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Requirements

Flamenco DancerPlacement in the Spanish Course Sequence

  1. Students who have taken no Spanish in high school or at another institution of higher learning begin with SPN 101.
  2. Students who have taken Spanish in high school, but not at another institution of higher learning, must take a placement exam to determine their proper placement.
  3. Heritage Spanish speakers (that is, students who speak Spanish at home to a greater or lesser extent), students with significant Spanish immersion experience, and students who have taken Spanish courses at other institutions of higher learning must meet with a Spanish advisor in order to determine correct placement. The advisor will place the student based on any of the following or a combination thereof: an oral interview, the placement exam, a written composition.

Specific Requirements for the Spanish Major

In addition to the courses listed below, Spanish majors must also meet the following requirements:

  1. A senior project in conjunction with a 400-level SPN course.
  2. A second major, minor, or teacher education program.
  3. Successful completion of the proficiency exams.
  4. At least one upper-division SPN course must emphasize Latin America, one Spain.

Study abroad is strongly encouraged, especially for students planning to teach.

SPN

Courses Titles

Credits

SPN 101

Beginning Spanish I

3

SPN 102

Beginning Spanish II

3

SPN 201

Intermediate Spanish I

3

SPN 202

Intermediate Spanish II

3

SPN 203

Intermediate Proficiency Building

3

SPN 300

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

3

SPN 301

Advanced Spanish Grammar

3

 

 

 

Two of the following courses - 6  

 

SPN 302

Conv & Comp: Mexico & Central America

 

SPN 303

Conv & Comp: South America

 

SPN 304

Conv & Comp: Caribbean

 

SPN 305

Conv & Comp: Spain

 

SPN 306

Conv & Comp: United States

 

 

 

 

And all of the following:

 

SPN 310

Introduction to Hispanic Literature

3

Three upper-level electives, of which at least two must be 400 level

9

 

TOTAL

39

General Education

35

 

Spanish Major

39

 

Minor or Teacher Ed 20

37

 

Electives 9

26

 

TOTAL

120



Specific Requirements for the Spanish Minor

SPN

Courses Titles

Credits

SPN 101

Beginning Spanish I

3

SPN 102

Beginning Spanish II

3

SPN 201

Intermediate Spanish I

3

SPN 202

Intermediate Spanish II

3

SPN 203

Intermediate Proficiency Building

3

SPN 300

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

3

SPN 301

Advanced Spanish Grammar

3

One other 300 or 400 level SPN course

3

TOTAL

24

Additional Requirements for Spanish Majors

Graduating seniors must complete a series of requirements that do not receive a grade but that must be completed in order to qualify for graduation. The Foreign Language Program keeps a portfolio of each student's output in the completion of these requirements in order to evaluate program progress and to provide evidence to outside reviewers of the status of our students and program. Students should not fret over the completion of these requirements -- there is no pass or fail. The principal objective is that they be taken (we do, of course, hope that you perform well).

  1. The Oral Proficiency Interview.
    You will meet with a designated faculty member who will interview you in Spanish. The interview will be digitally recorded and will last between 15-30 minutes. You cannot cram for this interview (it resembles a conversation more than an interview). Relax, and do your best. Your goal should be Advanced Low or higher.
  2. The Written Proficiency Test.
    You will take a written test on the computer. You cannot cram for the test. The test will take under an hour to complete. Again, relax, and do your best. Your goal should be Advanced Low or higher.
  3. The "Senior" Project.
    This consists of a portfolio of papers/projects that you have written/produced in 300- and 400-level courses. The papers/projects should represent your best work. Although it is not required, we encourage you to clean up the final draft of the papers/projects that you choose to turn in; the professors who originally assigned the paper/project will be happy to help you polish the final product. You should turn in enough material to represent the equivalent of 15 to 25 pages of written work. The completed portfolio of work should be turned in to your advisor, preferably in electronic format.
  4. The Graduating-Senior Survey.
    This is a brief survey that should not take more than 15 minutes to complete. You will take it on line. Ask your advisor for more details.

Outcomes Assessment Activities

Assessment of the foreign languages program is the responsibility of the Foreign Languages Program Assessment Committee, consisting of the chair of English and Foreign Languages and three other faculty members. The committee's annual reports evaluating the program and proposing any needed changes are compiled from the following information:

  • A central file of course syllabi with representative assignments is maintained by the department for inspection by the committee and other qualified persons.
  • Faculty advisors monitor each student's progress towards completing major requirements and meeting the program goals listed in the catalog. Advisors report any problems or deficiencies in the program encountered by the students to the program assessment committee through the department chair.
  • All Spanish majors complete a senior project emphasizing professional standards and sharpening the writing and speaking skills students have acquired in other Spanish courses. All students will be required to submit a copy of their project to the Program Assessment Committee for review.
  • An exit exam evaluates proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as their understanding of Hispanic cultures.
  • The Program Assessment Committee reviews the senior projects and the results of the exit exam on an annual basis and prepares an analysis of what is revealed about the program's success.
  • The Program Assessment Committee administers a student-satisfaction questionnaire to all senior foreign languages majors and minors each year. A similar questionnaire is sent to recent graduates on a periodic basis.
  • The Program Assessment Committee monitors the foreign languages curricula at leading comparable institutions and apprises the department of innovations worthy of consideration.