Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Modern Languages and Cultures, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Concentration in Spanish - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Communication: Communicate in other language than English
    • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
    • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Communities: Participate in multilingual communities at home & around the world
    • Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
    • Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
  • Comparisons: Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
    • Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
    • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
  • Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
    • Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
    • Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
  • Cultures: Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
    • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
    • Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

Related Links

Modern Languages and Cultures - Spanish, BA Program Page

Modern Languages and Cultures Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements30

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits:9-10
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 15 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 15 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Basic Skill Courses
Exemption from the basic skills courses may be possible based on the placement exam given by Modern Languages. CLEP, AP and OPI credits are accepted for some of the following courses.
SPAN 103Spanish Language & Culture III 43
or SPAN 104 Situational Spanish
SPAN 200Writing in Spanish for the Professions I 1,23
SPAN 201Speaking in Spanish for the Professions I 1,23
SPAN 220Understanding Hispanic Cultures Through Reading 1,23
Required Spanish Grammar Courses
SPAN 300Writing in Spanish for the Professions II 1,23
SPAN 301Speaking in Spanish for the Professions II 1,23
SPAN 400Writing in Spanish for the Professions III 1,23
SPAN 401Speaking in Spanish for the Professions III 1,23
Required Spanish Civilization Course
Select three credits from the following:
Spain Today 1,2
U.S. Latino Cultures 1,2
The Civilization of Spanish America: Precolumbian to 19th Century 1,2
Latin American Today 1,2
Required Spanish Literature Course (300 & 400 Level)
Select three credits from the following:
Spanish Literature 1800 to Present 1,2
Spanish American Literature - 19th Century to Present
Exploring Spanish Culture through Media 1,2
Exploring Latin American Cultures through Media
Electives at the 300 level and above
Select zero to nine credits of SPAN electives at 300 level and above 1,2,30-9
Required Capstone Project
See Advisor for specific information related to requirements
Study Abroad - Optional
See Advisor for details
Total Hours30

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Spanish (SPAN)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020
UCC 09.15.20
Revised 10.06.20