• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code SPAH-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Spanish major provides students with the skills needed to develop an ability to understand, speak, read and write Spanish. Students are exposed to Spanish as used across the Spanish-speaking world, and a wide variety of sources (including newspapers, magazines, media, cinema, songs and literature) are drawn on. In this way, culture, history, politics and society in the Spanish-speaking world are incorporated into the classes to enhance the language-learning experience. Students also have the opportunity to deepen their understanding and strengthen their language skills through specialist courses in Hispanic Linguistics. Students with existing knowledge of Spanish can begin at a more advanced level, and the exact sequence of courses depends on the level at which the student begins the major.



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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.    communicate proficiently and confidently in Spanish
2.    identify the structure and uses of Spanish
3.    demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and linguistics aspects of Spanish language and societies and their socio-historical context
4.    construct a schema of the connections between the Spanish language and its geographical, social and cultural origins
5.    recognise the importance of intercultural communication.


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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
SPAN2102 CULTURA, cultura, kultura: Spanish Language and Culture Workshop 6
SPAN2107 Cinema from the Spanish-speaking World 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
  LANG 2103: Second Language Pragmatics
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
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