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Spanish, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #351 (WUR) , CA,
With more than 400 million speakers worldwide, Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, and the second in the United States, where it is spoken by upwards of 41 million people. Spanish is also one of the languages most often used in California and in the Central Valley, as well as one of the six official languages of the United Nations. 

About

The major in Spanish at UC Merced will provide students with the linguistic skills and necessary cultural background to communicate their ideas in Spanish in different professional contexts, to think critically, and to analyze literary works. In doing so, the major in Spanish will help students to face the demands of an ever more globalized society, one that requires and values linguistic and cultural competence in more than one language.

Most employers appreciate employees with knowledge of a second language, Spanish being one of the languages most demanded. In order to use a language in an efficient manner, the speaker should be familiar with the main social traits that define the native speakers of such a language, as well as with their cultural manifestations, literature and history. Knowledge of the particularities of the language associated with professions is also a relevant tool to relate to and work with native speakers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  •  Elementary Spanish I
  •  Elementary Spanish II
  •  Intermediate Spanish I
  •  Intermediate Spanish II
  •  Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
  •  Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
  •  Introduction to Hispanic Literatures
  •  Introduction to Hispanic Literatures II
  •  Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  •  Freshman Seminar
  •  Internship in Spanish
  •  Lower Division Undergraduate Research
  •  Lower Division Directed Group Study
  •  Lower Division Individual Study
  •  Engaging Texts
  •  Spanish Composition and Conversation
  •  Hispanic Cultures I
  •  Hispanic Cultures II

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    68

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • GPA is 3.0 or better (3.4 for nonresidents), based on the completed “a-g” courses, as described below in calculating your GPA.
  • You have already taken the required examination or will take it by December of your senior year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20806 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20806 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6800 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Merced

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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