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  • Spanish

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

    Alpha Mu Gamma, a national honor society in foreign languages, recognizes excellence in the study of foreign languages. Any Worcester State University student who receives two A’s in Spanish, or two A’s in French, at any level and who has a 3.0 cumulative GPA is eligible to join. Application for membership is in early February. Contact Professor Judith Jeon-Chapman.

    Students also can get involved with the Spanish Clinic, Spanish Club, and Spanish Table.

    Major in Spanish

    The major in Spanish is designed to offer students the opportunity to consolidate their study of the language with a related field of study. Students who major in Spanish can choose to concentrate on 1) the standard Spanish major, 2) K-12 teaching certification in Spanish; or 3) 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 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. The placement exam is a cost-free, short exam that will allow students with previous exposure to the language to register for courses above SP 101. Study abroad opportunities are available for language study in several Spanish-speaking countries.

    Requirements for a Major in Spanish: 36 credits including:

    • SP 210-211 Intermediate Spanish courses (6 credits maximum: These courses may be waived by oral and/or written examination.)
    • 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
    • Spanish Literature courses (6 credits minimum)
    • Spanish Electives in Advanced Language, Civilization or Literature

    Students must demonstrate competency in a second foreign language at the elementary level. ("Elementary level" means 101 and 102; 2 semesters of the same language)
    * Required of all students unless exempted by the World Languages Department
    **This course is a required course for all non-native Spanish speakers. (Students with advanced knowledge of Spanish should begin at the 300-level.)

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

    • SP 210-211 Intermediate Spanish courses (6 credits maximum: These courses may be waived by oral and/or written examination.)
    • 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)

    * Required of all students unless exempted by the World Languages Department
    **This course is a required course for all non-native Spanish speakers. (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 that leads to teaching certification is in secondary school education. Students also must demonstrate competency in a second foreign language at the intermediate level. ("Intermediate level" means completion of 4 semesters of the same language, 101, 102, 210, and 211.)

    Concentration in Spanish for the Professions: 36 credits including:
    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 department.

    Required courses:

    • SP 210-211 Intermediate Spanish courses (6 credits maximum: These courses may be waived by oral and/or written examination)
    • 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
    **This course is a required course for all non-native Spanish speakers. 

    Requirements for a Minor in Spanish: 18 credits including:

    • 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.
     
    Students who take the CLEP exam and score 64 or higher will only need to complete 2 additional 300-level courses to meet all minor requirements.

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