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Courses and programs in Spanish are offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics
The following programs are available in the area of Spanish and Hispanic Culture:
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a well-established, foundational degree and requires the requirements listed below alongside general graduation requirements.
A major in Spanish and Hispanic Culture consists of thirty-six (36) credit hours:
Courses counting towards the major are normally chosen from among the SPAN courses in language, literature, culture. After consultation with the Spanish Advisor or the Chairperson of Modern Languages and Classics, these can be supplemented [to a maximum of twelve (12) credit hours] by courses from other disciplines whose principal subjects are the arts, history or current reality of Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America.
To obtain a concentration in Spanish in partial fulfillment of the B.A. General Degree (i.e. one with a Double Arts Concentration and a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours), a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in Spanish is required. At most 6 credit hours can be at the 1000 level. Also, the minimum grade point average is 2.00.
A minor in Spanish and Hispanic Culture consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours, with at least fifteen (15) credit-hours at the 2000-level or above. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for courses in the minor program.
Students majoring in a discipline other than Spanish may obtain a minor in Latin American Studies by completing the equivalent of twenty-four (24) credit hours approved for the program. These must include:
Students without prior knowledge of Spanish will need the prerequisite 6 credit hours of Introduction to the Spanish Language (SPAN 1100), or the equivalent. Students with beginner-level knowledge of Spanish can receive advanced placement into Intermediate Spanish I (SPAN 2204)/Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 2205). Students with intermediate-level knowledge or higher are not eligible to enroll in Intermediate Spanish I (SPAN 2204) or Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 2205), but will be required to substitute an additional six (6) credits decided in consultation with the program Advisor.
The certificate program in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture is designed to provide linguistic and cultural knowledge to persons interested in studying and/or working in a Spanish-speaking country. It consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours and is intended for undergraduate students and persons already holding degrees in any discipline.
Admission to the certificate program requires a formal application for admission and the official approval of the Spanish Advisor. Application forms are available from the Registrar. Students majoring in Spanish at Saint Mary’s University are not eligible for this program. Eighteen (18) of the twenty-four (24) credit hours must be completed at Saint Mary’s.
The program consists of twelve (12) required credit hours in language:
These optional credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above and will be chosen from the following courses:
Other courses are possible, subject to the approval of the Coordinator for Spanish.
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in this certificate program is required. Students who have completed all the courses without being officially admitted to the program will not be accredited.
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