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CATALOG • 2010-2011

Spanish Major/Minor

 
For information, contact Professor Amelia Moreno.

The Spanish program provides excellent instruction in Spanish language acquisition, as well as the study of Hispanic cultures and literatures. It also provides a variety of learning opportunities in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, including study abroad. Students in the program will develop language proficiency in Spanish in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The program encourages its students to think critically, to question their cultural assumptions about the Hispanic world and to immerse themselves as much as possible in a Spanish speaking community to improve the practical competence required for specific career purposes.

Program Requirements for the Spanish Major:

All courses must be completed with a grade C or higher. At least 18 credits must be completed at Cedar Crest College. In the senior year, students are required to take an Oral Proficiency evaluation. To graduate, students must achieve a minimum level of Intermediate High on this evaluation.

Course Requirements for the Spanish Major: 30 credits

SPA 301 Conversation and Composition
SPA 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition
  
Students must choose 8 additional elective courses of which a minimum of 5 must be at the 300-level. All electives must be above SPA 202.

Course Requirements for the Spanish Major with Secondary Education:

  
Students intending to pursue the Spanish major in combination with Secondary Education must take the following 300-level courses in the process of satisfying the requirements for the Spanish major:
 
SPA 300 Linguistics and Translation
  
PLUS one of the following:
SPA 311 Hispanic Culture and Civilization
SPA 312 Hispanic Popular Culture in the United States
SPA 313 Caribbean Literature
 
Spanish certification candidates who are scheduled to student teach must be formally evaluated in oral proficiency BEFORE their student teaching semester.

Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements:

Math: Students may take any two courses fulfilling the Math and Logic requirement
Oral Presentation: Fulfilled in the process of the major
Technology: Students may take CIS 105 or any class fulfilling this requirement
Information Literacy: Fulfilled in the process of the major

Program Requirements for the Spanish Minor:

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. At least 9 credits must be completed at Cedar Crest College.

Course Requirements for the Spanish Minor: 18 credits

SPA 301 Conversation and Composition
SPA 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition
 
Students must choose 12 additional elective credits at any level.

Placement Guidelines:

 
All students should take a placement exam to determine their appropriate placement in Spanish language courses.
 
Students pursuing an undergraduate Spanish major may place out of the Elementary or Intermediate level courses but must take SPA 301 and 302 as part of the major.
 
Students in the Masters of Education program seeking secondary certification in Spanish are ordinarily required to take SPA 301 and 302, as required by PDE. If they have taken the equivalent of SPA 301 as part of their undergraduate major, or feel they have satisfied that requirement through coursework at a university abroad, they are welcome to submit those transcripts for evaluation. They may also request to take a placement exam to determine if they meet the competencies in SPA 301. Successful completion of that placement exam will exempt them from taking SPA 301, but they will still be required to take SPA 302. No credits will be awarded as the result of the placement exam.

AP Credit:

 
Students who have earned an AP Spanish grade of 4 or 5 will receive three elective credits at the 200-level. These three credits may count toward the major or minor. AP Spanish exams do not satisfy Global Studies requirement.

CLEP Credit:

 
No more than six credits will be awarded for CLEP exams. The minimum score for the transferring credits is 50. Three credits will be awarded for Elementary level for a score of 50-62 and six credits for Elementary level for a score of 63 and above. CLEP exams do not satisfy the Global Studies requirement. ONLY three credits may count toward the major or minor.
  Last Updated: 5/18/10