BA in Spanish
Broadly focused on the liberal arts, the major in Spanish encompasses courses in language, literature, linguistics, culture, the arts, and related fields. It features in-depth engagement with the language, literatures, and cultures of Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Spanish linguistics courses examine the structure of the language, its historical development, and variations in usage. Because Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States, the study of US Spanish and Latino literature and culture are integral parts of the program. Electives within the major enable students to tailor it to their individual interests and career goals in consultation with a faculty advisor. All students are strongly encouraged to incorporate study abroad in Spain or Spanish America in their course of study. The major develops the skills and knowledge needed for a wide spectrum of careers in education, business, academics, the arts, journalism, and communications.
Eleven 4-credit courses (all completed with a grade of C or higher) are required for the major, as detailed below.
Students entering with advanced standing in Spanish studies must complete a minimum of six courses for their Spanish major 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 major courses 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 students’ return from the Madrid, Burgos, Quito, or Buenos Aires Study Abroad programs.
- Two CAS LS language courses at the 300 level (native or heritage speakers of Spanish should enroll in LS 309 and a Hispanic literature course or in two Hispanic literature courses, after consultation with an advisor).
- Six CAS LS courses, to include LS 350 (Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Texts), three courses at the 400 level, and two courses at the 500 level.
Three electives, which may include any of the following, provided that no more than two of these electives are taken in a language other than Spanish:
- CAS LS 400- or 500-level offerings in Hispanic literature, culture, or film
- Courses numbered CAS LP 211 or higher in Portuguese language or Luzo-Brazilian literature, culture, or film
- Spanish linguistics courses*
- Related courses approved for the major in African American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, the Core Curriculum, Editorial Studies, English, French Studies, History, History of Art & Architecture, International Relations, Italian Studies, General Linguistics (including CAS LX 250, which is a prerequisite for 400- and 500-level courses in Spanish linguistics), Philosophy, Religion, or Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.
*As many as three courses for the major may be in linguistics. Students wishing to pursue a broader focus on linguistics may wish to consider double-majoring or declaring the joint major in Spanish & Linguistics.
Students may take courses to fulfill major requirements in the Boston University Madrid, Burgos, 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.
Honors in the Major
Graduation with Honors in Spanish requires three courses beyond the 11 courses required for the major. Those 14 courses must be completed with an overall GPA of at least 3.7. The three additional courses must include a substantial advanced research and writing component and are chosen in consultation with the advisor from a combination of the following:
- One or two semesters of Senior Independent Work (CAS LS 401, CAS LS 402)
- One other 400-level LS course
- 500-level LS courses
Procedure for Applying
A student may apply to the Honors Program no sooner than the end of sophomore year and no later than the Spring Semester of junior year. For admission into the program, students must have completed at least four courses for the major. Qualifications for admission into the Honors Program include a GPA of at least 3.65 in all CAS courses and a minimum GPA of 3.7 in the set of LS courses satisfying requirements for the major. Both are calculated in courses completed at the time of application. Students should consult with their advisors about application procedures.
A placement test 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 tests is available in the department or on the departmental website.