The Department of Languages & Literatures of Europe & the Americas (LLEA) offers a variety of courses (e.g., languages, cultures, history, linguistics, film, literatures, cultural studies, L2 methodology, and translation) in French, German, Russian, Spanish, as well as in English (LLEA and LAIS courses).

The Bachelor of Arts in LLEA offers specialization in: French Studies, German Studies and/or Spanish & Latin American Studies. 

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from of LLEA will

  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication
  • Demonstrate knowledge of one of the following areas: French Studies, German Studies, or Spanish and Latin American Studies   
  • Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information related to LLEA cultural or linguistic fields
  • Demonstrate intercultural competence

Many of our LLEA majors are double majors in other areas such as Biology, Business and Commerce, History, Political Science, PreMed, Psychology, or Sociology.


  • One core course (3 credits)

LLEA 371 (Europeans in the Pacific), LLEA 364 (Survey of French Civilizations), or LAIS 340 (Chocolate Tales & Culinary Cultures: Latin America to Hawai‘i)

  • One required course at the 400-level (3 credits) from any 400-level SPAN, or LAIS course, or LLEA 455
  • Seven electives (21 credits) from any 300 or 400-level SPAN or LAIS course, or LLEA 455

Neither Core courses nor Required courses may be double-dipped as Electives.

If you want to declare, change or add a second major, please go to CALL’s Advising Center for the appropriate forms

Other requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for advanced (300- to 400-level) courses used to satisfy major requirements
  • Language skill courses are normally limited to nonnative speakers of Spanish. Native and near-native speakers should consult a department adviser to determine what courses they may take.
  • Recommended courses for prospective teachers: SPAN 330, 400, 403, 451, 452 & LLEA 455
  • Recommended courses for prospective graduate students: SPAN 400, 451, 452, and two 400-level literature courses. Approved study abroad of at least one semester in a Spanish-speaking country is recommended for all majors.
  • Courses need to have a grade of C or better to count towards the degree.

Minor in Spanish

The Spanish Minor and the Latin American & Iberian Studies Minor offer students interested in the languages, literatures, history, film, or cultures the opportunity to add a degree to their major and/or complement another minor. Minors recognize successful completion of a minimum of 15 credits of approved non-introductory courses with a grade of C or better . A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

Upon recommendation of the division chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, the University confers certification of Spanish.

Students must complete 15 Credit Hours at the 300-level or above (5 courses with a grade of C or better). A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be achieved. Upon completion you must file an application form (available in Moore 464)

Latin American & Iberian Studies Minor requirements:

  • foundation course (3 credits): LAIS 340, 360 B, 360 C, or 380
  • electives (12 credits): LAIS 320, 340, 360B, 360C, 363, 365, 366, LAIS 368/ANTH 368, LAIS 372 B/ANTH 372 B, LAIS 372 C/ANTH 372 C, LAIS 380, 381, HIST 350, 386, 448, LAIS 468/HIST 478, LAIS 478/ANTH 478/REL 478, HIST 479, LAIS 495, PORT 360, 460, SPAN 358, 359, 360, 458, 459, 460

 Spanish Minor requirements

  • SPAN 301 
  • 12 credits of  SPAN 300+ level courses

See all our courses.
In the semester you are completing the requirements for your minor, please fill out the following form and email it as a pdf to the Advising Center for CALL at advisewd@hawaii.edu.  

Should you have questions about your minor, contact: Dr. Eric Thau (thau@hawaii.edu).

Petition for Back Credits

All students (including native speakers of a language) with experience in another language other than English may earn “back credits.” These students may take any UHM course, appropriate to their level, in which there is significant use of that language. (Appropriate level determined by placement exam or adviser; significant use determined by the course content.) Upon completion of this course* with a letter grade of C (not C-) or better, may petition between 3-16 back credits. Please note that a “W” grade received for university language courses will make you ineligible for back credits when taking subsequent courses. For more information please visit UH Manoa General Education Policy on Second Language Back Credits (pdf).  *Only first instance of a course.  Back credits are not automatically awarded. You need to actively request a petition for back credits

Petition Form – form-fillable (complete online, print, and bring to Moore Hall 464 or email to llea464@hawaii.edu- write in the subject of your email: “Petition for back credits”)

FAQs about Spanish back credits  Read the answers to the most common questions that students ask about Spanish back credits.