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College of Arts & Sciences

Spanish

13

Number of countries from which our instructional staff hail

3750

Number of students taught during 2014-2015

2nd

Rank of the U.S. in regard to number of Spanish speakers

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Our field aims to develop students’ Spanish language skills, to deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures domestically and abroad, to sharpen their critical thinking, and to heighten their awareness of their role as local and global citizens in a pluralistic society. 

Careers

Grow Your Future

The Spanish major prepares students for a variety of professional opportunities in the United States and abroad. Students may pursue careers in education, government, law, social services, health care, tourism, publishing and non-profit organizations. Spanish majors may also continue their education with an advanced degree in area studies, business or law. 

Career opportunities in Spanish

  • Elementary/Secondary educators
  • Translators/Interpreters
  • National security agents
  • Journalists
  • Foreign service officers
  • FBI agents
  • Social workers
  • Community organizers
  • Non-profit employees
  • Bilingual educators
  • International business people

Current Curriculum Information

Access Major Template

source: myUK: GPS

  • Spanish-General (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Spanish Language 13
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Spanish Language 23
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Spanish Language 33
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Spanish Language 43
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Social Sciences (300+level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Spanish Premajor3
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • SPA 310 - SPANISH COMPOSITION THROUGH TEXTUAL ANALYSIS3

    Critical readings and interpretation of texts in Spanish. Text may include literary, political, sociological, and cultural documents. Emphasis on mastery of written Spanish. This course is required of all majors.

  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (300+level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • SPA 323 - INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH TRANSLATION3

    Allows students to deepen their understanding of Spanish and English as they consider how best to translate structures, words, text, and discourse styles unique to each respective language while simultaneously acquiring a valuable and highly marketable skill. Translation tasks will be primarily from Spanish to English. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Spanish-Language & Linguistics (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Spanish Language 13
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Spanish Language 23
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Spanish Language 33
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Spanish Language 43
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Social Sciences (300+level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Spanish Premajor3
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • SPA 310 - SPANISH COMPOSITION THROUGH TEXTUAL ANALYSIS3

    Critical readings and interpretation of texts in Spanish. Text may include literary, political, sociological, and cultural documents. Emphasis on mastery of written Spanish. This course is required of all majors.

  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (300+level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • SPA 323 - INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH TRANSLATION3

    Allows students to deepen their understanding of Spanish and English as they consider how best to translate structures, words, text, and discourse styles unique to each respective language while simultaneously acquiring a valuable and highly marketable skill. Translation tasks will be primarily from Spanish to English. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Spanish-Literature & Culture (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Spanish Language 13
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Spanish Language 23
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Spanish Language 33
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Spanish Language 43
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Social Sciences (300+level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Spanish Premajor3
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • Courses Outside Spanish (200+)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • SPA 310 - SPANISH COMPOSITION THROUGH TEXTUAL ANALYSIS3

    Critical readings and interpretation of texts in Spanish. Text may include literary, political, sociological, and cultural documents. Emphasis on mastery of written Spanish. This course is required of all majors.

  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (300+level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • SPA 323 - INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH TRANSLATION3

    Allows students to deepen their understanding of Spanish and English as they consider how best to translate structures, words, text, and discourse styles unique to each respective language while simultaneously acquiring a valuable and highly marketable skill. Translation tasks will be primarily from Spanish to English. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Spanish Major Course (300+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • Spanish Major Course (400+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Students majoring in Spanish choose between three tracks of study: Spanish language and linguistics; Spanish literature and culture; and general Spanish. Majors will develop their Spanish language skills; acquire a deep understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures domestically and abroad; sharpen critical thinking skills; and heighten their awareness of their role as local and global citizens in a pluralistic society.

 
Spanish B.A. Four Year Plan

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30


Premajor Requirements 

  • SPA 210 - Spanish Grammar and Syntax and SPA 211 - Intermediate Spanish Conversation or SPA 215 - Written Spanish for Bilingual Students

Total Hours - 3-6

Major Requirements 

Major Core Requirements

  • SPA 310 - Spanish Composition through Textual Analysis [3 hours]

Other Course Work Required for the Major (from the major department)

  • Choose 10 300+ level Spanish courses to include at least 4 courses at the 400+ level from any of the 3 available options. (Spanish Language and Linguistics, Spanish Literature and Culture and General Spanish) [30 hours]

Course Work from Outside the Major Department

Choose 3 approved courses outside Spanish (SPA) that are at the 200+ level. [9 hours] 

Total Hours - 42


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Featured Career

Interpreters and Translators

Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$43,590

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

61,000

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

17,500

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Interpreters work in schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and conference centers. Some work for translation companies or individual organizations, and many translators also work from home. Self-employed interpreters and translators frequently have variable work schedules. Most interpreters and translators work full time during regular business hours.

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A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at asrecruting@uky.edu. 


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