The study of a modern language is strongly recommended for all students, not only to acquire linguistic skills, but for the purpose of gaining insight into the cultural diversity of the people of the world. Classes are offered in Spanish, French and German.
Students who have studied two or more years of a language in high school and wish to continue should take the CLEP examination in that language no later than July, so that they can be properly placed. Advanced Placement can also be used for language placement and credit may also be allowed for students who achieve a score of three or higher on some AP language tests.
The university minor in Spanish requires a minimum of 22 hours, including SN 211, 221, and 16 additional hours in the Spanish department or through the Semester in Spain program.
Students may choose to participate in the Semester in Spain program. Prior to the Semester in Spain, students must receive credit for SN 221 Intermediate Spanish II (or equivalent credit through CLEP or AP examinations). Students will normally complete 16 hours in the Semester in Spain program. These hours will be substituted in the major or counted as 16 hours of the minor. Students are placed in courses on the basis of testing at the beginning of the experience. Additional information about the Semester in Spain program is included in the section on off-campus programs.