The classes SPAN 201, SPAN 202, or SPAN 203 fulfill the language competency requirement for graduation.
SPAN 201 is for second-language students of Spanish and SPAN 203 is designed for heritage speakers of Spanish.


  • STEP 1: Take the online placement. (You can do this as soon as you are admitted to LU.)
  • STEP 2. Register ASAP for the class that is indicated by the placement test.


A) If you place into SPAN 101:

FallSPAN 101 (only offered in fall)
Winter: SPAN 102 (only offered in fall and winter)
Spring: SPAN 201

If you place into SPAN 102:

Fall: SPAN 102
Winter: SPAN 201 or SPAN 203 (heritage)
Spring: SPAN 202

If you place into SPAN 201

Fall:  SPAN 201
Winter: SPAN 202
Spring: SPAN 300-level

If you place into SPAN 202:

Fall: SPAN 202
Winter: SPAN 300-level
Spring: SPAN 300/400-level

If you place into ADVANCED OR if you have an AP score of 4+ or IB (HL) 6+:

Fall: SPAN 300-level 
Winter: SPAN 300/400-level
Spring: SPAN 400-level (or 500-level with instructor approval)

If you are a heritage speaker of Spanish and you place into SPAN 102, 201, or 202

Email Assistant Professor of Spanish Míriam Rodríguez Guerra at


1) Do I have to take the placement exam?

  • YES, if you don't have credit from AP/IB exams or approved transfer credit
  • NO, if you have prior Spanish credit from one of these two sources:
    • a score of 4+ in AP Spanish (Language or literature) or 6+ in IB (HL)
    • approved transfer coursework at the SPAN 201 level or above

Click here for the placement exam.

2) Why is it a good idea to complete the language requirement during my first year?

I will open doors for you. You can study abroad and complete a minor, if you are interested. Proficiency in Spanish and international experience are important for many career paths today. Read more.

3) Spanish is spoken at home, but I don't speak it often and I don't know what class I should take. Who can help me? 

Contact Assistant Professor of Spanish Míriam Rodríguez Guerra at

4) I already speak Spanish. Why should I take a Spanish class at Lawrence?

Lawrence offers advanced classes in Spanish, Latin American, and Latinx culture, linguistics, literature, art, and film, most of them taught in Spanish by faculty from Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Chile, and the U.S. Many native and heritage speakers of Spanish take these classes because they find them interesting, they can polish their writing and communication skills in Spanish, and they find a community of peers who share their interests and experience. Contact Assistant Professor of Spanish Míriam Rodríguez Guerra at to discuss the best fit for you.


Email the Chair of Spanish

How many classes do I need to MAJOR or MINOR in Spanish?

MAJOR (10 courses + S.E.) MINOR (6 courses)
  • SPAN 202 (or 300-level)
  • Two SPAN 300-level
  • Two SPAN 400-level
  • Four SPAN 500-level
  • One elective
  • Senior Experience
  • SPAN 202 (or 300-level)
  • One SPAN 300-level
  • One SPAN 400-level
  • Two SPAN 500-level
  • One elective

See important details on Course Catalog.

AP Credit for SPAN Major/Minor

  • A score of 4+ on the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam receives 6 units of credit and fulfills a requirement for the major/minor (equivalent to SPAN 202). 
  • A score of 4+ on the AP Spanish Literature and Culture receives 6 units of credit and fulfills a requirement for the major/minor (equivalent to SPAN 320.)

IB Credit for SPAN Major/Minor

  • A score of 6+ on the IB Spanish Exam at the HL level receives 6 units of credit and fulfills a requirement for the major/minor (equivalent to SPAN 202). 

Roadmap to the major

What off-campus courses fulfill major/minor requirements?



1) Can I complete a major or minor if I have not taken Spanish before (or only 1-2 years)? 

YES, you can complete the major if you start taking Spanish (SPAN 101) during your first term at Lawrence.

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

Off-campus study is not required, although many students take advantage of this opportunity. You can find information about off-campus programs here.

Other questions?

Email the Chair of Spanish