Spanish and Portuguese

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Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

The major in Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is excellent preparation for careers in business, journalism and communications, law, medicine, the service professions, and teaching.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies endeavors to achieve excellence in research, teaching, and public service related to the languages, literature, and cultures of the areas and countries where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken.
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170 DAUER HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-7405
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 Curriculum

Related Programs

The Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics major offers the opportunity to gain proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese, two of the most important languages spoken in the United States, the Western Hemisphere and the world. The department offers courses of study in language, culture, linguistics, and literature, as well as a series of courses in languages for the professions, which focus on medical, legal,  business and other professional contexts.

By studying the literary and linguistic heritage of Spanish and Portuguese, students gain critical reading and writing skills that help them acquire and refine their abilities to speak, understand, read and write one of both of these languages.

The Spanish specialization focuses on the language and culture of Spain and Spanish-America, while the Portuguese specialization stresses the language and culture of Brazil, with complementary study of Portugal and Lusophone Africa. The combined specialization recognizes the increasingly prominent roles that Brazil, Spain and Latin America all play in international affairs, especially as they relate to Florida. Spanish- and Portuguese-speakers constitute the fastest growing immigrant populations in Florida. Studying both languages and cultures provide a competitive edge for those seeking careers in business, industry, tourism, health care, agricultural affairs, government, and education.

Coursework for the Major

The different specializations within the Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics major require different coursework, depending on the student focus.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

The combined track is designed for students who already possess some proficiency in one or both languages and do not need to begin with beginning coursework in both. The more common case of previous coursework in Spanish is represented in the critical tracking, but student who have prior knowledge of Portuguese and need to start with basic Spanish should consult with the undergraduate advisors.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

  • Complete one additional POR 3XXX course
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

Semester 6

  • Complete 2 of the remaining SPN/SPW/POR/POW 3XXX/4XXX required courses
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete 2 of the remaining SPN/SPW/POR/POW 3XXX/4XXX required courses
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining SPN/SPW/POR/POW 4XXX  required courses
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S).

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
POR 1130 Beginning Portuguese 1 (Critical Tracking) 5
SPN 2200 Intermediate Spanish 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
Select one: 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences
 
 
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
Select one: 3
Beginning Portuguese 2 (Critical Tracking)  
Introduction to Portuguese and Brazil: Accelerated (Critical Tracking)  
SPN 2201 Intermediate Spanish 2 3
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Select one: 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences
 
 
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits15
Semester Three
POR 3242 Oral and Written Practice (Critical Tracking; recommended; or other POR or POW or PRT 3000/4000-level course) 3
Select one: 3
Intensive Communication Skills (Critical Tracking)  
Introduction to Reading and Writing Spanish for Heritage Learners (Critical Tracking)  
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences (area not taken in semester one) 1 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
Select one: 3
Spanish Grammar and Composition 1 (Critical Tracking)  
Spanish Grammar and Composition for Heritage Learners (Critical Tracking)  
SPN/SPW/POR/POW 3xxx/4xxx required courses (Critical Tracking) 3
Elective (3000 level and above, not in major) 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits15
Semester Five
SPN/SPW/POR/POW 3xxx/4xxx required courses (Critical Tracking) 3
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Electives (3000 level and above, not in major) 6
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
Science laboratory (Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences) 1
 Credits16
Semester Six
SPN/SPW/POR/POW 3xxx/4xxx required courses (Critical Tracking) 6
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Elective (3000 level and above, not in major) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
SPN/SPW/POR/POW 3xxx/4xxx required courses (Critical Tracking) 6
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major, or outstanding Gen Ed courses) 9
 Credits15
Semester Eight
SPN/SPW/POR/POW 3xxx/4xxx required courses (Critical Tracking) 9
Electives 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

The Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics enables students to achieve communicative competence in Spanish and/or Portuguese, with an emphasis on all four language skills: speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Students will become knowledgeable in the areas of Hispanic and Lusophone cultures, literatures and/or linguistics, and they will learn how to interpret Spanish- and/or Portuguese language texts according to their cultural, literary and linguistic content.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Complete all requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
  • Satisfactorily complete a written assignment in a 4000-level course that includes the written analysis of a text according to its cultural, literary and/or linguistic content. The text analyzed and the analysis will be in Spanish/Portuguese.
  • Satisfactorily deliver an oral presentation in Spanish/Portuguese on the topic of the written paper. Presentation will include answering questions from audience members.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Identify cultural correlates, literary production and/or linguistic structure of texts written in Spanish and/or Portuguese.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze cultural correlates, literary production and/or linguistic structure of texts written in Spanish and/or Portuguese.

Communication

  1. Demonstrate competence in written Spanish and/or Portuguese, including knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, orthography and appropriate stylistic conventions.
  2. Demonstrate communicative competence in spoken Spanish and/or Portuguese, including the ability to understand the spoken language, speak with correct grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, and use appropriate registers.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
SPN 2240; POR 3224 I I I I
SPN 3300; POR 3242 R R R R
SPN 3510/SPN 3520; POR 3500/POR 3502 I, R I, R I, R I, R
SPN 3700; POR 3701 I, R I, R I, R I, R
SPW 3030/SPW 3031/SPW 3100/SPW 3101 I, R I, R I, R I, R
SPN or POR course, 4000 level R, A R, A R, A R, A
SPW or POW course, 4000 level R, A R, A R, A R, A

Assessment Types

  • Written paper
  • Oral presentation/discussion