BA in Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures - Spanish Specialization

Program Requirements

General requirements for a bachelor's degree: 120 minimum credit hours; overall GPA 2.500; major content GPA 2.500. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program, a specialization in Spanish consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours beyond SPAN 210 or its equivalent, of which 9 credit hours must be taken in residence and must include the following courses:

Course Title Hours
Required Courses
MCLL 351Linguistics and Foreign Languages3
SPAN 220Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition3
or SPAN 321 Spanish Grammar and Composition for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 323Selected Spanish Readings3
SPAN 400Intermediate Spanish Readings3
SPAN 325Intermediate Spanish Conversation3
SPAN 525Advanced Spanish Conversation3
SPAN 526Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition3
Select 12 credit hours from courses numbered above 50012
Total Credit Hours33

It is strongly recommended that students specializing in Spanish take courses in related fields such as other foreign languages, art history, English, history and philosophy.

Native Speakers

Native speakers are those who have completed a substantial amount of their education in a Spanish-speaking country. Native speakers of Spanish are normally not permitted to receive credit for 100- and 200-level courses, or SPAN 325. To complete a specialization the following are required:

Course Title Hours
SPAN 400Intermediate Spanish Readings3
Select one of the following3
Linguistics and Foreign Languages
Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
Select 12 credit hours of upper-division work in Spanish12
Total Credit Hours18

Note: Native speakers are advised to consult with a Spanish professor before enrolling in Spanish courses.

Student Teachers

Students who plan to teach Spanish should consult with the department’s professor in charge of teacher education early in their career. In addition to the requirements for specialization, it is recommended that future teachers take courses beyond the general education requirements in other foreign languages, history, art history, English or philosophy. It is also recommended that future Spanish teachers spend at least a summer in a Spanish-speaking country before student teaching.

Requirements for this program:

  1. Grade point average of 3.000 or higher in Spanish;
  2. Special departmental approval based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of (based on certification and teacher education regulations issued by the Kansas State of Education); and 
  3. The professional foundation courses for education required by the teacher education program (see College of Applied Studies).

High School Spanish

Students who have completed more than two units of high school Spanish should consult with an advisor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures before enrolling in Spanish courses.

Applied Learning

Students in the MCLL/Spanish specialization program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by successfully completing SPAN 552 Business Spanish; SPAN 557 Principles of Translation and Interpreting; SPAN 558 Advanced Translation and Interpreting; or SPAN 526 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition, involving application of language skills to commercial correspondence and/or an applied learning component in a semi-professional medical setting.