In the Department of Language and Literature, students will have the flexibility and faculty support to design a course of study that will help them achieve their educational and professional goals. For some students this may mean a double major in Spanish and Marketing, for others a minor in Spanish with a major in Psychology. The faculty in the Department of Language and Literature is committed to working closely with our majors and other departments to offer courses that deliver a rigorous and purposeful learning experience.
- Campus Location
- Length of Program
- 4 years
- Courses per Semester
- Average of 5 courses
- Total Number of Courses
- 37 & 40 courses
Although the program is offered through the Chicago campus, students are encouraged to study abroad to gain real-world experience and deeper insights in Spanish culture. Students may successfully complete this program by finishing the 25 general education courses and one of two major options -- the first requires 12 courses, and the second requires 15 courses. With either option, students will be able to graduate in a total of four years if they maintain an average of 5 courses per semester. Students who have prior knowledge of the Spanish language may take a placement test to receive automatic credit for 100-level courses and potentially shorten the length of the program.
This program provides a strong foundation in Spanish and focuses on the preparation of teachers according to NCATE/ACTFL and Illinois Content Standards for Educators.
Spanish students who are seeking teaching certification must be admitted to the School of Education, complete all requirements for Option I: Spanish Language, Literature and Civilization, all general education courses and all professional education courses with a minimum grade of "C," and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. In addition, candidates must successfully complete state certification requirements and the oral proficiency interview (OPI) test.
Consult the School of Education section of the catalog for specific requirements and procedures. It is the responsibility of each student to ascertain and fulfill the requirements for the degree program. The major advisor will assist the student in this responsibility.
All Spanish minors must complete with grades of "C" or above 18 hours in the foreign language beginning at the intermediate (103-104) level. No more than 6 hours of foreign language courses can be taught in English (231-232 and 340). Please review the Program Requirements and Course Descriptions for more detailed information.