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Spanish Literature Major

Welcome to the Spanish Literature undergraduate page.  Here you will find the major and minor requirements, contact information, career planning and study abroad resources and quarterly-updated information like:

  • Spanish Literature major checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

You will also find the Faculty Advisor for the Spanish Literature major, which changes annually.   Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.


Ryan Bessett

Carol Arcos Hererra

2023-2024 (Fall) Faculty Advisor 
Ryan Bessett

2023-2024 (Winter-Spring) Faculty Advisor 

Carol Arcos Hererra

Major Requirements


Students that entered UCSD prior to Fall 2017 are allowed to either follow their existing requirements or switch to the new 2017 major requirements. Please contact our advising staff for details (VAC).
Spanish Literature major checklist
  1. Nine upper-division courses as follows:
    1. LTSP 100A or LTSP 100B
    2. One course in Spanish Peninsular literature or Latin American literature before 1900, as follows:
      • Spanish Peninsular literature LTSP 100, 107, 115, 119AB, 119C, 122, or the following topics course when the topic is pre-twentieth-century literature: LTSP 123
      • Latin American literature before 1900: LTSP 116, 135A, or any of the following regional, genre, or topics courses when the topic is pre-twentieth-century literature: LTSP 134, 136, 137, 138, 140, 141, 142, 171, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178
    3. Seven additional upper-division courses in Spanish, Latin American, and/or Chicano literature (taught in Spanish)
  2. Secondary Language & Literature: Students will satisfy this requirement by completing the lower-division course sequence in a language other than Spanish, through a designated terminal lower-division course. 
    1. Intensive Language Track:  Students will also be able to choose to complete an intensive track, which will be noted on the their transcript.  Students who would like to earn this notation will complete the lower-division language sequence, as well as two upper-division literature courses in the language.  Students who would like to pursue the intensive track should consult with an advisor to see how that path will affect their upper division requirements.
  3. Upper-division electives from Department of Literature offerings, whether in Spanish or in another literature, to make a total of twelve upper-division courses.

Minor Requirements

Seven LTSP courses, at least four of which must be upper-division.  Lower division courses that may be applied to the minor: LTSP 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, or 2E (or LTSP 50A, 50B, and 50C, if taken prior to SU21).  AP credit that has given a student credit for LTSP 2A, 2B and/or 2C does not apply to the minor requirements, however students may peittion for this in certain cases.  Please contact our staff advisors for guidance (VAC).  All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade.  You can declare a Spanish Literature minor (LT33) on TritonLink, using the Major/Minor Tool.

Course Information

  • Course Offerings, where you will find
    • Annual course offerings
    • Detailed course descriptions for each quarter
    • A quarterly summary of specific course that meet Literatures in Spanish major requirements
      • Pre-1900 Spansih Literature

Tips for Transfer Students

Before you transfer...

  • Check Assist, the official source for articulation and student transfer information. You will see how your lower division courses will transfer to UCSD. 
  • This major does have a Spanish language requirement, so students are highly recommended to start taking courses in Spanish language as early as possible.
  • We are happy to assist any students who are planning to transfer to UCSD.  If you would like guidance prior to transferring, please email us at or call us at 858-534-3210.

After you transfer...

  • Please check your transfer record on TritonLink . Are all the courses you took listed? Are the UC San Diego equivalent courses listed beside the courses you took? If you took a course and it does not appear on your TritonLink record, please contact the Admission's Office for corrections. 
  • If you took a course that does not appear on Assist and you think it is equivalent to one of our courses, you can file an undergraduate student petition with the Literature Department for review. We will be happy to go over that process with you if you have any questions.
  • Once you've received all possible UCSD credit for your transferred coursework, you are ready to make an academic plan.  Our Academic Advisors are happy to help you with this during our walk-in advising hours.
    • YOU SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN A SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSE IN YOUR FIRST QUARTER AT UCSD.  If you need assistance determining which course is appropriate, please call us at 858-534-3210.

Study Abroad for Your Major

Spanish Literature majors are highly recommended to study abroad!  Aside from being an amazing experience, study abroad coursework can be applied to your major requirements (and actually decrease your time to graduation, if planned right)!  Spanish Literature majors may apply up to 5 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements, and Spanish Literature minors may apply up to 3 upper division courses to their minor.  Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

Careers in Literature

Students who major in Literature pursue a wide array of career paths.  UCSD and the Department of Literature have many resources to aid you in your career exploration and development:

Alumni Highlight:

Spanish Literature Alumni - Christopher Yanov

Christopher Yanov, ’99

Spanish Literature and Political Science

Founder, Reality Changers

Since Chris Yanov founded Reality Changers in 2001, the program has helped award nearly five million dollars in scholarships to inner-city students. Reality Changers students are part of the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program at UC San Diego. He has been named one of the most-admired CEOs by the San Diego Business Journal and one of San Diego’s new civic power brokers by San Diego Magazine. In 2015, he received UC San Diego’s True Triton Award for volunteer service.

Undergrad Advising

Current students must use the VAC (valid student PID required) or in-person advising. We cannot advise students via email or over the phone (to preserve student privacy standards).

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