The Major in Spanish
Comprised of eight courses beyond Spanish 111-112 (or fewer, if students demonstrate greater proficiency). Students are required to complete the language sequence up to and including Advanced Spanish 211 or demonstrate equivalent proficiency that would allow for advanced placement.
Following completion of the language sequence, majors are required to take:
- one survey of culture/civilization (SPAN 303, 304, 313, 314, or 315)
- two surveys of literature (SPAN 310, 311, 317, or 318)
- three seminars (SPAN 425, 435, & either 370, 421, 423, 427, or 428)
- one course in Hispanic studies in consultation with a faculty adviser in Spanish
Designed to meet the specific needs of majors interested in studying abroad or teaching, the Hispanic studies requirement may be fulfilled by choosing from FLL 380 or 381 (the teaching internship in Spanish), or by taking any 300- or 400-level course in Spanish. By senior year, all candidates for the major are required to take Spanish 425 and 435.
In lieu of 435 and a course in Hispanic studies (described above), students in their junior year may propose a research topic for an honors thesis (SPAN 495, 496) to be completed during their senior year.
The Minor in Spanish
Comprised of four courses beyond Spanish 111-112 (or fewer, if students demonstrate greater proficiency). Students are required to complete the language sequence (SPAN 101-102 or 103, 111-112, and 211) or demonstrate equivalent proficiency that would allow for advanced placement. Following completion of the language sequence, minors are required to take three courses at the 300 or 400 level with at least one focusing on literature.
Note: Spanish also counts toward the minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Course Requirements in Spanish
Language Courses (SPAN 100s & 200s): Students with two or more years of high school Spanish are required to submit their AP, IB, or SAT II score to the registrar or take the placement test administered by the department. First-year students should take the online placement test prior to registration. Continuing students should make an appointment with the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department Head to take the exam prior to registering for their first Spanish course at Lafayette.
Heritage Speakers (SPAN 215): Students with a personal or historical connection to the language, but limited formal study, may take Spanish 215 to demonstrate advanced-level proficiency. They should also work closely with their Spanish adviser to address specific academic needs not met in the classroom. Those who have already had formal schooling in Spanish prior to starting college are encouraged to begin at the 300 or 400 level.
Business Spanish (SPAN 225): Business Spanish does not count toward the major or minor programs in Spanish.
Seminars (SPAN 400s): The general prerequisite is one course at the 300 level.
Courses in Spanish
Please see the Lafayette Course Catalog for official descriptions of the Spanish courses and other subjects offered by the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.
Please see the Course and Exam Schedule for a current list of courses and times, including special-topics courses not listed in the permanent Course Catalog.
Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, Department Head
426 Pardee Hall
Markus Dubischar, Assistant Head
423 Pardee Hall
Joli Mellett, Department Secretary
410 Pardee Hall
Foreign Languages and Literatures
413 Pardee Hall
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 330-5656 (fax)