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Spanish at Carthage

Major / Minor Requirements

The Modern Languages Department at Carthage offers a major and minor in Spanish.

Immersion in the linguistic and cultural setting of a foreign country is essential to the formation of a modern language major. The Spanish major is structured around a requisite study abroad experience. Students spend a semester or academic year abroad immersing themselves in real communicative situations to become culturally aware and linguistically proficient professionals in an interdependent world. The courses that modern language majors take prior to traveling abroad will prepare them to profit from this experience. 

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

The Spanish Major

SPN 2010-2020 Language Acquisition (8 credits)
SPN 2200 Cultural Awareness Orientation (1 credit)
SPN 3010 Language Acquisition* (4 credits)
SPN 3010L Language Competency Exam (0 credits)

* During the term in which this course is taken, students will take and be required to pass reading and oral competency evaluation 3010 L. Passing scores on these evaluations are required before students can enroll in courses numbered 3080 or higher.

SPN 3080 The Spanish-Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues (4 credits)
SPN 3090 The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural and Intellectual Life (4 credits)
SPN 3110 Interpreting Written Texts in Spanish (4 credits)
SPN 4010 Senior Seminar in Spanish (4 credits)
SPN 4240 Theatre(4 credits)
OR
SPN 400T Special Topics in Spanish (4 credits)

Also required:

GNR 3510 Immersion Abroad (12-16 credits)
Students preparing to study abroad are urged to take MLA 2200 Cultural Awareness Orientation.

About the Immersion Abroad Experience: 

Majors are required to study abroad over one term in an academic setting in a country where the target language is spoken. Classroom instruction for all courses, regardless of discipline, will be in the target language. Courses taken at foreign institutions are usually recorded on the student’s Carthage transcript as GNR 3510. This is a global designation for experiential learning, and courses may be in History, Economics, Political Science, Linguistics, Art History, or a number of other fields supporting the MLA major. When faculty of any department agree, a specific course taken abroad may be accepted in lieu of a course in that department and be so noted on the student’s transcript. Students are strongly urged to get such courses approved by Carthage faculty before taking them.

Prerequisite to apply for study abroad in modern language majors: MLA 2200, 3010, 3110, and either 3080 or 3090. (In exceptional cases, approval may be granted for substituting two summers for the term. Students are strongly urged to get such courses approved by the Carthage faculty before taking them.)

The Spanish Minor

SPN 2010-2020 Language Acquisition (8 credits)
SPN 3010 Language Acquisition (4 credits)

During the term in which this course is taken, students will take and be required to pass reading and oral competency evaluations. Passing scores on these evaluations are required before students can enroll in courses numbered 3080 or higher.

SPN 3110 Interpreting Written Texts in Spanish (4 credits)

Choose one:

SPN 3080 The Spanish-Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues (4 credits)
SPN 3090 The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural and Intellectual Life (4 credits)
At least two additional credits above 3010 in the target language

Honors in the Major

Please see the department chair for details. Basic requirements for honors in a major include an overall GPA of 3.5 at graduation, completion of all requirements for the major, a formal recommendation by department faculty, a rating of “excellent” on the senior thesis by department faculty, and presentation of the senior thesis to an audience beyond the department.

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.