Students should consult with an advisor in the Department of Global Cultures and Languages regarding their individual plan of study. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in Spanish need to be aware of special requirements.
Spanish policy of transfer of study abroad credits
The following policy applies to all Spanish credits taken abroad. Students may transfer the following credits per term from study abroad experiences:
4 weeks: 4-5 credits
4 weeks: 4-5 credits
6 weeks: 6-8 credits
8 weeks: 8-10 credits
10 weeks: 8-10 credits
Fall/Spring semester term:
12-16 weeks: 12 credits (Exceptions may be allowed for partner programs.)
In the case of one year study abroad, there is a maximum of 16 credits which students majoring in Spanish can take abroad and apply to the major (nine credits applicable for minors). Credits taken in excess of that can be transferred to UWL as university elective credit.
(Teacher certification programs; admission to EA-A (STEP) is required)
Beginning language proficiency
All students with Spanish language on their transcripts and/or prior experience in Spanish will take the UW System Placement exam and are required to enroll at their level of placement. Students with no evidence of prior study of Spanish are required to begin Spanish at SPA 103.
|Communities: diversity & social responsibility||12|
|Select two writing proficiency courses from the following list:|
|Diverse Stories: Reading for Social Responsibility|
|Spanish Culture Through Art|
|Spanish for Heritage Speakers|
|Work and Play in Diverse Communities|
|Writing to Effect Change: Global and Responsible Citizenship|
|Select two oral proficiency courses from the following list:|
|Faces of Spain: Conversation and Culture|
|Exploring Communities: Understanding Culture|
|Spanish for Professional Communication|
|Identities and perspectives||6|
|Select six credits of the following:|
|Voices of Revolution|
|Perspectives on Contemporary Spain: Culture and Society|
|Artistic Expression and Society in the Spanish-Speaking World|
|Latinx in the U.S.: Culture and Society|
|Topics in Hispanic Cultures|
|Spanish for the Health Professions|
|Spanish Language in Contexts|
|The Sounds of Spanish|
|Theories and Research in Second Language Acquisition|
|Teaching World Languages: Methods and Approaches|
Study abroad requirement:
- All students should consult with their advisor in Spanish regarding specific requirements for study abroad.
- All Spanish education minors are required to complete an approved foreign language immersion experience of at least 14 weeks (one semester)
- Students are required to study abroad prior to the spring of the 3rd year on campus. Consult your Spanish advisor with any questions.
Language proficiency for student teaching requirements:
Prior to student teaching, teacher candidates are required to
- Demonstrate proficiency with an "Intermediate High" rating on the American Council Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency test in Spanish (ACTFL-OPIc) and
- Demonstrate proficiency with an "Intermediate High" rating on the American Council Teaching of Foreign Languages Written Proficiency test in Spanish (ACTFL-WPT internet).