Spanish, BA

Program Description

The program in Spanish at Utah Tech allows students to immerse themselves in any Spanish-speaking culture. They will be able to use these necessary skills for research, translating and teaching not only the language, but also the literature and the culture of Spanish-speaking country. Traditionally, Spanish major students work as elementary or secondary education teachers. Lately, teaching has expanded to include Dual Language Immersion programs and magnet schools. For some students, a humanities degree in an entry step into graduate school. It is becoming increasingly common for Spanish majors to be accepted in graduate degree programs in law, social and health sciences after completing a degree in Spanish.  Our students have multiple opportunities to use their knowledge throughout their program: Study abroad programs, interpreting opportunities at schools, and the Dental Hygiene program are some of the opportunities student have.  Because of the interpersonal nature of languages and cultures, all of our courses focus on a communicative approach having our students practice real-life situations in meaningful context. ​​

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

Introductory Information to Spanish Degree           

Students can begin taking the required courses for the Spanish major in one of three ways:

1.  By beginning with any of the lower division courses (SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, or 2020), depending on a student’s background. Students who begin with 1020, 2010, or 2020 may receive vertical credits for the lower classes, if needed, according to policy.

2.  By beginning with SPAN 3010 for heritage Spanish speakers1.  If needed, students can receive vertical credits for the classes skipped, according to policy

3.  By beginning with SPAN 3060 for native speakers1 or students who have lived in a Spanish speaking environment for 1.5 years or more.  If needed, students can receive vertical credits for the classes skipped, according to policy.

The Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement may be filled with any of these three options as soon as the student receives credit for either SPAN 2020 or SPAN 3060.

Placement in foreign language classes is at the discretion of the Department Chair.

Spanish Core Requirements 2
SPAN 3060Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I3
SPAN 3075Intro to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 3080Spanish Phonetics & Pronunciation3
SPAN 3390Intro to Spanish Literature3
SPAN 4550Culture and Civilization of Spain3
or SPAN 4560 Culture/Customs of Spanish America
SPAN 4610Spanish Peninsular Literature to 18003
or SPAN 4620 Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
SPAN 4630Spanish American Lit to 18803
or SPAN 4640 Spanish American Lit From 1880
SPAN 4800Spanish Senior Capstone3
Spanish Electives
Complete 12 credits from the following: 2,312
SPAN 3010Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
SPAN 3040Intermediate Grammar and Oral Proficiency4
SPAN 3070Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II3
SPAN 3090Spanish for the Professions: [topic]3
SPAN 3116Pop Culture: Film, Media and Entertainment3
SPAN 3117Breaking Down Walls, Building Identities3
SPAN 3118Literature and Film: Contemporary Issues3
SPAN 3400Magical Realism3
SPAN 3570Contemporary Spanish Culture and Society Through Film3
SPAN 3580Contemporary Issues3
SPAN 3950Hispanics in US Service Learn3
SPAN 3990Seminar in Spanish: [topic]1-3
SPAN 4000Foundations of Dual Language Immersion Education3
or EDUC 4700 Foundations of Dual Language Immersion Education
SPAN 4100Introduction to Translation3
SPAN 4200Introduction to Interpretation3
SPAN 4300Spanish Internship3
SPAN 4550Culture and Civilization of Spain3
SPAN 4560Culture/Customs of Spanish America3
SPAN 4610Spanish Peninsular Literature to 18003
SPAN 4620Spanish Peninsular Literature From 18003
SPAN 4625Generation of '983
SPAN 4630Spanish American Lit to 18803
SPAN 4640Spanish American Lit From 18803
SPAN 4700Teaching Modern Languages3
SPAN 4750Independent Study1-3


Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline and Emphasis course.