Spanish Department

Major & Minor

For native speakers of English, a 12-semester-hour competency (through third-semester 201) level in French, German, Spanish, Latin or Greek is required for the bachelor of arts degree and for certain preprofessional programs. This requirement may be satisfied only by successful completion of 201, or a higher level course, on the Hillsdale campus.

Students who arrive with a 12-semester-hour competency in Spanish, as determined exclusively by the Hillsdale College placement test, must take at least one three-credit course at Hillsdale College above the 201 level in Spanish in order to satisfy the requirement.

No student may fulfill the B.A. degree language requirement by means of the placement exam alone. Optionally, a student may elect another of the languages offered at Hillsdale to satisfy the bachelor of arts requirement by successfully completing the (third-semester) 201 course in said language on campus.

Satisfactory completion of two semesters of Freshman Rhetoric and the Great Books fulfills the bachelor of arts requirement in foreign language for students from non-English-speaking cultures who demonstrate possession of literary competence in their native tongue.

Students entering with high school Spanish credits must take an entrance language placement examination. Those demonstrating sufficient command of the language to begin study on the 102 or 201 level need complete only the remaining one or two courses (through 201).

Any student qualifying on the basis of a departmental placement test to enter a Spanish course numbered 102 or higher may receive a maximum of four hours of credit by successfully taking the CLEP examination. This test may be taken only once and must be taken during the first semester of enrollment at Hillsdale. If a student has more than four hours of Advanced Placement credit in Spanish, or if a student has transferred or is expected to transfer more than four hours of Spanish credit from another institution, said student is NOT eligible to take the CLEP exam in Spanish for credit.

Spanish Major & Minor

Requirements for a field of concentration: a minimum of 27 semester hours in Spanish, not including 101, 102 or 201. The student must complete the following:

  • Spanish 202: Intensive Intermediate Spanish I
  • Spanish 302: Spanish Civilization & Culture or Spanish 303: Iberoamerican Civilization & Culture
  • Spanish 412: Spanish-American Literature
  • Spanish 413: Spanish Literature: 1140-1700
  • Spanish 414: Spanish Literature: 1700-1910
  • Spanish 415: Spanish Literature: 1910-Present

In addition, student must take least three of the following:

  • Spanish 306: Composition & Grammar Review
  • Spanish 310: Oral Spanish
  • Spanish 406: Advanced Composition & Conversation
  • Spanish 408: Spanish for International Business

Minor

A minor in Spanish shall consist of 20 semester hours of coursework beyond the beginning (101) level and must include:

  • Spanish 202: Intensive Intermediate Spanish I
  • Spanish 302: Spanish Civilization or Spanish 303: Iberoamerican Civilization

In addition, students must take at least one of the following:

  • Spanish 306: Composition & Grammar Review
  • Spanish 310: Oral Spanish
  • Spanish 406: Advanced Composition & Conversation
  • Spanish 408: Spanish for International Business

Students must also take a literature course at the 400 level.