NEW STUDENTS

RECOMMENDED  SCHEDULE FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

A) 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) 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) 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) 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) Schedule for first-year students who place into ADVANCED Spanish 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]

FAQs

1) Do I need to take the placement exam?

  • YES, if you didn't take an AP or IB higher level exam in Spanish.
  • 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) Why should I complete the language GER during my first year?

  • Age is an important factor in language acquisition and you don't want to forget the Spanish your learned in high school.
  • 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...
  • The S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grade option is never available in SPAN 100/200-level courses, so there is no advantage in waiting. However, you can do it for other GER's during your second year and later. 

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Email spanish@lawrence.edu

MAJORS AND MINORS

FORMS

FAQs

1) 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. .

2) 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.

Other questions?

Email spanish@lawrence.edu