Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Spanish and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Introductory language sequence (17 credits or equivalent):
SPAN 1001
SPAN 1002
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
or SPAN 1012 Intensive Elementary Spanish: the Spanish-speaking world
SPAN 1003
SPAN 1004
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
or SPAN 1034 Intensive Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 2005Advanced Spanish I
Required
SPAN 2006Advanced Spanish II
or SPAN 2056 Intensive Advanced Spanish
SPAN 3100Readings in Spanish and Latin American Literature
SPAN 4910WProseminar I (required of all Spanish majors in the fall semester of the senior year)
Two courses (6 credits) from the following:
SPAN 3500Medieval Iberia in the Modern World
SPAN 3510Heresy and the Other in Early Modern Iberia
SPAN 3520Latin American Colonial Literature
SPAN 3530The Limits of Enlightenment in Spain and Latin America
SPAN 3600Special Topics
SPAN 4510Cervantes Don Quixote
Two courses (6 credits) from the following:
SPAN 3410Latin American Short Fiction
SPAN 3420The Essayist Tradition in Latin America
SPAN 3650Literature and Dictatorship
SPAN 3700Cinema of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 4410Contemporary Narrative in Latin America
SPAN 4460Southern Cone Literature and Culture
SPAN 4520Topics in the Avant-garde
SPAN 4540The Myth of the Two Spains
SPAN 45501898-1998: Spain's First Century without Empire
SPAN 4560Modern Poetry of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 4600Special Topics
SPAN 4700Film as Text in Latin America
Three additional courses from those listed above or from the following:
SPAN 3010WAdvanced Spanish Writing
SPAN 3022Advanced Oral Proficiency: Environmental and Social Sustainability in Latin America
SPAN 3040Advanced Spanish Service Learning
SPAN 3400Theatre of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 3430Afro–Latin America in the Diaspora
SPAN 3440Caribbean Literature and Culture
SPAN 3540Major Authors of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 3570Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 4450Mexican Literature and Culture
SPAN 4650Literary Translation
SPAN 4800Independent Study
Excluding courses taught at GW Study Centers abroad, no more than four courses taken abroad or at another institution may count toward the major.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in Spanish and Latin American languages, literatures, and cultures, candidates must have attained a 3.75 GPA in the major and at least a 3.0 average overall. Qualified students may be invited to write an honors thesis by their major advisor and proseminar professor by the beginning of the fall semester of the senior year.