Spanish Major Program

The Spanish major program assures proficiency in all four language skills - speaking, understanding, reading, and writing - and acquaints students with the intellectual and cultural contributions of the Spanish-speaking world through a study of its language, literature, and cultural traditions.

Lower Division

The department's lower division program gives students a solid foundation in the Spanish language, either through the traditional elementary and intermediate language series or through an accelerated three-course sequence of Spanish for native speakers. Linguistics 1 introduces students to a systematic study of language in general and serves as an introduction to upper division courses in Spanish linguistics.

Upper Division

At the upper division level, students receive a broad introduction to basic concepts and the practice of literary criticism and to the four areas of study represented in the department's curriculum:

  • Spanish linguistics
  • Spanish literature
  • Latin American literature
  • Hispanic literatures and cultures in the United States


Students are encouraged to work closely with the department's academic advisers in designing a program of studies tailored to their individual needs and interests. Many students combine the Spanish major with another major in the humanities or social sciences.

Career Alternatives

The program, alone or in combination with other major programs, may lead to advanced study of the language or literature of Spain and Latin America, and to careers not only in teaching,, but also in other professions such as library science, law, medicine, and in government, social service, or business.

For more specific information for students interested in a Bilingual authorization, the link is:

UC DAVIS Internship and Career Center