Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

By some estimates Spanish is the fourth most spoken language in the world and the second most spoken language in California. Becoming proficient in Spanish will enrich your life and also be an advantage on the job market.  Spanish makes an excellent second major or minor.

Many students study abroad in Spain, Mexico or Chile.

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide?

Yes, we have a major planning sheet pdf.

When should I first meet with my major department? At any time during the semester via e-mail. 
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

Students are usually assigned to an advisor based on the first initial of their last name. To find out who their advisor is students can contact view advisors listed on the MLL web page for Spanish:, or at the MLL front office:

Humanities Building Room 475

(415) 338-1421

Where can I find information about major advising?

All relevant information can be found at

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? N/A
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Students should be encouraged to contact the instructor. Spaces frequently open up in full classes after the first week, so they should be encouraged to attend class so they can be added if a space opens.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Students transferring into upper-division, who have met all lower-division prerequisites, should start with SPAN 301 and 305. SPAN 341 can be taken simultaneously.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Students need to have taken SPAN 101, 102, 205, and 206 or the equivalent.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them?


Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes. [ Click here for ADT roadmap ]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

A freshman without prior knowledge of Spanish would start in SPAN 101. Those who have taken some Spanish in high school should consult with a Spanish advisor and ask to take the placement test.

Incoming freshmen who are heritage speakers are encouraged to enroll in SPAN 215, Spanish for Heritage Speakers.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Lower-division language courses build on each other, so the only one without prerequisites is SPAN 101, which is designed for true beginners. Students who enroll in 102, 205 or 206 should have taken the prior course or the equivalent. Those who enroll in SPAN 215 will not necessarily have studied Spanish formally.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Scoring a 4 or a 5 on the AP Spanish language test can satisfy lower-division prerequisite, but it is still recommended that students consult with a Spanish advisor.



College of Liberal and Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

Phone: (415) 338-1486