The Major

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese offers five options for the major. Listed below are the prerequisites for each of the different majors, the requirements for the majors, and a note about the related courses outside of the major that are necessary in order to complete all of the requirements to graduate. If you are undecided about which major option to choose, please meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss which might be best for you. The options are:

  • OPTION A, SPANISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE (SPANISH REQUIRED)
  • OPTION B, LUSO-BRAZILIAN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE (PORTUGUESE REQUIRED w/ SPANISH OPTIONAL)
  • OPTION C, PLAN 1, IBERIAN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE (SPANISH + PORTUGUESE or CATALAN REQUIRED)
  • OPTION C, PLAN 2, LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURES (SPANISH & PORTUGUESE REQUIRED)
  • OPTION D, HISPANIC LANGUAGES AND BILINGUAL ISSUES (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
The prerequisites for Options A, C1, C2, and D are Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 (or their equivalents), and 25. The prerequisites for Option B are Portuguese 101 and 102 (or their equivalents).

OPTION A: SPANISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURES
This track is recommended for students interested in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Hispanic World on both sides of the Atlantic.
REQUIREMENTS:
▪   Two advanced grammar and composition courses: Spanish 102A and 135W
▪   Two courses in Spanish literature:
– one before 1700 (Medieval or Golden Age)
– one after 1700 (Modern)
▪   Two courses in Spanish American literature
▪   One course in Spanish linguistics
▪   Three upper-division elective courses in Spanish or Spanish-American literature, linguistics, or culture
▪   Two related courses taken outside of the department

OPTION B: LUSO-BRAZILIAN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
This track is recommended for students interested in the language, literature, and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world.
REQUIREMENTS:
▪   Portuguese 103 (Advanced Grammar & Composition)
▪   Two courses in Brazilian literature
▪   Two courses in Portuguese literature
▪   One course in Portuguese linguistics or theoretical approaches to literature
▪   Four upper-division elective courses, two of which may be in Spanish or Spanish-American literature, linguistics, or culture
▪   Two related courses taken outside of the department

OPTION C, PLAN 1: IBERIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
This option is for students who want to focus on the Iberian Peninsula. This major requires coursework in either Portuguese or Catalan, in addition to Spanish.
REQUIREMENTS:
▪   Two advanced grammar and composition courses: Spanish 102A and 135W
▪   One language course: Catalan 101 (Catalan for Advanced Students) or Portuguese 101 (Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers)
▪   Two courses in Iberian literature:
– one course from the literature of Spain
– one course from the literature of Portugal or Catalonia
▪   Five other upper-division elective courses in Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan language, literature, linguistics
▪   Two related courses taken outside of the department

OPTION C, PLAN 2: LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURES
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:
▪   Two advanced grammar and composition courses: Spanish 102A and 135W
▪   Portuguese 101 (Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers)
▪   One course from the literature of Spanish America
▪   One course from the literature of Brazil
▪   Five other upper-division courses on Spanish/Portuguese language or linguistics, or in Brazilian or Spanish-American literature or culture, from the offerings of the department
▪   Two related courses taken outside of the department

OPTION D: HISPANIC LANGUAGES AND BILINGUAL ISSUES
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:
▪   Two advanced grammar and composition courses: Spanish 102A and 135W
▪   Three courses in Spanish linguistics:
– Spanish 100, Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (prerequisite for the other two linguistics courses)
– one course in Spanish syntax or Spanish/English contrastive analysis
– one course in Spanish linguistics dealing with language variation
▪   Two courses in literature/culture:
– one course in Latin American literature
– one course in Latin American or Spanish literature/culture
▪   Three courses taken outside the department:
– one upper-division course dealing with bilingualism issues
– one upper-division course in U.S. Hispanic literature/culture
– one course, upper or lower division, specifically related to the major (may be taken P/NP)

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, either 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. 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.