Bachelor of Arts: Languages and Literatures - Spanish Language and Literature Emphasis

University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum.  Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here:

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate linguistic proficiency in their chosen language. Students will attain a (pre-)advanced reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in the language studies;
  • Demonstrate cultural knowledge in their area of study and how those cultures relate to others in a regional and global context. Students will obtain a broad base of knowledge and perspectives on civilizations and their respective cultures- literature, the arts, socio-historical, political and economic structures etc. - within a variety of interpretive frameworks. They will understand aspects of language and culture in the world as part of all human communication, and within interdisciplinary context;
  • Analyze cultural products. Students will develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, including but not limited to, textual analysis.

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110Introduction to Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening
Introduction to Communication
Argumentation And Debate (offered via dual credit only)
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (choose one of the following):3
Mathematics For Liberal Arts
Statistical Reasoning
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus (5 credit hours)
Any 200-level MATH or STAT course
ACT Math Subscore of 28 or higher; or SAT Math Subscore of 660 or higher
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)3
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)3
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE)3
Total Credits30

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above):3
Total Credits3

Major Requirements

Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.

Total: 36 credits at or above the 200-level

Major Prerequisites (may not be required depending on placement*):
SPANISH 110Elementary Spanish I3
SPANISH 120Elementary Spanish II3
Total Credits6

*To determine the correct placement in a foreign language, please visit: /undergraduate-academic-regulations-information/foreign-language-placement/

The Language and Literatures major consists of two parts: an Emphasis and a Breadth Requirement.

Language and Literatures majors must complete 30 credit hours at or above the 200-level in one emphases.

Two Spanish 200-level courses or higher, such as:6
Second Year Spanish I
Second Year Spanish II
Spanish For The Health Sciences
Required Major Courses:
SPANISH 315Intermediate Conversation And Composition I3
or SPANISH 316 Spanish for Health Sciences II
SPANISH 325Intermediate Conversation And Composition II3
SPANISH 415Advanced Conversation And Composition I3
Two 300-level SPANISH courses6
Introduction to Literary Studies
Latin American Civilization
The Search for Mexican Identity
Spanish Literature and Culture II
Spanish American Literature and Culture I
Spanish American Literature and Cultures II
Special Topics
Two 400-level SPANISH courses6
History of the Spanish Language
Early 20th Century Peninsular Literature
Advanced Conversation And Composition II
Pre-Columbian And Spanish Colonial Literature
Contemporary Spanish Poetry
Spain's Transition to Democracy: Literature and Film
Spanish-American Short Story
Special Topics
Breadth Requirement (see below)6
SPANISH 499Senior Seminar (Capstone)3
Total Credits36

Breadth Requirement

The Breadth Requirement may be met by completing one of the following:

  1. A second Language and Literatures emphasis in French, Classical Languages and Cultures, or International Studies;
  2. A minor in French, Classical and Ancient Studies, or International Studies;
  3. Six (6) credit hours of coursework selected from the following:
Any courses in CLASSICS, FRENCH, or GERMAN
Language and Culture
World Currents of Contemporary Art
Arts Of African and New World Cultures
Asian Art
Northern European Art: 15th and 16th Centuries
Cross-Cultural Interaction: Experience and Understanding
Cross-Cultural Journalism & Mass Media
Global Journalism: Cultures, Trends, and Conflicts
Intercultural Communication
World Literature in English
Introduction To Linguistics/Language Science
Classical Studies
Themes in World Cultures
Themes in World Languages
Special Topics
Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
World History since 1450
The French Revolution and Napoleon
World War One through its Artifacts
Comparative Histories of Modern Germany
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Medieval Jewish History
Buddhist Philosophy
International Relations
Politics of Developing Countries
Western European Politics
International Political Economy
Concepts in International Relations
Gender, Health, and Development in Senegal

Other Requirements and Regulations

  1. Higher-level courses may be substituted for lower-level coursework, e.g. a 300-level course can be taken instead of a 200-level course.
  2. A 2.0 grade-point-average in Languages and Literatures courses is required for graduation.
  3. Study abroad is strongly recommended for all departmental majors and minors, but not required for degree completion.
  4. Native speakers studying their own languages will complete a minimum of 21 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above, but normally not including 315 or 325, and they will complete the Breadth Requirement.  A native speaker is defined as a person who speaks the target language fluently and who has completed formal schooling through the secondary school level, or equivalent, in the target language.

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

General Electives42

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).