Feb 29, 2024
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Chair: Dr. Pedro Gutierrez
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 learning abroad. Students may take only one course with the HISP code that would may towards a requirement for the major.
Advanced-level courses must include the following:
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:
1. Basic Spanish Language Program for Spanish Foreign Language Students
A four semester sequence:
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 testing.las.uh.edu/.
Hispanic Studies offers a Placement/Credit Exam designed for Spanish as a Second Language students, who are required to take this exam before enrolling in a Spanish course. Students may be placed in SPAN 1501, SPAN 1502, SPAN 2301, SPAN 2302, SPAN 3301, SPAN 3302 or higher, and may earn up to 12 semester hours in Spanish. Credit at the 4000-level may not be earned by examination.
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.
2. Spanish Program for Hispanic Heritage Learners
Heritage language learners are students who grew up speaking Spanish at home.
Hispanic Studies offers a Placement/Credit Exam designed for Hispanic heritage learners, who are required to take this exam before enrolling in a Spanish course. Students may be placed in SPAN 1507, SPAN 2307, SPAN 2308, SPAN 3307, SPAN 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 www.uh.edu.hispanicstudies/.
Advanced Placement Credit
For information about AP credit, see the Credit by Examination section of this catalog.
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.