Apr 23, 2018  
American University Catalog 2017-2018 
American University Catalog 2017-2018

Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America (BA)

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Offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures , College of Arts and Sciences , the BA in Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America is designed for students with a strong interest in a region of the world and in a language of that region. This innovative program achieves a balance between humanities and social sciences courses, combined with an advanced level of foreign language study.

Admission to the Program

To be considered for freshman admission, an applicant should have earned at least a 3.00 average in secondary school. Students from other regionally accredited collegiate institutions, and students in other programs at American University who have completed the freshman year, should maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) to be considered for transfer to the program.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 51 credit hours with grades of C or better
    • Where appropriate, and with Faculty Advisory Committee approval, special topics courses may fulfill requirements
    • Up to 3 credit hours may be applied toward the major from an approved internship
    • Study abroad coursework may be used toward the major with Faculty Advisory Committee approval
  • Proficiency in Spanish demonstrated by achieving a B (3.00) average or better for all SPAN coursework taken in World Languages and Cultures 

Course Requirements

Foundation (9 credit hours)

Spanish Language (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours of coursework in Spanish (SPAN-xxx) at or above the 300-level

Area Studies (21 credit hours)

Senior Capstone (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credit hours in SIS comparative seminar or approved topics or seminar course in World Languages and Cultures

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees  for more information.

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