Students may declare at any time in consultation with the Spanish undergraduate advisor.

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
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* 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
  • Complete the fourth unit of a foreign language; OR
  • Complete the third unit of a foreign language and the second unit of an additional foreign language.
L&S Breadth
  • 12 credits of Humanities, which must include 6 credits of literature; and
  • 12 credits of Social Science; and
  • 12 credits of Natural Science, which must include one 3+ credit Biological Science course and one 3+ credit Physical Science course.
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
  • 30 credits in residence, overall; and
  • 30 credits in residence after the 86th credit.
Quality of Work
  • 2.000 in all coursework at UW–Madison
  • 2.000 in Intermediate/Advanced level coursework at UW–Madison

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 Cultures3
SPANISH 224 Introduction to Hispanic Literatures3
SPANISH 225 Lying, Swearing, and Breaking the Rules: An Introduction to the Linguistic Study of Spanish3
SPANISH 311 Advanced Language Practice3
Survey Literature (complete one):3
Survey of Early Hispanic Literature
Survey of Modern Spanish Literature
Survey of Spanish American Literature
Linguistics (complete one):3
Spanish Phonetics
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 Civilization
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 Skills3
Targeted Language Skills courses:
Spanish for Nursing
Spanish for Pharmacy
Topics in Spanish Language Practice
Advanced Language Practice with Emphasis on Expository Writing
Advanced Conversation
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
Intensive Portuguese
Total Credits36

Faculty Engagement

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:


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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of Hispanic cultures across historical epochs, including awareness of the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity that characterizes the Spanish-speaking world.
  4. 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.

First Year
Communication A3Quantatative Reasoning A or Intermediate/Advanced COMP SCI/MATH/STAT (if B.S.)3
Social Science Breadth3Science Breadth3
 15 15
Second Year
Communication BDo not take in same semester as SPANISH 311.3Ethnic Studies3
Physical Science Breadth3Social Science Breadth3
 15 15
Third Year
SPANISH 311Do not take in same semester as Communication B.3Spanish Survey Literature course3
Advanced Spanish Linguistics course3Advanced Spanish Culture/Civilization course3
Quantatative Reasoning B or Intermediate/Advanced COMP SCI/MATH/STAT (if B.S.)3Biological Science Breadth3
Social Science Breadth3Electives6
 15 15
Fourth Year
Advanced Spanish Culture/Civilization course or Optional Targeted Language Skills course3400 level Spanish Elective3
400 level Spanish Elective3400 level Spanish Elective3
400 level Spanish Elective3Social Science Breadth3
Science Breadth3Electives6
 15 15
Total Credits 120


Karen Francis, Undergraduate Advisor
1008 Van Hise Hall
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Spanish & Portuguese Undergraduate Advising


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L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

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Professors Beilin, Bilbija, Close, Corfis, De Ferrari, Egea, Hernández, Hildner, Hutchinson, Medina, Podestá, Sanchez, Sapega

Associate Professors Alcalá-Galán, Ancos-García, Armstrong, Cerezo Paredes, Goldgel-Carballo, Pellegrini, Rao, Stafford, Tejedo Herrera

Senior Lecturers Álvarez Oquendo, Mercado

Faculty Associate Pujol

Associate Faculty Associates Fondow, Neumayer, Rodríguez-Guridi

Department Administrator Simpson

Graduate Coordinator Zimmer

Program Associate Tanner

Undergraduate Advisor Francis