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Advanced Spanish Language Skills

For those students who have:

  • An equivalent 202/212/276, or 301, or 302 skill level as a native or heritage language speaker ‐ or ‐
  • had classes at other institutions ‐ or ‐
  • advanced their Spanish through informal language immersion experiences, it is possible to substitute higher level courses for some required courses.

Course substitutions will be approved after the student’s Spanish language skills have been appropriately evaluated. Contact Kate Merrill, Undergraduate Academic Advisor for Spanish for more details.

Substitutions may be considered for:

  • Spanish 301 ‐ Topics in Hispanic Culture and Language
  • Spanish 302 ‐ Developing Spanish Writing Skills

And in some cases:

  • Spanish 307 ‐ Introduction to Hispanic Literature

These courses are the prerequisites for most courses above 307. If course substitutions have been approved for any or all of these courses, students may need assistance when registering for courses. For assistance contact Kate Merrill, Undergraduate Academic Advisor for Spanish.


What Spanish class should I take?

Spanish 301 - Topics in Hispanic Culture and Language

This course is an intermediate ‐ level culture class in which students develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish. It is for students who have just completed Spanish 202/212/276 or who need more skill development before taking Spanish 302 and 307. If a student finds Spanish 301 very difficult, they should consider taking another topic at this level.

If you have completed Spanish 301, you are ready to take Spanish 302 and Spanish 307. Both Spanish 302 and 307 may be taken in one semester if one chooses.

Spanish 302 - Developing Spanish Writing Skills

In this course students develop confidence and skill using Spanish as a vehicle for written expression. Students write a series of short papers, including descriptions, narrations and arguments. They also engage in a grammar review to support their writing skills.

While taking Spanish 302, students may also enroll in either one of its co‐requisites,

  • Spanish 350L ‐ Sound Patterns of Spanish ‐ or ‐
  • Spanish 352 ‐ Advanced Grammar

Spanish 307 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature

In this course students read short stories, poems and plays by some of the best writers of Spain and Latin America, and they learn how to think and write critically about a literary text. Students should take Span 302 before or at the same time as they take Span 307.

Spanish 307 is a prerequisite for all Spanish and Spanish American literature courses above 307.