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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish (BA)

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Modern Languages & Cultures Department


Why study Spanish? There are many substantive reasons, but an important one is that Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Therefore, the knowledge of Spanish is of value in all human services professions, as well as in many areas of business, especially since Latin America represents a large potential market. Because Spanish can become an invaluable skill in an occupation, many students choose to combine Spanish with another area as a double major or as a minor.

Students with previous language experience must take the modern language Spanish placement test to determine course eligibility. Students desiring to receive academic credit for previous experience must take the appropriate CLEP examination administered by the university. The CLEP examination must be taken before enrollment in world language courses and for freshmen within the first few weeks of the semester.

Spanish 101, 102, and 103 satisfy the liberal arts language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree in any discipline.

Requirements for the Major - Credits: 30-39

Major Prerequisite Courses or Equivalents

Exemption is possible from these courses according to performance on the placement test. CLEP, AP and OPI credits are accepted.

Basic Skills Courses

Exemption is possible from these courses according to performance in the department placement exam, AP - Credits or CLEP - Credits.  Native or Heritage speakers should consult the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. 

Electives: Credits 0-9

6 credits of any 300- or 400-level Spanish course may be chosen as electives except Spanish 302, 309 or any Spanish course taught in English.  Choose as many electives as necessary to reach 30 hours of courses in Spanish.    

Second Language

Students not pursuing a double major are strongly encouraged to complete the skills block in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, or Russian.

Second Language Minor

A minor in the second language may be earned by completing the courses indicated. For a French minor: 101, 102, 103, 201 and 220 and any two 300-level courses.

Study Abroad Program (highly recommended)

Students should plan to spend a summer or semester in a country where Spanish is spoken. Credits earned may be used to fill the above requirements.

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