3530 Spanish

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
    • Concentration in Literature
    • Concentration in Language and International Business
    • Concentration in Foreign Language Education
  • Bachelor of Arts Major in International Economics and Modern Languages
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Dual B.A./M.A. Program in Spanish

Department of Modern and Classical Languages
841 Langdale Hall

William Nichols, Interim Chair
Germán Torres, Associate Chair
Leslie Marsh, Undergraduate Director
Victoria Rodrigo, Head of Spanish section and Advisor
Peter Swanson, Director of Foreign Language Education and Advisor

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages serves a threefold purpose: to encourage an appreciation of humanistic values through the study of foreign languages, literatures, and cultures; to teach foreign languages as a means of communication; and to prepare students for academic careers and the opportunities available in the field of international business. As part of a dynamic urban university in a city of growing international awareness and status, the department is fulfilling its responsibility to meet the increasing foreign language needs of the governmental, business, and professional communities.

The department recognizes that an active command of the foreign language and a thorough exploration of the foreign culture form an essential basis for further study in the various areas of its curriculum. To this end, the department sponsors study-abroad programs in Granada (Spain) and Guadalajara (Mexico).

The department maintains a state-of-the-art multimedia Language Acquisition and Resource Center (LARC) with a digital audio laboratory with 50 student computer workstations. The digital lab serves a dual purpose in allowing both independent student access to digitized audio files and interactive software that accompanies the language texts, and also in providing a multimedia environment for teacher-led listening, speaking, and recording activities. In addition to the audio lab, the LARC features a tutoring center and resource library, as well as 17 stand-alone computers for student use. To assist in the development of the student’s active language skills and to provide added cultural enrichment, the LARC contains a wide range of audiovisual materials, including an extensive collection of videos, CD Roms and DVDs.

The department sponsors two Freshman Learning Communities each year. One group is designed for students interested in using their foreign language in international business. The other, sponsored jointly by the Department of Applied Linguistics/ESL, is in Language Studies.

For students who hope to teach at the K-12 levels, the department offers Spanish with a concentration that leads to certification.

For students who view language study as a preparation for a career in the business world, the department has two special programs: a concentration in the business language of Spanish, and a practicum in an internationally oriented business or service organization in the metro area for qualified and interested students in their senior year. The department also offers the Bachelor of Arts Major in International Economics and Modern Languages (IEML), in collaboration with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

The department is also a testing center for diplomas certifying proficiency in business language and procedures. These diplomas are granted by chambers of commerce in various countries.

All Spanish majors are encouraged to consult regularly with their departmental advisor in designing and following a program of study that fits their own career objective and the requirements of their particular concentration.

Program Degree Requirements

In addition to courses in the language major, you are advised to choose courses in other areas that complement your language study. Such courses include other languages, history, philosophy, art and music, business, and education. Faculty advisors in the department are eager to discuss your academic plans with you as you design your course of study.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Program Financial Information

Effective summer 2009, lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. As a result, students will no longer be required to purchase lab fee cards. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

B.A. in Spanish

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

The following requirements and options are appropriate for majors in Spanish.

  1. Majors must achieve competence at the intermediate level before beginning courses at the 3000 level. They may demonstrate competence through placement exam scores, including the CLEP exam, prior study, or courses taken at Georgia State University. The following may be counted in Area F, as required (0-12 hours): SPAN 1002, SPAN 2001, SPAN 2002, SPAN 2203 or SPAN 2501.
  2. Students may complete Area F with any combination of the following (0-18 hours):
    1. Any courses in other foreign languages, 1001-2501 level.
    2. Electives in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
    3. CLAS 2201, CLAS 2202, CLAS 2203, FREN 2212, FREN 2216
    4. Electives in other departments:AL 2101, AL 2102, ANTH 2020, AH 1700, AH 1750, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, ENGL 2110, ENGL 2120, ENGL 2130, EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, EDUC 2130, FILM 1010, HIST 1111, HIST 1112, JOUR 1010, PHIL 2010, POLS 2401, WGSS 2010

Area G: Major Courses (30)

The major in Spanish consists of 30 hours (ten courses) at the 3000/4000 level. Prerequisite for all courses at the 4000 level is the successful completion of 3303 and at least  1 other course at the 3000 level.

