Spanish and Portuguese / Undergraduate Study

Spanish and Linguistics BA

Learning Outcomes

The Spanish and Linguistics major has the following learning outcomes:

  • 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

Preparation for the Major

Required: Spanish 25 or 27, M35 (or Linguistics 20), 42 or 44. Each course must be passed with an average grade of C or better prior to beginning upper-division work in the major.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Spanish and Linguistics major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: two years of Spanish, one introduction to linguistics course, and one Spanish or Spanish American civilization course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: (1) Spanish 100A, 100B, Linguistics 103, 120A, 120B, (2) one course from Linguistics 160 or 165A or 165B, and (3) four upper-division Spanish electives, two of which must be from Spanish 160.