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Spanish Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Spanish, a student completes 36 hours of Spanish courses above the elementary level, including:

  • SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 104 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 111 Conversation, Composition, and Grammar
  • SPAN 112 Advanced Composition and Grammar
  • At least one civilization course from the following:
    • SPAN 235 Civilization of Spain
    • SPAN 246 Latin American Civilization

    SPAN 250 Approaches to Hispanic Literature

    At least one literature and culture course from the following:

  • SPAN 354 Seminar in Latin American Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 364 Seminar in Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 499 Spanish Integration Capstone
  • Four elective courses (12 credits)

A student must earn at least a C in all major courses. Ordinarily, no course may be repeated more than once.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Minor in Spanish, a student completes 21 hours of Spanish above the elementary level, including:

  • SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 104 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 111 Conversation, Composition, and Grammar
  • SPAN 112 Advanced Composition and Grammar
  • One civilization course from the following:
    • SPAN 235 Civilization of Spain
    • SPAN 246 Latin American Civilization
  • SPAN 250 Approaches to Hispanic Literature
  • One elective course (3 credits)

A student must earn at least a C in all minor courses. Ordinarily no course may be repeated more than once.

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Spanish with Certification in Secondary Education, students must complete a minimum 30-semester hour teaching major in an approved teaching major field as well as the education program. Students should confer with their academic adviser regarding specific teaching major, minor and endorsement requirements and required major courses. Consult the chairs of the language and literature and education departments for details.

For Elementary and Secondary Endorsement in Spanish, in addition to Education Department requirements, a student completes 30 semester hours in Spanish courses:

  • SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 104 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 111 Conversation, Composition, and Grammar
  • SPAN 112 Advanced Composition and Grammar
  • At least one civilization course from the following:
    • SPAN 235 Civilization of Spain
    • SPAN 246 Latin American Civilization
  • SPAN 250 Approaches to Hispanic Literature
  • At least one literature and culture course from the following:
    • SPAN 354 Seminar in Latin American Literature and Culture
    • SPAN 364 Seminar in Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 499 Spanish Integration Capstone
  • Two elective courses (6 credits)

CREDIT FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT IN LANGUAGE

Advanced placement will be awarded in foreign languages to “non-native students” on the basis of successful completion of an upper-level language course at Clarke University. Students who complete the SPAN 104 Intermediate Spanish II with the grade of B- or better will receive three hours credit for SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish I. Students who complete the SPAN 111 Conversation, Composition and Grammar with a grade of B- or better will receive six hours credit for intermediate language. Students who obtain approval to start with SPAN 112 Advanced Composition and Grammar and complete it with a grade of B- or better may receive up to nine hours credit for the intermediate level and for one semester of conversation. Students who obtain approval to start at the literature or civilization level and complete the first course with a B- or better may receive up to six hours credit for intermediate and six hours for Spanish conversation and composition.

APPLICATION TO MAJOR

A student may apply for a Spanish major after satisfactory completion of one three-hour course at the 200-level or above.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIPS

The Spanish program encourages students to participate in internship programs according to their interests and available opportunities.

STUDY ABROAD

Students seeking a major or minor in Spanish are strongly encouraged to study in a Spanish-speaking country. Study abroad is a key factor in reaching high levels of proficiency commonly required by employers and graduate language programs. Clarke University sponsors a semester program in Spain, summer programs in Spain and Ecuador, and has affiliations with long-established institutions that administer programs in several Spanish-speaking countries. Clarke’s “Semester in Santiago de Compostela, Spain” program allows students to spend a full semester in Spain, studying a minimum of 12 credit hours in the following courses: SPAN 270 Advanced Composition and Conversation, SPAN 335 20th-Century Spain, SPAN 360 The Way to Santiago – “El Camino de Santiago,” SPAN 366 Spanish Literature: Middle Ages Through the 19th Century, and SPAN 395 Internship/Cooperative Education. In addition, students may take up to three mini-courses on different topics. Students in the program stay with local families that have been carefully selected and have experience hosting international students.

NATIVE SPEAKERS OF SPANISH

Native speakers of Spanish should take Spanish courses numbered 300 or above. Spanish faculty consent is needed for 200-level courses.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE/RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

The senior performance and research requirement is an oral research presentation in Spanish. Each major must write a research paper in SPAN 499 Spanish Integration Capstone. The results of this research are presented orally in Spanish to the Language and Literature faculty and students. This course also serves as the general education Capstone course for Spanish majors.

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