Students pursuing a concentration in Spanish gain an understanding of the language, literature, and cultures of Spanish speaking peoples and regions. There are opportunities to partake in study abroad programs, which can serve to enhance a student's experience and education.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 upper division credit hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Pass/Fail courses cannot be used for this BIS emphasis area.
  • A minimum of 6 upper-division hours must be taken in residence at ASU Tempe Campus.
  • Consult a School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) academic advisor regarding placement into a language course.
  • SPA 313 & 314 (OR SPA 315 & SPA 316, which are designed for bilinguals) are prerequisites for SPA 412. Students testing out of SPA 313 & SPA 314 may register directly in SPA 412.
  • SPA 311 & SPA 312 do not count towards the BIS emphasis area in any catalog year.
  • Course substitutions are allowed for heritage and advanced speakers of the language. See an advisor in the SILC for more information.
  • SPA 325 is a pre-requisite for SPA 425, 426, 427, 428, 464, and other literature courses.
  • Consult a SILC academic advisor regarding the applicability of POR 400 level culture or literature courses towards concentration requirements.
  • Consult a SILC academic advisor regarding the substitution of SPA 413 in place of SPA 412.

Core 6 Hours

SPA 325 Introduction to Hispanic Literature, HU (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 313, 314, 315, 316, 412, or SPA 413 with C or better)

SPA 412 Advanced Conversation and Composition, G (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 314 or SPA 316 or SPA 413 with C or better)

Literature 6 Hours
Choose two of the following courses:

SPA 425 Spanish Literature (to 1700), HU (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 325)

SPA 426 Spanish Literature (from 1700), HU (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 325)

SPA 427 Spanish American Literature (to 1880), L (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 325)

SPA 428 Spanish American Literature (from 1880), L & G (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 325)

SPA 464 Mexican American Literature (3), (HU or SB) & C (Prerequisites: SPA 325 with D or better)

Civilization 3 Hours
Choose one of the following courses:

SPA 471 Civilization of the Spanish Southwest, (L or HU) or C (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 314, or 316, with D or better)

SPA 472 Spanish American Civilization, HU & H & G (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 314, or 316, with D or better)

SPA 473 Spanish Civilization (3), (HU or SB) & G (Prerequisites: SPA 314, or 316, with D or better)

Electives 3 Hours
Choose one of the following courses in consultation with an advisor:

SPA 394 Special Topics (topics vary, see class schedule) (3)

Any SPA 400

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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