ACADEMICS

  • Spanish

    Students who major or minor in a language will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing fluency and will study culture, history, and literature of the people who use the language. The World Languages Department has designed courses in Spanish for students whose interests and career plans have an international or multi-ethnic focus.

    Alpha Mu Gamma, a national honor society in foreign languages, recognizes excellence in the study of foreign languages. Any WSU student who receives 2 As in Spanish or 2 As in French, at any level, and who has a 3.0 cumulative GPA is eligible to join. The deadline to apply for membership is in early February. Contact Professor Judith Jeon-Chapman for more information. Our other student activities include serving as a tutor in the Spanish Clinic, joining the Spanish Club, and getting involved with the Spanish Table.

    Major in Spanish
    The major in Spanish is designed to offer students the opportunity to consolidate their study of language with a related field of study. Students who major in Spanish can choose to concentrate on the standard Spanish major, K-12 teaching in Spanish, or Spanish for the professions. All of these programs have been configured to maximize the potential of the student in today’s professional climate as well as to prepare the student for admittance into graduate programs at WSU and other institutions. Students who major in Spanish will develop fluency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and will study the culture, history, and literature of Spain and the Americas.

    Students are strongly encouraged to take a placement exam in Spanish at the Academic Success Center and take advantage of WSU’s study abroad opportunities. WSU offers placements for language study in several Spanish-speaking countries.

    Requirements for a Major in Spanish (36 credits)

    • SP 210-211 Intermediate Spanish courses*** (6 credits maximum)
    • SP 231 Advanced Spanish Composition I*
    • SP 322 Advanced Spanish Composition II
    • SP 323 Advanced Spanish Conversation I**
    • SP 326 Spanish for the Professions
    • SP 331 Spanish Civilization
    • SP 332 The Hispanic World Today or SP 333 The Hispanic Presence in the United States
    • Spanish literature courses (6 credits maximum)
    • Spanish electives in advanced language, civilization, or literature

    Students must demonstrate competency in a second foreign language at the elementary level.

    Students with advanced knowledge of Spanish should begin at the 300 level.)

    *Required of all students unless exempted by the World Languages Department.
    **Required for all non-native Spanish speakers.
    ***These courses may be waived by oral or written examination.

    Requirements for a Major in Spanish with Concentration in Spanish/Education: 36 credits including:

    • SP 210-211 Intermediate Spanish courses*** (6 credits maximum)
    • SP 321 Advanced Spanish Composition I *
    • SP 322 Advanced Spanish Composition II
    • SP 323 Advanced Spanish Conversation I **
    • SP 326 Spanish for the Professions
    • SP 331 Spanish Civilization
    • SP 332 The Hispanic World Today or SP 333 The Hispanic Presence in the United States
    • SP 355 The Effective Teaching of a Foreign Language
    • Spanish literature courses (9 credits minimum)

    Students with advanced knowledge of Spanish should begin at the 300 level.

    Students also must complete the requirements established by the Education Department. The course of study which leads to teaching certification is in secondary education.

    Students must demonstrate competency in a second foreign language at the intermediate level.

    *Required of all students unless exempted by the World Languages Department.
    **Required for all non-native Spanish speakers.
    ***These courses may be waived by oral or written examination.


    Requirements for a Major in Spanish with a Concentration in Spanish for the Professions: (36 credits)
    This concentration must be completed in conjunction with a minor or major in another field. The concentration in Spanish for the Professions is recommended for students with a second major or minor for whom a college-level command of the language significantly enhances opportunities for graduate school and/or employment. This course of study must be approved by the World Languages Department.

    • SP 210-211 Intermediate Spanish courses*** (6 credits maximum)
    • SP 321 Advanced Spanish Composition I* and/or SP 322 Advanced
    • Spanish Composition II
    • SP 323 Advanced Spanish Conversation I**
    • SP 326 Spanish for the Professions
    • SP 327 Projects and Issues in Spanish for the Professions
    • SP 331 Spanish Civilization
    • SP 332 The Hispanic World Today or SP333 The Hispanic Presence in the United States
    • Spanish Literature courses (3 credits minimum)
    • Internship in Spanish (3 credits minimum)
    • Spanish Electives in Advanced Language, Civilization, Literature, Internship or Special Topics in Spanish for the Professions

    There is no second foreign language requirement for this concentration.

    *Required of all students unless exempted by the World Languages Department.
    **Required for all non-native Spanish speakers.
    ***These courses may be waived by oral or written examination.


     Requirements for a Minor in Spanish
    (18 credits)

    • SP 100-299, beginning and intermediate courses (12 credits maximum) 
    • SP 300-499, advanced courses (6 credits minimum) 

    Students with advanced knowledge of Spanish should begin at the 300 level.