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Big Changes for Spanish Majors and Minors

After years of extensive study and deliberation, the Spanish Department proposed and the Calvin College Faculty Senate approved a significant revision in the major and minor programs in Spanish. Among the many factors that contributed to the changes in the curriculum were comments and suggestions made by you, our department alumni, as to what a Spanish major or minor at Calvin should look like.

A Spanish major will now consist of six required courses, a required semester of study abroad, and additional electives to reach 32 credit hours. Since courses at the 200 level can no longer be applied to the major students will begin their major with Spanish 301 and 302 “Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation.” A noteworthy feature of the new curriculum is the new pair of four-credit courses: “The Hispanic World I and II (Spanish 308/309).” These courses will cover history, culture, and literature of Spain and Spanish America. All students will also be required to take a linguistics course (Spanish 340 or 341) and a capstone course (Spanish 395). Electives may include literature, culture, or linguistics courses.

The new curriculum goes into effect during the fall semester 2006 on campus and will be implemented in Spain and Honduras next year. If you are interested in learning more about the new curriculum or about specific courses, click this link to see the proposal as it was presented to faculty senate.

New Spanish Programs

Major (31-32 hours)

  • Spanish 301 and 302
  • Spanish 308 and 309
  • Spanish 340 and/or 341
  • Spanish 395
  • Advisor-approved semester abroad
  • Advisor-approved electives

 

Minor (20 hours)

  • Spanish 301 and 302
  • Spanish 308 and 309
  • Advisor-approved interim or semester abroad
  • Advisor-approved electives

Secondary Education Major (34-35 hours)

  • Spanish 301 and 302
  • Spanish 308 and 309
  • Spanish 340
  • IDIS 357 and 359
  • Advisor-approved semester abroad
  • Advisor-approved electives

 

K-12 Secondary Ed Major (37-38 hours)

  • Spanish 301 and 302
  • Spanish 308 and 309
  • Spanish 340
  • IDIS 356, 357 and 359
  • Advisor-approved semester abroad
  • Advisor-approved electives

Secondary Education Minor (23 hours)

  • Spanish 301 and 302
  • Spanish 308 and 309
  • Spanish 340
  • IDIS 357
  • Advisor-approved interim or semester abroad

 

Bilingual and ESL Minors

  • See program advisors

Elementary Education Major (31-32 hours)

  • Spanish 301 and 302
  • Spanish 308 and 309
  • Spanish 340
  • IDIS 356
  • Advisor-approved semester abroad
  • Advisor-approved electives

Elementary Education Minor (23 hours)

  • Spanish 301 and 302
  • Spanish 308 and 309
  • Spanish 340
  • IDIS 356
  • Advisor-approved semester or interim abroad

 

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