Spanish B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Spanish

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 49

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: Students are required to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all upper-division courses presented in fulfillment of requirements for the Spanish major.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog.


Lower-Division Core Courses16
Upper-Division Core Courses9
Additional Upper-Division Spanish Electives21
Upper-Division Writing3
Teaching Spanish Track
Total Hours49

Lower-Division Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
SPNS 101Elementary Spanish I4
SPNS 102Elementary Spanish II4
SPNS 201Intermediate Spanish I4
SPNS 202Intermediate Spanish II4
Total Hours16

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core Courses

Note: The sequential order of the following required courses must be followed:

  1. SPNS 326 and SPNS 331 must be taken before any 400-level literature course
  2. SPNS 301 must be taken before SPNS 408
Complete all of the following courses:
SPNS 301Spanish: Oral and Written Expr3
SPNS 326Contemporary Spanish Lit3
SPNS 331Cultures and Societies of Latin America3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Upper-Division Spanish Electives

Note: 9 credits need to be 400 level content courses: SPNS 400, SPNS 432, SPNS 465, SPNS 466, SPNS 491, SPNS 492 or SPNS 494. The remaining 12 credits could be completed by taking any combination of the upper-division elective courses.

Complete 21 credits of upper-division courses in Spanish.21
Total Hours21

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Complete the following course:
MCLG 315Major Hispanic Authors3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Spanish Track


  • This teaching track contains different/additional course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the teaching track of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the teaching track of a major or minor in that content area.
  • To complete this teaching track, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. You do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.
  • Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publications. They are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.
  • Spanish qualifies for a single field endorsement. However, there is a limited demand in the majority of Montana high schools for teachers with a single endorsement in Spanish. Students are encouraged to complete the requirements for a second teaching endorsement in another field in more demand in high schools.
  • Study in a Spanish language country, provided either through the University's Study Abroad Program or an experience considered to be equivalent, also is required.

Teaching Spanish Track Requirements

Complete all of the following courses:
LING 270SIntro to Linguistics3
MCLG 410Methods Teaching Foreign Language3
SPNS 305Spanish Phonetics3
SPNS 400Introduction to Spanish Linguistics3
SPNS 408Spanish: Adv Comp & Conversat3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach Spanish, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department.