Spanish Majors

For an application for a Spanish Major, please contact Julianna Chaszar, jxc50@psu.edu.

 

Learning Objectives for Spanish Majors and Students of Spanish

The following points include the learning Objectives for students who complete any of the three Spanish majors (BA Degree, BS Degree with Business Option, BS with Applied Option) and the Spanish courses offered by the Department that address those goals.

 

Students majoring in Spanish will develop the following:

 

Oral skills in Spanish such that students can communicate most survival needs and limited demands in social and professional settings. (SPAN 110, SPAN 305, SPAN 410, SPAN 420)

 

Ability to write Spanish with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to communicate effectively in most types of informal and formal correspondence. (SPAN 100, SPAN 200, SPAN 253W, SPAN 300)

 

A general understanding and appreciation of the history, culture and customs of countries in the Spanish speaking world. (SPAN 210, SPAN 220)

 

Skills that enable students to read and interpret a variety of literary genres. (SPAN 253W, SPAN 353, SPAN 354, SPAN 355, SPAN 356, SPAN 472, SPAN 476, SPAN 490, SPAN 491)

 

An understanding of the basic concepts of Spanish linguistics, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language change, and language variation. (SPAN 215, SPAN 414, SPAN 415, SPAN 418)

 

The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese offers each year a variety of Special Topics Courses, which also address the objectives listed above.  Majors and minors are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in a Spanish speaking country.

 

ACTFL testing will be required of all graduating Spanish majors and will be optional for Spanish minors.

 

Major in Spanish (SPNBA) - B.A. Degree

Total Credits Required: 123
• General Education....................................................45 credits
• College B.A. Requirements......................................24 credits
• Major Requirements.................................................36 credits
• Electives...................................................................18 credits

 

PLEASE NOTE: A grade of at least “C” is required for all courses in the major.

 

Take all of the following courses:  12 credits
SPAN 100* – Intermediate Grammar & Composition                     
SPAN 200*+ – Intensive Grammar & Composition                         
SPAN 215 – Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
SPAN 253W – Introduction to Hispanic Literature
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Take three of the following courses:  9 credits
SPAN 210 – Readings in Iberian Civilization                                 SPAN 354 – Survey of Spanish Literature Since 1700
SPAN 220 – Readings in Ibero-American Civilization                  SPAN 355 – Survey of Spanish American Lit. Through “Modemismo”
SPAN 297 – Special Topics                                                              SPAN 356 – Survey of Spanish American Lit. After “Modernismo”
SPAN 300 – Adv’d Grammar & Comp. Through Reading           SPAN 397 – Special Topics
SPAN 305 – Spanish for Social Services                                       SPAN 399 – Foreign Study – Spanish
SPAN 353 – Survey of Spanish Literature Before 1700
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Take one of the following courses:  3 credits
SPAN 439 – Don Quijote                                                                 SPAN 490 – Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
SPAN 472 – Contemporary Spanish American Novel               SPAN 491 – Masterpieces of Spanish Drama and Poetry    
SPAN 476 – Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature     SPAN 497 – Special Topics (Literature)
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Take one of the following courses:  3 credits
SPAN 414 – Spanish Phonology                                                   SPAN 418 – Evolution of Spanish
SPAN 415 – Spanish Morphology and Syntax                             SPAN 497 – Special Topics (Grammar/Linguistics)
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Take three of the following courses:  9 credits
SPAN 410* – Advanced Conversation                                         SPAN 439 – Don Quijote
SPAN 412 – Translation                                                                 SPAN 472 – Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPAN 413 – Interpretation                                                             SPAN 476 – Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
SPAN 414 – Spanish Phonology                                                  SPAN 490 – Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
SPAN 415 – Spanish Morphology and Syntax                           SPAN 491 – Masterpieces of Spanish Drama and Poetry
SPAN 418 – Evolution of Spanish                                                SPAN 497 – Special Topics (Ling., Lit. or Culture)
SPAN 420 – Spanish for Business and Int’l Trade                   SPAN 499 – Foreign Study – Spanish
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Electives:  18 credits - Courses may be taken in any field

 

*Heritage speakers (students with Spanish language in family background but not necessarily a native speaker) should take SPAN 100A and SPAN 301 instead of SPAN 100 and SPAN 200.  May not take SPAN 410.
+Students who took SPAN 110 prior to Fall 2013 may substitute 110 in place of SPAN 200.  The student’s audit will be corrected automatically by the Spanish Department before the student graduates.        

 

Spanish Business Option (SPNBs) - B.S. Degree

Total Credits Required: 122**
• General Education....................................................45 credits
• Major Requirements.................................................36 credits
• Business Option…….………..…………………….35 credits
• Electives...................................................................18 credits

 

PLEASE NOTE: A grade of at least “C” is required for all courses in the major.

