Degree Requirements

Spanish class

Professors: Professor Malin; Associate Professors Borchard, Bordera-Amérigo, and Reagan; Assistant Professor Massery; Visiting Assistant Professors Hulme-Lippert and Larrea Rubio.(Department of Modern Languages)

In its full range of courses, the Spanish section of the Modern Languages Department seeks to develop student proficiency in four areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Courses at all levels are designed to provide continued opportunities for use of the language in a variety of modes and settings, on campus, in the Ashland and Richmond communities, and abroad. In addition to imparting linguistic skills, the Spanish section of the Modern Languages Department nurtures critical thinking and synthesis in a program balancing language, civilization, and literature. The Spanish faculty believes that a multifaceted study of another culture sensitizes students to realities other than their own, permits them to become less ethnocentric, and more understanding of cultural differences, while also developing an appreciation for the language and literature which evolves from another culture.

The department offers a number of study abroad opportunities. Individual faculty members accompany groups of students to Spain, Mexico, Peru, or other countries depending on faculty interest during the January term, and the college has established a fall and spring semester program in Salamanca, Spain. In addition, through its affiliation with ISEP, the college has exchange programs with several universities in the hispanic world.

The program for a major in Spanish consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours and 10 courses of at least 3 hours numbered 231 or above, planned in consultation with an adviser in the department. SPAN 231, 232, and 241 must be completed as soon as possible. To major in Spanish, students must have departmental permission. All majors must take any tests related to departmental assessment activities. They are required to have a study abroad experience, in a country where Spanish is the native language, preferably for an entire semester. Alternate arrangements can be made in consultation with the department chair in cases where this is not possible. Internships may not be substituted for the study abroad experience. All students taking two 400-level Spanish courses will satisfy their capstone experience. Internships cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

Prerequisite for all 400-level literature courses is a 300-level SPAN literature course. The Spanish minor consists of at least six courses numbered 231 or above, and includes the three core courses and three electives.

The requirements for a Major in Spanish consist of a minimum of 30 semester hours in Spanish, including:

  • One three-credit course from each of these seven categories: (Speaking) SPAN 231 or 236; (Grammar) SPAN 232; (Reading) SPAN 241; (Culture) SPAN 371, 372, 373, or 376; (Literature from Spain) SPAN 351, 452, 453, 456, or 458; (Latin American Literature) SPAN 356, 357, 462, 464, or 467; (Linguistics) SPAN 235, 335, or 435
  • Three other three-credit electives;
  • At least two of the student’s courses must be numbered 400 or above.

The requirements for a Major in Spanish consist of a minimum of 30 semester hours in Spanish, including:

  • Three three-credit core courses: (Speaking) SPAN 231, 235, or 236; (Grammar) SPAN 232; (Reading) SPAN 241.
  • Three other three-credit courses, two of which must be numbered 300 or above.

Students are allowed to substitute courses taken abroad if they have been pre-approved.

Modifications of these groupings may occur if students elect to complete a portion of their study in courses taken abroad in programs other than our own in Salamanca. The department will accept a maximum of one half the major and one half of the minor courses in transfer from other institutions.

To receive an education endorsement in Spanish, students must successfully complete all courses required for the Spanish major including SPAN 235. These students must also take SPAN 349 and both SPAN 376 and one of the following Spanish civilization courses: SPAN 371 or 372. Students must spend a semester abroad or complete a comparable program, as determined in consultation with the department.