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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Spanish Minor


Requirements for a Minor in Spanish


The minor in Spanish is designed for students majoring in the professions or other disciplines who wish to enhance their knowledge of the primary field by perfecting their Spanish language skills and comprehension of culture. Students choosing Spanish as a minor program must complete a total of 21 hours of Spanish beyond the 200-level. The minor is especially geared toward students in the professions; it is strongly recommended that minors take the appropriate courses for their field (from SPA 304, 305, and 306), as well as SPA 303 Professional Writing. In addition, students choosing Spanish as a teachable minor must take two civilization and culture courses, SPA 314, and SPA 335. The total number of credits required for the minor is the same regardless of the emphasis.

Credits for SPA 101, 102, 150, 201, 202, 203, or 204 will not be counted toward the major or minor.

Requirements for a Spanish Secondary Education Minor


Students choosing Spanish as a teachable minor must complete 21 credits including: two civilization and culture courses, SPA 314, and SPA 335. In addition, students with a Spanish Secondary Education minor must study abroad in a Spanish speaking country for a minimum of one semester (12-15 credits in Spanish at the 300-level) in a departmentally-approved program. Courses taken during the study abroad semester may fulfill some of the courses required for the minor. The semester abroad should take place after students have completed SPA 322. Students who cannot meet this requirement will need to complete an alternative plan approved by the Spanish section’s Study Abroad Committee. Students interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Spanish are urged to meet with a Spanish advisor as early as possible in their program.

It is a requirement of the Michigan Department of Education and Grand Valley’s College of Education that teacher candidates achieve the Advanced Low level on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in Spanish before student teaching. Information sessions on the OPI and other requirements for certification are provided regularly, but students should work closely with their advisor in Spanish. Students planning to teach Spanish are strongly encouraged to fulfill the study abroad requirement before attempting the OPI.

Credits for SPA 101, 102, 150, 201, 202, 203, or 204 will not be counted toward the major or minor.
 

Requirements for a Spanish Elementary Education Minor


Students choosing Spanish as a teachable minor for elementary education certification (in conjunction with the comprehensive science and arts for teaching major) must complete 27 credits including: