FAQs for any students who is interested in taking Spanish

1) Do I need to take the placement exam?

Yes, if you didn't take an AP or IB higher level exam in Spanish (or if you did, but you don't have the minimum score).

No, if you have a score of 4+ in AP Spanish (Language or literature) or 6+ in IB (HL). In this case, just submit your AP/IB score to the Registrar and register for a SPAN 300-level class in the fall.

Click here for the placement exam.

2) Should I complete the language GER during my first year?

Yes. These are the reasons for fulfilling the language GER during your first year:

(1) the S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grade option is never available in SPAN 100/200-level courses, so there is no advantage in waiting for this reason. 

(2) Age is a factor in language acquisition, so it's generally easier for younger students.

(3) If you took Spanish in high school, it will be harder to remember what you learned after a long interruption.

3) Are all Spanish courses offered every term?

No. SPAN 101 is only offered in the fall term and SPAN 102 is only offered in the winter term. SPAN 201 and 202 are offered every term, and upper level courses vary from term to term.

4) How do prerequisites work in Spanish?

Course prerequisites for Spanish are either the required placement score or the previous course level (i.e. SPAN 101 -> 102 -> 201 -> 202 -> 300s -> 400s -> 500s).

5) What are the recommended steps for new Spanish students?

Note: SPAN 201 fulfills the language GER for B.A. students (and students in the double-degree program). SPAN 102 fulfills the language requirement for B.Mus. and BMA students. Beginners and students who took fewer than 4 years of Spanish in high school may need up to 3 courses to fulfill the B.A. requirement, depending on their placement.

Step #1: Take the online placement exam in Spanish. See instructions.

Step #2: Register for the recommended Spanish course, according to your placement score:

  • SPAN 101 -> fall 
  • SPAN 102 -> winter
  • SPAN 201 -> fall, winter or spring
  • SPAN 202 -> fall, winter or spring
  • Advanced (= SPAN 300-level class) - fall, winter or spring (class numbers and topics will vary)

Step #3: Find the required textbook and other materials on the course page (see the schedule) and order them before classes start (shipping can take 1-2 weeks!). 

Sample schedule

A) Sample schedule for first-year students who place into SPAN 101:

  • Fall: FRST 100 + SPAN 101 +  [class in area of potential major/minor]  
  • Winter: FRST 101 +  SPAN 102  + [class in area of potential major/minor]
  • Spring: SPAN 201 + [class in area of potential major/minor] + [class fulfilling another GER]

B) Sample schedule for first-year students who place into SPAN 102:

  • Fall: FRST 100 + [class in area of potential major/minor] + [class fulfilling another GER]
  • Winter: FRST 101 +  SPAN 102  + [class in area of potential major/minor]
  • Spring: SPAN 201 + [class in area of potential major/minor] + [class fulfilling another GER]

C) Sample schedule for first-year students who place into SPAN 201:

  • Fall: FRST 100 + SPAN 201 +  [class in area of potential major/minor] 
  • Winter: FRST 101 + SPAN 202* + [class in area of potential major/minor]
  • Spring: SPAN 300-level course + [class in area of potential major/minor] + [class fulfilling another GER]

D) Sample schedule for first-year students who place into SPAN 202:

  • Fall: FRST 100 + SPAN 202 +  [class in area of potential major/minor]
  • Winter: FRST 101 + SPAN 300-level course + [class in area of potential major/minor]
  • Spring: SPAN 300/400-level course + [class in area of potential major/minor] + [class fulfilling another GER]

E) Sample schedule for first-year students who place into ADVANCED courses:

  • Fall: FRST 100 + SPAN 300-level course +  [class in other potential major/minor]
  • Winter: FRST 101 + SPAN 300/400-level course + [class in other potential major/minor]
  • Spring: SPAN 300/400-level course + [class in other potential major/minor] + [class fulfilling another GER]

*SPAN 202 is the first requirement for the Spanish major or minor. If you plan to take SPAN 202, email spanish@lawrence.edu to discuss your plans.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Email spanish@lawrence.edu

FAQs for students who are considering a Spanish major or minor

1) Can I start a Spanish major or minor now?

Yes, you can definitely start a major or minor in Spanish if you are a first or second-year student. Make an appointment at spanish@lawrence.edu.

2) Can I complete a Spanish major or minor if I don't know any Spanish, or if I have taken only 1-2 years of Spanish in high school? 

Beginners can complete the major if they start taking Spanish right away and complete a semester of study abroad. A minor is within reach for first- and second-year students with or without studying abroad. Click here to see a roadmap to the SPAN major.

3) What are the current requirements for the Spanish major and minor?

Click here to see a checklist of requirements for the Spanish major.

Click here to see a checklist of requirements for the Spanish minor.

4) What is the recommended sequence and timeline of Spanish courses I should take for the major?

Click here to see the roadmap to the major by year/term. 

5) How do I declare a Spanish major or minor?

Download and fill out the major declaration form here.

6) How do I add a Spanish advisor?

Download and fill out the add/change advisor form here.

7) Do I have to study abroad to complete a Spanish major or minor?

No, off-campus study is not required, although many students take advantage of this opportunity. You can find information about off-campus programs here.

8) What off-campus classes complete requirements for the Spanish major or minor?

Click here to download the chart of course equivalencies between off-campus Spanish courses in sponsored programs and on-campus course levels. You should always discuss your choices with your advisor or department chair.

9) I have other questions. Who can I talk to?

Email spanish@lawrence.edu