

The Hispanic Language & Literatures major is broadly focused on the liberal arts. It offers courses in language, literature, linguistics, culture, and the arts. Students engage in the study of topics related to Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Spanish Linguistics courses offer the opportunity for in-depth analysis of the structure of the language, its historical development, and variations in usage.

Since Spanish is today the second language in the United States, Latino literature and culture are an integral part of the program. The major provides an excellent background for a wide spectrum of careers encompassing law, medicine, business, academics, the arts, journalism, education, and communications.


Eleven courses are required for the major, as indicated below.

Courses may be credited toward the major only if a grade of C or higher is earned. Students entering with advanced standing in Hispanic language & literatures must complete a minimum of six principal courses at Boston University. Students participating in the Boston University Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, or Buenos Aires Study Abroad programs must complete a minimum of five principal courses in Hispanic studies on the Boston campus. Two of these five (a 300-level language course and CAS LS 350) are to be completed before going abroad. Three courses must be taken at the 400–500 level on returning from the Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, or Buenos Aires Study Abroad programs.

Required Courses

(Unless otherwise noted, all required courses are 4 credit hours.)

  • One course in linguistics (CAS LX 250) or comparative literature (CAS EN 221, CAS XL 222) (Note that CAS CC 101 and 102 together may be substituted for one course in comparative literature.)
  • Two language courses at the 300 level (Native speakers of Spanish take one course, CAS LS 309, and one additional Hispanic literature course at the 500 level.)
  • Six literature courses: CAS LS 350, LS 456; two from the following survey courses: CAS LS 454, 455, 457; two courses from the CAS LS 500-level literature courses (one in Spanish Peninsular literature and one in Spanish-American literature).
  • One course in Spanish linguistics: CAS LS 420, 504, 505, 507, or 508
  • One additional course in Spanish literature or linguistics from the LS 500-level offerings. Students in the Boston University Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, and Buenos Aires Study Abroad programs may request approval from their advisor for one course taken in Spain, Peru, Ecuador, or Argentina not in the field of literature or linguistics to satisfy this requirement.

Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, and Buenos Aires

Students may take courses to fulfill their language requirement or courses toward their major or minor in the Boston University Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, or Buenos Aires Study Abroad programs. Additional information on these programs is available in the Study Abroad and Internship Programs section of this bulletin.

Placement Examination

A placement examination is required of all students whose most recent course in Spanish was taken in high school or at a college other than Boston University and who wish to continue their study of this language here. Information regarding online placement exams is available in the department or on the departmental website.