May 22, 2019  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog

Spanish, B.A.: 120 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.

Major Required Core: 24-27 units

Major Electives: 27 units

Literature: (12)

Additional Elective SPN Course: (3)

Choose one additional course from the list of 3000-4000 level SPN courses.

Related Fields: (3)

Choose One

Unrestricted Electives: 18-27 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from "Major Required Core", "GE", and "Unrestricted Electives" is at least 93 units.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are required, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (9 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (12 units)
1. Physical Sciences      
2. Life Sciences      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Arts and Humanities (12 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2a. Philosophy and Civilization      
2b. Literature and Language Other than English      
3. Arts and Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (12 units)
1. U.S. History and American Ideals      
2. U.S. Constitution and California Government      
3. Social Sciences: Principles, Methodologies, Value Systems, and Ethics      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 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: 21 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, and D available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  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 1100 , IGE 1200   A2 and C2b
Sophomore IGE 2100 , IGE 2200   C1 and C2a
Junior IGE 2300 , IGE 2400   D1 and D3
Senior IGE 3100   C3 or D4

American Institutions: 6 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1 and D2.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 3 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 semester following completion of 60 units for undergraduates.

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