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Major Requirements

Requirements for each major are listed below. We urge students to consult their advisors regularly, both to create balanced programs and avoid mistakes in course selection.

FrenchItalianSpanish, or Romance Languages

All coursework for majors and minors in this department must be taken graded. Internship credits (always taken Pass/No Pass) DO NOT apply toward major or minor requirements.


Forty-eight graded credits in French (passed with grades of C- or better) are required beyond second-year French, distributed as follows:

 48 credits
Culture et langage: la France contemporaine (FR 301)   4
Culture et langage: Le Monde francophone contemporain (FR 302*/303)   4
Adv. Writing in FR (FR 416) OR FR-ENG Translation (FR 425**)   4
French Surveys (FR 312, 317, 318, 319) or equivalent (NB:students who have taken FR 303 will NOT receive credit for FR 312)  12
12 credits of French Literature, Film, or Translation numbered 330 or above (IN RESIDENCE on the Eugene campus), at least 8 credits of which must be at the 400 level; RL 407 okay if course work is completed in the target language.  12
12 credits of French electives (e.g. courses in literature, linguistics, film, grammar, culture). Must be upper division, taught in French (exception: may include FR 150). Address the culture(s) of the French-speaking world  12

*FR 302 is a new course and may be used toward electives if student has already taken FR 303
**FR 425 may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement


As of Fall 2017, students have two options for organizing their study of the Italian language: concentrations in Italian Studies or Language and Culture:

Italian Major:
Italian Studies
Italian Major:
Language & Culture
In this concentration, students do most of their coursework in Italian: 40 credits out of 48, and will work closely with Italian faculty in the Department of Romance Languages. They will take classes in Italian literature, cinema and cultural history, and will develop high-level skills in critical thinking and in the Italian language through written and oral expression. Students who are interested in an immersive Italian language experience during their major should choose this concentration. It also fits students interested in semester and year-long study abroad programs where all the courses are taught in Italian (e.g. Ferrara, Pavia) This concentration is especially useful for – but not limited to – professional areas such as education, publishing, translation and interpreting. In this concentration, students can choose courses taught in English for up to half of their major credits: 24 out of 48. Because of its flexible structure, this concentration is ideally suited for students with a second major in another discipline. Many Italian-focused courses that students take in other departments qualify for this concentration (Cinema Studies; Art History; Music; History; Architecture; Humanities etc.). Italian Studies allows students to pursue interdisciplinary training while being exposed to different aspects of Italian society and culture: politics, music, art, media, art etc. Students planning to go to Italy on Study Abroad programs taught in English (Siena, Rome etc.) should consider this concentration, as many of the courses taken there will be applicable. This concentration is especially useful for – but not limited to – professional areas such as Food Industry, Arts and design, Media, Memory and Museum Centers, and journalism.


Italian Studies
Language & Culture Concentration     
Cultura e lingua 12 credits of 300-level Italian language
ITAL 301, 303, 305, 320, 307 (x2 for a total of 4 credits), or 300-level language courses taken abroad
Lit & Cinema 8 credits of 300-level ITAL literature or cinema courses 317-399 (excluding 320): 317, 318, 319, 341, etc, or equivalent course taken abroad 12 credits of 300-level ITAL literature or cinema courses 317-399 (excluding 320): 317, 318, 319, 341, 399, etc., or equivalent course taken abroad
Expertise 16 credits of Italian Studies
***IN RESIDENCE on the Eugene campus, in RL or other UO departments
*at least one course (4 credits) taught in Italian
*two courses (8 credits) must be at the 400 level; can include RL 407 (IF coursework is completed in target language)
12 credits of Italian L&C expertise courses
***IN RESIDENCE on the Eugene campus in the Romance Languages department
*two courses must be at the 400-level or RL 407 (IF coursework is completed in target language)
**Maximum of ONE course taught in English may be applied towards this requirement



12 credits of electives
*e.g. courses in literature, linguistics, film, grammar, culture, art history, history, political science, food studies, classics, geography, etc.
*address the culture(s) of the Italian-speaking world
*May be taken in other UO departments or abroad
*Maximum of 2 lower-division courses may be used
12 credits of Italian electives
*e.g. courses in Italian literature, linguistics, film, grammar, culture, art history, music, etc.
*can include ITAL 150, 152, 252, 341
*Maximum of 2 lower-division courses may be used
Other 40 of the 48 credits for this major must be courses taught in Italian. Students may apply a maximum of 2 classes (8 credits) taught in English to this major concentration.




