College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies
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- For more information about Spanish, please see the Languages, Philosophy & Communication Studies website.
- Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that this plan is only a general guideline and that student-specific plans may differ. Please make sure to consult regularly with your departmental advisor to confirm what courses will be available and to work out your plan of study.
- Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor. Current students should also meet with an academic advisor and log on to Degree Works to check student-specific program progress.
Minimum University Requirements
Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)
|Credits of C- or better
||Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)
|Total USU Credits
||Upper-division USU Credits
|USU Credits within the Major
||Credits in Minor (if required)
|Credits in Major
||Credits in American Institutions
|General Education Requirements
||University Studies Depth Requirements
|NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is Quantitative Literacy (QL) course of the student’s choice.
Admissions Requirements for this Program
||Admitted to USU in Good Standing
|Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU
Spanish Major—Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure (67 credits)
- Total Credits: 67 (38 credits + 29 STEP credits)
- Grade Point Average to Declare Major: 3.0 Career GPA
- Grade Point Average to Graduate with Major: 3.00 GPA within major coursework
- Credits in Residence: At least half (50 percent) of the credits earned for this degree must be completed in upper-division USU courses offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies, and having prefixes of SPAN or LING. All other credits (including transfer and study abroad credits) must be approved by the Spanish faculty in order to be counted toward this degree. Students who have completed bridge courses should contact their advisor as these courses will count toward elective credits and credits in residence.
- Minimum Grade Requirement: All courses taken for the major and all STEP courses require a minimum grade of C or better. Courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis (except for courses designated as pass/fail, such as SCED 3300 , SCED 5630 , SPAN 3010 , SPAN 3520 , and SPAN 4920 .
The following requirements only specify courses offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. To be licensed to teach in the Utah public secondary school system, students with a teaching emphasis must also complete additional courses (approximately 29 credits) required by the Secondary Education Program. Courses may be subject to change, and students should contact the Secondary Education Advising Office for a current course list of STEP requirements.
I. Spanish and Linguistics Courses (38 credits)
A. Required Courses (32 credits)
Select at least one of the following two courses:
Select at least one of the following four courses:
Select at least two of the following seven courses:
Complete two of the following three courses:
B. Elective Courses (6 credits)
Students must complete 6 additional credits in courses either not taken above or selected from the following list:
1 Only 3 credits maximum in practicum courses may count toward a Spanish major or minor.
2 This course or practicum is required for a teaching emphasis in the Spanish major or minor.
3 Students desiring to apply study abroad credits toward these degrees must obtain approval from the LPCS office prior to participating.
4 SCED 4300 and LING 5400 must be taken during the same semester and should be the last courses taken for the major. These courses should be taken the fall semester before student teaching. SCED 4300 and LING 5400 are listed in both the STEP and major requirements for those seeking the Spanish Teaching major/non-licensure so the non-licensure majors understand the complete list of requirements. See additional non-licensure information at bottom of page.
5 This course is repeatable for additional credit.
Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) - Language, Philosophy, and Communication Studies (29 credits)
Most of the courses listed below count for both teaching major emphasis and the teaching minor.
Courses may be subject to change, and students should contact the Secondary Education Advising Office for a current course list of STEP requirements.
A. Level I
(first semester in program)
C. Level III
Because student teaching requires a major commitment of time and energy, students should take only the course listed below during this semester. Students are also urged to forgo outside employment, if possible, during the student teaching experience.
1 The Clinical Experience II course is taught under course number 4300 in various departments. Course title varies among departments.
2 The Special Methods II course is taught under course number 5400.
3 SCED 4300 and LING 5400 must be taken during the same semester, and should be the last courses taken for the major or minor. These courses should be taken the fall semester before student teaching. SCED 4300 and LING 5400 are listed in both the STEP and major requirements for those seeking the French/German/Spanish Teaching major/non-licensure so the non-licensure majors understand the complete list of requirements. See additional non-licensure information below.
Spanish Major - Teaching Emphasis without Secondary School Licensure (Major 37 credits)
(3.0 GPA required in major classes)
It is possible to have a teaching emphasis within a major or minor in Spanish without receiving secondary school teaching licensure. However, unless the student is an elementary education major, he or she would not be able to teach in Utah public schools (nor at many private ones). Graduating without licensure may allow employment at community colleges and universities.
In order to complete the Spanish Major - Teaching Emphasis without Secondary School Licensure, students must fulfill all of the requirements listed under Section I (Spanish and Linguistics Courses) of the Spanish Major - Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure (38 credits), except for SCED 4300 , for a total of 37 credits (SCED 4300 is no longer required if doing non-licensure program).
Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:
- Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
- Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920 and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
- Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
- Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.
For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:
- Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
- TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.
This program typically leads to licensure and was designed to meet licensing qualifications in the state of Utah. If students wish to work in another state within the United States, they should review the qualifications for that state and the Education Licensure Compliance Table provided by School of Teacher Education and Leadership.
For more information, please contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at teal.usu.edu.