The Spanish curriculum is designed to develop oral and listening skills, a reading knowledge and writing proficiency in Spanish, and to enhance an awareness and appreciation of Hispanic culture in to provide insight and understanding of global interdependence.
The ability to speak and write well in Spanish prepares students for a wide variety of careers such as teaching, banking, business, communications, public relations, social work, travel agencies, and government.
Course placement is determined by an online placement test and a review of high school language courses. In the case of transfer students, placement is determined by a review of the transfer credit evaluation and student input.
Students will not fulfill their competency requirement with a course that is at a lower level than what is determined by the department without prior approval of the department chair.
Requirements for the Major in Spanish(all courses 3 credits unless noted)
Required Courses: Students must select three of the four Survey of Literature courses.
Total Credits for Major: 33
Note: SPA 202 is a prerequisite to SPA 203 or 204, and SPA 203 and SPA 204 are prerequisites for all advanced Spanish courses.
Study Abroad Spanish majors are encouraged to study abroad. The credits earned abroad will be applied to fulfill required or elective credit.
Student should consult with department chair when selecting courses to study abroad to ensure fulfillment of major, minor, and—when appropriate—the Certificate in Spanish requirements.
Pass/FailTo encourage maintenance of language skills, the pass/fail option is available to non-language majors or minors who have fulfilled the foreign language core requirement and who wish to pursue additional language courses.
Spanish for the Professions CoursesStudents who are pursuing a major or minor in Spanish must consult the department chair before taking any of these courses: SPA 206, 208, 210, 216, 217, and 219.
These Spanish for the Professions courses will be offered on a rotational basis.
Learning OutcomesSpanish major will:
achieve competency in the four basic skills of the Spanish language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) with speaking and writing skills at least at the “Intermediate Low” level for SPA 203 and 204 and remaining three-hundred, major-level courses according to the guidelines set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
acquire general historical understanding of Spanish and Spanish American Civilizations and the connections between Spain and the New World
acquire a general understanding of the major intellectual and literary movements in Spanish and Spanish American letters
analyze, critique, and/or write an original interpretation of a work of Spanish or Spanish American literature or culture in Spanish
Spanish Honors ProgramStudents who submit an application for Honors and meet the following language department requirements will graduate with Honors in the major: