Spanish Placement Test
A placement test is offered in Spanish that can be taken at the start of the term. If a student places into a higher level Spanish course, he/she can earn up to 8 credit hours if they pass the class with a B or better. For example, if students place into SPA 201 , they can earn 8 credit hours for SPA 101 and 102 if they complete SPA 201 with a B or better.
Spanish Heritage Learners
Spanish native speakers will be required to take a placement test prior to enrollment in a Spanish minor or major. This test will verify that they are sufficiently advanced in the Spanish language to successfully complete Spanish 300 and 400 level course work. Those native language speakers who do not successfully complete the test, due to shortcomings in Spanish grammar, writing, or for other reasons, will be placed into SPA 201 or SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish. Once these native language speakers successfully complete the SPA 201 and/or SPA 202 classes, they will be permitted to take SPA 301 and SPA 302 and then move on into higher level Spanish 300 and 400 level literature and culture courses. For those who successfully pass the placement test and successfully complete a higher level Spanish 300 or 400 class with a "B" or higher, they will be eligible to receive credit for SPA 201 and SPA 202 for a total of eight hours and no more. No student will receive credit for SPA 301 and 302 without taking the courses; however, since one of the requirements for a minor or major in Spanish is the successful completion of SPA 301 and 302 , the Heritage Learner will be able to substitute higher level Spanish 300 or 400 level classes for the requirement. The Heritage Learner will be required to complete a total of 22 hours for the Spanish minor and 40 hours for the Spanish major. These are the same overall credit requirements for all Spanish majors and minors.
Spanish/Latin American/Spanish Study Abroad (Flagler College Faculty Led)
This study abroad program in Costa Rica or Peru is a dynamic immersion program in the Spanish Language. Students stay with host families while attending Spanish language classes at the host school. One (1) hour Study Abroad Orientation (LAS 377 /SPA 377 ) is required for all students participating in this program during the semester prior to departure. While in the country, all classes are offered in Spanish and students can earn up to 10 hours of credit in Spanish or Latin American Studies.
Spanish/Latin American Study Abroad (Other Academic Institutions)
Students should also investigate programs available for undergraduates in Latin America or Spain. Current information that is received by the department will be made available to students. Students will be responsible for choosing a program, completing a Study Abroad Application, making applications, all necessary arrangements with the sponsoring agency or university, and transferring credits to Flagler College. The Humanities Department has set the following guidelines for accepting transfer credits:
- A maximum of 10 hours of transfer credit in Spanish/Latin American Studies will be accepted towards the graduation requirement of 120 hours but not toward the respective majors and minors. If a student spends 10 weeks or more abroad, he/she may receive up to 10 hours of credit. If a student participates in a program for less than 10 weeks, he/she may receive no more than 6 hours of credit. Only grades of "C" or higher will be accepted.
- Credits (6-10 hours) earned during a Flagler College Faculty Led Study Abroad Program may be applied toward the major, if those courses are taught by Flagler faculty or sponsored by Flagler College.
- All Spanish and Latin American Studies courses taken in a study abroad program with another academic institution must be approved by the Director of the Foreign Language Program and the Humanities Department Chair.
- Other departments at Flagler College may be willing to accept transfer credit from a Study Abroad Program. All arrangements regarding the acceptance of credit must be discussed with the appropriate department chairperson(s) and agreed upon prior to the student's departure.
Major Requirements (31 Total Hours Required)
After elementary Spanish or its equivalent, a student majoring in this field should complete satisfactorily 34 hours in Spanish, including SPA 201 , 202 , 301 , 302 , SPA 307 or 309 , SPA 401 , six more hours at the 300 level and three more hours at the 400 level. Spanish courses should be taken in sequence. In addition, three hours in Latin American Studies (LAS 201WI or LAS 202WI ) or their equivalent as determined by the the Director of the Foreign Language Program, are required. The department also recommends that a major spend a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country or participate in a Flagler College Faculty Led Study Abroad Program. Credit in Spanish (6-10 hours) earned while abroad for a semester may be applied to the graduation requirement of 120 hours as study abroad transfer credit. Credits (6-10 hours) earned during a Flagler College Faculty Led Study Abroad Program may be applied toward the major, if those courses are taught by Flagler faculty or sponsored by Flagler College. Students who are planning on pursuing a career teaching are encouraged to take courses on the culture of Spain and Latin America when offered. All students who are majoring in Spanish are encouraged to take at least four Spanish literature classes at the 300 and 400 levels. At least 20 hours must be taken at Flagler College. Spanish major requirements: 31 Total Hours Required.
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