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Undergraduate Catalog 2018 - 2019 
Undergraduate Catalog 2018 - 2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, B.A.

Minimum hours required for degree: 120

Minimum hours required for major: 32

Admission to major: Completion of SPN 202  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 World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 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 World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at 216-687-4646 for further information.

Credit by Examination. Students who successfully complete the Advanced Placement language examinations may be eligible for credit. For further information, refer to the External Test Credits section of the Registrar’s Office website:

Note that only credits at the 300-level and above may count toward the Spanish major, and 200-level or above for the Spanish minor. A minimum grade of C is required for all courses applied to the major.

Major-Field Requirements

Students seeking a major in Spanish must complete 32 credit hours in Spanish above the 200 level, distributed as follows:

Part A: 300-level Core Requirements

21 credit hours of courses in Composition and Conversation:

Part B: 400-level Requirements and Electives

Capstone (1-4 credits - choose one from the following):


Students on one of our Study Abroad Programs can take SPN 495 - Spanish Field Study Capstone  for a total of 4 credits. This will cover for the regular capstone plus one of the 400-level electives.

Service learning (1 credit):


One of these courses may be taken in conjunction with SPN 494  - see for the Capstone requirement above.

If SPN 495  is taken as the capstone, only two courses from this list are required.

Study Abroad

Majors are encouraged to arrange for study in a Spanish-speaking country. The department administers summer programs in Costa Rica and Spain. 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 World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, contact the department office at 216-687-4646.

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. See also Education, Foreign Language, Grades PreK to 12 (French or Spanish), with Multi-age Licensure .

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 College who are earning a B.A. degree in 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. 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, 304, 305 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 students. 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 completed 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 abroad program with permission of the department’s Honors/Scholars advisor.


We expect Honors/Scholars students 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 students will be required to complete two credits of service learning or community involvement activities that relate to their major language. These 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 requirement, 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 32 credits for the major. The Senior Honors project will count as elective credit that is part of the 32 credits required for the major.