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Undergraduate Program


Occupational areas in which Spanish majors have been employed are teaching, public relations, state and federal service, foreign service of the U.S., the airlines, travel agencies, and in businesses dealing with Spanish-speaking countries.

The Spanish Program has made changes to the major, minor and some courses effective Fall 2015. Students matriculated before Fall 2015-2016 (ie subject to bulletin years prior to Fall 2015-2016) will continue with old requirements as outlined under Requirements for the OLD major and minor (below).

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Degree Requirements for the NEW MAJOR in Spanish
(for students matriculating Fall 2015 or later)

NEW students starting with the Fall 2015-2016 bulletin may major in 2 specialization areas:  Spanish Language, linguistics, teaching OR Hispanic Literature and Culture.  The new major requires 36 credits:

  • 15 credits from 5 core courses:
    SPN 201 (formerly SPN 104)
    SPN 205 OR SPN 206 (not both, note:  205 is for heritage speakers only)
    SPN 208 (formerly SPN 301) OR SPN 209
    SPN 303 (formerly SPN 496)
    SPN 310 (formerly SPN 223)
  • 6 credits of SPN electives at the 300+ level
  • 15 credits within one of the two specializations (one of these courses must be a capstone course)
(students matriculating Fall 2015 or later)

Degree Requirements for the OLD MAJOR in Spanish
(for students matriculating before Fall 2015)

General Program General BA

The BA in Hispanic Studies offers three possible concentratins depending on the interest and future goals of the students.

Literature Concentration
A minimum of 18 credits to include the following: (1) 1 literature course at the 300 level; (2) 2 literature courses at the 400 level; (3) 2 language courses above A SPN 301Z; (4) one civilization course.

Language Concentration
A minimum of 18 credits to include the following: (1) 1 literature course above A SPN 316; (2) A SPN 401 or 402; (3) 2 language or linguistics courses at the 400 level; (4) 2 additional courses as advised. A LIN 220 may be counted as one of these courses.

Secondary Education Concentration
A minimum of 18 credits to include the following: A SPN 401 and 403 and (1) 1 literature course at the 300 level; (2) 1 literature course at the 400 level; (3) 1 civilization course; (4) 1 additional course as advised. Does not award teacher certification. More information available at NYSED

Course Categories for Spanish

Major Concentrations

  • Language courses include A SPN 302, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 410Z, 442, and 490-496.
  • Literature/Civilization courses include A SPN 314, 315, 317, 318, 319, 322, 320, 323, 325, 326, 333, 344, 410Z, 414, 418, 443, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 453, 454481, 482.

OLD Advisement Checklist

OLD Advisement Policies

Questions regarding the major or advisement should be addressed to Professor Elizabeth Lansing (


Degree Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

The NEW MINOR (students matriculating Fall 2015 and later) requires:  A minimum of 18 graduation credits from coursework with an A SPN prefix above A SPN 200, including A SPN 303 (formerly A SPN 496), A SPN 310 (formerly A SPN 223), and one A SPN 300 level elective.

The OLD MINOR (students matriculating before Fall 2015) requires: a minimum of 18 graduation credits from course work with an A SPN prefix above A SPN 100, 9 or more of which must be in course work at or above the 200 level including A SPN 205 or 206 and 301 or 301Z.

Honors Program

The Honors Program in Spanish is designed to promote opportunities for advanced work to highly motivated, mature undergraduate majors and prepare them to do independent work. Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program no earlier than the beginning of the second semester of their sophomore year, and no later than the end of the second semester of their junior year. To gain admission to the Program students must have formally declared a major in Spanish and have completed at least 12 credits toward their major. In addition, they must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in their major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Students must complete the 36 credits required for the major as well as a 4 credit Honors Thesis (A SPN 499) to be done the semester in which they graduate. Students are additionally required to take one additional course at the 400-500 level within the area of their concentration. This “additional” 400-500 level course does not increase the number of credits required for the major or for the Honors Program but only mandates that one of the student’s elective courses be at the most advanced level in the area of their concentration. The Honors Thesis should be a 25-40 page research project directed by a faculty member of the Spanish program. Students interested in doing the Honors Program in Spanish first should express that interest to their faculty mentor.

Honor Society

The Spanish Program maintains a chapter (Eta Psi) of the national Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Membership in Sigma Delta Pi rewards excellence in the study of Spanish language, literature and culture. The UAlbany faculty coordinator is Leonardo Correa, PhD (

The requirements for nomination are:

  1. The equivalent of three years of college level Spanish (this may include courses taken in high school), including at least one college course in Hispanic literature or civilization at the junior or senior level.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 in Spanish courses
  3. Three semesters of college work with an overall GPA of at least 2.75
  4. Graduate students must have completed one semester of graduate studies with a minimum GPA of 3.00

Combined BA/MA Program

The combined BA/MA program in Spanish provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master's degree programs from the beginning of their junior year (brochure). A carefully designed program can permit a student to earn the BA and MA degrees within nine semesters. See "Combined Baccalaureate-Master's Degree Programs" in the Graduate Bulletin for details.

The combined program requires a minimum of 138 credits, of which at least 30 must be graduate credits. In qualifying for the BA, students must meet all University and college requirements, including the requirements of the undergraduate major described previously, the minor requirement, the minimum 90 credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, general education requirements and residency requirements. In qualifying for the MA, students must meet all University and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, professional experience and residency requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the BA and MA programs.

Students are considered as undergraduates until completion of 120 graduation credits and satisfactory completion of all BA requirements. Upon meeting BA requirements, students are automatically considered as graduate students.

Students can apply for admission to the BA/MA program either on paper or electronically.  Applications are available from the Graduate Admissions office in  UAB 121, (518) 442-3980 or online at: If applying on a paper application, write in “BAMA” and the language of choice as your program of study. šššššššššš

If applying online, choose either the Spanish MA as your program of study.  Admissions Counselors will automatically place the application in the BA/MA track when they check your status.

Students may apply for admission to the combined degree program in Spanish at the beginning of their junior year or after the successful completion of 56 credits. Students entering the University with advanced standing in Spanish may be admitted after satisfying the core requirements (A Spn 205 or 206, 207, 223L, 301 (or 301Z), 312, and 316). A cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty are required for consideration.

Courses In Spanish

For a complete listing and descriptions of Spanish undergraduate courses offered at the University at Albany, please visit the online Undergraduate Bulletin for a listing of Spanish undergraduate courses. See the Graduate Bulletin for Spanish graduate courses.

Courses being currently offered in the program may be found on this website under Classes and Schedules.


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