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.


Majors and minors have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on campus and in overseas programs.  Please contact Josephine Le, our academic advisor, or schedule an appointment with any of our faculty members.

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