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Foreign Language Requirement

Students complete one 3 SH course in a foreign language. Students may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in a course on campus or elsewhere, in a semester-long intercultural or in select 6 SH summer intercultural programs. The schedule of future intercultural programs will identify which intercultural programs have a foreign language course. A foreign language course counts as one of the two required intercultural designate courses. Testing is available through EMU Career Services for students who wish to receive credit for languages in which they are fluent.

Spanish Placement Guidelines

Spanish is offered every semester; placement in the appropriate course is based on years or semesters of experience in the language and the average grade received in the course(s). Please use the chart below to determine the right course for you.

Note: If you speak Spanish at home, have a background in a Spanish-speaking country and/or have taken AP Spanish, you are not permitted to take 100- or 200- level classes; you will not receive credit for these courses.

You must choose the level of Spanish your advisors have recommended based on this chart. If you find a course is too easy or need a challenge, you may ask to be placed in a more advanced course. Please consult Dr. Adriana Rojas of the Spanish faculty (, extension 4666) if you have any questions or concerns about placement.

Grade(s) Earned in High School
                        D or lower
0 years of Spanish
SPAN 110
1 year/1 semester block
SPAN 120
     SPAN 110
      SPAN 110
       SPAN 110
2 years/2 semester blocks
SPAN 120
     SPAN 120
      SPAN 110
       SPAN 110
3 years/3 semester blocks
SPAN 120
     SPAN 120
      SPAN 110
       SPAN 110
4 years/4 semester blocks
SPAN 210
     SPAN 210
      SPAN 120
        SPAN 120
5 years/5 semester blocks
SPAN 220
     SPAN 220
       SPAN 210
       SPAN 120
Spanish for Heritage Speakers, AP Spanish, AP Spanish Lit, or dual immersion programs
SPAN 301, 302 or 303
or with permission of instructor:  SPAN 330, 335,  or 360

Course Key

  • SPAN 110 Elementary Spanish I (see note below)
  • SPAN 120 Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 210 Intermediate Spanish I (see note below)
  • SPAN 220 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 301 The Art of Storytelling
  • SPAN 302 Flavors of Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN 303 Dictatorships and Social Movements
  • SPAN 330 Immigration Issues
  • SPAN 335 Spanish in the U.S.
  • SPAN 360 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

SPAN 110 Elementary Spanish I is reserved for students with no or limited experience in studying Spanish.

SPAN 210 Intermediate Spanish I is designed for students with 4 years/levels of experience in Spanish.  SPAN 210 reviews content students have already studied.  For example, Unit 1 reviews the present tense, ser/estar, and gustar

Grading Scale for All Spanish Courses

Implemented Fall 2013

Grading Table

Spanish Resources

Our Spanish faculty members have gathered many resources for your studies in the language, including:

  • online dictionaries
  • listening comprehension practice
  • speaking
  • vocabulary
  • grammar
  • news, culture, and travel
  • Spanish for healthcare professionals
  • poetry and literature

There are a variety of events you can attend, too. Make new friends as you practice speaking and building your vocabulary by attending Tertulia!

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