Important Information

Beginning language and culture courses 

Beginning Spanish language and culture courses SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 are designed for students who did not grow up hearing Spanish at home. SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 are not interchangeable.

  • SPAN 101 is for students with zero or almost no knowledge of Spanish.
  • You may only take SPAN 102 if you have completed SPAN 101 or obtained the required placement score.

Intermediate language and culture courses

SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 203, or SPAN 204 fulfill the language competency requirement for the B.A. degree, but they are not interchangeable.

Intermediate Spanish courses for second-language learners (i.e., students who did not grow up hearing Spanish at home):

  • SPAN 201 is a class for students of Spanish as a second-language who have a novice-high level of competency and aim to reach an intermediate-low level of linguistic and cultural proficiency. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement.

  • SPAN 202 is a class for students of Spanish as a second-language who have an intermediate-low level of competency and aim to reach an intermediate-high level of linguistic and cultural proficiency. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or placement. SPAN 202 fulfills the first requirement for a Spanish major or minor.

Classes for heritage learners (i.e., students who grew up hearing Spanish at home):

  • SPAN 203. You should take this class if you understand (some) Spanish from hearing it at home and would like to learn more about the language with other students who have similar experiences. This class does not have a prerequisite. 
  • SPAN 204. An intermediate-high class for heritage learners of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or permission from Prof. Míriam Rodríguez-Guerra. SPAN 204 may fulfill the first requirement for a Spanish major or minor.

NEW AND TRANSFER STUDENTS:

1st YEAR: RECOMMENDED  SCHEDULE

A) If you place into SPAN 101:

FallSPAN 101 (only offered in fall; no prerequisites)
Winter: SPAN 102 (only offered in fall and winter)
Spring: SPAN 201

If you place into SPAN 102:

Fall: SPAN 102 (prerequisite: SPAN 101 or placement)
Winter: SPAN 201 (second-language learners) or SPAN 203 (heritage language learners)
Spring: SPAN 202 

If you place into SPAN 201

Fall:  SPAN 201 (prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement)
Winter: SPAN 202
Spring: SPAN 300-level

If you place into SPAN 202:

Fall: SPAN 202 (prerequisite: SPAN 201/203 or placement)
Winter: SPAN 300-level
Spring: SPAN 300/400-level

If you place into SPAN 203 or SPAN 204:

Prof. Míriam Rodríguez-Guerra will recommend an appropriate sequence of SPAN courses for you.

Important textbook information! SPAN 101, 102, 201, and 202 are a sequence of courses that use a common set of materials by the publisher Vista Higher Learning. Students purchase access to these materials just once whether they need to take one, two, or more courses in the sequence. 

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)

FAQs

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 are a heritage learner or 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?

It can open interesting academic opportunities. You can study abroad in Latin America or Spain and complete a minor or major. 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 practice 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 miriam.rodriguezguerra@lawrence.edu.

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 bilingual communication skills, and they find a community of peers with shared interests and experiences. Contact Assistant Professor of Spanish Míriam Rodríguez Guerra at miriam.rodriguezguerra@lawrence.edu to discuss the best fit for you.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

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 w/ ADV placement)
  • At most two additional SPAN 300-level
  • At least two SPAN 400-level
  • At least four SPAN 500-level
  • One elective (read more)
  • Senior Experience
  • SPAN 202 (or 300-level w/ADV placement)
  • At most one additional SPAN 300-level
  • At least one SPAN 400-level
  • At least two SPAN 500-level
  • One elective (read more)

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?

FORMS

FAQs ABOUT THE SPANISH MAJOR OR MINOR

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