Curriculum Overview

At JU, formal majors in Spanish are offered. Foreign language majors take basic courses to attain a necessary fluency in a chosen foreign language. Subsequent courses may be chosen based on personal interests and needs, including courses that explore cultural and literary dimensions of and in the language. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged, and students are assisted in developing programs of study in which courses complement each other. Foreign language and literature students are encouraged to pursue a double major.

A placement test is available for students who have previous knowledge of a language. Students who place at the 300-level may receive six hours of credit, corresponding to the intermediate level of language, upon successful completion of an upper-level course.

Spanish Degree Plan (PDF)

Spanish Major & Minor

Courses in Spanish enable the student to learn the Spanish language and become familiar with Hispanic cultures. Majors in Spanish also study the outstanding figures of Spanish and Spanish-American literature and civilization, and are prepared for graduate school, teaching, government service and careers in the private sector.

Study Abroad - Study abroad is strongly encouraged for all students for minors and majors. JU has summer programs in Spain and Mexico where all levels of Spanish may be studied.

Course Sequence

It is strongly suggested that language courses be taken in consecutive semesters. If a student receives an “F” in a course, the student must repeat the course before taking the next course in the sequence. 

Major Requirements

* A major in Spanish requires the following:

* Minimum of 27 credit hours in Spanish courses numbered above 200. (SPAN 301 and 302 are required.)

* Maximum of 45 credit hours

* Three (3) hours in a writing intensive course chosen from COMM 207, ENGL 302 or ENGL 304. (The University speech requirement may be met by electing one (1) COMM speech course.)

Minor Requirements

A minor in Spanish requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in courses numbered above 200. Also, SPAN 301 and 302 are required courses.

Students who place at the 300-level on the Spanish placement exam will be awarded six (6) hours of credit for SPAN 201 and 202 only upon satisfactory completion, with a grade of “C” or better, of a Spanish course on the 300-level. Students who do not subsequently enroll at the 300-level will still have satisfied the Core Curriculum, but without academic credit.

Both SPAN 301 and 302 are required for a major or minor in Spanish. SPAN 301 and 302 may not be satisfied through credit by examination.

A student must complete Spanish 301 or 302 or obtain the consent of the department before enrolling in more advanced courses. Native speakers of Spanish must have the consent of the instructor before enrolling in SPAN 301 or 302.

Spanish Education: Secondary Level

Students who plan to teach Spanish on the secondary level should complete the education minor in consultation with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.

JU Catalog Degree Requirements

SPANISH Major (BA/BS Degree):