University General Education Requirements
All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.
|General Education|| |
* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.
College of Letters & Science Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Students pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science curriculum.
Bachelor of Arts degree requirements
|Mathematics||Complete the University General Education Requirements for Quantitative Reasoning A (QR-A) and Quantitative Reasoning B (QR-B) coursework.|
|Foreign Language|| |
|L&S Breadth|| |
|Liberal Arts and Science Coursework||Complete at least 108 credits.|
|Depth of Intermediate/Advanced work||Complete at least 60 credits at the intermediate or advanced level.|
|Major||Declare and complete at least one major.|
|Total Credits||Complete at least 120 credits.|
|UW-Madison Experience|| |
|Quality of Work|| |
Non–L&S students pursuing an L&S major
Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements. They do not need to complete the L&S Degree Requirements above.
Requirements for the Major
|Introductory Courses (complete all):|
|SPANISH 223||Introduction to Hispanic Cultures||3|
|SPANISH 224||Introduction to Hispanic Literatures||3|
|SPANISH 225||Lying, Swearing, and Breaking the Rules: An Introduction to the Linguistic Study of Spanish||3|
|SPANISH 311||Advanced Language Practice||3|
|Survey Literature (complete one):||3|
|Survey of Early Hispanic Literature|
|Survey of Modern Spanish Literature|
|Survey of Spanish American Literature|
|Linguistics (complete one):||3|
|The Structure of Modern Spanish|
|Introduction to Spanish Linguistics|
|Spanish Applied Linguistics|
|Advanced Spanish Phonetics|
|Introduction to the Romance Languages|
|Topics in Spanish Linguistics|
|Study Abroad in Spanish Linguistics|
|Spanish American Civilization|
|Survey of Latino and Latina Popular Culture|
|Culture and the Environment in the Luso-Hispanic World|
|Topics in Hispanic Culture|
|Topics in Latinx Culture|
|Hispanic Screen Studies|
|Study Abroad in Hispanic Cultures|
|Latin American Rock Cultures|
|Border and Race Studies in Latin America|
|Topics in Latin American Performance/Visual Studies|
|Race, Religion and Ethnicity in the Age of Empire|
|Additional Culture/Civilization or Targeted Language Skills||3|
Targeted Language Skills courses:
|Spanish for Nursing|
|Spanish for Pharmacy|
|Topics in Spanish Language Practice|
|Advanced Language Practice with Emphasis on Expository Writing|
|Spanish for Business|
|Spanish Business Area Studies|
|Study Abroad in Spanish Language Practice|
|Electives to reach 36 credits in the major, chosen from:||12|
SPANISH courses numbered 400-699
One (and only one) SPANISH course numbered 400-699 may be replaced by one (and only one) of the following three courses:
|Topics in Spanish American Literature in Translation|
|Spanish Literary Masterpieces in Translation|
At least 6 credits of SPANISH at or above the 400-level must be taken while physically on the UW-Madison campus.
Residence and Quality of Work
- 2.000 GPA in SPANISH and all major courses
- 2.000 GPA on at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major, taken in residence1
- 15 credits in SPANISH, taken on the UW–Madison campus
Honors in the Major
Students may declare Honors in the Major in consultation with the Spanish undergraduate advisor.
Honors in the Major Requirements
To earn Honors in the Major, students must satisfy both the requirements for the major (above) and the following additional requirements:
- Earn a 3.300 University GPA
- Earn a 3.500 GPA for all SPANISH courses 300 level and higher
- Complete the following coursework, taken for Honors, with individual grades of B or better:
Courses numbered above SPANISH 311 Advanced Language Practice are considered upper-level in the major.
In certain circumstances (particularly when the student is an Honors candidate in two or more departments), 6 credits in literature, linguistics, or cultural studies at the 500 or 600 level, excluding SPANISH 681, SPANISH 682, SPANISH 691, SPANISH 692, and SPANISH 699, may be substituted for the Honors Thesis, upon recommendation by the Spanish undergraduate advisor.
University Degree Requirements
|Total Degree||To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.|
|Residency||Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.|
|Quality of Work||Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.|
- Develop communication skills in Spanish and integrate these skills to exchange and assess ideas effectively and with level-appropriate accuracy in written and spoken Spanish.
- Demonstrate understanding of linguistic, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, and stylistic features of written and spoken Spanish, understand how they influence meaning, and apply these features in level-appropriate ways in writing and speech.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Hispanic cultures across historical epochs, including awareness of the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity that characterizes the Spanish-speaking world.
- Demonstrate familiarity with and apply basic methods of literary and/or linguistic analysis, which for literary analysis includes interpretation of written texts and other forms of artistic/cultural creation, both in and of themselves and in the context of the particular social, cultural, and historical milieus in which they were created.
Sample Four-Year Plan
This Sample Four-Year Plan is a tool to assist students and their advisor(s). Students should use it—along with their DARS report, the Degree Planner, and Course Search & Enroll tools—to make their own four-year plan based on their placement scores, credit for transferred courses and approved examinations, and individual interests. As students become involved in athletics, honors, research, student organizations, study abroad, volunteer experiences, and/or work, they might adjust the order of their courses to accommodate these experiences. Students will likely revise their own four-year plan several times during college.
|SPANISH 203||4||SPANISH 204||4|
|Communication A||3||Quantatative Reasoning A or Intermediate/Advanced COMP SCI/MATH/STAT (if B.S.)||3|
|Social Science Breadth||3||Science Breadth||3|
|SPANISH 226||3||SPANISH 223||3|
|SPANISH 225||3||SPANISH 224||3|
|Communication BDo not take in same semester as SPANISH 311.||3||Ethnic Studies||3|
|Physical Science Breadth||3||Social Science Breadth||3|
|SPANISH 311Do not take in same semester as Communication B.||3||Spanish Survey Literature course||3|
|Advanced Spanish Linguistics course||3||Advanced Spanish Culture/Civilization course||3|
|Quantatative Reasoning B or Intermediate/Advanced COMP SCI/MATH/STAT (if B.S.)||3||Biological Science Breadth||3|
|Social Science Breadth||3||Electives||6|
|Advanced Spanish Culture/Civilization course or Optional Targeted Language Skills course||3||400 level Spanish Elective||3|
|400 level Spanish Elective||3||400 level Spanish Elective||3|
|400 level Spanish Elective||3||Social Science Breadth||3|
|Total Credits 120|
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L&S career resources
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- INTER-LS 210 L&S Career Development: Taking Initiative (1 credit, targeted to first- and second-year students)—for more information, see Inter-LS 210: Career Development, Taking Initiative
- INTER-LS 215 Communicating About Careers (3 credits, fulfills Com B General Education Requirement)
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