The major in Spanish consists of nine courses and a comprehensive examination or, with faculty approval, a senior thesis. The Spanish Comprehensive Exam consists of two parts: 1) a Standardized Proficiency Exam that assesses students' mastery of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and 2) an individualized content-based language product intended for an outside audience. Students who are exempt from the two-semester general education language requirement must complete eight courses above the 102 level plus the comprehensive exam or senior thesis.
The following are required for the major:
- SP 207 Spanish: Written Expression
- At least two 300 level courses
- At least one 400 level course
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. Moreover, Eckerd offers a semester of study abroad at the Latin American Studies Center.
Majors who transfer credit (from U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one advanced Spanish course at Eckerd.
Double majors: Students who major in International Business, International Relations and Global Affairs, or International Studies are especially encouraged to add a Spanish major to their course of studies.
Many Spanish majors continue their study of language at the graduate level. 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. Our 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.
Minors who transfer credit (from the U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one advanced Spanish course at Eckerd.