May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

World Languages: German, B.A.

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The B.A. in World Languages allows students to specialize in two languages. In the World Languages: German major, students choose German as the primary language and one secondary language specialization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian or Spanish). Students must complete at least 24 credit hours of coursework beyond the first-year sequence in the German primary language and at least 16 credit hours in the secondary language specialization. The total number of hours depends on the languages studied.

SMU Degree Requirements

An SMU undergraduate degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and must include completion of the University’s Common Curriculum , one major and a combination of electives and/or other majors or minors. Completion of certain majors requires more than 120 hours to finish the degree. The credit hours within this curriculum are distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major

Secondary Language Specializations

One secondary language chosen from the following eight specializations:


Required Courses

Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Two from 3000-level or 4000-level FREN courses

Total: 20 Credit Hours



Required Courses

Total: 18-19 Credit Hours


Spanish has three tracks, for non-native, heritage and native speakers of Spanish. These categories refer to a student’s linguistic ability and are determined by the Spanish area adviser. As such, tracks and appropriate courses are selected in consultation with the Spanish area adviser.

Track for Native Speakers: Native speakers will start coursework at the 4000 level. In consultation with the Spanish area adviser, they should begin with SPAN 4301  or SPAN 4302 , with one exception: native speakers who have not had formal academic training with written Spanish may begin coursework with SPAN 3359 .

Track for Heritage Speakers: Heritage speakers must take SPAN 2323  and SPAN 3359 , instead of SPAN 2302  and SPAN 3358 . From the second category below, they may select from SPAN 3373 , SPAN 3374 , SPAN 3375 , or SPAN 3356  only.

Track for Non-Native Speakers: Non-native speakers may take SPAN 3355  before SPAN 3358  and/or may take one of the following concurrently with SPAN 3358 : SPAN 3311 , SPAN 3312 , SPAN 3313 , or SPAN 3355 .

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