College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies
Students must complete the General Education Requirements .
Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :
- If chosen as an elective, will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
- Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) and Social Sciences (DSS)
French, German, and Spanish Major Programs
The goal of the French, German, and Spanish BA degree programs is to prepare students to be able to take advanced studies in these languages, literatures, and cultures; to be quality teachers of these languages, literatures, and cultures in the public schools; and to provide those who may enter other professions a solid grounding in these languages, literatures, and cultures, in order that they may function as members of the international community. The curricula supporting these goals includes courses in language, literature, civilization, culture, and linguistics. See the course requirements which follow.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement
Bachelor of Arts Degree
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.
Language Major Requirements
Spanish Major and Minor Requirements
Minimum Departmental Requirements
||Spanish Major, Teaching Emphasis
||38 SPAN & 27 SCED
||Spanish Minor, Teaching Emphasis
||20 SPAN & 27 SCED
||Spanish Major, Teaching Emphasis without licensure
||Spanish Minor, Teaching Emphasis without licensure
|Grade Point Average to Declare a Major or Minor
||3.00 Career GPA
|Grade Point Average to Graduate with Major or Minor
||3.00 GPA within Major/Minor Classes
|A minimum of 50 percent of minor credits must be earned at USU
At least half (50 percent) of the credits earned for these degrees 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 these degrees.
Courses for Spanish Majors and Minors require a minimum of C- or better.
Courses for Spanish Majors and Minors may not be taken on a Pass/ Fail Basis (except for courses designated as Pass/Fail, such as LING 3300 , LING 4300 , SPAN 3010 , SPAN 3520 , SPAN 4920 ).
Students with prior language credit or language experience should take the department placement test before admission to the Spanish Major or Minor. Credits obtained in lower-division Spanish courses cannot be applied toward the Spanish major or minor programs.
Spanish Major (33 credits) (3.00 GPA)
A. Required Courses (24 credits)
Select at least one of the following four courses:
Select at least three courses from the following two areas:
Select at least one or two courses from the Spanish language group:
Select at least one or two courses from the U.S. & Latin American language group:
Complete both of these courses:
B. Elective Courses (12 credits)
Students must complete 12 additional credits in courses either not taken above or selected from the following list:
Spanish Major—Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure (38 Spanish credits and 27 SCED credits) (3.00 GPA)
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 31 credits) required by the Secondary Education Program. For more information, please contact the Secondary Education Program, Education Building 330, or review the supplementary section, entitled Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) Level Outline .
I. Spanish and Linguistics Courses (38 credits)
A. Required Courses (28 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 both of the following two 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.
Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)-Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies
Most of the courses listed below count for both teaching emphasis and the teaching minor.
A. Level 1 (first semester in program)
C. Level 3
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 4400.
3 LING 4300 and LING 4400 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.
Teaching Emphasis for Spanish Major and Minor
Spanish Major and/or Minor—Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure
To receive secondary school licensure, students must complete the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). For further information, review the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) Level Outline .
Spanish Major and/or Minor—Teaching Emphasis without Secondary School Licensure
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 some community college 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 (34 credits), plus LING 4300 and LING 4400 , for a total of 38 credits.
Similarly, to complete a Spanish Minor—Teaching Emphasis without Secondary School Licensure, students must fulfill all of the requirements listed under the Spanish Minor—Teaching Emphasis (16 credits), plus LING 3300 and LING 4400 for a total of 20 credits.
Minimum University Requirements