2012 - 2013 Spanish Program (SPAN)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Minor | Additional Requirements | Examinations | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Deyanira Ariza-Velasco, Alan Davison, Luis Prádanos-García, Joy Woolf

Program Goals


The Spanish Program offers a minor (academic or teaching) in Spanish and an interdisciplinary academic major in Spanish-Latin American Studies. Our courses cultivate and deepen a student's intellectual sensibilities for the communication potential of a foreign language and its cultural value.

The Language Faculty can advise entering students with prior foreign language study on proper course placement. Student placement at a 2nd or 3rd year level does not reduce the total number of hours required for a Spanish major or minor.

Generally, but subject to advisor and/or instructor recommendation, students who have studied one or two years of secondary level Spanish are excluded from registering for the first semester Spanish 110 course (Spanish I).

Program Requirements

A maximum of 12 external hours (transfer, CLEP, Prior Learning. Challenge Exam, or other approved external language exams) may be applied toward the minor (see below under "Additional Requirements and Procedures").

Students are advised that, due to the size and staffing of the Language Department, some Spanish courses have only one section in a given semester. Night students wishing to major or minor in Spanish should anticipate that some classes are not offered in the evenings and must be taken during the day. For further information and advising please schedule an appointment with any member of the Spanish faculty.

Academic Major in Spanish-Latin American Studies

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
One of the following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, is required for the Spanish major.

HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220 (3-4)


Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Lower Division Courses 7-8
SPAN 221 Spanish IV 4
One of the following courses: 3-4
HIST 112 Western Civilization: Ancient World through the Renaissance (3)  
HIST 113 Western Civilization: Reformation to the Cold War (3)  
HIST 212 World History to 1500 (4)  
HIST 220 United States History (3)  
II. Upper Division Required Courses 34
SPAN 301
SPAN 300
The Spanish Speaking World (4)

Special Topics in Spanish (2, 2)
SPAN 300SA Semester Study Abroad* 12*
SPAN 320 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Culture & Literature 4
SPAN 321 Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies 4
SPAN 330 Survey of Latin American Culture & Literature 4
SPAN 331 Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies 4
SPAN 470 Senior Thesis 2
*Semester Study Abroad: courses taken beyond the 12 hours required may be eligible for elective credit below

III. Anthropology/History/Social Science/Religion Elective Courses 6-8
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)  
HIST 300 Special Topics in History (when relevant, subject to approval) (3–4)  
HIST 340 Latin American Hist: Discovery of the Americas (3)  
HIST 341 Latin American Hist: Revolution in the Americas (3)  
HIST 343 History of Mexico: The Quest for Stability (3)  
REL 312 The Bible: Jewish & Christian Scriptural Traditions (4)  
SOC 372 Race, Ethnicity, and Class (4)  
IV. Other Elective Courses 4
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4) (when relevant, subject to approval)  
ART 312 History of Contemporary Art (4) (when relevant, subject to approval)  
ENGL 356A Studies in American Lit: U.S. Minority Lit (1–4)  
ENGL 361F World Lit in Translation: Magical Realism (1–4)  
ECON 319 International Economics (4)  
FINC 435 International Finance (4)  
JUST 300 Special Topics (1–4) (when relevant, subject to approval)  
MGMT 490 International Management (4)  
MKTG 340 International Marketing (4)  
PLSC 300 Special Topics (1–4) (when relevant, subject to approval)  
PLSC 306 Comparative Political Systems (4)  
PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy (4)  
PLSC 414 International Relations (4)  

Recommended Plan of Study for Spanish

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year SPAN 110
ENGL 110
SPAN 111
HIST 112, 113, 212 or 220
Sophomore Year SPAN 220 or SPAN 221 SPAN 221 or 301*
Junior Year SPAN 320
HIST 340 or other elective
SPAN 330
SPAN 321
HIST 341 or other elective
Senior Year SPAN 300SA Semester Abroad** SPAN 470**
SPAN 321 or SPAN 331
ENGL 356 or other elective
Senior Year
SPAN 470**
SPAN 330
ENGL 356 or other elective
SPAN 300SA Semester Abroad**

*Two May Term (SPAN 300) classes worth a total of 4 hours may substitute for Spanish 301.
**Summer Semester Study Abroad possible--consult with study abroad director and Spanish faculty.

