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Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Major in Spanish

SPANISH

The major in Spanish consists of nine courses and a comprehensive examination or, with faculty approval, a senior thesis/project. Students who are exempt from the two-semester general education language requirement must complete eight courses above the 102 level and the comprehensive exam or senior thesis/project.

The following are required for the major:

  • SP 207 Spanish: Written Expression
  • SP 301H History and Culture of the Hispanic World
  • At least one 400 level course
Native speakers who qualify, as ascertained by the Spanish faculty, have three courses toward the major waived. They must complete six courses at the 300/400 level (including SP 301H and at least one 400 level course), as well as a comprehensive examination or, with faculty approval, a senior thesis/project.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. All 300/400 level courses fulfill the Humanities requirement for general education.

Spanish majors are expected to speak the language well enough to be rated at the Intermediate Mid-level of proficiency as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and are therefore strongly urged to spend at least one semester abroad. The Office of International Education will assist students in identifying appropriate programs. Please note that all study abroad must be approved by language faculty and cleared by the registrar. Students are also encouraged to participate in Eckerd's language-intensive winter terms offered in Spain and Latin America. Eckerd also offers a semester of study abroad at the Latin American Studies Center.

Double majors: Students who major in International Business, International Relations and Global Affairs, or International Studies are strongly encouraged to develop double majors with French or Spanish. All of the international disciplines have an extensive language requirement for their majors, and students would have completed more than half the number of courses required for a language major.

Proficiency in a modern language and knowledge of its literature and cultural context will increase employablility and opportunities for graduate study and will prepare students for our increasingly global society. Many of our majors continue the study of language at the graduate level. Language majors pursue a variety of careers in education, law, government, social work, journalism, and business.

The minor in Spanish consists of five courses. Students who are exempt from the two-semester general education language requirements must complete four courses above the 102 level. Native speakers must complete four courses at the 300/400 level.

Majors and minors who transfer credit (from the U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one advanced Spanish course at Eckerd.

Study Abroad - Spain

Spanish Languange & Culture in Madrid

Video by Sophia Faiella

Check out the Madrid 2014 blog for more photos, videos and trip highlights.