All entering students who have previously studied Spanish will receive a letter from the Spanish Department informing them of their placement. Only the students with an AP Spanish language or literature score of 4 or 5 or with no clear placement based on high school transcript will have to take the Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not administered at any other time). The department uses the results of the Placement Test to recommend the appropriate starting point for each student.
Basic Language Sequence (2 semesters): The first two semesters of Spanish stress grammar with attention to conversation, writings and reading. They do not count towards the major.
The third-semester Spanish (SPN 217) offers a quick review of grammar points and introduces students to longer readings and discussions. Prerequisite: 106 or placement by department. It counts towards the major.
The fourth-semester (SPN 285) continues to emphasize language skills while at the same time introducing students to basic literary analysis of readings, films and visual art from Latin America and Spain. Prerequisite: 217 or placement by department. It counts towards the major.
There is no typical four-year plan for a Spanish major. The following is a possible four-year plan to complete a major in Spanish. We have provided two common scenarios: a) students starting in 105, and b) students starting in 217:
|FIRST YEAR FALL||FIRST YEAR SPRING|
|SPN 105 or 217||SPN 106 or 285|
|SECOND YEAR FALL||SECOND YEAR SPRING|
|SPN 217 or 312, 314, 317, 320 or 343||SPN 285 or 311, 315 or 316|
|THIRD YEAR FALL||THIRD YEAR SPRING|
|SPN 312, 314, 317, 320 or 343, or 377 or 383 or 395||SPN 311, 315, 316, 320 or 385, 356 or 395|
|Or OCS (can transfer up to 12 credits for the major)||Or OCS (can transfer up to 12 credits for the major)|
|FOURTH YEAR FALL||FOURTH YEAR SPRING|
|SPN 343 and/or SPN 377 or 383 or 395||SPN 385, 386 or 395