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A Spanish cognate course is a course in which a majority of the content focuses on Hispanic studies, but which does not give instruction primarily in Spanish.

  •  Cognate credit is only allowed for the major. Students enrolled in the minor cannot use cognate credit.

  •  Spanish majors are allowed to receive a maximum of three credits toward the major for one cognate course.

  • Spanish cognate courses will not automatically appear in your degree audit. Please meet with a Spanish advisor or email rll.undergrad@umich.edu to have a cognate course applied to your Spanish major requirements

  •  Spanish cognate courses count toward the Spanish major at either the 279-399 or 400 level. The level of each approved cognate course is indicated on the list below.

  •  If you believe that a course meets the guidelines to count as a Spanish cognate but does not appear on this list, please complete the RLL Spanish Cognate Request Form (pdf), obtain a copy of the syllabus for the class, and return the completed proposal form to rll.undergrad@umich.edu. The form will then be submitted to the appropriate committee for final approval.

The courses listed on the following chart have been identified as possible cognate courses for the Spanish major: 

Course Course Name Spanish Cognate
Level
Notes
AAS 236
(AMCULT 226/ HISTORY 226/ LACS 226/ LATINOAM 226)
The Latin Tinge: Latin Music in Social
Context in Latin America and the U.S
300  
AAS 373 Other Africans: The Cultures of Portuguese-Speaking Africa 300  
AAS 444
(ANTHRCUL 414)
Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures 400  
AAS 458
(HISTORY 474/LACS 455) (formerly AAS 358)
From Colonial Saint-Domingue to Independent Haiti: History and Culture of an Exceptional Colonial and Postcolonial Territory (this topic only) 400  
AAS 478
(LACS 400/HISTORY 578)
Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America 400  
AAS 495 Caribbean Folklore: Spirits, Magic, and Resistance 400  
AMCULT 204 (LATINOAM 204) Themes in American Culture: Religiones Latinas/Latinoamericanas (this topic only) 300  
AMCULT 213
(LATINOAM 213)
Introduction to Latina/o Studies 300  
AMCULT 226
(AAS 236/HISTORY 226/LACS 226/LATINOAM 226)
The Latin Tinge: Latin Music in Social Context in Latin America and the U.S. 300  
AMCULT 243
(LATINOAM 243/WOMENSTD 243)
Latina Women in the U.S 300  
AMCULT 304
(LATINOAM 304/SOC 304)
American Immigration 300  
AMCULT 313 (ANTHRCUL 314/LATINOAM 313) Cuba and its Diaspora 400  
AMCULT 315 (HISTORY 377/LATINOAM 315) History of Latina/os in the U.S. 400

 

Spanish majors or minors who enroll in the Spanish discussion section can earn 400-level elective credit toward their major or minor.

 

AMCULT 327 (ENGLISH 387/LATINOAM 327) Latina/Latino Literature of the U.S. 300  
AMCULT 380 (LATINOAM 380/SAC 380) Studies in Transnational Media 300  
AMCULT 381
(SAC 381/LATINOAM 381)
Latinas/Latinos and the Media 300  
AMCULT 385
(LATINOAM 385/HISTORY 335)
Immigration Law: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Issues 300  
AMCULT 404
(SOC 404)
Latinas/os in the U.S.: Social Problems and Social Issues 400  
ANTHRARC 284 Aztec, Maya, and Inca Civilizations 300  
ANTHRCUL 314
(AMCULT 313/LATINOAM 313)
Cuba and its Diaspora 400  
ANTHRCUL 319 Latin American Society and Culture 300  
ANTHRCUL 320 Mexico: Culture and Society 300  
ANTHRCUL 346
(HISTORY 347)
Latin America: The Colonial Period 400

 

See HISTORY 347

 

ANTHRCUL 414
(AAS 444)
Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures 400  
COMPLIT 240 Literature Across Borders 300  
COMPLIT 222 Great Books in World Literature: Don Quixote (this topic only) 300  
COMPLIT 322 Translating World Literatures 300

 

Must have significant Hispanic component

 

