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Spanish Language

Spanish is the primary language for millions of people in Europe and Latin America. As a result, it is an indispensable vehicle to understand the literature and culture of Spain, México, Argentina, Uruguay, Guatemala, Venezuela, Ecuador, and many other countries.

In addition, during the last fifty years, Spanish has rapidly evolved into this country's second language. Spanish is used on a daily basis in almost every state of the union. The study of Spanish, therefore, not only allows entry into a community of speakers endowed with a rich and diverse culture, but also it enhances employment opportunities in such fields as business, social work, the health professions, hotel management, travel and tourism, international law, communications, public administration, law enforcement, education, and many more. Many Spanish majors opt as well to pursue their passion for language, literature, and culture at the graduate level.

The department offers:

  • The Major: B.A. in Spanish (30 credit hours after the intermediate level).
  • The Minor: Minor in Spanish (15 credit hours after the beginning level).

At UNF, many students choose to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences Foreign Language/Foreign Culture requirement by taking Spanish. Both the International Business and the International Studies major require the completion of two years of a foreign language. Also, given the language's ever-increasing popularity, numerous UNF students opt to couple their studies in other areas with a major in Spanish so as to expand their professional options.

The Department encourages students to study abroad by working in conjunction with the UNF International Center. The Department sponsors a summer program in Santander, Spain. Given a special arrangement, students may also study for a semester at the University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain), the University of Cantabria (Santander), or they may enroll in other study abroad programs in different areas of the Spanish-speaking world.

Major General Requirements

Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish by completing 30 credit hours of courses in Spanish above the 2000 level. The Spanish BA program offers courses in three broad content areas: Spanish Language; Hispanic Culture; and Hispanic Literature. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite and core/major courses.

In addition to satisfying general university criteria for admission, students wishing to enter the degree program leading to the BA in Spanish must have prior preparation in Spanish equivalent to the intermediate level.

Major Policies Governing Program Planning, Graduation, Grades

  • Final free electives and upper level hours will depend on the major electives selected. Lower level courses may affect total upper hours that may need to be taken for graduation.
  • Important note: students must earn the appropriate number of upper level and overall hours to graduate (even if the major requires lower level courses).
  • A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for graduation (48 hours must be upper level).
  • All prerequisites, major, minor, world language (if applicable), foreign culture, and Gordon Rule courses require grades of "C" or higher.
  • Third repeats of attempted courses, including W, WP, WF, F, and courses in which passing grades were earned, will be assessed excess hour surcharges.
 Exceptions include courses approved to repeat academic credit (students should consult their academic advisor).
  • Students must pass or meet exemption criteria for all sections of the CLAST exam prior to earning an AA and before earning 36 upper level hours.
  • Students who started at a state university prior to earning 60 semester hours must satisfy the 9 hour summer requirement before being approved for graduation.
  • All students must apply to graduate during registration for the last semester of courses at UNF.
  • An approved dual/concurrent enrollment form is required prior to registering for courses at another institution.
  • Students may not enroll at another institution during their last semester at UNF. Graduation will most likely be delayed for students who do attempt dual/concurrent enrollment in their last semester.