Majors & Minors

Thanks to its location in Los Angeles, the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese provides a unique perspective on the study of Spanish and Portuguese. As an important center of cultural and business activities with close ties to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world, this diverse context has served as a basis for structuring the Department’s majors, and it is reflected in our faculty and course offerings. All undergraduate majors offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese lead to the B.A. degree.

All majors and minors in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese are strongly encouraged to make study abroad in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country an integral part of their work toward their major/minor.  Students can participate in our departmental Summer Travel Study programs or in UC Education Abroad Programs.  Please see the undergraduate advisor for questions regarding study abroad.

Please note that two of the majors in the Spanish and Portuguese Department are designated capstone majors: Spanish, and Spanish, Community and Culture. Please visit UCLA’s Registrar’s website for more information on the capstone component of these two majors.


MAJORS
Spanish

Designed to provide preparation in the language, literature, culture, and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world. By the end of the program, students will have completed a senior thesis on a topic of their interest.

  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Identification and analysis of appropriate primary sources
  • Conception and execution of a project that identifies and engages with a specialized topic
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse relative to a specialized topic
  • Engagement with peers through presentation, discussion, and critique of student work
Spanish, Community and Culture

Provides preparation in language, linguistics, literature and culture, with a focus on the communities of Hispanic heritage in Los Angeles and in the United States. The program provides opportunities for students to take part in fieldwork which utilizes language skills to be of service to local Spanish-Speaking communities.

  • Demonstrated written and conversational mastery of the Spanish language
  • Conduct and interpret research to determine the needs of specific communities
  • Demonstrated critical understanding of, and ability to apply, theories within a service context
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to diversity and cultural differences
  • Performance of scholarly presentations that tie current issues to research and theory
  • Articulation of the value of civic engagement
Spanish and Linguistics

This joint major is offered by UCLA’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Linguistics. It is designed to prepare students who wish to focus on the structure of the Spanish language in the context of modern linguistic theory.

  • Demonstrated technical mastery of the Spanish language, including pronunciation (phonetics and phonology), history (historical linguistics), and structure (syntax)
  • Demonstration of how to do basic spoken language research in Spanish linguistics, emphasizing Latin American Spanish and Chicano Spanish or Los Angeles vernacular
  • Identification and analysis of appropriate primary linguistic sources within the generative framework
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse in a specialized Spanish linguistics topic (phonology, syntax, and historical linguistics)
  • Conception and execution of a project that identifies and engages with a specialized Spanish linguistics topic as a result of the practical part of the courses on phonetics and phonology and on syntax
Spanish and Portuguese 

Allows students to study the Portuguese and Spanish languages and linguistics as well as the literature and cultures of the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking worlds. Students work to achieve advanced proficiency in both languages.

  • Demonstrated oral, aural, and written mastery of the Spanish and Portuguese languages
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Conception and execution of research projects that identify and engage with a specialized topic
  • Identification and analysis of appropriate primary sources
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse on a specialized topic
  • Engagement with peers through presentation, discussion, and critique of student work
Portuguese

Focuses on the language, linguistics, literature and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world.

  • Demonstrated oral, aural, and written mastery of the Portuguese language
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Conception and execution of research projects that identify and engage with a specialized topic
  • Identification and analysis of appropriate primary sources
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse relative to a specialized topic
  • Engagement with peers through presentation, discussion, and critique of student work

MINORS

The following four minors are currently offered:

Spanish
Spanish Linguistics
Portuguese
Mexican Studies