  1. Major Requirements (9)
    • SPAN 3303 Advanced Grammar I (3) or Span 3501 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers (3)
    • SPAN 3307 Introduction to the Study of Literary Texts-CTW (3)
    • SPAN 3310 Hispanic Culture and Civilization-CTW (3)
  2. Concentration Requirements (21)
    • Literature Concentration (21)
      1. Four literature courses above Span 3307. (12)
      2. Three additional courses in Spanish at the 3000-4000 level. (9)
    • Language and International Business Concentration (21)
      • SPAN 4405 Spanish for International Business I (3)
      • SPAN 4407 Spanish for International Business II (3)
      • Select one of the following courses (3):
        • SPAN 4409 Techniques of Translation
        • SPAN 4445 Literature for Students of International Business
        • BUSA 3000 Globalization and Business Practice (when taught in Spanish)
      • One literature course above SPAN 3307 (3)
      • Three additional courses in Spanish at the 3000-4000 level. (9)
  3. Foreign Language Education Concentration (21)
    • SPAN 3305 Advanced Conversation and Reading (3) (non-native speakers only; others must take an additional course at the 3000-4000 level)
    • A 4000-level Culture course (3)
    • Two literature courses above SPAN 3307 (6)
    • Three additional courses in Spanish at the 3000-4000 level (9). (Span 3308 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics recommended).

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Foreign language majors are not required to take a minor. Foreign language majors who choose a minor in other departments/schools/institutes are encouraged to select courses that are appropriate to their area of concentration. Students are also urged to consider combining their major with a second major in another language or another discipline under the Double Major option.
  2. Additional courses must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010. Up to six additional hours may be taken in the major.

Requirements for Teacher Certification

Students who wish to be certified to teach Spanish in the public schools of Georgia should choose the courses listed under the “Foreign Language Education Concentration” above and the following methodology courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages: ForL 3022, 4021, 4025, 4026, and 4030. All students will register for Student Teaching (ForL 4061/4062/4063). All students seeking teaching certification in Spanish must pass the following courses in the College of Education with a grade of C or higher: EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, EDUC 2130, and EXC 4020.

Students must apply formally and be admitted to the Teacher Education program in foreign languages. For the application forms, please go to the Department of Modern and Classical Languages’ website under Teacher Certification and then Program Information. To qualify for the Student Teaching experience, students must receive a grade of B or higher on a departmental test of oral and written proficiency in their target languages. Specific information about date and place of these exams is available in the department office (841 LH).

In order to be recommended for K-12 certification in Spanish, students must complete all courses taken in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (the major and ForL courses) with a grade of B or higher.

Bachelor of Arts Major in International Economics and Modern Languages

Students majoring in this IEML program with a Spanish concentration should contact the Andrew Young School of Policy studies for advisement. Information for this program is available at www.aysps.gsu.edu/oaa.

Program Admission

There are no admission requirements above the requirements for admission to the University for enrollment in the B. A. program with a major in international economics and modern languages.

Program Financial Information

There are no additional fees other than the tuition and fees charged by the University for enrollment in this program.

Program Degree Requirements

For degree credit, a minimum grade of C must be attained in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 and all courses in the economics common core curriculum and modern languages core curriculum.

Complete descriptions of requirements for Areas A through E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum can be found in the “University Degree Requirements and Graduation” chapter of this catalog. The number of semester credit hours required for each section is shown in parentheses.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)- If taken in Area D, a 1000/2000 level elective from Areas A-E may be substituted.
  • SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I (3)
  • SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II (3)

Note: Students who have not already attained elementary-level proficiency in their chosen language will be required to take prerequisite courses: Fren, Grmn, or Span 1001 and/or 1002. In that case, the 1002 language course may be used to satisfy 3 credit hours of core requirements in Area C, Humanities and Fine Arts. Students with a concentration in Spanish must complete SPAN 2203/SPAN 2501 as their Area F elective.

Students who have already attained intermediate-level competency in the primary language may substitute 1000/2000 level courses in another language for Fren, Grmn or Span 2001/2002 (or SPAN 2203 or SPAN 2501) upon approval of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages advisor.

Elective: one 1000/2000-level course chosen from Areas A-E.

Area G: Economics Common Core Curriculum (24) A minimum grade of C is required for all courses in this area.

Area H: Modern Languages Common Core (24) A minimum grade of C is required for all courses in this area.

  1. SPAN 3303 Advanced Grammar (3) or SPAN 3501 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
    • SPAN 3307 Introduction to Study of Literary Texts – CTW (3)
    • SPAN 3310 Hispanic Culture – CTW (3)
    • SPAN 4405 Spanish for International Business I (3)
    • SPAN 4407 Spanish for International Business II (3)
    • SPAN 4409 Techniques for Translation (3)
  2. Select one of the following courses (3)
    • SPAN 4445 Literature for Students of International Business (3)
    • BUSA 3000 Globalization and Business Practice (3) (when taught in Spanish)
  3. Choose one other Span 3000/Span 4000 course (3)

Area I: Electives (12) Choose any four 3000/4000-level courses, in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Minor in Spanish

Students who wish to minor in Spanish must take 15-18 hours in courses in the language, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours of courses in the language may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

Dual B.A./M.A. Program in Spanish

The department offers a dual Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Spanish. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.