Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Spanish - About The Program

About Our Degrees

Applications to the major and minor are accepted on a rolling basis.

Acceptance Criteria
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses or their equivalents (SPA 101-SPA 102 sequence or SPA 104, and SPA 151-SPA 152) is required.

Degree Requirements
Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:
Freshman/introductory courses is: 24
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 24
Upper level/advanced courses is: 20

In the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?
TAs generally teach introductory-level courses.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

General Education Requirements
Students often use Italian courses to fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway requirement. One option is the Language & Culture track, common examples of which include:

Students should use the Pathfinder Tool to identify the appropriate course sequence for the Language & Culture track.

Students may also be able to use French courses to complete the Global Reflections or the International Experience tracks of the Global Pathway. They should consult the Pathfinder tool for such options.

If students have previous education or experience with Spanish that surpasses the introductory (SPA 101-102), transitional (SPA 104), and intermediate (SPA 151-152) levels, they will need to determine with the help of an advisor if other Spanish courses can satisfy their requirements.

If students are not sure of their level of placement in Spanish, if they have questions about placement (including about proficiency exams or exemption), they should contact Dr. Barbara Avila-Shah (716.645.0867; bia@buffalo.edu), or they can write to rll-info@buffalo.edu. Students should also consult Policies and Procedures, Registration.

For information on the university's general education requirements, including how many requirements our courses can fulfill, see University Degree Requirements or consult with your academic advisor.

About Our Faculty

Classes in the Spanish program are small in size, and are taught by faculty with recognized commitment to teaching.

One faculty member has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and one has received the Milton Plesur Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to study in Spanish-speaking world regions. Before applying, students should consult with a departmental faculty advisor about the ways in which study abroad courses may fulfill departmental requirements for a major or minor. Students interested in having study abroad credit applied toward the B.A. or minor in Spanish should schedule an appointment with a departmental faculty advisor: during the fall and spring academic semesters they should use the link to the department's webpage for majors and minors; at all other times they should contact the department or call at 716.645.2191. Students interested in having credit count toward 100-level courses (SPA 101, SPA 102, SPA 104, SPA 151, SPA 152) should contact Dr. Barbara Avila-Shah.

RLL's Spanish program sponsors a summer program in Salamanca, Spain and a winter program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Study abroad programs sponsored by other SUNY campuses, like those in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and others in Spain, are open to UB Spanish students. See Study Abroad. See also RLL's Degrees and Policies, Academic Requirements, for departmental guidelines on amounts of coursework allowable toward a major or minor.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The Linda Rock Scholarship is awarded to students majoring in Spanish who intend to participate in a study abroad program. The award is granted on the basis of an academic evaluation, although financial need is taken into consideration.

Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honor society, has a chapter at UB. Students are initiated once a year.

An honors program in Spanish is open to students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.75 in at least five upper-division Spanish courses. Students in the honors program in Spanish must complete two honors projects in two upper-division Spanish courses.No transcript notation is available. Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies with all questions.

Extracurricular Activities

There are many opportunities to participate in out-of-class enrichment activities through the RLL department, including conversation groups, lectures, film screenings, and the Spanish club. Information on events and on the Spanish club can be found on the department's website (rll.buffalo.edu).

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39