3530 Spanish

Programs Offered:

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

Department of World Languages and Cultures
841 Langdale Hall (19th Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg. effective summer 2017)
404-413-5980
wlc.gsu.edu

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

The Department of World Languages and Cultures serves a threefold purpose: to encourage an appreciation of humanistic values through the study of world languages, literatures, and cultures; to teach world 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 world language needs of the governmental, business, and professional communities.

The department recognizes that an active command of the world language and a thorough exploration of related cultures 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 Costa Rica.

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 world 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.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

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

Lab fees are 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)

  1. Required courses (0-9):
    • SPAN through the 2002 level (0-9)
      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.
  2. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:

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)
    • Select one course:
    • SPAN 3310 Hispanic Culture-CTW (3)
  2. Concentration Requirements (21)
    • Language, Culture and Society Concentration (21)
      1. Four literature and/or culture courses above Span 3314. (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 and/or culture course above SPAN 3314 (3)
      • Three additional courses in Spanish at the 3000-4000 level. (9)
  3. Foreign Language Education Concentration (21)
    • SPAN 3301 Oral Communication in Spanish: Topics in Language and Culture (3) (non-native speakers only; others must take an additional course at the 3000-4000 level)
    • A 4000-level Culture course (3)
    • Two literature and/or culture courses above SPAN 3314 (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. World language majors are not required to take a minor. World 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 “World Language Education Concentration” above and the following methodology courses in the Department of World Languages and Cultures: FORL 3022, FORL 4021, FORL 4025, FORL 4026, and FORL 4030. All students will register for Opening School Experience (FORL 4650) and Student Teaching (FORL 4061/FORL 4062/FORL 4063). All students seeking teaching certification in Spanish must pass the following courses in the College of Education and Human Development 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 World Languages and Cultures’ website under Teacher Certification and then Program Information. To apply, students must have:

  • earned a 2.5 overall cumulative GPA,
  • passed [Combined Test I, II, and III (700)] or been exempted from the GACE Program Admission Assessment. When registering for the assessment, program entry candidates must add your program provider (Georgia State University – school code 5090) as a score recipient when you register or we will not receive notification that you have completed the assessment.; and
  • completed the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment; though there is no “Pass/Fail” grade assigned. Program entry candidates must add your program provider (Georgia State University) as a score recipient when you register or we will not receive notification that you have completed the assessment.

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 Spanish. 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 World Languages and Cultures (the major and ForL courses) with a grade of B or higher.

Pre-Service Certificate

Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the college advisement/admissions office and provided with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)

The state of Georgia requires such candidates to take various GACE and Educator Ethics assessments as part of the educator certification process. These computer-delivered assessments have been developed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and are delivered by the Education Testing Service (ETS). You will take these tests at different times.

Program Admission and Content Assessments: Program Admission Assessment [Combined Test I, II, and III (700)] is an admission requirement (unless candidate meets qualifications for exemption – scroll down to “Options to Satisfy the Program Admission Assessment Requirement”). When registering for the assessment, program entry candidates must add your program provider (Georgia State University – school code 5090) as a score recipient when you register or we will not receive notification that you have completed the assessment.

Content Assessment (different content assessments for each program) tests your content knowledge and is taken after enrollment and prior to program completion. You will receive specific information regarding this test as you near completion of your program (required for certification).

Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment: Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment is an admission requirement. Completion of this assessment is required for admission, though there is no “Pass/Fail” grade assigned. Program entry candidates must add your program provider (Georgia State University) as a score recipient when you register or we will not receive notification that you have completed the assessment.

edTPA

edTPA is a preservice assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: “Is a new teacher ready for the job?” edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.

edTPA is a program completion and teacher certification requirement. Students may graduate from the BIS program while continuing to complete teacher certification requirements for edTPA.

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitution for the other formerly required CTW course. A second CTW requirement can be satisfied by taking Span 3310 Hispanic Culture-CTW (3) or any Spanish literature or Spanish culture class at the 4000 level (3). Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/senior-advisement-90-credit-hours/.


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)

  1. Required Courses (15):
  2. SPAN 2203 or SPAN 2501
  3. Select additional 1000/2000-level elective courses from Areas A-E to complete 18 hours in Area F.

Students who have not already attained elementary-level proficiency in Spanish will be required to take prerequisite courses (SPAN 1001 and/or SPAN 1002). In that case, the 1002 language course may be used to satisfy 3 credit hours of core requirements in Area C.

Students who have already attained intermediate-level competency in Spanish may substitute 1000/2000-level courses in another language for SPAN 2001/SPAN 2002 upon approval of the Department of World Languages and Cultures advisor.

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. Major Requirements (6):
    • Select one course:
    • SPAN 3310 Hispanic Culture-CTW (3)
  2. Concentration Requirements (9):
    • SPAN 4405 Spanish for International Business I (3)
    • SPAN 4407 Spanish for International Business II (3)
    • SPAN 4409 Techniques of Translation (3) or BUSA 3000 Globalization and Business Practice (3) (when taught in Spanish)
  3. Electives (9):
    • Choose two other Span 3000/Span 4000 courses

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.


Certificate of Language Ability in Spanish

A strong demand exists by employers for candidates to offer credentials to verify language proficiency in both oral and written communication. The undergraduate Certificate of Language Ability is designed for students to offer tangible proof of their language abilities and makes an ideal complement to other areas of study such as business, international relations, public healthy, criminal justice, hospitality, and more.

The certificate consists of 12 credit hours at 2000- and 3000-level (minimum of 6 must be at the 3000-level), with a B or higher in the first attempt at each course. Courses retaken using the university Repeat to Replace policy are not counted as first attempts.


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/.


Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.