The Academic Program

The Spanish division in the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas (LLEA) offers language instruction at the beginning and intermediate levels. Advanced courses in composition, conversation, film, literature, and linguistics are also offered. Courses in the literatures of Latin America, Spain and US Latino are offered regularly in the original language. Cultural studies courses designed to acquaint students from other fields with the traditions and cultures of Europe and the Americas are also available, both in English and in the target language, and advanced courses in specialized topics have been designed for students at the graduate level. Such courses include Hispanic cultural studies; U.S. Latino literature and culture; film; Spanish and Latin American civilization; literary theory; exile literature; and courses on specific authors and literary movements.


At the end of the program students will be able to:

SLO 1a. Analyze, evaluate and critique the literature of Spain and Latin America. SLO 1b. Write research papers using appropriate MLA citation guidelines. SLO 2a. Analyze, evaluate and critique cultural issues of Spain and Latin America. SLO 2b. Describe and explain Latin American and Iberian roles within sociohistorical movements (e.g., conquest, modernity, nation building). SLO 2c. Evaluate notions of indigenism, multiculturalism and immigration. SLO 3. Use writing and research in Spanish to meet students goals. SLO 4. Use oral skills in Spanish to meet students goals. SLO 5. Distinguish between major dialect features of the Spanish of Spain and Latin America. SLO 6. Read and comprehend texts in Spanish from a variety of genres and contexts. SLO 7. Read, write and use oral skills for specific professional purposes.

FAQs about Spanish credits

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


College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Policy on Second Language Back Credit

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.

Petition form for back credits

BA in Spanish

33 credit hours above the 202 level half of which must be taken at UHM

  • SPAN 301 or 310, 302, 303, 351, 352B or 352C
  • SPAN 361 or 362
  • SPAN 371 or 372
  • Two 400-level courses
  • Two electives
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for advanced (300- to 400-level) courses used to satisfy major requirements
  • Language skill courses (SPAN 301 or 310 to 304) 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, and 452
  • 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.

Certificate in Latin Amerian & Iberian Studies (LAIS)

The Certificate in Latin American and Iberian Studies provides a systematic program of study in English for students interested in the arts, traditions, values, histories, religions, socioeconomic systems, and mythologies of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. It combines studies on literature, history, film and cultural studies for a richer and more comprehensive understanding of the peoples and heritage of Latin America and Iberia. Its interdisciplinary nature treats issues of colonization, imperialism, race, ethnicity, class, neoliberal practices, aesthetics, popular culture and globalization as they have been played out within the Ibero-Latin context.


  • sophomore standing or consent
  • 15 credit hours (all five courses must be taken with a letter grade, minimum GPA of 2.5 required) half of which must be taken at UHM
  • LAIS 360 (Alpha) Studies in Culture: (B) Latin America, or (C) Spain and Portugal (should be taken the first semester in the program; it may be taken concurrently with one of the electives)
  • at least one from LAIS 468/HIST 478, HIST 479, LAIS 360B, LAIS 362, LAIS 363, LAIS 366, LAIS 372
  • at least one from HIST 448, LAIS 360C, LAIS 361, LAIS 365, LAIS 380


Certificate in Spanish

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). A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be achieved. Upon completion you must file an application form (available in Moore 464)

You may choose from the following courses:

  • SPAN 300 Reading in Spanish
  • SPAN 301 Grammar & Composition (W)
  • SPAN 302 Grammar & Composition (W)
  • SPAN 303 Conversation 1
  • SPAN 304 Conversation 2
  • SPAN 305 Introduction to Spanish-English Translation
  • SPAN 306 Commercial Spanish
  • SPAN 310 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 330 Phonetics & Pronunciation
  • SPAN 351 Spanish Cultural Perspectives (DH)
  • SPAN 352 B-C Latin American Cultural Perspectives (DH)
  • SPAN 361-362 Masterworks of Spanish Literature (DL)
  • SPAN 371-372 Latin American Literature (DL)
  • SPAN 400 Spanish Language in Society
  • SPAN 403 Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 405 Spanish English Translation
  • SPAN 451 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 452 The Structure of Spanish
  • SPAN 461 Neoclassicism & Romanticism (DL)
  • SPAN 477 U.S. Latino Literature (DL)
  • SPAN 478 Hispanic Women’s Literature (DL)
  • SPAN 480 Hispanic Theater (DL)
  • SPAN 495 B-C-D Topics in Hispanic Scholarship

Application for a Language Certificate (print, complete and take to Moore Hall 464)

Division Advisor Phone No. Office E-mail Address
Spanish Dr. Benito Quintana
(808) 956‑8796 Moore 461 benitoq@hawaii.edu


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