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Our Majors

1. Majors in Spanish and Portuguese

The Undergraduate Program of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with majors in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Under the Portuguese major, students may choose to study Portuguese or a combined concentration of Spanish and Portuguese.

Under the Spanish major, students must select one of four concentrations: Language Teaching, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Literature, and Hispanic Studies.

As a general note, students should have completed the appropriate lower division sequence before beginning upper division coursework.  For Portuguese, this means completion of POR 406+407+312K+312L or 508+516, or 604+612 (or their direct equivalents), and for Spanish, this means completion of SPN 601D+ 610D+611D, or 506+507 (or 508K), 312K, 312L, or 604+612 (or their direct equivalents). 

1.1. The Portuguese Major

In addition to the Core and Liberal Arts area requirements, a major in Portuguese requires 27 upper division hours of coursework, 3 hours of which must contain Luso-Brazilian content. Also housed under the Portuguese major, the Spanish and Portuguese concentration provides a second option for students wishing to study both Spanish and Portuguese.  This concentration requires 15 hours of upper division grammar, literature, and civilization in each language.

Portuguese Degree Plan 2010-2012 Catalog

Spanish and Portuguese Degree Plan 2010-2012 Catalog

For degree plans from earlier catalogs and sample four-year plans, click here.

For Spanish and Portuguese course listings and descriptions, you may view the 2008-2010 catalog as an example. The link to the 2010-2012 catalog is forthcoming.

Faculty Led Study Abroad-Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is proud to offer a summer faculty led study abroad program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil at the Brazilian American Cultural Association of Bahia (ACBEU) during the first summer session of each year.  The ACBEU is a language school where foreign students study Portuguese and Brazilian students study English.  Each summer, a faculty member from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese travels to Brazil to serve as the UT representative for the program and teach one course.  ACBEU faculty members teach the remaining courses.  Students who attend this program have the opportunity to study various levels of Portuguese language, literature, and culture, both at the upper and lower division levels. The program includes host family stay, excursions, and cultural immersion activities designed to holistically enhance the study abroad experience.  It also offers easily transferable course credit designed to fit seamlessly with the major requirements.

For more information about the Salvador da Bahia program, click on the SAO faculty-led programs webpage or visit an academic advisor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  Deadlines for summer programs are December 1 (for priority consideration), and February 15 (final deadline).

In addition, The University of Texas at Austin offers a variety of opportunities to enroll in other summer and semester-long programs that are coordinated between UT and Brazilian universities. More information can be obtained by visiting the Brazil Center webpage and our own Study Abroad webpage.

1.2. The Spanish Major

In addition to the Core and Liberal Arts area requirements, a major in Spanish requires 27 hours of upper division coursework.  The major is divided into four concentrations, and each concentration has a different degree plan.  All Spanish majors will take courses under the categories of grammar, writing, Hispanic linguistics, literature, and civilization.  However, the amount of coursework taken in each category depends on the student’s chosen concentration. For students who do not have a proclivity toward literature, linguistics, or teaching and are looking for a “general” Spanish degree plan, the Hispanic Studies plan is usually the most appropriate choice. 

Hispanic Linguistics Degree Plan 2010-2012 Catalog

Hispanic Studies Degree Plan 2010-2012 Catalog

Language Teaching Degree Plan 2010-2012 Catalog *(see additional information on teacher certification below)

Hispanic Literature Concentration 2010-2012 Catalog

For degree plans from earlier catalogs and sample four-year plans, click here.

For Spanish and Portuguese course listings and descriptions, you may view the 2008-2010 catalog as an example. The link to the 2010-2012 catalog is forthcoming.

Faculty Led Study Abroad-Spanish

At present, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers two summer faculty led options in Córdoba, Argentina, and Santander, Spain for students wishing to study Spanish language, culture, literature, and linguistics abroad. Students attending these programs can choose to attend first or second summer term, or may elect to spend the entire summer abroad.  Faculty members from the UT Department of Spanish and Portuguese will travel to Spain and Argentina to serve as UT representatives and to teach a class in the program they attend. The programs include host family stay, excursions, and cultural immersion activities designed to holistically enhance the study abroad experience.  They also offer direct UT course credit designed to fit seamlessly with the major requirements.  We recommend that you speak to an advisor in the department to discuss your degree requirements in conjunction with the Faculty Led Program offerings.

For more information about the Córdoba and Santander programs, including course offerings, prices, and information sessions, click on the SAO faculty-led programs webpage and our own Study Abroad webpage, or visit an academic advisor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  Deadlines for summer programs are December 1 (for priority consideration), and February 15 (final deadline). 

*Teacher Certification in Spanish

The Language Teaching concentration in Spanish is designed to complement the UTeach-Liberal Arts certification program. UTeach-Liberal Arts is a professional Early Childhood (EC) through 12th grade teacher preparation program for The University of Texas at Austin undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students planning to teach languages other than English.  The program requires an application for entry.  For more information, please visit the UTeach website.

Students interested in teaching certification outside the UTeach program may contact the UT College of Education or utilize the Web Resources for Teacher Certification link on the College of Education website to explore certification possibilities beyond of The University of Texas at Austin.

2. Declaring a Minor in Spanish or Portuguese

Requirements and options for minors vary widely among colleges. The Spanish and Portuguese Academic Advisors are available to discuss appropriate course choices with you, but it is best to check with the advisor in your major to clarify the exact requirements for a minor.

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