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Undergraduate Catalog 2014 - 2015 
Undergraduate Catalog 2014 - 2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, B.A.

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Minimum hours required for degree: 120

Minimum hours required for major: 37

Admission to major: Completion of SPN 102  or equivalent

Special tracks: The Spanish major integrates the study of Spanish Peninsular and Latin American areas of literature, linguistics and culture. Students can also concentrate in language studies or combine any of the above areas for teaching or other professional careers.

Course Information: A student majoring in Spanish will find career opportunities in teaching, foreign service, industry, or communications. Language study involves mastery both of performance skills (speaking, reading, writing, understanding) and of a subject matter. The subject matter may be the language itself, its literature, culture, or pedagogy.

Language Skill Courses: A student who has completed Spanish course work in high school or at another institution who wishes to continue the study of Spanish must begin course work for credit at the level consistent with academic background. A placement test is required for all students with less than three years of high-school Spanish or the equivalent. Students who have had three or more years of previous study must consult with an adviser in the foreign language department to determine the appropriate level.

Native speakers: As a general guideline, students who read and write Spanish fluently must begin course work for credit at the 300-level or higher. Students considering a major in Spanish should consult an adviser in the Department of Modern Languages as early as possible to plan an effective course of study.

Retroactive Credit. Students are eligible to earn up to 16 “retroactive” credits for previous knowledge of Spanish. This policy is for students who have completed a foreign language skills course and who earned a B or better in that course. For example, if your first Spanish skills course is SPN 102  and you receive an A or B, you can receive credit for SPN 101 . Consult the Department of Modern Languages 216-687-4645 for further information.

Credit by Examination. Students who successfully pass the College Level Placement Examination (CLEP test) in Spanish may earn 12 credit-hours for previous knowledge of Spanish. For information about the examination, eligibility, and dates when it is given, contact the Cleveland State Testing Center 216-687-2277. Students who receive a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Spanish language examination may earn up to 16 credit hours for SPN (SPN 101 , SPN 102 , SPN 201 , and SPN 202 ).

Note that only credits at the 200-level and above may count toward the Spanish major or minor. A minimum grade of C is required for all courses applied to the major. See major and minor requirements below.

Major-Field Requirements

Students seeking a major in Spanish must complete 37 credit hours in Spanish above the 100 level, distributed as follows:

Part C: Capstone

Capstone is required.  Choose one from the following:

Study Abroad

Majors are encouraged to arrange for study in a Spanish-speaking country. The department administers summer programs in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and Columbia. Credit earned on these programs is considered part of the Cleveland State University Spanish sequence.

Students may also undertake independent study abroad at other institutions. However, they should seek departmental approval of foreign-study plans before departure. For further information regarding the possibility of foreign study and summer programs available through the Department of Modern Languages, contact the department office, 216-687-4645.


Teacher Licensure

Students preparing to teach will fulfill the requirements for the B.A. in Spanish and the licensure sequence in the College of Education and Human Services for the Education, Foreign Language, Grades PreK to 12 (French or Spanish), with Multi-age Licensure .

Students seeking a B.A. in Spanish with teaching licensure must, in fulfilling the major requirements, take a minimum of 9 credits at the 400 level. 

The PreK-12 licensure sequence includes courses in elementary and secondary foreign-language methods. Students will need to follow the sequence as described in the College of Education and Human Services section.

Before admission to student teaching, students must take the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE), demonstrate oral and writing proficiency at the ACTFL “Advanced-Low” level through official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), both administered by ACTFL. Students will need to have their skill level assessed as early as possible in the program and then work with their advisers to plan study experiences that provide appropriate opportunities for improvement. Modern Language methods courses must be completed during the semester preceding student teaching.

Honors Program/University Scholars Requirements

The following requirements apply to students accepted into the University Honors/Scholars Program who are earning a B.A. degree in French or Spanish:


Honors/Scholars students will be required to take a course on methodology or critical theory. Spanish students should enroll in the Spanish research methods courses, SPN 493. French students should take one of the following: ENG 360 Studies in Literary Criticism, ENG 363 Gender Issues, ENG 382 Canonicity, HIS 601 methods of Historical Research, HIS 695 Research Seminar in American, European, or Social History, or SPN 493 Spanish Research Methods. A similar course may be substituted for those listed above with permission of the Honors/Scholars advisor in the department. It is recommended that students enroll in this course in their junior year if possible, to prepare them for the research they will conduct during their senior year.


Honors/Scholars students will take two 300 or 400 level content courses in their major as ” contract honors courses.” These may be required or elective courses such as special topics courses taught in the language, and can include course taught as part of a study abroad program. Contract courses involve contracting with the instructor to do additional work (on a term paper, for example) that demonstrates a more in depth, rigorous, and analytical approach to the topic, similar to what is expected at the graduate level. Language skills classes (301, 302 or 402) are exempted.


Honors/Scholars student will complete a 3 credit independent study honors project. The project will result in a well researched and well written paper that shows critical thinking and application of critical methods. In addition to the written paper, Honors/Scholars students will be required to make an oral presentation of their project to a group of faculty and student. Students will be expected to submit an initial proposal to their advisor at the end of their junior year. Once the proposal is approved, they should begin researching their project. A competed project is due at the end of their final semester along with an oral presentation on the project. Projects may be researched as part of a study aboard program with permission of the department’s Honors/Scholars advisor.


We expect Honors/Scholars student to serve as positive role models and mentors, and to demonstrate leadership qualities that set them apart from most regular students. To that end, Honors/Scholars student will be required to complete two credits to service learning or community involvement activities that relate to their major language. Theses activities can take place on campus, in the community or as part of a study abroad program. Students will contract with their advisor for the type  and number of activities to fulfill this requirements, along with an appropriate assessment mechanism (i.e. keeping a log or journal of activities, writing a final summary paper). Acceptable activities include (but are not limited to)

· Tutoring lower-level language students

· Participating in student language clubs in a leadership capacity

· Volunteering to help with language related activities such as lecture or film series, or a conference

· Organize activities such as a field trip to a museum, art gallery, concert, film, local ethnic restaurant, etc.


With the addition of the methods/criticism course and service learning component, Honors/Scholars students will be expected to earn 5 credits above the required 36 credits for the major. The Senior Honors project will count as elective credit that is part of the 36 credits required for the major

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