2010 - 2011 Spanish Program (SPAN)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Minor | Teaching Minor | Additional Requirements for Spanish and French | Examinations | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Deyanira Ariza-Velasco (Chair), Alan Davison, Joy Woolf

Program Goals

Objectives

The Spanish Program offers a minor (academic or teaching) in Spanish and an interdisciplinary major (academic or teaching) 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 minor.

Generally, but subject to advisor and/or instructor recommendation, students who have studied Spanish for two years at the high school level 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 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 see the chair of the Language Department or Spanish faculty adviser.

Academic Major in Spanish--Latin American Studies

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are 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

One of the following couses:

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)
4

3-4
II. Upper Division Required Courses 34
. SPAN 301 The Spanish Speaking World (4)
or
SPAN 300 Special Topics in Spanish (2, 2)

SPAN 300 Semester Study Abroad*
SPAN 320 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Culture & Literature
SPAN 321 Topics in Spanish Literature
SPAN 330 Survey of Latin American Culture & Literature
SPAN 331 Topics in Latin American Literature
SPAN 470 Senior Thesis

*Semester Study Abroad: 8 credits must be literature and advanced grammar or composition classes.


4

12
4
4
4
4
2
IV. 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
. 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)
MGMT 490 International Management (4)
MKTG 340 International Marketing (4)
PLSC 306 Comparative Political Systems (4)
PLSC 414 International Relations (4)
.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 51-54

Teaching Major in Spanish--Latin American Studies

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Lower Division Courses 7-8
. SPAN 221 Spanish IV

One of the following couses:

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)
4

3-4
II. Upper Division Required Courses 37
. SPAN 301 The Spanish Speaking World (4)
or
SPAN 300 Special Topics in Spanish (2, 2)

SPAN 300 Semester Study Abroad*
(in conjunction with student teaching)
SPAN 320 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Culture & Literature
SPAN 321 Topics in Spanish Literature
SPAN 330 Survey of Latin American Culture & Literature
SPAN 331 Topics in Latin American Literature
SPAN 470 Senior Thesis
EDUC 389 Methods of Teaching Sec Sch Foreign Languages

*When possible, Spanish teaching majors are eligible and encouraged to combine their Study Abroad requirement with a student teaching abroad experience (to be coordinated with the School of Education). In such cases the student teaching abroad experience will supplant the semester abroad requirement (12 hours).


4

12

4
4
4
4
2
3
III. Anthropology/History/Social Science/Religion Elective Courses 6-8
. ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)
HIST 300 Special Topics in History (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
. ECON 319 International Economics (4)
ENGL 356A Studies in American Lit: U.S. Minority Lit (1-4)
ENGL 361F World Lit in Translation: Magical Realism (1-4)
FINC 435 International Finance (4)
MGMT 490 International Management (4)
MKTG 340 International Marketing (4)
PLSC 306 Comparative Political Systems (4)
PLSC 414 International Relations (4)
.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR 54-57

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 SPAN 301*
Junior Year SPAN 320
HIST 340 or other elective
EDUC 389 for Teaching Majors
SPAN 330
SPAN 321
HIST 341 or other elective
Senior Year SPAN 300 Semester Abroad** SPAN 470
SPAN 321 or SPAN 331
ENGL 356 or other elective
or
Senior Year
SPAN 470
SPAN 330
ENGL 356 or other elective
SPAN 300 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
SPAN 220 Spanish III
SPAN 221 Spanish IV
4
4
4
II. Electives 8
. Additional 300- or 400-level courses 8
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 20

*Students wishing to minor in Spanish are advised that, due to the size and staffing of the Language Department, many language courses have only one section in a given semester. Night students wishing to minor in Spanish are asked to note that some of the language classes are not offered in the evenings and must be taken as day classes. For further information and advising please see the chair of the Language Department or Spanish faculty.

Teaching Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 15
. EDUC 389 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Foreign Languages
SPAN 111 Spanish II
SPAN 220 Spanish III
SPAN 221 Spanish IV
3
4
4
4
II. Electives 7
. Additional 300- or 400-level courses 7
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 22

Study Abroad

All majors--except native speakers or returned missionaries--must complete one semester study abroad during Fall or Spring semester of their junior or senior year. Foreign university to be decided and approved in consultation between student and major advisor.

Returned missionaries or native speakers have the option to study abroad or take 12 additional hours to be satisfied from a) elective courses listed above; b) internship credit; c) transfer credit, or a combination of these three.

Additional Academic Requirements and Procedures for the Spanish and French Programs

Students with prior study or knowledge of Spanish must take a Spanish placement exam before registering for a Spanish class. The Spanish placement exam will help determine whether students 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).

Examinations

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) Credit--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.