2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Spanish Major | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide in 22 countries. The main goal of the study of Spanish is to develop students' communication skills in the Spanish language and their understanding of the cultures of Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America.

The major in Spanish is to provide a course of study which allows any student, regardless of their background in the discipline, to include in their degree a specialisation in Spanish.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Spanish major students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the Spanish language and grammar;
  2. Communicate in both spoken and written Spanish at B2 Level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  3. Comprehend spoken and written Spanish at B2 level in the CEFR;
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped the Hispanic world, its people and the Spanish language.

Subjects Required for Major Study

Beginner Entry

A major in Spanish for beginners or near beginners consists of a minimum of  54 credit points, as set out below.

Native speakers or students who have completed their compulsory education in a country where the language is spoken are ineligible to undertake Beginner 1 or Beginner 2 subjects in French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish and should begin their language studies at the Intermediate (or higher levels).

Native speakers are encouraged to contact the Discipline Leader of Languages and Linguistics before enrolling.

Intermediate Entry: strong 2 Unit HSC pass or equivalent

Students who have achieved a strong 2 Unit HSC pass or equivalent may choose to enter the language sequence at the level of SPAN241, and complete a 48 credit point major comprising 18 credit points at 200-level and 30 credit points at 300-level, as set out below.

All students entering the Spanish major at the level of SPAN152 or above must obtain formal approval from the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

Native or Near-native Speaker Entry

Native or near-native speakers, whose major also consists of 48 credit points, may be granted waivers for SPAN241 and SPAN242. Such waivers will be granted only at the time of first enrolment in Spanish, in accordance with the Program's policy and with the formal approval of the Spanish Program and the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader. Replacement subjects to make up the 48 credit points for the major are to be chosen from the additional subjects listed below. Credit may be granted for language courses taken at university level in accordance with established University of Wollongong guidelines.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Beginner Entry
SPAN151Spanish for Beginners 16Autumn
SPAN152Spanish for Beginners 26Spring
Intermediate Entry
SPAN241Intermediate Spanish 16Autumn
SPAN242Intermediate Spanish 26Spring
SPAN230The Hispanic World6Autumn
SPAN341Advanced Spanish 16Not offered in this year
SPAN342Advanced Spanish 26Not offered in this year
LANG370The Language Advantage6Not offered in this year
Plus ONE from the following*:
SPAN330Advanced Studies in Spanish *6Not offered in this year
LANG335Literature and Society in Renaissance Europe *6Not offered in this year
*Students commencing study at 200 level must take both LANG335 and SPAN330.
Complementary Subjects: The following are offered subject to availability. They do not count towards the major in Spanish, but may be taken as electives. Entry for Study Abroad/Exchange subjects requires the formal approval of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.
Study Abroad / Exchange
SPAN217In-country language study6Not offered in this year
LANG380Language Study Abroad 26Not offered in this year
LANG390Language Study Abroad 36Not offered in this year
ELL 110Language in Social Life6Spring
ELL 230Communication Across Cultures6Autumn
LANG364Advanced Studies in Language/Culture 16Not offered in this year
LANG365Advanced Studies in Language/Culture 26Not offered in this year

Subjects Required for Minor Study

A 24 credit point minor in Spanish consisting of four sequential language subjects is available. 

Diploma in Languages

Students who wish to undertake a Diploma concurrently with their Bachelors Degree course should refer to the Diploma in Languages for further information.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 18 December, 2017