May 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, B.A.

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Program Learning Outcomes

1)  Demonstrate mastery of the syntax, morphology, and semantics of the target language in both written and spoken form.
2)  Demonstrate knowledge of the organization of the target language’s sound system and the production of said sounds.
3)  Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of the basic branches of linguistics, such as syntax, morphology, phonology and sociolinguistics as it pertains to the target language.
4)  Demonstrate recognition of social and regional variation.
5)  Demonstrate knowledge of distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc. of the country or countries where the target language is spoken.
6)  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the patterns of social interactions, as well as the meanings, attitudes, values, and ideas of the target cultures.
7)  Demonstrate knowledge of the main authors, literary trends, and styles connected with a given course’s focus and time period.
8)  Demonstrate mastery of the technique of analyzing literature through close reading and the application of literary theory appropriate to the undergraduate level.
9)  Be able to conduct research and write a research paper of an appropriate length for the undergraduate level, in conformity with the Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines and format (as required by area of study).

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 32-36

Basic Requirements: (32-36 Credits)

One course in Applied grammar from:

One experiential learning opportunity

In order to fully embrace the Geneseo Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education (Broad and Specialized Knowledge, Intellectual and Practical Skills, Integrative and Applied Learning), all students must complete one of the following experiential learning opportunities. The experience must have a Spanish language component to it and be pre-approved by the Spanish faculty. Recommended opportunities: Study Abroad, classroom assistant, volunteering, tutoring, internship, undergraduate research, portfolio.


 A minimum of 32 credits of foreign language at the 300 and/or 400-level is required for the major. A minimum of 20 credits (including 213*, 301, 302, and 401) must be taken at Geneseo.

*Students who place at the advanced level via exam do not need to take SPAN 213.

Recommended:  Study Abroad or LANG 150.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: all 300 and 400-level courses in fulfillment of the 32-36 hour requirement for the major.

Department Writing Requirement

During their Junior year, students will write a 500- to 600-word essay in the target language under examination conditions. Students will have 2 hours to write on a topic provided at the time of the examination. Students may use bilingual dictionaries and/or dictionaries of the target language. Written proficiency must be at or above the Advanced Low Level of Proficiency as described in the Proficiency Guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. To take the exam, students must enroll in SPAN 401.  NOTE: the exam can only be attempted once per semester. 

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Study Abroad Credit(s): 15
SPAN Lit Credit(s): 4
SPAN Ling Credit(s): 4
SPAN Elective Credit(s): 4
Elective Credit(s): 3


Fourth Year

Fall (17 Credit Hours)

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

SPAN Elective Credit(s): 4
SPAN Elective Credit(s): 4
Elective Credit(s): 4
Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 120


*These courses are recommended by the Department; they are not requirements. A minimum of one semester of study abroad is strongly recommended by the Department.

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

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