ECON 429 Migration Economics and Policy 300  
ENGLISH 373 Literature of the Americas 300  
ENGLISH 387
(AMCULT 327/LATINOAM 327)
Latina/Latino Literature of the U.S. 300  
ENVIRON 464 Topics in Culture and Environment: Public Discourse Around Poverty & the Environment in the USA & Colombia 400 This topic only
ELI 395
(IN391/EDU395/
RCSSCI395/
AMCULT361/
LATINOAM361)
Principles and Practices of Teaching ESL in Migrant Communities 300 This topic only
HISTART 393 Undergraduate Seminar: Art and Architecture of Colonial Latin America: Conquest to Independence (this topic only) 300  
HISTART 394
(ROMLANG 400)
Special Topics: Our North is the South: Designing Latin America (this topic only) 400  
HISTART 476 Urban Fragments: The Americas 400

 

Cannot repeat Spanish 474: Fragmentos Urbanos

 

HISTORY 226
(AAS 236/AMCULT 226/ LACS 226/LATINOAM 226)
The Latin Tinge: Latin Music in Social Context in Latin America and the U.S. 300  
HISTORY 287 Horror and Enchantment: A History of the Early Modern Spanish and Portuguese World 300  
HISTORY 305 Histories of the Modern Caribbean 300  
HISTORY 328
(ROMLANG 250)
Humanities Topics in History: Across Oceans, Lands, and Peoples: A Cultural History of the Early Modern Iberian World (this topic only) 300  
HISTORY 335
(AMCULT 385/LATINOAM 385)
Immigration Law: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Issues 300  
HISTORY 347
(ANTHRCUL 346)
Latin America: The Colonial Period 400

 

Spanish majors/minors who enroll in the Spanish discussion section can earn 400-level elective credit toward their major/minor

 

HISTORY 348 Latin America: The National Period 400

 

Spanish majors/minors who enroll in the Spanish discussion section can earn 400-level elective credit toward their major/minor

 

HISTORY 349
(LACS 349)
Revolutionary Movements in Modern Latin America 300  
HISTORY 363 History of Modern Mexico 300  
HISTORY 377
(AMCULT 315/LATINOAM 315)
History of Latina/os in the U.S. 400

 

Spanish majors/minors who enroll in the Spanish discussion section can earn 400-level elective credit toward their major/minor

 

HISTORY 407
(INTLSTD 401/HISTORY 407/RCSSI 461
The History of Inter-American Human Rights Law: from Social Movements to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights 400  
HISTORY 473
(AAS 473/LACS 483)
Brazil: History and Culture 400  
HISTORY 474
(AAS 458/LACS 455)
From Colonial Saint-Domingue to Independent Haiti: History and Culture of an Exceptional Colonial and Postcolonial Territory (this topic only) 400  
HISTORY 478 Topics in Latin American History: State Terror and Memory in the Americas (this topic only) 400  
HISTORY 487 Conversions and Christianities in the Early Modern World and Beyond 400  
HISTORY 578
(LACS 400/AAS 478)
Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America 400  
INTLSTD 385 Indigenous Communities vs. Globalization in South America (this topic only) 300  
INTLSTD 401
(HISTORY 407/RCSSI 461)
The History of Inter-American Human Rights Law: from Social Movements to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights 400  
JUDAIC 218 Humanities Topics in Judaism: Introduction to Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) I (this topic only) 300  
JUDAIC 218 Humanities Topics in Judaism: Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) II
(this topic only)
300  
JUDAIC 318 Humanities Topics in Judaism: Jews in the Americas (this topic only) 300  
JUDAIC 360 A Global History of the Jews of Spain 400  
LACS 226
(AMCULT 226/LATINOAM 226/ AAS 236/HISTORY 226)
The Latin Tinge: Latin Music in Social Context in Latin America and the U.S. 300  
LACS 321 Social Science Topics in LACS: The Archaeology of Mexico and Peru: Inca, Aztec, and the Spanish Conquest (this topic only) 300  
LACS 321 Social Science Topics in LACS: Space and Identity in Latin American History (this topic only) 300  
LACS 321 Social Science Topics in LACS: Biomedical Spanish (this topic only) 300  
LACS 321 Social Science Topics in LACS: Indigenous Community vs Globalization in South America (this topic only) 300  
LACS 349
(HISTORY 349)
Revolutionary Movements in Modern Latin America 300  
LACS 400
(AAS 478/HISTORY 578)
Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America 400  
LACS 455
(AAS 458/HISTORY 474)
Topics in Latin American Studies: From Colonial Saint-Domingue to Independent Haiti: History and Culture of an Exceptional Colonial and Post-colonial Territory (this topic only) 400  
LACS 471 Elementary Quechua 300  
LATINOAM 204 (AMCULT 204) Themes in Latina/o Studies: Religiones Latinas/Latinoamericanas (this topic only) 300  
LATINOAM 213 (AMCULT 213) Introduction to Latina/o Studies 300  
LATINOAM 226
(AAS 236/AMCULT 226/ HISTORY 226/LACS 226)
The Latin Tinge: Latin Music in Social Context in Latin America and the U.S. 300  
LATINOAM 243 (AMCULT 243/WOMENSTD 243) Latina Women in the U.S 300  
LATINOAM 301
(RCSSCI 307)
Topics in Latina/o Studies- Spanish Language Internship Program II (this topic only) 300  
LATINOAM 304
(AMCULT 304/SOC 304)
American Immigration 300  
LATINOAM 310
(POLSCI 389)
Latina/o Studies and the Social Sciences: The Politics of Latinidad
(this topic only)
300  
LATINOAM 311 Latina/o Studies and the Humanities: Latino/a Theater for Social Change (this topic only) 300  
LATINOAM 313 (AMCULT 313/ANTHRCUL 314) Cuba and its Diaspora 400  
LATINOAM 315 (AMCULT 315/HISTORY 377) History of Latina/os in the U.S. 400

