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2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, B.A.: 180 units

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Offered by: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, English and Foreign Languages Department

The major provides a broad curricular base that encourages students to develop and enhance their communicative skills–both oral and written–in Spanish, the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and the second in the Southwest. By gaining insight into and appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, students will develop a fuller understanding of themselves and their own culture.

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish prepares students to enter a wide variety of careers. The State of California’s recent foreign language requirements for high school graduation and for admission into the CSU will increase the demand for teachers of Spanish in the public schools. The major will prepare students to enter teacher-preparation programs as well as advanced-degree graduate programs. In addition, the Spanish major would benefit careers in international business, management, the media, law enforcement, tourism, publishing, interpreting, translation, public relations, advertising, and social sciences. The federal government seeks out Spanish-speaking graduates for employment in civil service and diplomatic areas.

The Spanish B. A. is especially suited for students wishing to teach Spanish in middle or high schools.  The Spanish B.A. gives the subject matter competency, that is, the knowledge about the Spanish language that a teacher needs in order to teach Spanish.  To become a credentialed middle or high school teacher, candidates need to complete the Single Subject Credential program in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona or at another institution.  This is usually a fifth year of study that provides the necessary knowledge of pedagogy, as well as classroom practice.  Completion of the major in Spanish at Cal Poly Pomona allows students to demonstrate that they successfully meet the state subject matter requirement for the Single Subject Credential in Spanish.  Students may also meet this requirement by passing an examination adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Students should initiate contact and appointments for appropriate advisement early in the undergraduate program.  For further information, see Dr. Amalia Llombart in the English and Foreign Languages Department.

Preparation for the Spanish Major

All majors must pass a written and oral proficiency test upon entrance to the program and another at the beginning of the junior year.

Required Core Courses for Major: 80 units

For Cal Poly Pomona students following curriculum year 2001-02 or 2002-03, the total units required for General Education is 68. Students following subsequent curriculum years, should consult the catalog website catalog.cpp.edu for current information regarding this unit requirement. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses in order to receive a degree in this major.


If course(s) is taken to satisfy GE requirements, then student will need to complete additional approved units for “Required Core”.

Unrestricted Electives: 20 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from “GE” and “Unrestricted Electives” is at least 88 units.


The total curriculum must include 60 units of upper division courses.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website https://www.cpp.edu/~academic-programs/general-education-course-listings.shtml for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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