Department of Linguistics

BA in Linguistics - Spanish Linguistics Concentration

The Spanish Linguistics Concentration is intended for students interested in the Spanish language and its linguistic structure, as well as linguistics in general. For more information, click here.

Required Coursework

LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics
LIN 311 Phonetics
LIN 312 Phonology and Morphology
LIN 313 Syntax
LIN 317 Two Languages, One Mind: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
SPA 101 Beginning Spanish I
SPA 102 Beginning Spanish II
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 300 Conversational Spanish
SPA 301 Practical Spanish I
SPA 302 Practical Spanish II
SPA 416 The Linguistic Structure of Spanish

One three-credit 400-level LIN course (excluding courses focused on interpreting and excluding LIN 498)

Elective in major: One course (at least three credits) relating to Spanish language, culture, or linguistics, chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students are encouraged to attend study abroad programs in Spanish-speaking countries. A course taken as part of such a program will fulfill this requirement.

Total number of credits: 51

Note on Language Component

One or more of the first four levels of Spanish language courses may be waived on a case-by-case basis for students who demonstrate the equivalent degree of competency. In such cases, students replace these courses with other linguistics or Spanish-related courses. The substitutions are made in consultation with the student's advisor.

Note on grade requirement for LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics

Students must receive a grade of B or higher in LIN 185 before enrolling in certain upper-level LIN courses, including LIN 313. LIN 185 may be repeated at most one time. (Students for whom American Sign Language is their first language may consult with the department about alternative pathways for satisfying this requirement.)

Honors for Spanish Linguistics Concentration

Linguistics majors who do outstanding work in the major can graduate with honors in linguistics. The requirements for Honors for students majoring in the Spanish Linguistics Concentration are the following:

  • Achieve a G.P.A. of at least 3.7 in LIN and Spanish courses
  • Complete LIN 490 Introduction to Language Research with a grade of B or higher
  • Complete LIN 498 Thesis with a grade of A

Notes on General Education Requirements

In addition to completing a major, students must satisfy USM's general education (Core Curriculum) requirements and earn a total of at least 120 credits to graduate. The following information outlines general education requirements that overlap with the major in Linguistics with a Concentration in Spanish Linguistics or general education courses recommended for students majoring in this concentration.

Quantitative Reasoning: One of the requirements for Honors in Linguistics is LIN 490 Introduction to Language Research. This course has a statistics course (MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics or PSY 201 Statistics in Psychology) as a prerequisite. Therefore, students should take a statistics course to meet this requirement if they are considering pursuing Honors in Linguistics. If not, students can take any course in the Quantitative Reasoning category.

Cultural Interpretation: Each of SPA 102 Beginning Spanish I, SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I, and SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II fulfills this general education requirement.

Socio-Cultural Analysis: LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics meets this requirement.

Science Exploration: LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics meets this requirement if LIN 186 (the one-credit lab associated with LIN 185) is taken as well.

Diversity: LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics also meets this requirement (and either can be used to fulfill both requirements).

Two linguistics courses that are not required for the major fulfill general education requirements:

International: LIN 112 The Birth of a Language

Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship: LIN 410 Ethical Decision Making in ASL/English Interpreting (Note: Students who have not taken ASL or interpreting courses can request permission from the Department to take this course, if they demonstrate experience in an area involving ethical reasoning.)

Suggested four-year plan for Linguistics Majors, Spanish Linguistics Concentration

There are many possible paths through the major. The listings below are suggestions that may or may not be appropriate for individual students. Courses do not have to be taken in the order shown here so long as the prerequisites for each course are met before it is taken.

See the course list for course prerequisites. Note especially that students must earn a grade of B or higher in LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics before enrolling in LIN 311, 312, 313, 314, or 315, and that LIN 185 may be repeated at most one time.

Note that many of the suggested semester schedules listed here do not make up a full course load. These semesters would need to include general education courses, electives, a minor, or possibly a second major.

Fall 1:
SPA 101 Beginning Spanish I

Spring 1:
LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics
SPA 102 Beginning Spanish II

Fall 2:
LIN 311 Phonetics
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I

Spring 2:
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II

Fall 3:
LIN 313 Syntax
LIN 317 Two Languages, One Mind: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
SPA 301 Practical Spanish I

Spring 3:
LIN 312 Phonology and Morphology
LIN 4XX
SPA 300 Conversational Spanish
SPA 302 Practical Spanish II

Fall 4:
Elective

Spring 4:
SPA 416 The Linguistic Structure of Spanish