Spanish, BA

The degree program in Spanish is offered through an online collaborative of various University System of Georgia (USG) institutions: Clayton State University, the College of Coastal Georgia, and Valdosta State University. The program is offered primarily at a distance via the Georgia Online Virtual Enterprise Wide (GoView) system. Possible exceptions to fully online delivery would be face-to-face or hybrid classes offered by the consortium members or both other USG institutions.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is to produce graduates who are prepared to assume a variety of important roles in Georgia communities. The program provides a foundation of required Major courses, which includes Spanish conversation and composition, language, civilization, Spanish and Latin American literature, and applied Spanish courses for the professions. This approach allows students to develop areas of expertise that best meet the needs of their career paths, including the critical need for Spanish-speaking professionals in business, industry, health care, law enforcement and public service. The program provides a focus on oral communication in professional settings, with opportunities for development of specialized vocabulary, analysis of the language used in professional settings, research in professional areas, and hands-on experiences in the community or abroad. These opportunities prepare students with an understanding of cultural factors affecting communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to listen and to read in Spanish at the advanced level of proficiency, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to speak and to write in Spanish at the intermediate high level of proficiency, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines.

Program Requirements

All core curriculum recommendations are shown under the Core IMPACTS section of the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.
Field of Study - Spanish18
Language Competence
Competence in Spanish through the intermediate level (i.e., SPAN 2002) is required, here, in Core IMPACTS, or by competency assessment (e.g., CLEP). 10-12
Elective Courses
Choose any 1000-2000 courses listed but not applied in Core IMPACTS (A or S).6-18
Upper Division Major Requirements36
SPAN 3000Intermediate Grammar3
SPAN 3010Conversation and Composition3
SPAN 3150Civ and Culture of Spain3
SPAN 3160Civ and Culture, Lat. America3
SPAN 3200Intro to Lit. Studies in Span3
SPAN 3250Survey of Peninsular Lit.3
or SPAN 3260 Survey of Lat. American Lit I
SPAN 4010Advanced Grammar3
SPAN 4020Advanced Conversation3
SPAN 4900Special Topics in Spanish3
or SPAN 4901 Special Topics in Spanish
or SPAN 4902 Special Topics in Spanish
or SPAN 4903 Special Topics in Spanish
or SPAN 4904 Special Topics in Spanish
or SPAN 4905 Special Topics in Spanish
or SPAN 4906 Special Topics in Spanish
or SPAN 4907 Special Topics in Spanish
or SPAN 4908 Special Topics in Spanish
ESOL 4010Applied Linguistics for ESOL3
Upper Division Spanish Electives0-24
Choose 0-24 hours of the following:
Applied Span Convers for Pros
Language, Culture, and Advanced Conversation
Span Phonetics and Phonology
Hispanic Women Writers
Golden Age Spanish Lit
Contemporary Spanish Lit
Lat American Prose: The Novel
Lat Amer Prose: Short Story
Prof-related Prac/Study Abroad
Research Proj., Span for Pros
Special Topics in Spanish (includes options of SPAN 4900 - SPAN 4908)
Directed Study
Study Abroad Praticum
Community Practicum
Upper Division Free Electives0-24
Choose up to 24 hours of 1000-4000 level, non-core curriculum coursework, with a maximum of 21 hours of 1000-2000 level course work. This area may be satisfied by course work towards a major or minor in a separate discipline, including a second language.
Total Credit Hours120

If not used in Areas AE, these classes may include SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish I, SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II, SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I, SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II.

Please Note: This is a suggested course sequence and assumes a starting freshman with no prior college credit who intends to complete their degree in four years. Students should consult with their academic advisor and review the course prerequisites and minimum grade requirements as seen in the Academic Catalog. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
CRIT 1101 Critical Thinking 3
SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II 3
PSYC 1101
Intro to General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
HIST 1111
Survey-PreModern World History
or Survey of Modern World History
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I 3
HIST 2111
Survey of US History to 1877
or US HIST Since Reconstruction
POLS 1101 American Government 3
MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling (Or higher) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
PHIL 2040 Intro to Aesthetics Area F 3
SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II 3
BIOL 1111 Introduction to Biology I 3
BIOL 1111L Intro to Biology Laboratory 1
Lower Division Elective (1000/2000 Course) 3
Lower Division Elective (1000/2000 Course) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
SPAN 3000 Intermediate Grammar 3
ART 2301 Art of the Pre-Modern World 3
BIOL 1112 Introduction to Biology II 3
SCI 1901 Selected Topics in Science 3
Lower Division Elective (1000/2000 Course) 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
SPAN 3010 Conversation and Composition 3
SPAN Major-Related Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SPAN 3150 Civ and Culture of Spain 3
SPAN Major-Related Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
SPAN 3200 Intro to Lit. Studies in Span 3
SPAN 4010 Advanced Grammar 3
SPAN Special Topic 1 3
Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SPAN 4020 Advanced Conversation 3
SPAN Major-Related Course 3
SPAN 4991 Senior Seminar 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours121

Any course from SPAN 4900 to SPAN 4908 may be selected.