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Students of Spanish study the language, culture and literature of Spain, most of Latin America and the Spanish-speaking United States. Spanish majors develop linguistic skills and enrich themselves through the study of a variety of cultures.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


4 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus
21.0 - 26.0
980 - 1180


Romance Languages & Literatures
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


714 Old Chemistry
PO Box 210377
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0377
Carl Bryant
Phone: 513-556-1950

Student Success Factors

Students in Spanish usually possess strong verbal skills, some facility with languages and a desire to travel and interact with other cultures.

Career Possibilities

Students with a BA in Spanish often seek teaching careers, either in secondary education or in colleges and universities following completion of graduate studies in the field. Spanish is also a strong liberal arts major that allows students to develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills in addition to knowledge of a foreign language and culture. Our increasingly multilingual society makes this combination of skills highly valued in a wide range of positions in the public and private sectors.

Career possibilities include:

  • teacher
  • interpreter
  • translator
  • researcher
  • international law
  • social services

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The major in Spanish requires 55 credits and includes courses in culture, literature and language. It can normally be completed in four years, but students with no prior experience with language may require slightly more time. The goal of the program is to help our students attain mastery of oral and written Spanish and to familiarize them with the cultures and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world.

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers flexible degree requirements that allow for and highly encourage multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Anthropology
  • Business programs
  • History
  • Political science
  • Social work
  • Women's studies

Study abroad is highly recommended! Contact the department and/or International Programs for opportunities.

Minor Details

Students working toward an undergraduate degree at UC can earn a minor in Spanish, while non-degree students (e.g., graduate students, non-matriculated students) can earn an equivalent certificate (not to be confused with the business certificate).


To graduate with a minor in Spanish, students must satisfy the following requirements:


A total of at least 21 credit hours in Spanish at 2000-level and above:


Pre-requisite Courses (not applicable toward 21-hour minor requirement):


A. Complete or place out of the basic language sequence:


  • SPAN 1011, 1012, 1013, 1014 (Extended Basic Spanish), 12 credits


  • SPAN 1001, 1002 (Basic Spanish), 10 credits


B. Basic Courses I. Complete or place out of the Composition and Conversation:


  • SPAN 2015, 2016 (Spanish Composition and Conversation), 6 credits


C. Basic Courses II. All Spanish minors must take the following required courses first (6 credits):


  • SPAN 3001 (Spanish Grammar and Composition), 3 credits
  • SPAN 3002 (Speaking in Spanish), 3 credits


D. Core Courses (6 credits):


  • SPAN 4001 (Advanced Grammar), pre-req: SPAN 3002, 3 credits


From the following list, students must choose a minimum of one course. Courses taken above the minimum number will count toward the elective requirements.


  • SPAN 3081 (Las Tres Culturas), 3 credits
  • SPAN 3082 (Latin America Today), 3 credits
  • SPAN 3083 (Spain Today), 3 credits
  • SPAN 3084 (Hispanic Culture in the US), 3 credits
  • A film course - either SPAN 3031 (Spanish Film) or SPAN 3032 (Latin American Film), 3 credits


E. Electives (9 credits):


Students may take any SPAN courses at the 3000/4000 level (including 2015-2016 for those starting at the 2000 level and earning a B or higher). Students may also take 3000-level Spanish Service Learning courses when available.


Credits required for the minor can also be obtained through study abroad or transfer.


Click here to declare the minor online


These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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UC Schedule of Classes - search course availability and descriptions

Curriculum Guide Versions:

Spanish (BA) Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Prerequisite Course
    • XXXXxxxx, Students must either take the SPAN2016 or test out before beginning major., 0
    • SPAN2016, Spanish Composition and Conversation, DC, HU, 3
    Basic Courses
    • SPAN3001, Spanish Grammar and Composition, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN3002, Speaking in Spanish, DC, HU, 3
    Core Course Required of all Majors
    • SPAN4001, Advanced Grammar, 3
    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Courses, SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course - may double count, 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Senior Capstone
    • SPAN5001, Spanish Capstone, 1
    Spanish Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Any 6 SPAN courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (including 2016 for those who start at the 2000 level) Students may also take 3000-level Spanish Service Learning course when available , 0
    • SPANxxxx, Spanish Electives, 18
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 38 - 41
    Additional Notes Regarding the Options in Core Course Grouping
    • XXXXxxxx, Must take 3 of these 10 crses. Only 1 crs. in any of the following pairs, SPAN3031/3032, SPAN3085/3086, SPAN3087/3088 can be used. 2nd crs. from any pair will be used as an elective. , 0
    Core courses
    • SPAN3031, Spanish Film, 3
    • SPAN3032, Latin American Film, 3
    • SPAN3081, Las Tres Culturas, 3
    • SPAN3082, Latin America Today, 3
    • SPAN3083, Spain Today, 3
    • SPAN3084, Hispanic Culture US, 3
    • SPAN3085, Spanish Civilization I, 3
    • SPAN3086, Spanish Civilization II, 3
    • SPAN3087, Latin American Civilization I, 3
    • SPAN3088, Latin American Civilization II, 3
    Electives in SPAN
    • SPANxxxx, Must be in discipline: SPAN, 15

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

The Department of Romance Languages offers students the possibility of interacting with excellent faculty in small, seminar-style courses. We do all we can to help students study abroad; in particular, we transfer credits from most study-abroad programs.

Study Abroad
The Department of Romance Languages strongly encourages students to study abroad. We sponsor a number of programs of varying durations in different countries -- from Mexico and Spain to France, Italy and Brazil. Learn more about Study Abroad.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:


  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).


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