Spanish Studies

2013-14 General Catalog

Language Program
218 Cowell College
(831) 459-2054


Program Description

The interdisciplinary major in Spanish studies introduces students to the study of the cultural dynamics and expressive cultures produced by peoples of Hispanic origin residing in the United States, Latin America, and Spain at the time of globalization of those national societies.

Through a qualitative, humanities-based preparation, the major offers students the linguistic competence and cultural literacy required to understand the perspectives and productions of Spanish-speaking communities. The major will help give students abroad understanding of the historical and cultural developments of the countries in which Spanish enjoys status as a national language, as well as those regions in which Spanish is in contact with other minority and/or majority languages. Moreover, the sequence of courses exposes students to the academic registers of Spanish, a critical component for heritage and non-heritage speakers alike. In order to meet our objectives of advanced linguistic and cultural proficiency, the core of the major is comprised of courses taught in the Spanish language. This feature clearly distinguishes the Spanish studies major from other majors on the UCSC campus that require only some degree of proficiency in a non-English language (e.g., language studies).

This major connects with a range of disciplines and programs on the UCSC campus by combining the strengths of language and applied linguistics with those of literary and cultural studies. An interdisciplinary team-taught course will expose students to the various research areas of the faculty and the methods of analysis in different fields. Finally, in order for students to develop an appreciation of the historical forces that shape cultural productions, the Spanish studies major incorporates one mandatory history class.

The configuration of the major affords students greater flexibility in following their particular interests: they will choose from two tracks that allow more in-depth study of either (1) literature and culture or (2) language and linguistics. These pathways within the major will make the Spanish studies major appealing to a broad range of students since they offer opportunities for specialization within a particular area of the discipline.

Study Abroad

Spanish studies encourages students to take advantage of the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP). EAP language and culture programs are focused primarily on language acquisition. Some programs do not require prior language study while others have language prerequisites. Many of these programs provide students with the language skills needed to participate in regular university courses taught in the language of the host country. EAP opportunities in Spanish include Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica.

Students who participate in the EAP may petition to apply up to 5 courses (up to 25 upper-division credits) from EAP toward the major. Petition forms are available in the Language Program Department office.

Requirements for the Major

There are a total of 52 credits (including the 2-credit senior exit course) required for the Spanish studies major. See Program Major Requirements below for a breakdown of the credit requirements.

Major Prerequisite Foreign Language Requirement

Six courses in the regular track Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; or three courses in the Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SPHS) track, SPHS 4, 5, 6; or equivalent proficiency and Linguistics 50, Introduction to Linguistics.

Five required Spanish studies core courses (25 credits total):

  • Literature: Spanish Literature (LTSP) 102A, From the Conquest to Sor Juana; or LTSP 102B, Romanticism to Modernism (5 credits)

  • Spanish Studies: Spanish Literature 105*, Introduction to Spanish Studies (New cross-listed course) (5 credits)

  • Linguistics: Spanish 150*, Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (5 credits)

  • Spanish Language: Spanish 114, Advanced Conversation and Composition (5 credits)

  • History: One history upper-division course in a related field (i.e., History 131, 132, 133, 134A, 134B) (5 credits)

*Spanish Literature 105/Spanish 105  and  Spanish 150  must  be  taken  prior  to  enrollment  in  or  in  conjunction with concentration courses.

Choice of Concentrations (choose one concentration—3 courses, 15 credits total)

Languages and Linguistics Track (three courses): Five-credit Spanish-language courses numbered 100-189, Spanish 199 and Languages 199 (except Spanish 150, Spanish 114 and Spanish Literature 105/Spanish 105) are accepted with the permission of the Spanish studies director (or faculty adviser).

  • Spanish 151, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Varieties of Spanish

  • Languages 152, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish in the U.S.

  • Languages 153, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish as a Second Language

  • Spanish 156A, The Language of Latin American Cinema

  • Spanish 156B, The New Latin American Song SPAN 156C, Latin American Women’s Voices SPAN 156E, Spanish Culture

  • Spanish 156F, Humor in the Spanish Speaking World

  • Spanish 156I, Hispanic Culture through Dance

  • Spanish 156M , Mexico and the Southwest

Literature and Culture Track (three courses): Any 5-credit Spanish literature course numbered 100-189, Spanish Literature 195, Spanish Literature 199 (except Spanish Literature 102A, 102B, 105); see below for examples:

100A, Spanish Literature: Origins to 18th Century

100B, Spanish Literature: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

100C, Medieval Spanish Literature

117, Spanish Speaking Caribbean

130A, Spanish American Prose

130D, Latin American testimonio

130E, Latin American Poetry

130F, U.S. Latino/a Writing in Spanish, English, and Spanglish

131A, Mexico

131B, Novel of the Mexican Revolution

131D, Chile

131H, Cuba

134C, Fiction and Marginality: The Marginal at the Center

134G, Popular Culture in Latin American Narrative

134H, African-Latin American Literature

134L, Historia de la lectura y los lectores: recepción y consumo cultural en el mundo Latino Americano

134M, Modernidad y Literatura: El Boom de la novela latinoamericana

134N, El cuento en Hispanoamérica: Variedades esteticas de la literatura breve in America Latina

135A, Mexico Through Movies

135C, La Globalizacion en/del Cine Latin/o Americano

135D, Social Documentary

135F, Cine y Literatura

135G, Geografías y géneros del cine hispanoparlante

150, Introduction to the Golden Age

151, Literature and Life in Don Quijote and Other Cervantes Texts

152, Spanish Golden Age Theater

153, Picaresque Novel

Electives (one upper-division course, 5 credits total): Choose from related 5-credit courses in Anthropology, Education, Feminist Studies, History, History of Art and Visual Culture, Latin American and Latino Studies, Linguistics, Sociology (see Elective Courses for Spanish Studies), or any upper-division Spanish Literature, Spanish, or languages concentration courses not taken for concentration credit or capstone requirement.

Capstone Requirement

Spanish 195F, Senior Essay: With faculty permission, students will enroll in Spanish 195F, a 2-credit senior exit course taken in conjunction with an upper-division Spanish, Languages or Spanish Literature concentration course not used for core or concentration credit. Students will work with a faculty adviser to complete a senior capstone essay in addition to course requirements for the upper-division course. This combination must be approved by a faculty adviser in Spanish studies.

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

The Disciplinary Communication general education requirement (DC requirement) is satisfied by successfully completing Spanish 114.

Declaring the Major in Spanish Studies

To qualify for the major in Spanish studies, students must have completed Spanish 4 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, or receive a Spanish placement examination score of 50.

[Return to top]

Revised: 09/01/13