Hispanic Studies Degree Information
Department of Hispanic Studies Program
Who's Who in Hispanic Studies
Dr. Anadeli Bencomo
Director of Undergraduate Studies:
Dr. Guillermo De Los Reyes
Director of Graduate Studies:
Dr. Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Professors: Dr. Nicolás Kanellos, Dr. Julián Olivares
Associate Professors: Dr. Anadeli Bencomo, Dr. Guillermo de los Reyes, Dr. Marta Fairclough, Dr. Manuel J. Gutiérrez, Dr. Pedro Gutiérrez-Revuelta, Dr. Carlos Monsanto, Dr. Dennis Parle, Dr. Guadalupe Quintanilla, Dr. María Elena Soliño
Assistant Professors: Dr. Maria Alejandra González-Pérez, Dr. Elizabeth Goodin Mayeda, Dr. Christina Sisk
Majors in Spanish must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average in all courses attempted in the major and must demonstrate or attain at least 2302 (fourth semester) level proficiency in a second foreign language.
Summer Programs Abroad in Spanish
The department encourages Spanish majors and minors to participate in study abroad programs. Up to 12 advanced semester credit hours of study abroad coursework earned through affiliated study abroad programs may be applied toward the fulfillment of requirements for the Spanish major and up to 6 semester credit hours of study abroad coursework may be applied toward fulfillment of the requirements for the Spanish minor.
Students interested in studying abroad should consult with the University Office of International Studies and Programs and with the department's undergraduate advisor.
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
In addition to completing the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, students majoring in Spanish must complete 27 semester hours in Spanish at the advanced level (3000-4000). Spanish majors must take a minimum 15 credit hours in residence with the Department of Hispanic Studies, not including credit by exam or study abroad. Advanced level-courses must include the following:
- SPAN 3301 (or 3307 for students on the heritage track)
- SPAN 3302 (or 3308 for students on the heritage track)
- SPAN 3306: Introduction to the Study of the Spanish Language
- SPAN 3384: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
- Fifteen hours from one or more of the following areas, including six hours at the 4000 level: Literature, Linguistics, Culture, Applied Spanish (business, education, translation, etc.)
- At least 2302-level proficiency in a second foreign language is required. This requirement will be waived for Spanish majors who complete a second major. This includes PB students who decide to pursue a second bachelor's degree in Spanish.
Placement and Credit by Examination:
The Spanish Program offers two basic language programs that satisfy the foreign language requirement and prepare students for upper-division courses in linguistics, culture, literature, business and other practical areas:
- Basic Spanish Language Program for Spanish Foreign Language Students. (A four semester sequence: SPAN 1501, 1502, 2301, 2302 - This program is designed for students whose home language is not Spanish.)
- Students with previous studies in Spanish are required to take a placement exam, at the Testing Center (Student Service Center, 2nd floor), before enrollment. Enroll (register) online at www.las.uh.edu/uts/.
- Eligibility for credit by examination is determined by subsequent enrollment and academic performance in the class into which the student was placed. See departmental advisor for further information.
- Spanish Program for Hispanic Heritage Learners. (SPAN 2307/2308- Heritage language learners are students who grew up speaking Spanish at home). Hispanic Studies offers a Placement/Credit Exam designed for Hispanic heritage learners. Students may be placed in SPAN 1505, 2307, 2308, 3308, or higher, and may earn up to 12 semester hours in Spanish. Credit at the 4000-level may not be earned by examination. For designated test times, see schedule online at http://www.class.uh.edu/hispanicstudies/.
Advanced Placement Credit
For information about AP credit see the "Credit by Examination" information in the Office of Admissions website.
The department also offers a Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish. For general graduate admissions requirements and listing of courses, contact the respective graduate advisors in the Department of Hispanic Studies and consult the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog.
Minor in Spanish
Students minoring in Spanish must complete at least 15 semester hours in Spanish, of which 12 must be advanced. Nine semester hours, including six advanced, must be completed in residence with the Department of Hispanic Studies, not including credit by exam or study abroad. Spanish minors must earn a 2.00 minimum cumulative grade point average on all Spanish courses attempted at the University of Houston.
Minor in Spanish for the Business Professions
Students minoring in Spanish for the Business Professions must complete at least 15 semester hours in Spanish, all of which must be advanced, including SPAN 3341, 3342, plus one of the following courses: SPAN 3312, 3373, 3374, 3375, 3384 or 4341. Nine semester hours, including six advanced, must be completed in residence with the Department of Hispanic Studies not including credit by exam or study abroad. Students must earn a 2.50 minimum cumulative grade point average on all Spanish courses attempted in the minor at the University of Houston.
Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: February 22, 2013