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Requirements

Placement in the Spanish Course Sequence

  1. Students who have taken no Spanish in high school or at another institution of higher learning begin with SPN 101. 
  2. Students, who have taken Spanish in high school, but not at another institution of higher learning, must take a placement exam to determine their proper placement. 
  3. Heritage Spanish speakers (that is, students who speak Spanish at home to a greater or lesser extent), students with significant Spanish immersion experience, and students who have taken Spanish courses at other institutions of higher learning must meet with a Spanish adviser in order to determine correct placement. The adviser will place the student based on any of the following or a combination thereof: an oral interview, a placement exam, a written composition.​

Specific Requirements for the Spanish Major

In addition to the courses listed below, Spanish majors must also meet the following requirements:

  1. A senior assessment portfolio. 
  2. A minor or a second major.
  3. Completion of the oral and written proficiency exams and of the graduating-senior survey. 
  4. At least one upper-division SPN course must emphasize Latin America, one Spain. A senior project in conjunction with a 400-level SPN course.

Study abroad is strongly encouraged, especially for students planning to teach.

SPNCourses TitlesCredits
SPN 101 Beginning Spanish I 3
SPN 102 Beginning Spanish II 3
SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPN 203 Intermediate Proficiency Building 3
SPN 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
SPN 303 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology 3
Two of the following courses - 6  
SPN 312 Conv & Comp: Mexico & Central America
SPN 313 Conv & Comp: South America
SPN 314 Conv & Comp: Caribbean
SPN 315 Conv & Comp: Spain
SPN 316 Conv & Comp: US Latino
SPN 331 Spanish in the Business World
SPN 391 Special Topics
And all of the following:
SPN 370 Introduction to Hispanic Literature 3
Three upper-level electives, of which at least two must be 400 level 9
TOTAL 39
General Education 35
Spanish Major 39
Minor, Second Major, or Teacher Ed 20-37
Electives 9-26
TOTAL 120



Specific Requirements for the Spanish Minor

Beginning Spanish I, Beginning Spanish I, Intermediate Spanish I, Intermediate Spanish II, Intermediate Proficiency Building, Advanced Spanish Grammar, Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

TOTAL 

SPNCourses TitlesCredits
SPN 101 Beginning Spanish I 3
SPN 102 Beginning Spanish I! 3
SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPN 203 Intermediate Proficiency Building 3
SPN 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
SPN 303 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology 3
One other 300 or 400 level SPN course 3
Total 24

Outcomes Assessment Activities

  • Assessment of the foreign languages program is the responsibility of the Foreign Languages Program Assessment Committee, consisting of the Associate Chair for Foreign Languages and three other faculty members. The committee’s annual reports evaluating the program and proposing any needed changes are compiled from the following information: 
    • ​A central file of course syllabi with representative assignments is maintained by the department for inspection by the committee and other qualified persons. 
    • Faculty advisers monitor each student’s progress towards completing major requirements and meeting the program goals listed in the catalog. Advisers report any problems or deficiencies in the program encountered by the students to the program assessment committee through the associate chair. 
    • All Spanish majors produce a senior assessment portfolio emphasizing professional standards and sharpening the proficiency skills students have acquired in their Spanish courses. Students work in conjunction with an adviser to complete the project and submit it to the Program Assessment Committee for review.
    • Oral and written exit exams evaluate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as understanding of Hispanic culture. 
    • The Program Assessment Committee reviews the senior portfolios and the results of the exit exam on an annual basis and prepares an analysis of what is revealed about the program’s success. 
    • The Program Assessment Committee administers a student-satisfaction questionnaire to all senior foreign languages majors and minors each year. A similar questionnaire is sent to recent graduates on a periodic basis.
    • The Program Assessment Committee monitors the foreign languages curricula at leading comparable institutions and apprises the department of innovations worthy of consideration.

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