Admission to major: Completion of SPN 102 or equivalent
Minimum hours required for major: 36
Minimum hours required for minor: 18
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.
Advising: Faculty advisers for majors, minors and prospective students. Phone 216-687-4645
Student organizations:, Phi Sigma Iota Honorary Society, Spanish Club/El Club de Español.
Transfer Students. Transfer students are required to complete at least 18 credit hours while in residence at Cleveland State University in order to earn a degree.
Additional information: Study-abroad programs in Mexico, Costa Rica and Spain
The sequence of courses in Spanish leads from competence in Spanish language skills to thorough understanding of Hispanic language, civilization, and literature. Programs concentrate equally on Spanish and Latin-American content through a cyclical offering of courses. Programs in the Spanish minor, major, and graduate studies are available, including the B.A. with Honors in Spanish. Spanish is also a valuable adjunct skill to many other major programs or careers. Over the next few decades virtually every area of professional activity in this country will become more involved with Spanish-speaking Americans and with corporations in Spanish-speaking countries.
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.
Courses numbered from 100 to 114 in Spanish generally emphasize development of performance skills, as do those at higher levels, in courses numbered 200 to 214, 300 to 314, and 400 to 414. Courses numbered 115 to 134 (and corresponding numbers at the upper levels) generally emphasize the nature of language. Courses numbered 135 to 164 (and corresponding numbers at the upper levels) generally emphasize the culture and history of specific languages. Courses numbered 165 to 189 (and corresponding numbers at the upper levels) generally emphasize the literatures of the specific languages. Courses numbered 190 – 199 (and corresponding numbers at the upper level) are independent and specialized courses.
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 18 “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 14 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 18 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. See major and minor requirements below.
A minimum total number of 128 credit hours are required for every student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All degree seeking, CLASS students must complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) requirements which are comprised of University and College requirements. This is in addition to the credits for their major field of study. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements. Students are highly encouraged to consult with both their general education advisor and faculty advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses each semester. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/gened/summarytable.html.