Academics

The Department of Languages offers a major in Hispanic studies. Students may also choose to study two foreign languages at an advanced level as part of the interdisciplinary humanities major with an emphasis on Romance languages.

The Department offers minors in French and Spanish as well as a certificate in foreign language proficiency.

Core Curriculum Language Requirement

See Bulletin of Information

After a foreign language assessment, students are placed at the appropriate level of language study. Hours needed are based on the results of this assessment.

Students may fulfill this requirement in any one of the following ways:

  1. A satisfactory score on the foreign language proficiency/placement test at the low intermediate level (201).
  2. The successful completion of one course at the low intermediate level (201).
  3. The successful completion of one elementary course and one course at the low intermediate level (102-201) in the same language.
  4. The successful completion of the tw0 courses at the elementary level (101-102) in the same language. (SPA 105-106 will fulfill this requirement for nontraditional students only).

Major in Hispanic Studies

Program Director: Fabián Balmori, Ph.D.

Lower-Division

Course Title Hours
SPA 101-02 Elementary Spanish I-II 6*
SPA 201-02 Intermediate Spanish I-II 6*

*Placement in elementary and intermediate language courses depends on previous studies and the student’s score on the Spanish language placement exam.

Upper-Division

Course Title Hours
SPA 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition I 3
SPA 302 or 303 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition II
or
Advanced Conversation
3
SPA 3xx* Upper-level electives 15
SPA 450 Senior Seminar

3

3xx-4xx Approved Electives (outside dept. or any LAN course)

6

*At least one course must have a Latin American focus and at least one must have an Iberian/Peninsular focus.

Minor in French or Spanish

Lower-Division

Course Title Hours
FRE or SPA 101-02 Elementary French or Spanish I-II 6*
FRE or SPA 201-02 Intermediate French or Spanish I-II 6*

*Placement in elementary and intermediate language courses depends on previous studies and the student’s score on the language placement exam. “Placing out” of an elementary or intermediate course does not confer any hours or credits towards the minor. Students may apply only FRE 201/SPAN 201 and/or FRE 202/SPA 202 to the minor if they are placed int hat course by the placement exam and they successfully complete the course.

Upper-Division

Course Title Hours
FRE or SPA 3xx-4xx Upper-Division Courses 12-18*

*Depends on previous studies and the student’s score on the foreign language placement exam. See notes above regarding “placing out” of elementary or intermediate language courses.

Certificate in Language Proficiency

The purpose of the certificate in French or Spanish language proficiency is to verify that the student has achieved sufficient mastery of the language ot use it as an auxiliary skill in future employment or personal endeavours.

The requirements for the certificate in French or Spanish proficiency are four courses beyond the intermediate level (a grade of C or better is required in these courses) and an oral and written examination after completion of course work (a grade of Pass is required). The certificate may also be granted by means of an oral and written examination to those students who have demonstrated satisfactorily to the chair of Foreign Languages that their previous studies or background are adequate for them to take the examination without benefit of course work at Spring Hill College. A grade of Pass is required on the examination.

International Studies Language Requirements

Bachelor of Science in International Studies: Modern Foreign Language (intermediate level - 201 and 202) completed on campus or through a study abroad program.

Minor in Latin American Studies (through International Studies): Intermediate Spanish I-II (SPA 201-202) or Intensive Cultural Spanish III-IV (SPA 203-204).