The Major

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese offers four options for the major. Listed below are the prerequisites and the requirements for each option. If you are undecided about which major option to choose, please meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss which might be best for you.

  • OPTION A:  THE LANGUAGES, LITERATURES & CULTURES OF THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD (SPANISH REQUIRED)
  • OPTION B:  THE LANGUAGES, LITERATURES & CULTURES OF THE PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING WORLD (PORTUGUESE REQUIRED w/ SPANISH OPTIONAL)
  • OPTION C:  LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND CULTURES (SPANISH & PORTUGUESE REQUIRED)
  • OPTION D:  HISPANIC LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS, AND BILINGUALISM (SPANISH REQUIRED)

All courses within the major must be taken for a letter grade, and a major GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.

PREREQUISITES
Options A, C, and D:  Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 (or their equivalents), and 25
Option B:  Portuguese 50 (formerly Portuguese 101 A/B and 100), and Spanish 25 if student wishes to complete upper-division coursework in Spanish.

OPTION A:  THE LANGUAGES, LITERATURES & CULTURES OF THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD
This track is recommended for students interested in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Hispanic World on both sides of the Atlantic.

REQUIREMENTS:
▪ Spanish 104A or Spanish 107A
▪ Spanish 104B or Spanish 107B
▪ Spanish 135W
▪ Three elective courses in Spanish or Spanish-American Literature/Culture
▪ Two elective courses in any upper division Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan topic

OPTION B:  THE LANGUAGES, LITERATURES & CULTURES OF THE PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING WORLD
This track is recommended for students interested in the language, literature, and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world, and may include up to two upper division electives in Spanish.

REQUIREMENTS:
▪ Portuguese 102
▪ Portuguese 103
▪ Portuguese 104
▪ Portuguese 107A or 107B
▪ Four upper division electives: A minimum of two courses on Portuguese/Brazilian topics, and a maximum of two courses on Spanish/Spanish-American Literature/Culture, Hispanic Linguistics, or Advanced Composition

OPTION C:  LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND CULTURES
This track is recommended for students interested in the languages, literatures, and cultures of both Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking Latin America. It requires coursework in both Spanish and Portuguese, which makes possible comparative approaches to the culture, literature, and history of the region.

REQUIREMENTS:
▪ Portuguese 103
▪ Portuguese 104 or 128
▪ Spanish 104A or 104B
▪ Spanish 135W
▪ Two electives in Spanish, Spanish-American, Brazilian, or Portuguese Literature/Culture
▪ Two electives in any upper division Spanish or Portuguese topic

OPTION D:  HISPANIC LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS, AND BILINGUALISM
This track is recommended for students interested in the linguistic structure of Spanish and/or Portuguese, bilingualism in society, and/or a career in K-12 foreign language teaching, as well as for future graduate students in (Hispanic) Linguistics.

REQUIREMENTS:
▪ Spanish 100
▪ Spanish 161
▪ Spanish 162
▪ Spanish 163
▪ Spanish 164
▪ One elective in Hispanic Linguistics
▪ One elective in Linguistics (upper division from Linguistics or any foreign language department)
▪ One elective in any upper division Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan topic

DECLARING THE MAJOR

You can receive pre-major advising at any time, from the Undergraduate Advisor (5317 Dwinelle). Declare the major when you have completed Spanish 25, which you must take for a letter grade.

Single Major: To declare a single major in Spanish & Portuguese, make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor at spanua@berkeley.edu, or drop in to see her between 9-12 and 1-4, M-F.

Double Major: To declare a double major, first download a double major packet from the College of Letters & Science website. Make appointments with both major advisors (Undergraduate Advisor at spanua@berkeley.edu, and the other advisor). You will need to prepare a four-year plan, get signatures from both departments, and then meet with an L&S College Advisor in 206 Evans Hall.