• Modern Languages: Spanish

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    Modern Languages
    MS-B1805
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    651-523-2295

    Maria Jesus Leal
    Department Chair
    651-523-2603
    mleal01@hamline.edu

     

  • Spanish students working together in class

    Spanish Major 

    Students are encouraged to take MODL 1010: The Language Phenomenon, or 1020: Language and Society, which are taught in English, early in their careers. If possible, students should declare their major as sophomores. Such a time frame allows for adequate planning and discussion with advisors relating to appropriate courses and study abroad opportunities.

    Students without a specific career objective are encouraged to complement their language major with a second major and to discuss possible objectives with a member of the department. In the past, students have chosen to double major in such fields as anthropology, biology, communication studies, global studies, management and economics, mathematics, political science, and psychology. The LEAD program offers opportunities for internships and for exploring both work and community service. Those seeking teaching licensure are encouraged to discuss their career plans with a member of the department as soon as possible.

    Language Placement Exam

    All 1st year, transfer and returning students are required to take the placement exam before registering for their first Hamline German, French or Spanish language class. (There is currently no placement test for Chinese; incoming students should e-mail Professor Hellen Yin for Chinese placement advice.)

    *The test takes 10-25 minutes on average.
    *Test results are available on-line within a few minutes of taking the exam.
    *The test results indicate clearly which appropriate level students should register for, including 1st (1110), 2nd (1120), 3rd (3210) and 4th (3220) semester language level. Scores higher than 4th semester should register for an Advanced Composition, Conversation or Reading course. See Modern Languages Department webpages for course descriptions.

    For more information and to access the test, visit www.hamline.edu/languageplacement.

    Major Requirements

    (Note: Courses in language study through the minimum level required for the major, SPAN 3220, are counted toward breadth of study.)

    A Spanish major consists of 10 courses as follows:

    Note

     Some upper-division courses taught in English but focusing on the Spanish-speaking world may count. Please consult with Professor Younoszai, Professor Leal, or Professor Bell for course approval. Courses taken abroad may be substituted for some of the required Spanish courses. Undergraduate research is highly recommended.

    K-12 Teaching License in Spanish

    Spanish majors pursuing a K-12 teaching license must complete a standard Spanish major, however, they must take both MODL 1010 and 1020 for a total of eleven (11) courses in the major. In addition, an assessment of advanced language proficiency and knowledge of Spanish culture are required. Students must also complete the education department courses required for a Minnesota teaching license. The methods course required for this K-12 license is EDU 5881: World Language Methods.

    Learn more about the K-12 Teaching License in Spanish >