Academic Minor

To fulfill the requirements for an academic minor in Spanish, students must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours in Spanish coursework. (SPAN 110 is not counted toward the minor.)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 12
SPAN 111 Spanish II 4
SPAN 220 Spanish III 4
SPAN 221 Spanish IV 4
II. Electives 8
Additional 300- or 400-level courses 8

Study Abroad

In general, Spanish-Latin American studies majors must complete one semester of study abroad during the Fall or Spring semester of their junior or senior year at a foreign university. Exceptions to this policy are made for natives from a Spanish-speaking country, and in some cases for non-natives who have spent a significant amount of time in a Spanish-speaking country (for example, those who have completed one to two years of Spanish-speaking volunteer work abroad. Check with the program chair for further clarification.) The foreign university that a student attends is to be decided upon in consultation between the student and major advisor.

When an exception is made and a student is not required to study abroad for a semester, the alternative is to satisfy the 12-hour study abroad requirement through a community-based internship, by taking additional upper division Spanish course work, or a combination of these two.

Additional Academic Requirements and Procedures for the Spanish Programs

Students with prior study or knowledge of Spanish should take a Spanish placement exam such as the CLEP, or consult with program faculty, before registering for a Spanish class. This will help determine whether the student should register for Spanish 110, 111, 220, or higher.

Only students who have never studied Spanish before may register for Spanish 110. This class does not count toward a Spanish major or minor, but it does count toward graduation hours or the foreign language requirement of other majors.

Native Fluency--Students demonstrating native fluency in a language other than English may request and receive, upon interview and documentation, a waiver for the foreign language requirement in their major (see individual major advisor for verification and procedure). No transcript credit is awarded for this major waiver. Also, the total number of required hours for Westminster graduation must be fulfilled.

Transfer Credit--A maximum of 12 credit hours of transfer credit or credit by examination may be applied toward a Spanish major or minor. Transfer hours exceeding this limit may be applied toward total hours for graduation, if needed (consult your major audit form for verification). For Spanish majors, the 12 hour maximum does not affect or overlap with their Semester Study Abroad requirement (12 hours).


Credit by exam is not counted as in-residence credit.

CLEP Exam: the CLEP exam is a national standardized test of listening/reading comprehension in Spanish. (See START Center for details.) Westminster students successfully passing this exam receive up to a maximum of 12 semester credit hours equivalent to SPAN 110, 111, and 220.

Note: Only partial CLEP credit may be applied toward a language major or minor if the student is applying transfer or other credit toward the same major or minor.

External Foreign Language Exam--up to 12 credit hours may be obtained by successfully passing an accredited foreign language exam administered by another institution, (e.g., University of Utah, Brigham Young University; contact the individual institution directly for foreign language exam information). It is the student's responsibility to pre-approve transfer credit with the Registrar's Office. External tests generally cover the equivalent of the first year and one-half of the second year of a language.

Challenge Examination--students who have an advanced academic ability in a subject matter may "challenge" a course for credit. (See Catalog listing and/or Language faculty for details.

Advanced Placement (AP)--Students who received a score of 3 or higher on the Spanish AP exam earn 8 credit hours, distributed as 4 credit hours for SPAN 110 (applicable to foreign language requirements of the student's major but not to a Spanish major or minor), and 4 hours of 100T credit (applicable to the total hours needed to graduate but not to a Spanish major or minor).

Students with AP credit are encouraged to continue their Spanish studies at Westminster and should register for Spanish 111 or higher. Please direct placement questions to the START Center or Spanish faculty member.

Further questions regarding Spanish exams and placement should be directed to START Center or Spanish faculty member.