Minor in Spanish

A minor in Spanish is perfect for motivated students with a passion for language, literature, and culture, who are excited by imaginative, interdisciplinary, and provocative approaches to study and life. A Spanish degree teaches you about connection, communication, and community, and fits well with a major or minor in another language, or with subjects such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, Geography, and many more.

Lower Level Requirements

Required Language Courses

  • SPAN 101: Beginners’ Spanish I
  • SPAN 102: Beginners’ Spanish II
  • SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II

However, students who have studied Spanish before or for whom Spanish is a heritage language may take a placement test to be exempted from some or all of the above courses. If this is your case, please contact the Spanish Language Program Director at span.advising@ubc.ca.

Introduction to Hispanic Literature

Students also take SPAN 221, “Introduction to Hispanic Literature.” This covers major texts, authors, periods, and genres of Hispanic literature, as well as the key concepts, terminology, and practices of literary analysis that serve as a foundation for higher-level Spanish literature courses.

Optional Courses

In addition to the courses shown above, students may consider registering for instance in SPAN 206 (Conversational Spanish I), SPAN 207 (Conversational Spanish II), SPAN 222 (Introduction to Hispanic Culture), and so on.

Upper Level Requirements

Students must take 18 credits at the 300 or 400 levels.

Required Language Courses

  • SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish I
  • SPAN 302 Advanced Spanish II

However, students who have studied Spanish before or for whom Spanish is a heritage language may take a placement test to be exempted from some or all of the above courses. If this is your case, please contact the Spanish Language Program Director at span.advising@ubc.ca.

Survey Courses

Students must take at least two of the following courses:

  • SPAN 357 The Golden Age of Peninsular Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 358 Divergent Visions: Peninsular Literature and Culture since 1700
  • SPAN 364 Colonial Encounters in Spanish-American Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 365 Modern Magics: Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s

These courses provide broad surveys of Peninsular and Spanish-American literature and culture from the early-modern period to the present. They enable understanding of the broad contexts for more specialized courses at 400-level.

Optional Courses

Students must take at least two of the following courses:

  • SPAN 321 Tradition and Diversity in Spanish History and Culture
  • SPAN 322 Dependency and Revolution in Latin American History and Culture
  • SPAN 401 Translation
  • SPAN 402 Advanced Spanish III
  • SPAN 403 History of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN 404 From World to Screen: Topics in Hispanic Cinema
  • SPAN 405 Celebrating Diversity: Topics in Peninsular and Latin-American Culture
  • SPAN 406 Breaking the Mold: Gender Representation(s) in Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 410 Multicultural Beginnings: Topics in Medieval Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 411 Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 420 Ascent and Decline: Topics in Golden-Age Peninsular Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 430 Modernization and Autonomy: Topics in Peninsular Literature and Culture since the 18th Century
  • SPAN 450 Discourse and Dialect: Topics in Spanish Language
  • SPAN 470 Imperial Eyes and Foundational Fictions: Topics in Spanish-American Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Culture
  • SPAN 490 Peoples and Nations: Topics in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Spanish-American Culture
  • SPAN 495 Research Intensive Seminar in Spanish Literature and Culture

These courses mostly enable more focused analysis of specific issues and topics in Peninsular and Spanish-American literature and culture. SPAN 495 is a research-intensive course that satisfies the Arts research requirement.

See also the UBC Calendar’s entry on Hispanic Studies. If you have any questions about the Spanish Minor, contact the major/minor advisor, Jon Beasley-Murray, at jon.beasley-murray@ubc.ca.

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