In the Language and Literature Department, students will have the flexibility and faculty support to design a course of study that will help them achieve their educational and professional goals. For some students this may mean a Spanish education major, for others a double major in Spanish and Marketing or a minor in Spanish with a major in Psychology. The faculty in the Language and Literature Department is committed to working closely with our majors and other departments to offer courses that deliver a rigorous and purposeful learning experience. Please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for more detailed information.
The first option for the Spanish major includes a minimum of 33-36 credit hours in Spanish beginning at any 200-level course. It is designed to provide a solid foundation in Spanish language, literature and civilization to students who want to become teachers or go to graduate school.
This second option is intended primarily for those students who plan to make use of the Spanish language in a professional environment other than teaching. It requires a minimum of 42-45 credit hours (24 in Spanish, 21 in other discipline).
The Spanish education program provides a strong foundation in Spanish and focuses on the preparation of teachers according to NCATE/ACTFL and Illinois Content Standards for Educators.
Spanish students who are seeking teaching certification must be admitted to the Education Department, complete all requirements for Option I: Spanish Language, Literature and Civilization, all general education courses, and all professional education courses with a minimum grade of "C," and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition, candidates must successfully complete state certification requirements and the oral proficiency interview (OPI) test.
Consult the Education Department section of the catalog for specific requirements and procedures.
All Spanish minors must complete with grades of "C" or above 18 hours in Spanish courses. Spanish courses start to count beginning at the intermediate (103-104) level. Up to 3 credit hours of Spanish courses/other related discipline courses (e.g. History of Mexico) taught in English could count towards the minor.