Catalog • 2012-2013

Spanish - Major/Minor

For information, contact Professor Amelia Moreno.

Program Mission Statement

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.

Spanish Major

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 Advanced-Low 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. Students must achieve a minimum level of Advanced-Low on this evaluation.

Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements

Oral Presentation: Fulfilled in the process of the major. Students may take SPA 301 or 302, and 311 or 312.
Information Literacy: Fulfilled in the process of the major. Students may take two of the following: SPA 303, 305, 310, 313, 315.
Technology: Fulfilled in the process of the major.
Math: Students may take any two courses fulfilling the Math and Logic requirement.

Spanish Minor

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 taking Spanish classes for the first time at Cedar Crest College are encouraged to take the placement exam online to determine their appropriate placement in Spanish language courses.

Students unable to take the exam should follow this placement policy:

  1. Students who have had four years of successful Spanish study in high school should be placed in the 300 level.
  2. Students who have had three years of successful Spanish study in high school should be placed in the 200 level.
  3. Students who have had two years of successful Spanish study in high school should be placed in the 102 section.
  4. Students who have had one year of successful Spanish study in high school should be placed in the 101 section.
  5. Students who have not had any previous academic experience with Spanish must begin in the 101 section.

Course exemptions

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.