The Spanish Major in Romance Languages: Two Concentrations

Proficiency in Spanish and knowledge of the cultures where Spanish is used can enhance study and career opportunities in a number of fields—in particular, education, business and social services. Students with a second major in another discipline (e.g., art history, business administration, economics, family and human services, history, international studies, journalism, music, political science, human physiology, etc.) find positions in communications media, government or foreign service, local and international business and law, libraries, social service organizations, medical fields, as well as travel and tourist-related agencies, among others.

As of fall 2015, students have two options for organizing their study of the Spanish language and its associated cultures: concentrations in Literature and Culture or Language and Society.

Spanish Major: 
Literature and Culture

Spanish Major:
Language and Society

The concentration in Literature and Culture offers humanities-focused classes that expose students to the depth and breadth of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. This course of study engages students through the study of literature, film, visual arts, and other media from a variety of historical periods, and allows them to develop high-level skills in critical thinking and written and oral expression in Spanish.

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The Language and Society concentration exposes students to the historical and social contexts of cultures in which Spanish is an important vehicle of communication. Classes teach students to look at language through an interdisciplinary lens, using methodologies from both the social sciences and humanities. Knowledge of the linguistic structure of the language and its historical and social varieties will give students insights into the social characteristics of communities where Spanish is used.

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The graphic below provides a summary of the two concentrations side by side. Note that some courses are required in both concentrations. (Click on the links above for more specialized info about each concentration.)

In general, the courses in one concentration can serve as electives in the other. In either case, the major requires 48 credits of upper-division, graded course work, passed with a C- or higher. Internship credits, normally taken Pass/No Pass, do not satisfy major requirements.

Language and Society Concentration
y cultura 
(8 credits)

Any 2 from 301, 303, 305

(308 counts as elective only)

308 required

any one form 301, 303, 305

(4 credits)
311 (Advanced Writing) or 312 (Spanish in the Media; for
Heritage students only); students cannot receive credit for both 311 and 312


(12 credits)

341, 342, 343, 344 (any three) 320, 322, 324


(12 credits)

Taught in-residence on the Eugene campus (8 credits must be 407 or

3 courses in literature, film, or translation in Spanish:

348 or above (1 course)

407 or 436 and above (2 courses)

3 courses in Spanish linguistics or translation from:
348, 420, 424, 425, 428, 448


(12 credits)


Upper-division courses (literature, film, linguistics),
taught in Spanish, that address the cultures of the Spanish-speaking
Experiential learning

Academic experience that involves using the Spanish language outside the classroom:

– SPAN 199 immersion in Global Scholars Hall
– at least 1 term of Study Abroad in Spanish
– PLE or other relevant internship*
– field work component of existing class*(*approved by your Spanish major advisor)

Experiential learning should involve at least 30 hours of work.”

Study abroad can be an important part of either concentration. Visit the RL website for information on study abroad, and consult your advisor for how to apply credits from abroad to your program. Read more


Romance Languages

Forty-eight graded credits in two Romance languages (passed with grades of C- or better) are required beyond the second-year language sequence, distributed as follows:

*NOTE: Romance languages majors must complete a minimum of 12 credits in literature, film, translation, or linguistics courses IN RESIDENCE on the Eugene campus.  At least 8 credits of these 12 must be in courses numbered 407 or higher.

First Romance Language
32 credits
Language courses
FR: 301, 302, 303, 307*, 320, 416, 425
IT: 301, 303, 305, 307*, 320
SP: 301, 303, 305, 307*, 308, 311(L2) or 312(SHL)**, 320
*2 credits, can be taken twice
**students may earn credit for either 311 or 312, but not both
FR 312, 317, 318, 319 or ITAL 317, 318, 319 or
SPAN (Choose one option)
Lit & Cult: 341, 342, 343, 344 or Lang &Soc: 320, 322, 324
TWO Additional literature, film, linguistics, or translation courses, numbered above the survey level [8 credits]  ♦Please be attentive to course prerequisites.
Second Romance Language
16 credits
Language courses
TWO literature, film, linguistics, or translation courses [8 credits]

Drop-In Advising for declaration of a Major can be done in the RL Advising Office 213 Friendly Hall
Contact: 346-0955 /


Director of Undergraduate Studies
Gina Herrmann
220 Friendly Hall

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