 

Take all of the following courses: 15 credits
SPAN 100*                         Intermediate Grammar & Composition
SPAN 200*+                      Intensive Grammar & Composition
SPAN 215                           Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
SPAN 253W                       Introduction to Hispanic Literature
SPAN 420                           Spanish for Business & International Trade
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Take three of the following courses:  9 credits
SPAN 210 – Readings in Iberian Civilization                                SPAN 354 – Survey of Spanish Literature Since 1700
SPAN 220 – Readings in Ibero-American Civilization                 SPAN 355 – Survey of Spanish American Lit. Through “Modemismo”
SPAN 297 – Special Topics                                                              SPAN 356 – Survey of Spanish American Lit. After “Modernismo”
SPAN 300 – Adv’d Grammar & Comp. Through Reading          SPAN 397 – Special Topics
SPAN 305 – Spanish for Social Services                                       SPAN 399 – Foreign Study – Spanish
SPAN 353 – Survey of Spanish Literature Before 1700
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Take four of the following courses:  12 credits
SPAN 410*     Advanced Conversation                                     SPAN 440     Teaching Romance Languages            
SPAN 412       Translation                                                           SPAN 472     Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPAN 413       Interpretation                                                       SPAN 476     Masterpieces of Spanish American Lit.
SPAN 414       Spanish Phonology                                            SPAN 490     Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
SPAN 415       Spanish Morphology and Syntax                     SPAN 491     Masterpieces of Spanish Drama and Poetry
SPAN 418       Evolution of Spanish                                          SPAN 497     Special Topics (Linguistics, Literature or Culture)
SPAN 439       Don Quijote                                                          SPAN 499     Foreign Study – Spanish
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**Business Option:  35 credits
ENGL 202D**          ECON 102**       MKTG 221                         IB 303                  FIN 100                SCM 200 OR STAT 200
ECON 104**             ECON 333**       ACCTG 211                       IB 403                  MGMT 100(W) 

**Number of required courses appears to exceed 124 credit minimum because option requirements marked above with double asterisk (**) may be double counted in General Education requirements.                                                                          

 

Electives: 18 credits – Courses may be taken in any field

 

*Heritage speakers (students with Spanish language in family background but not necessarily a native speaker) should take SPAN 100A and SPAN 301 instead of SPAN 100 and SPAN 200.  May not take SPAN 410. 

+Students who took SPAN 110 prior to Fall 2013 may substitute 110 in place of SPAN 200.  The student’s audit will be corrected automatically by the Spanish Department before the student graduates.        

 

Applied Spanish Option (SPNBS) - B.S. Degree

Total Credits Required: 122
• General Education....................................................45 credits
• College B.A. Requirements......................................24 credits
• Major Requirements.................................................39 credits
• Electives...................................................................17-18 credits

 

PLEASE NOTE: A grade of at least “C” is required for all courses in the major.

 

Take all of the following courses:  12 credits
SPAN 100* – Intermediate Grammar & Composition                     
SPAN 200*+ – Intensive Grammar & Composition                         
SPAN 215 – Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
SPAN 253W – Introduction to Hispanic Literature
-  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Take three of the following courses:  9 credits
SPAN 210 – Readings in Iberian Civilization                                   SPAN 354 – Survey of Spanish Literature Since 1700
SPAN 220 – Readings in Ibero-American Civilization                   SPAN 355 – Survey of Spanish American Lit. Through “Modernismo”
SPAN 300 – Adv’d Grammar & Comp. Through Reading             SPAN 356 – Survey of Spanish American Lit. After “Modernismo”
SPAN 305 – Spanish for Social Services                                         SPAN 399 – Foreign Study – Spanish
SPAN 353 – Survey of Spanish Literature Before 1700                  
-  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Take one of the following courses:  3 credits
SPAN 439 – Don Quijote                                                                 SPAN 490 – Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
SPAN 472 – Contemporary Spanish American Novel               SPAN 491 – Masterpieces of Spanish Drama and Poetry    
SPAN 476 – Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature     SPAN 497 – Special Topics
-  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Take one of the following courses:  3 credits
SPAN 414 – Spanish Phonology                                                   SPAN 418 – Evolution of Spanish
SPAN 415 – Spanish Morphology and Syntax                            SPAN 497 – Special Topics
-  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Take four of the following courses:  12 credits
SPAN 410* – Advanced Conversation                                          SPAN 440 – Teaching Romance Languages
SPAN 412 – Translation                                                                  SPAN 472 – Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPAN 413 – Interpretation                                                              SPAN 476 – Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
SPAN 414 – Spanish Phonology                                                   SPAN 490 – Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
SPAN 415 – Spanish Morphology and Syntax                            SPAN 491 – Masterpieces of Spanish Drama and Poetry
SPAN 418 – Evolution of Spanish                                                 SPAN 497 – Special Topics
SPAN 420 – Spanish for Business and Int’l Trade                    SPAN 499 – Foreign Study – Spanish
SPAN 439 – Don Quijote                                                                
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Electives:  17 – 18 credits - Courses may be taken in any field

 

Applied Option: 21 credits
Students select another field of study in consultation with their Spanish major advisor.  They take 21 credits in that field, including
at least 6 credits at the 400-level.  All courses used for option must be approved by Spanish major advisor.

 

*Heritage speakers (students with Spanish language in family background but not necessarily a native speaker) should take SPAN 100A and SPAN 301 instead of SPAN 100 and SPAN 200.  May not take SPAN 410.
+Students who took SPAN 110 prior to Fall 2013 may substitute 110 in place of SPAN 200.  The student’s audit will be corrected automatically by the Spanish Department before the student graduates.