Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Spanish [BA]


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The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is designed for students who want to enrich their lives with the in-depth knowledge of Hispanic culture, literature, and language. It is meant to encourage the dissemination of knowledge of the Hispanic-speaking world both on and off-campus, and to encourage reciprocal communication between peoples the world over.

Students in this major can choose between two concentrations: Spanish Language or Language and International Careers (LIC). The first concentration focuses on the Hispanic language and culture, while LIC is designed to integrate the study of modern foreign languages with international cultures, business, politics, and economics to prepare students for exciting, global careers.

Learn

You will learn the skills and knowledge needed to function in a global environment and professional dealings. You will hone your language skills to reach a level of competence allowing you to handle with confidence a large number of real-life situations at an advanced level. You will also discover some of the most distinctive aspects of Hispanic culture and civilization. The program offers learning experiences by studying abroad and in local, multicultural and international internships.

Opportunities

With a BA in Spanish, you will find opportunities in areas such as international careers, health and social services, translation and interpretation agencies, the fields of international communication and information services, science, the arts, education, foreign service, government, business – particularly the automotive industry in Michigan – banking, and tourism. A major in Spanish will allow you to continue in many graduate programs.

Department Information


World Languages 219 Alexander, 734.487.0130 

Jeff Popko, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information


Mónica Millán, PhD, 316 Alexander, 734.487.6732

Alfonso Illingworth, PhD, 348 Alexander, 734.487.3345

General Education Requirements:


For specific requirements, see General Education  or view the General Education Worksheet [PDF] .  

Major Requirements: 33-36 hours


Depending on initial placement, students may need to take up to 24 additional credit hours of 100- and 200-level classes in the language before they can begin courses required in the major. Students with prior language study or knowledge will be placed at an appropriate level in consultation with an advising coordinator.

The courses listed below meet the minimum requirements only; it is recommended that students specializing in Spanish, or planning to continue with graduate work, carry their undergraduate study beyond the minimum. Many graduate schools require additional course work in literature.

Department residency requirements are that majors in a world language must complete 12 credit hours at EMU consisting of the appropriate courses at the 300 or 400 level for the major chosen.

Concentration: 18-21 hours


Spanish Language: 18 hours


This concentration focuses on the Spanish language, culture, and literature.

  • Field Experience Course: 6 hours

  • 6 hrs
  •  

    Spanish Restricted Electives: 12 hours

    Choose a minimum of twelve credit hours from the list of Spanish restricted electives. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their Spanish advisor before selecting courses. Please note, some of the courses listed have prerequisite requirements.

Language and International Careers: 18-21 hours


This concentration integrates the study of Spanish with international cultures, business, politics, and economics to prepare students for exciting, global careers.

  • Field Experience Course​: 3-6 hours

    Choose one course from the following:

  • 3 hrs
  • 6 hrs
  •  

    Spanish Restricted Electives: 9 hours

    Choose a minimum of nine credit hours from the list of Spanish restricted electives. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their Spanish advisor before selecting courses. Please note, some of the courses listed have prerequisite requirements.

  •  

    International and Cultural Courses: 6 hours

    Choose a minimum of six credit hours of restricted elective courses from the International and Cultural Courses list. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor before selecting courses. Please note, some of the courses listed have prerequisite requirements.​

International and Cultural Course List


Minor Requirement:


This major requires a minor. Please see Programs  for a list of available minors or contact your major advisor.

Program Total:


Students must earn a minimum total of 120 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information


Each undergraduate student will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements (or their equivalents) of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

Minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University

Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult this catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours at the 100-level and above.
    • Courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward this degree requirement.
    • At most, eight credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses are counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below), including completing a Writing Intensive (GEWI) course in the student’s major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details).
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor. A double major automatically satisfies the need for a minor unless one of the two majors requires a specific minor. Students should check the requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required. 
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits over the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used to calculate an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses a student takes at EMU and those applied to their major or minor are used to calculate their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements - EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

 

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