Spanish and Portuguese at Miami: Nine Things to Know
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1. What can you do with a Spanish major?

The most common profession is teaching, either at the secondary level or at the college/university level. In the latter case, Spanish majors will enroll in a graduate program to pursue either an MA degree or a PhD. Another possibility would be translation/interpretation; generally this also requires post-baccalaureate study.

2. Can I double major in another subject, one that I am also interested in? How might Spanish and this other discipline relate (both at MU and professionally)?

Yes, many students double major in Spanish and another field of study. The other field of study is often International Studies, Latin American Studies, Spanish Education, Speech Pathology and Audiology, one of the sciences, or a major in the School of Business.

3. What study abroad opportunities do you offer? Will I receive credit for these courses?

We currently have students studying abroad in various programs in both Spain and Latin America. For a list of recommended programs, go to <> and follow the links for study abroad. We are also going to sponsor our own study abroad program in Oviedo, Spain, starting Spring Semester 2011. Generally, most if not all Spanish courses will receive transfer credit if the student meets with departmental advisers and pre-approves the courses to be taken, usually to fulfill requirements for the major or minor. In addition, Miami Plan requirements can often be taken abroad, with approval from Liberal Education.

4. Do you offer any scholarships and awards?

Yes, we offer several awards and scholarships, including the Glen Barr Scholarship, the Knapp Jones Award for study abroad, the Timothy J. Rogers Memorial Scholarship for study abroad in Spain, the Elizabeth S. Rogers Scholarship for Business students interested in study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, the Portuguese Study Award for study abroad in a Portuguese speaking country, the Newman Award for the most outstanding senior Spanish major, and the undergraduate and graduate Irvin Essay awards.

5. Will I get credit for AP, IB or CLEP? How will it affect my placement in Spanish classes? What will I take first here at Miami?

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Credit for SPN 101, 102 (8 hours) for score of 3 on language.
Credit for SPN 101, 102, 201, 202, and 311 (17 hours) for score of 4 or 5 on language.
Credit for SPN 101, 102, and 201 (11 hours) for score of 3 on literature.
Credit for SPN 101, 102, 201, 202, and 311 (17 hours) for score of 4 or 5 on literature.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Spanish A (acceptable score 5 or better)
Credit for SPN 101 (4 hours) and SPN 102 (4 hours).

Spanish A (acceptable score 6 or better)
Credit for SPN 101 (4 hours), SPN 102 (4 hours), and SPN 201 (3 hours).

Spanish B (acceptable score 5)
Credit for SPN 101 (4 hours), SPN 102 (4 hours).

Spanish B (acceptable score 6 or better)
Credit for SPN 101 (4 hours), SPN 102 (4 hours), and SPN 201 (3 hours).

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit for SPN 101,102 (8 hours) for a score of 50

Credit for SPN 201, 202 (6 hours) for score of 63

Credit for SPN 311 (3 hours) for score of 75

6. How does Spanish coursework relate to the Miami Plan and the Global Miami Plan?

Several of our courses fulfill Miami Plan requirements, including the World Cultures requirement; we offer three thematic sequences, and also a capstone (SPN 490).

7. What classes do you (have to) take to complete the Spanish major? What do the classes cover in terms of topics?

The Spanish major consists of 36 credit-hours:

  • SPN 311
  • SPN 312, 315
  • One cultural sequence: 351 + 352 OR 361 + 362 OR 381 + 382
  • Three courses at the 400 level—420, 430 OR 440; plus two 4XX/5XX courses
  • SPN 490 Senior Seminar / Capstone
  • Nine (9) more credit hrs. at the 300 or 400 level to reach 36 hrs.

Classes cover the language, literature, and culture of Spain and Spanish America, including classes on advanced grammar and composition, conversation, various literary genres such as theatre, narrative, poetry, and film, and course on Spanish linguistics, for example dialectology, Spanish as a second language, and history of the Spanish language.

If you do not double major, then you must also complete 17 related hrs, eight (8) in Portuguese (111 + 211) and nine (9) in related fields, for example a literature or linguistics course in the English dept., a Latin American studies course, or a history or political science course focusing on Spain or Latin America.

8. What do you offer as far as classes in Portuguese are concerned?

We offer a Lusophone-Studies minor, which may include POR 111, POR 211, and courses above the 200 level such as POR 311, 315, 381, 383.

9. What is the difference between a Spanish major and a Spanish minor?

For the Spanish minor, you must complete 18 hrs. of Spanish:

  • SPN 311
  • SPN 312 OR 315
  • One cultural sequence
  • 6 more hrs. at the 300 (any course not taken to fulfill another minor requirement, (excluding SPN 303) or 400 levels (SPN 420, 430, or 440; SPN 481–484)