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Moravian College
Modern Languages and Literatures

Spanish


 Spanish Major for Non-Native Speakers
 Spanish Major for Heritage Speakers
 Spanish Minor
 Dual Certification
 Spanish for Health Professionals Certificate Program


The Spanish Major for Non-Native Speakers

A major in Spanish for non-native speakers consists of ten course units above 105. Normally it will include Spanish 110, 120, 210, and 215; one course chosen from Spanish 241, 243, 255, 256, 259; a minimum one-semester study abroad (in which a minimum of three courses must be taken in the language of study); and two courses at the 300 level. Special topics courses at the 200 and 300 level count towards a major. Only one internship in modern language may be taken for credit towards a major in that language. 

During their course of study at Moravian College, all students majoring in Spanish will be required to study abroad for a minimum of one semester in a country where Spanish is the principal language. Upon declaring a major in Spanish, students (in consultation with their advisors) must work out a schedule which will make study abroad possible.

The department recognizes that there will be cases that call for a special exception to the study abroad policy. These cases will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to apply for an exception to the study abroad policy must contact the Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. Unless the student has already spent a minimum of one year, as an adult, in a country where the foreign language is spoken, the student will not, generally speaking, be waived of the entire study abroad requirement. Courses taken during study abroad must be approved by the department prior to the student's registration for the program.

The Spanish Major for Heritage Speakers

A major in Spanish for heritage speakers  also consists of ten courses and most likely will include Spanish 125, 210, and 215; one or two courses at the 200 level chosen from 241, 243, 255, 256, 259; a minimum one-semester study abroad (three courses in the language of study); and two courses at the 300 level, one of which must be taken at the college in the senior year. Special topics courses at the 200 and 300 level. 

During their course of study at Moravian College, all students majoring Spanish will be required to study abroad for a minimum of one semester in a country where Spanish is the principal language. Upon declaring a major in a Spanish, students (in consultation with their advisors) must work out a schedule which will make study abroad possible.

The department recognizes that there will be cases that call for a special exception to the study abroad policy. These cases will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to apply for an exception to the study abroad policy must contact the Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. Unless the student has already spent a minimum of one year, as an adult, in a country where the foreign language is spoken, the student will not, generally speaking, be waived of the entire study abroad requirement. Courses taken during study abroad must be approved by the department prior to the student's registration for the program.

The Spanish Minor

The Spanish minor for non-native speakers consists of five course units above Spanish 105 including Spanish 110, 120, 210, and 215; plus one chosen from among Spanish 241, 243, 255, 256 and 259. If a student has the appropriate language competence, the student could complete a Spanish minor starting with 120 and then continuing with 210, 215, and any other course at the 200 or 300 level. 

The Spanish minor for heritage speakers also consists of five course units. It includes Spanish 125, 210, and 215; and at least one course chosen from among Spanish 241, 243, 255, 256, 259 or any 300-level course. Although not recommended, a heritage speaker may complete a Spanish minor starting at the 200 level and then continuing with 210, 215 and any other courses at the 200 or 300 level as appropriate.

Dual Certification in Modern Languages and Literatures

When a student completes a full major in one modern language (French, German or Spanish), certification may be obtained in a second under the following conditions:

  • Completion of seven courses above the elementary level in the second modern language, with the understanding that a desired level of proficiency may be reached after completion of fewer than seven courses in exceptional cases. It is also possible that a student may be required to complete work beyond the seven courses if, in the judgment of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, the competence required for certification has not been achieved. The student must achieve the required 3.00 average in each language to be recommended for certification. Student-teaching experience is required in all languages in which certification is anticipated.
  • The seven courses must include Modern Language 210, 215, and 241 (or equivalent), and one additional literature course. As with all other modern languages and literatures majors, a fall or spring term abroad is required.
  • Students interested in dual certification in modern languages are advised to consult with their Education Department and major advisors early in their academic program.

Spanish for Health Professionals Certificate Program

The Certificate Program in Spanish for Health Professionals emphasizes cross-cultural communication and Spanish language acquisition for students employed in or pursuing careers in health-related professions. The four courses required for the program will help students develop proficiency in conversational Spanish with an emphasis on practical interactions in health and medical contexts. Students will also develop cultural competencies in relating to people from Hispanic cultures. The certificate consists of Spanish 103, 106, 111, and FORL 235. Students must earn a C or better in Spanish 106 in order to progress to the upper-level courses in the certificate.