Department Major Requirements for the B.A. in Spanish

A major or minor in Spanish and Portuguese can complement interests in international relations, political science, business, education, sociology, linguistics, political science. . . .the possibilities are endless.

Lower Division (8 units)*

SPAN 260**         Advanced Spanish: Arts and Sciences

SPAN 261**         Advanced Spanish: Society and the Media 

Upper Division (16 units)

Four of the following courses:

SPAN 301             Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Film               

SPAN 310             Structure of Spanish                                          

One other SPAN literature, culture, film course                            

One 400 level SPAN course                                                              

Electives (16 units):

Four other upper division SPAN courses.

* Majors and minors may request a waiver of one or both  lower division courses (SPAN 260 and/or SPAN 261) if they meet one of the following prerequisites: a) a score of 5 on the Spanish language or literature advanced placement (AP) exam; b) a score of 6 or 7 on the Spanish International Baccalaureate Higher-Level exam (IBHL); c) a score of 800 in the Spanish SAT subject exam; or d) they can demonstrate advanced proficiency in spoken and written Spanish. Departmental approval is required in every case.

**SPAN 260 and SPAN 261 may be taken concurrently. The second of these courses may be taken concurrently with a 300-level course.

Please read about our Honors Program.


  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 156
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0358