Spanish B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Spanish

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 49

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

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
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 331Contemp Latin Amer Lit3
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 494The 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 Concentration

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach (Teaching Spanish Concentration) plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the Teaching Spanish Concentration within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the Spanish major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching.

Extended Major Teaching Field of Spanish

For an endorsement in the extended major teaching field of Spanish, a student must complete the requirements for the B.A. with a major in Spanish including SPNS 301, 305, 400, 408 (SPAN 301, 302, 405, 408) and MCLG 410. 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.  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 (major or minor) in another field in more demand in high schools.

To sign up for this option, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. Do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this option must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.  

Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication and are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Teaching Methods Course

Must complete all of the following courses:
LING 270SIntro to Linguistics3
MCLG 410Methods Teaching Foreign Language3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-