2013–2014 Spanish Program (SPAN)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Study Abroad Additional Requirements | Examinations | Course Descriptions

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

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.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Spanish major:

Academic Major in Spanish—Latin American Studies

Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
One of the following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, is required for the Spanish major.    
HIST 112–113 Western Civilization, LE (3)—offered fall and spring    
HIST 212 World History to 1500, LE (4)    
HIST 220 United States History, LE (3)—offered fall and spring    


Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Lower Division Courses 7–8  
SPAN 221 Spanish IV (4)   SPAN 220 or consent of instructor
One of the following courses:    
HIST 112 Western Civilization: Ancient World through the Renaissance (3)—offered fall and spring    
HIST 113 Western Civilization: Reformation to the Cold War (3)—offered fall and spring    
HIST 212 World History to 1500 (4)    
HIST 220 United States History (3)—offered fall and spring    
II. Upper Division Required Courses 34  
SPAN 301 The Spanish Speaking World (4)
SPAN 300 Special Topics in Spanish (1–4)    
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 221 or consent of instructor
SPAN 470 Senior Thesis (2)   consent of instructor, see course description
*Semester Study Abroad: courses taken beyond the 12 hours required may be eligible for elective credit below    
III. Anthropology/History/Social Science/Religion 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)—offered alternate years   HIST 112 (LE), 113 (LE), 212 (LE), or 220 (LE)
HIST 341 Latin American Hist: Revolution in the Americas (3)—offered alternate years   HIST 112 (LE), 113 (LE), 212 (LE), or 220 (LE)
HIST 343 History of Mexico: The Quest for Stability (3)—offered altnerate years   HIST 112 (LE), 113 (LE), 212 (LE), or 220 (LE)
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)   ART 110 (LE); ENGL 110 (LE)
(when relevant, subject to approval)    
ART 312 History of Contemporary Art (4)   ART 110 (LE); ENGL 110 (LE)
(when relevant, subject to approval)    
ENGL 356A Studies in American Lit: U.S. Minority Lit (1–4)   ENGL 269
ENGL 361F World Lit in Translation: Magical Realism (1–4)   ENGL 220 (LE)
ECON 319 International Economics (4)—offered spring   ECON 253 (LE), 263; MATH 141 (LE)
FINC 435 International Finance (4)—offered fall and spring   FINC 300
JUST 300 Special Topics (1–4)   JUST 101 (LE) or consent of instructor
(when relevant, subject to approval)    
MGMT 490 International Management (4)—offered fall   ACCT 213, ECON 253, 263, MGMT 305, MKTG 300
MKTG 340 International Marketing (4)—offered fall and spring   MKTG 300
PLSC 300 Special Topics (1–4)   will vary with course content
(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 Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 12  
SPAN 111 Spanish II (4)    
SPAN 220 Spanish III (4)   SPAN 111 or consent of instructor
SPAN 221 Spanish IV (4)   SPAN 220 or consent of instructor
II. Electives 8  
Any 300- or 400-level SPAN courses    

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.