• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code SPAN-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Spanish Language and Culture Major

The Spanish Language and Culture major will give student the opportunity to include the study of the Spanish language and its associated cultures in their degrees. Spanish is a major international language with more than 400 million speakers. It is the third most spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese and English) and the national language of 22 countries (Spain and most of Central and South America, as well as Equatorial Guinea in Africa). It is also an official language of the European Union and a major second language in the United States. A great number of people all over the world learn it as a foreign language.  Spanish shares with English a common Indo-European origin, and is relatively accessible to English speakers. Studying Spanish as a major can have multiple cultural and linguistic benefits, beyond the immediate learning of language and culture.

Students beginning this major at introductory level follow a different pathway to complete the major. 

Language level placement tests are held prior to commencement. 

Students are advised to check prerequisites carefully and plan their major accordingly.



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

Students who complete this major will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • express themselves confidently in a formal or informal register, appropriate to the situation and person concerned.
  • read, comprehend and infer authors’ meaning in newspapers, magazines, literary and critical texts in Spanish.
  • demonstrate understanding of the linguistic nature of Spanish
  • engage with authentic media such as news, movies, graphic novels, podcasts/vodcasts and music by summarizing, analysing, evaluating and criticizing their content.
  • write texts in Spanish in the appropriate genre, with correct grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to the level of the student
  • write and perform creative/imaginative texts (theatre plays, radio programs) individually and collaboratively
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All Language Studies (LANG) courses must have a Course Topic of Spanish to be included in this major.


This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:


A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
SPAN3001 Intermediate Spanish I 6
SPAN3012 Intermediate Spanish II (Language and Culture) 6
SPAN3022 Intermediate Spanish II (Language and Linguistics) 6
SPAN3030 Advanced Spanish topics in Language and Culture 6
SPAN3031 Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Linguistics 6

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
SPAN1001 Introduction to Spanish I 6
SPAN1002 Introduction to Spanish II 6
SPAN2001 Continuing Spanish I 6
SPAN2002 Continuing Spanish II 6
SPAN2100 Living Hispanic Language 6
SPAN2102 CULTURA, cultura, kultura, Spanish Language and Culture Workshop 2B 6
SPAN2601 The Sounds of Spanish 6
SPAN2602 The Structure of Spanish 6
SPAN2603 History of the Spanish language. A linguistic time travel 6
SPAN2604 Language variation across the Spanish-speaking world 6
SPAN3100 Current Affairs in the Spanish-speaking World 6
SPAN3101 Music and Society in the Spanish Speaking World 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
LANG2103 Acquiring Pragmatics of a Second Language 6
LANG3001 Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts 6
LANG3002 Translation across Languages: specialised material 6
LANG3003 European Narrative 6
LANG3004 Language and Society in Latin America 6
LANG3005 Language and Identity in a European Context 6
  LANG 3023: Translation Workshop
LANG3040 Critical Readings for Translators 6
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