Spanish, Major - Liberal Arts

Spanish, Major - Liberal Arts, B.A.

The following is a sample degree plan, based on the current catalog. It is based on the 120-credit graduation requirement and assumes no transferred credits, no requirements waived by placement tests, no courses taken in the summer or winter, no repeated courses, and no remedial courses that may be required. This sample degree plan is intended for first-year students entering UW-Eau Claire in the fall semester. Your own degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). UW-Eau Claire cannot guarantee all courses will be offered as shown, but will provide a range of courses that may enable prepared students to fulfill their requirements in a timely period. This sample degree plan is just a guide. Please consult your advisor, your degree audit, and the catalog to create your own degree plan. Note: In order to earn the required minimum of 120 credits for the degree in four years, you should plan to take 15 credits each semester or 30 credits each year.

To earn a degree, students must fulfill all University Graduation Requirements, including the Liberal Education (LE) Core.  LE Core course work in the following sample degree plan uses abbreviations such as LE-K1, LE-S2, LE-R3, and LE-I1 to represent the learning outcomes students will meet via completion of their liberal education course work.  Please click here for a description of the Liberal Education Core outcomes and requirements. Note that the LE Core may be completed through both course and non-course experiences.

Students in this major have the option to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  The degrees are distinguished by foreign language competency for the B.A. and a higher level of mathematics competency for the B.S. 

SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I (LE-S1 through placement; LE-R2)4
WRIT 114Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)5
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
LE Option: Knowledge 1 (LE-K1L) Natural Sciences with Lab4
LE Option: Knowledge 3 (LE-K3) Humanities3
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II4
LE Option: Skills 2 (LE-S2) Mathematics a4
Intro to US Latino History & Culture (LE Option: Knowledge 3 (LE-K3) Humanities, LE Option: Responsibility 1 (LE-R1, DDIV) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity with Design for Diversity) b3
LE Option: Knowledge 2 (LE-K2) Social Sciences3
SPAN 301Conversation and Composition I3
LE Option: Knowledge 2 (LE-K2) Social Sciences3
LAS Requirement - see course suggestions c3
LE Option: Knowledge 4 (LE-K4) Fine Arts d3
LE Option: Skills 3 (LE-S3) Creativity3
SPAN 302Conversation and Composition II3
SPAN 354Latin American Civilization: Regional Focus3
SPAN 405Advanced Conversation3
POLS 319Politics of Latin America3
Integrative Learning for study abroad experience e
SPAN 325Phonetics and Pronunciation3
LE Option: Responsibility 3 (LE-R3) Civic and Environmental Issues3
SPAN 363Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature3
Survey of Latin American Literature
LE Option: Knowledge 1 (LE-K1) Natural Sciences3
Cert, Minor or Elective courses6
SPAN 356Contemporary Spain3
Survey of Hispanic Linguistics
LE Option: Responsibility 1 (LE-R1) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity3
LE Option: Integration (LE-I1) (LAS/GEOG 321)3
Cert, Minor or Elective courses f6
SPAN 340Spanish for Business3
Cert, Minor or Elective course3
Cert, Minor or Elective course3
Electives f6
400-level SPAN course required for major3
SPAN Elective3

Minimum total for the baccalaureate degree = 120 credits


Suggested LAS Elective:  MATH 107 Mathematics in Latin American Cultures (offered in Spring).


LAS 222 is suggested as it fulfills K3, R1 and DD. 


In addition, the student must take one course from the following list: ARTH 335/AIS 335, ARTH 337/AIS 337, AIS 161/ANTH 161, ECON 356/LAS 356, ENGL 321, ENGL 397, GEOG 321/LAS 321, LAS 222, LAS 314, MATH 107, NRSG 389, PHIL 322, POLS 319/LAS 319, RELS 330/AIS 330, or WGSS 422 (when offered as Women in Nicaragua).


Suggested Fine Arts electives: ARTH 335/AIS 335 or ARTH 337/AIS 337.


Study abroad experience can count for IL experience if student chooses to do so. Students must opt in prior to study abroad. LE designation cannot be applied retroactively.


Electives need to be carefully selected to ensure that a student’s degree comprises at least 39 credits of upper division courses (300-400 level). While students are encouraged to take additional courses in Spanish, electives can be selected from any discipline as long as the student meets the course prerequisites.

Note:  All students must complete the 30-hour Service-Learning Requirement via a non-credit or credit option (see University Graduation Requirements).


Students who pursue Spanish and Latin American and Latinx Studies liberal arts program combinations will need to earn at least 48 unique credits between any program combinations for purposes of meeting graduation requirements for first and second degree programs.
The flexibility in the Spanish Major to choose from a variety of courses after those required in the core provides interested students with the opportunity to focus on Spanish for the professions, or Spanish linguistics if they so desire.
All Spanish majors and minors in any of the emphases offered must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country in which the language is spoken, or participate in an alternative language immersion experience that must be approved by the Spanish section. The minimum time period for meeting the residence/immersion requirement is six weeks; however, the Spanish section recommends that students spend at least one semester abroad.   

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire encourages all students to participate in High Impact Practices.  The following information identifies any specific recommendations that faculty in this major have concerning which HIPs might be most beneficial to students, and any recommendations about when those HIPs best fit into the degree plan. Students should also consult their faculty advisor for information on HIPs. There are many additional high impact opportunities available. Talk to your academic advisor for more information about incorporating HIPs like Study Abroad, Intercultural Immersion, Internship, and/or Student/Faculty Collaborative Research into your time at UW-Eau Claire.
For language-specific study abroad opportunities, see above and also faculty advisor, ARCC advisor, and the Center for International Education.

Liberal Education (LE) Core Guidance

Liberal Education Core (LE Core) 

The LE Core comprises 17 learning experiences across 11 learning outcomes. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in courses approved for the LE Core. 

  • K1 – Natural Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K2 – Social Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K3 – Humanities; two experiences. 

  • K4 – Fine Arts; one experience. 

  • S1 – Written and Oral Communication; two experiences (one experience must satisfy the University writing requirement). 

  • S2 – Mathematics; one experience (must satisfy the University math competency requirement). 

  • S3 – Creativity; one experience (can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • R1 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; two experiences (one experience must meet the UW System Design for Diversity (DD) requirement). 

  • R2 – Global Perspectives; one experience. 

  • R3 – Civic and Environmental Issues; one experience. 

  • I1 – Integration; two experiences (one experience can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • SL—Service Learning; 30 hours 

Additional LE Core Information 

  • Most LE Core learning experiences are course based, and many courses meet more than one learning outcome (e.g., K3 and R2 or K1 and R3). 

  • Some learning experiences can also be met outside of a traditional course (e.g., undergraduate research (S3), study abroad (I1)). 

  • S1 – An English placement score that fulfills the University writing requirement fulfills one S1 experience. 

  • S1 – A foreign Language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 102 level satisfies one S1 experience. 

  • S1, R2 – A foreign language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 202 level satisfies one experience in S1 and the R2 experience. 

  • S2 – A math placement score that qualifies the student to enter Math 111, 112, 113 or 114 fulfills the S2 experience. 

  • S3 – Completion of two credits from any approved music ensemble fulfills the S3 experience. 

  • I1 – Any semester long study abroad program can fulfill one I1 experience.