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San Diego, CA 92182-6010

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October 18, 2013

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Majoring in Spanish

  1. What are the requirements for the Spanish major?
  2. Can I double major in Spanish?
  3. How do I declare Spanish as my major, minor or double major?
  4. How do I get my Spanish degree?
  5. What can I do with a degree in Spanish?
  6. Can I get a teaching credential through the Spanish department?
  7. Can I teach Spanish at the community college or university level with a Single-Subject Teaching Credential?
  8. What are the requirements for the Spanish minor?
  9. Can I minor in Portuguese?

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Translation and Interpretation Studies Certificate

  1. What courses are required for the Translation and Interpretation Studies Certificate?
  2. Are there exam requirements for the Translation and Interpretation Studies Program?
  3. Who is the advisor for the Translation Certificate?

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Study Abroad Questions

  1. After I study abroad and my courses appear on my transcript, is my international experience requirement cleared?
  2. Where do I go to find information about Study Abroad Programs that will count towards my degree?
  3. Do my courses need to be pre-approved before I study abroad?
  4. Can I transfer Spanish courses taken at universities at Spanish-speaking countries or non-SDSU study abroad programs that appear on my transcripts but were not pre-approved?

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Language Level

  1. If I took Spanish in high school, what Spanish course should I sign up for?
  2. I don't know what my level in Spanish is; I speak it at home.
  3. Can I take 381 after taking 301 since I just discovered I should have taken heritage speaker courses?
  4. What Spanish courses do I need to take for the International Business Major?

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Majoring in Spanish

  1. What are the requirements for the Spanish major?

    Students admitted to the program prior to Fall 2011, need to take 30 units as follows:

    Span 301 and 302 or 381, Span 350 and 448, 6 units from Span 405A, 405B, 406A, 406B, 3 units from Span 340,341 or 342, and 9 to 12 units of electives which include the Study Abroad or International Experience Requirement.

    Beginning in 2011-2012 students need to take 30 units as follows:

    A minimum of 30 upper division units taught in Spanish to include Spanish 301*, 302*, 350, 395, 448, 504 or another upper division Spanish course; Spanish 340 or 341 or 342; and nine units+ selected from 300- to 500-level Spanish courses. At least 15 upper division units for the major must be taken in residence through coursework offered by or sponsored by the SDSU Spanish department or by the CSU International Programs. Students who have successfully completed courses for upper division credit may not receive credit for lower division courses.

    >>Print the B.A. Requirements List (.pdf)

    * Spanish 381 replaces 301 and 302 for Spanish speakers.
    + Twelve units must be taken if Spanish 381 was taken in place of Spanish 301 and 302.

  2. Can I double major in Spanish?
    Yes. The requirements for both majors must be satisfied. Units for courses which could satisfy the requirements in both majors can be counted only once. Only one diploma will be granted but the diploma and transcript will note the completion of each major (General Catalog, 2010-2011, page 84)

  3. How do I declare Spanish as my major, minor or double major?
    Visit Esther Castro, the Undergraduate Advisor during her office hours so she can sign your paperwork. AL165, esther.castro@mail.sdsu.edu

  4. How do I get my Spanish degree?
    Once you have determined that you are eligible to graduate, you need to submit a graduation application and the non-refundable application fee. After your graduation application is processed, a graduation evaluation will be mailed to you in approximately eight to ten weeks. Graduation is based on the successful completion of all of your degree requirements by your date of graduation. See the Registrar’s Office website: http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/registrar/apply.html

  5. What can I do with a degree in Spanish?
    Having a degree in Spanish gives you career opportunities that are not available to only English-speakers. The ability to effectively communicate in Spanish opens up new vistas for you in an increasingly globalized world.

  6. Can I get a teaching credential through the Spanish department?
    No. However, after you obtain your bachelor's degree in Spanish, you can go to the Policy Studies Department or Teacher Education Department in the College of Education and apply for the teaching credential if you want to teach at the elementary, junior high, and high school level. For information about the BCLAD credential program contact Dr. Sara Maheronnaghsh: 619 594-3330/ smaheron@mail.sdsu.edu.

  7. Can I teach Spanish at the community college or university level with a Single-Subject Teaching Credential?
    No. You must complete a Master's degree in Spanish. Please see Esther Castro for additional information regarding teaching at the high school or community college level.

  8. What are the requirements for the Spanish minor?

    Students must take 18 units, 12 of which need to be upper division (300 level or higher).

    >>Print the Spanish Minor Requirements List (.pdf)

  9. Can I minor in Portuguese?

    Yes. The minor in Portuguese consists of a minimum of 15 units, 9 of which must be approved upper division courses to include at least six upper division courses taught in Portuguese. (See General Catalog, 2010-2011, p. 385).

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Translation and Interpretation Studies Certificate

  1. What courses are required for the Translation and Interpretation Studies Certificate?
    After meeting the basic requirements for admission (see General Catalog, 2010-2011, p.425), the student must complete with a GPA of 3.0 or better 15 units to include Spanish 491, 492, 493, 594A and 594B.

  2. Are there exam requirements for the Translation and Interpretation Studies Program?
    Yes. Besides course exams, students are required to take an entrance exam into the program if they don’t meet the required prerequisites. All students take an exit exam after completing the designated courses.

  3. Who is the advisor for the Translation Certificate?
    Christian Degueldre
    cdegueld@mail.sdsu.edu

    AL 159

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Study Abroad

  1. After I study abroad and my courses appear on my transcript, is my international experience requirement cleared?
    No. You must ask the advisor for a clearance form for study abroad.

  2. Where do I go to find information about Study Abroad Programs that will count towards my degree?
    Email them at travel.program@sdsu.edu . Call or 619 594-5154 or drop by the International Student Center.

  3. Do my courses need to be pre-approved before I study abroad?
    Yes. You must go to the Undergraduate Advisor so she can review and approve your classes. The study abroad office provides the form.

  4. Can I transfer Spanish courses taken at universities at Spanish-speaking countries or non-SDSU study abroad programs that appear on my transcripts but were not pre-approved?
    Maybe. It is possible to file a request for Academic Adjustment after you bring an actual syllabus or a formal catalog description of the courses to the Undergraduate Advisor.

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Language Level

  1. If I took Spanish in high school, what Spanish course should I sign up for?
    High school foreign language courses may be used for purposes of placement in college courses and may be counted toward meeting the language requirement in various majors. (General Catalog, 2010-2011 p. 425)

    Register for:
    Span 102 if you completed Spanish 2 (2nd year) in high school.
    Span 201 or 281 if you completed Spanish 3 (3rd year) in high school.
    Span 202 or 282 if you completed Spanish 4 (4th year) in high school.
    Span 211 Companion course to be taken simultaneously with 201.
    Spanish 212 Companion course to be taken simultaneously with 202.
    (281 replaces 201 + 211 and 282 replaces 202 +212 for Heritage speakers)

  2. I don't know what my level in Spanish is; I speak it at home.
    You need to see Esther Castro, the Undergraduate Advisor. See contact information below.

  3. Can I take 381 after taking 301 since I just discovered I should have taken heritage speaker courses?

    No. If you take 301 you need to take 302. Please speak to Esther Castro, the Undergraduate Advisor for further clarification: Esther Castro esther.castro@mail.sdsu.edu Al 165.


  4. What Spanish courses do I need to take for the International Business Major?
    Regular Track
    Span 301
    Span 302
    Span 307
    Span 497
    Heritage Speaker Track
    Span 381
    Span 350, or 491, or 493
    Span 307
    Span 497

    Please see Esther Castro for additional information regarding each track. Also, check with the appropriate International Business advisor: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~ib/

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