 

Spanish majors/minors who enroll in the Spanish discussion section can earn 400-level elective credit toward their major/minor

 

LATINOAM 327 (AMCULT 327/ENGLISH 387) Latina/Latino Literature of the U.S 300  
LATINOAM 380 (AMCULT 380/SAC 380) Studies in Transnational Media 300  
LATINOAM 381
(SAC 381/AMCULT 381)
Latinas/Latinos and the Media 300  
LATINOAM 385 (AMCULT385/HISTORY 335) Immigration Law: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Issues 300  
LING 342 Perspectives on Bilingualism 300  
LING 497 Capstone Seminar: Pidgen and Creole Languages: A Linguistic, Historical and Cognitive Overview (this topic only) 400  
MUSICOL 407 Special Course- Latinx Music in the US (this topic only) 400  
PORTUG 283 Portuguese for the Professions 300  
PORTUG 287 Advanced Portuguese Conversation & Composition 300  
PORTUG 290 Conversation Through Film and Popular Music 300  
PORTUG 301 Topics in Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cultures 300  
PORTUG 342 Culture, Power, and Politics in Brazil 400  
PORTUG 461 Brazilian Culture 400  
PORTUG 471 Literature in the Portuguese-Speaking World 400  
PORTUG 472 Cinema in the Portuguese-Speaking World 400  
PORTUG 473 Popular Music in the Portuguese-Speaking World 400  
PORTUG 474 Advanced Topics in Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cultures 400  
POLSCI 347 Politics and Society in Latin America: Latin American Politics in (this) Democratic Period 400  
POLSCI 389
(LATINOAM 310)
Topics in Contemporary Political Science: The Politics of Latinidad
(this topic only)
300  
PSYCH 305 --------- ---------

 

Only eligible if you volunteer with Latino Family Services. Must provide syllabus to determine level

 

RCSSCI 307 (formerly RCLANG 306/RCSSCI 360) Spanish Language Internship Program (this topic only) 300  
RCLANG 334 Tutoring Latino/a Adults and Children: Spanish in the Community 300

 

Only one of the following courses can count toward the Spanish major: EDUC 428, SPANISH 448, or RCLANG 334

 

RCSSCI 461
(INTLSTD 401, HIST 407)
The History of Inter-American Human Rights Law: from Social Movements to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights 400  
ROMLANG 250
(HISTORY 328)
Special Topics in Humanities: Across Oceans, Lands, and Peoples: A Cultural History of the Early Modern Iberian World (this topic only) 300  
ROMLANG 253/
SPANISH 373
The Mediterranean (only when ROMLANG 253 and SPANISH 373 meet-together) 300

 

If work is completed in English, Spanish majors may receive cognate credit. If work is completed in Spanish, please see the Additional Course Options section on the right side of the page for information.

 

ROMLANG 377 Race and Ethnicity in Romance Studies: Mediterranean Identities: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in the premodern world (this topic only) 300  
ROMLANG 400 (HISTART 394) Topics in Romance Languages and Literature: Our North is the South: Designing Latin America (this topic only) 400  
ROMLANG 498 Senior Seminar in Romance Languages & Literatures (permission of instructor) 400  
ROMLING 300 Introduction to the Romance Languages 300  
SAC 380
(AMCULT 380/LATINOAM 380)
Studies in Transnational Media 300  
SAC 381
(AMCULT 381/ LATINOAM 381)
Latinas/Latinos and the Media 300  
SAC 441 National Screens:
Mexican Cinema (this topic only)
Spanish Cinema (this topic only)
400  
SOC 304
(AMCULT 304/ LATINOAM 304)
American Immigration 300  
SOC 389.103 Practicum in Sociology: Latino Family Services After-School Program (this topic only) 300  
SOC 404
(AMCULT 404)
Latinas/os in the US: Social Problems and Social Issues 400  
SOC 422 Sociology of Latin America 400  
WOMENSTD 243 (AMCULT 243/LATINOAM 243) Latina Women in the U.S. 300  

Additional Course Options

Please read carefully about how these courses may count towards the Spanish major and/or minor. 

AMCULT 315 History of Latina/os in the U.S. (See HISTORY 377)
 

ANTHRCUL 346 Latin America: The Colonial Period (See HISTORY 347)
 

EDUC 390/ELI 390/LING 386/RCSSCI 390 Community Service Learning in ESL Teaching Contexts (Not eligible for cognate credit effective Winter 2020)
 

EDUC 428 Intro A2LP II Spanish - (DISCONTINUED as of Winter 2019) counts as a 400-level elective toward the Spanish major and minor. Only one of the following tutoring-based courses can count toward the Spanish major: EDUC 428, SPANISH 448, or RCLANG 334. Only one of EDUC 428 or SPANISH 448 may count toward the Spanish minor. RCLANG 334 does not apply toward the Spanish minor.


HISTORY 347/ANTHRCUL 346 Spanish discussion section only. Latin America: The Colonial Period - counts as 400-level elective credit toward the Spanish major or minor. If not enrolled in the Spanish discussion section, Spanish majors may count this course as a 400-level cognate toward the Spanish major (no credit toward Spanish minor).

HISTORY 348 Spanish discussion section only. Latin America: The National Period - counts as 400-level elective credit toward the Spanish major or minor. If not enrolled in the Spanish discussion section, Spanish majors may count this course as a 400-level cognate toward the Spanish major (no credit toward Spanish minor).

HISTORY 377/AMCULT 315/LATINOAM 315 Spanish discussion section only. History of Latinos in the U.S. - counts as 400-level elective credit toward the Spanish major or minor. If not enrolled in the Spanish discussion section, Spanish majors may count this course as a 400-level cognate toward the Spanish major (no credit toward Spanish minor).

ITALIAN 410 Italian for Spanish Speakers – counts as a 400-level elective toward the Spanish major or minor. Students may count only one of ITALIAN 410 or PORT 280 (formerly PORT 415) toward the Spanish major or minor requirements.

PORTUG 280 Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages - counts as a 279-399-level course toward the Spanish major or minor (elective). Students may count only one of ITALIAN 410 or PORTUG 280 toward the Spanish major or minor requirements.

ROMLANG 253/SPANISH 373 The Mediterranean – only when taken as a meets-together with SPANISH 373, it counts as a 279-399-level elective for Spanish majors or minors who complete their work in Spanish. Spanish majors who complete their work in English may receive 279-399-level cognate credit.