Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Spanish Concentration

"You are as many people as you speak languages." This quotation from King Charles V (1500-1558) shows why George Mason students choose a BA in Foreign Languages with a Spanish concentration. In your Spanish courses you will not only develop your skills in speaking, reading, and writing Spanish, but you will also learn enough about the culture of the Hispanic world to function as an educated person in any of the 20 Spanish-speaking countries, including the United States. Foreign language majors who concentrate in Spanish go on to work in a wide range of careers including business, education, law and law enforcement, social services, health professions, and international organizations.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in foreign languages must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In addition, students must complete a concentration in one of the following:

◊ Concentration in Spanish (SPN)

With more than 400 million people speaking Spanish worldwide - nearly 40 million in the US - and the growing influence of Hispanic cultures around the globe, knowledge of Spanish and the Spanish-speaking world has never been more important. The Spanish courses and degree programs provide students with the opportunity for language development and interdisciplinary study of the cultures, film, history, linguistics and literature of the 20 Spanish-speaking countries, including the United States. Students can also receive Spanish credit through participation study-abroad programs.

Students pursuing the concentration in Spanish must complete a minimum of 33 credits in Spanish courses at the 300-level and above, each with a minimum grade of 2.00. Only one course taught in English (3 credits) may be applied toward the concentration.

One or two core courses (6 credits):

Choose from:

SPAN 305 - Spanish in Context I Credits: 3 and SPAN 306 - Spanish in Context II Credits: 3

SPAN 309 - Intensive Spanish in Context Credits: 6

SPAN 315 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers Credits: 3 and one additional 3-credit course in Spanish (SPAN)

Three additional required courses (9 credits)

SPAN 370 - Spanish Writing and Stylistics Credits: 3

SPAN 385 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics Credits: 3

SPAN 390 - Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis Credits: 3

Four courses in Spanish at the 400 level (12 credits)

Two elective courses (6 credits) chosen from:

SPAN courses at the 300- or 400- level
FRLN 385 - Multilingualism, Identity, and Power
 Credits: 3

Total: 33 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in foreign language may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing CHIN 480, FREN 309, or SPAN 370.


Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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