FOR NEW STUDENTS:

Note: SPAN 201 fulfills the language GER for B.A. students. Beginners and students who took fewer than 4 years of Spanish in high school may need up to 3 courses to fulfill the 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 prof. Rosa Tapia at rosa.tapia@lawrence.edu to discuss your plans.

FAQs for incoming and new students

1) DO I NEED TO TAKE THE SPANISH 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. 

2) SHOULD I FULFILL THE LANGUAGE GER DURING MY FIRST YEAR OR SHOULD I WAIT?

Do it ASAP for these reasons: (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; and (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, they are not. 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 CAN I DO IF THERE IS NO ROOM IN MY SCHEDULE FOR LANGUAGE COURSES AND I NEED TO COMPLETE THE GER TO GRADUATE IN TIME? 

With proper academic planning, all B.A. students following a conventional 4-year graduation timeline (and B.A. + B.Mus. students in the 5-year program) in any major should have room in their schedules for up to 3 language courses. However, in some cases, students want to graduate early or their timeline was delayed by a leave of absence, a late change/addition of a major, or similar circumstances. In these cases, students have the option of taking the 18-unit summer intensive class (six weeks of daily classes from 3rd week in June until the end of July). This special course has separate tuition at a 40% discount. Registration is required in person at the Registrar's office by May 1st and it requires a $500 deposit.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact prof. Rosa Tapia (tapiar@lawrence.edu). 

Spanish major and minor

FAQs

Can I start a Spanish major or minor now?

Yes, if you are a first or second-year student, but you should talk to the chair of Spanish immediately (Rosa Tapia, rosa.tapia@lawrence.edu). 

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? 

You can complete the major if you start taking Spanish during your first term at Lawrence, continue taking Spanish every term after that, and complete a semester of study abroad. A minor is doable for first and second-year students with or without study abroad. Click here to see a roadmap to the SPAN major.

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

What is the optimal roadmap for the major starting at different levels?

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

How do I declare a Spanish major or minor?

Download and fill out the major declaration form here.

How do I add a Spanish advisor?

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

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

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

I have other questions. Who can I talk to?

Email professor Rosa Tapia at rosa.tapia@lawrence.edu

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