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Spanish, B.A. to M.A. Accelerated Program

Saint Louis University's accelerated Spanish B.A. / M.A. program offers qualified Spanish majors the opportunity to begin work toward the Master of Arts in Spanish while completing requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, thereby reducing the time needed to earn the master's degree. 

Students may apply up to 15 graduate credits to both the B.A. and M.A. degrees. For the B.A., those credits will all satisfy major electives.

For additional information see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Spanish, B.A.

Spanish, M.A.

The following requirements must be met to participate in SLU's B.A. to M.A. in Spanish accelerated program:

  • An undergraduate major in Spanish
  • A GPA of a least 3.00 in Spanish coursework
  • A professional goal statement
  • An interview
  • A writing sample
  • Form for provisional acceptance to ABM
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Completion of 45 credits

Continuation Standards

In the accelerated program, students' progress is monitored by mentors and the director of the Spanish graduate program.

  1. For the B.A. degree, students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A of at least 2.00 ("C" average) and a G.P.A. of at least 3.00 ("B" average) in their coursework in Spanish.
  2. All graduate courses taken as part of their bachelor's degree must have a grade of "B" or better.
  3. For the M.A. degree, students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.00 ("B" average).

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Participation in First-Year Mentoring Activities  
SPAN 1010 Communicating in Spanish I 1 3
UNIV 1010 Enhancing First-Year Success 1
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits16
Spring
Participation in First-Year Mentoring Activities  
SPAN 1020 Communicating in Spanish II 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
Participation in Second-Year Mentoring Activities  
SPAN 2010 Inter Spanish: Lang & Culture 2 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Participation in Second-Year Mentoring Activities  
SPAN 3010 Written Communication 3
SPAN 3020 Oral Communication 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Fall
SPAN 3030 Refining Spanish Expression: Grammar & Composition 3
SPAN 3040 In Conversation with the Hispanic World 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits15
Spring
SPAN 4XXXSpanish Elective 3 3
SPAN 4XXXSpanish Elective 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 4 3
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Completion of Capstone Project and Participation in LLC Student Symposium  
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Five
Fall
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
 Credits9
Spring
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
SPAN 5XXXSpanish Elective 3
Final Scholarly Essay or a Written Examination  
Oral Examination  
 Credits6
 Total Credits136
1

Students often begin their studies at SLU with previous experience in Spanish. Entering students take a placement test (SLUPE) to determine their level. See the program notes for more information.

2

Students can take SPAN 3020 Oral Communication (0,3 cr) and SPAN 2010 Inter Spanish: Lang & Culture (0,3 cr) concurrently. Students can take SPAN 3020 Oral Communication (0,3 cr) before taking SPAN 3010 Written Communication (0,3 cr).

3

Spanish 4000-level literature courses fulfill the core literature requirement.

4

Many Spanish 4000-level courses also fulfill the global citizenship core diversity requirement.

Students can complete all or part of the Spanish major at SLU’s campus in Madrid.

Learn More

For more information about SLU's Spanish, B.A. to M.A. accelerated program, contact the Spanish graduate advisor at spangrad@slu.edu.