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Spanish Requirements

Spanish Major

For complete information on courses please reference the college catalog.

Spanish Language Major/Minor Requirement worksheet (PDF)

Requirement of 32 semester credit hours:

Core Courses 

Course                         Name Hours
SPAN 331   Spanish Conversation 4
SPAN 332   Grammar and Composition 4
SPAN 336   LE; GP* Survey of Spanish Literature 4
SPAN 337   LE; GP* Survey of Spanish American Literature 4
SPAN 494   Senior Seminar (topic varies) 4
LING 321   Linguistics Science (spring B quad) 2
SPAN 371   Methods of Teaching Foreign Language (fall); Span 371 is required for secondary education candidates) 4


AND Study Abroad - Options include Wheaton in Spain, Wheaton in Mexico, Wheaton in Costa Rica (or equivalent academic term abroad) 

SPAN 334   Spanish Civilization and Culture (required for Spain) 4
SPAN 338   Intensive Advanced Spanish (required for Spain, Mexico & Costa Rica) 4
SPAN 489   Topics in Hispanic Culture 2-4

The following electives may be used to reach a minimum of 32 upper-division hours:

SPAN 335   GP* Latin American Culture and Civilization (fall) 4
SPAN 357   DUS* Hispanics in the United States (spring) 4
SPAN 390   Country Study (varies) 2
SPAN 352; 353; 439   Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
(every semester)
SPAN 493   Mentoring (topics vary, instructor signature required) 4
SPAN 495   Independent Study (Departmental permission required) 2-4
SPAN 496   Internship (Departmental permission required) 2-4


Spanish Secondary Education Requirements

SPAN 331, 332, 336, 337, 371, 494, an academic term (preferably semester-long) in a Spanish-speaking country to total 32 upper-division hours in Spanish, and EDUC 135 The School and Society (2), EDUC 136 Teaching Diverse Students (2), EDUC 136L Cross-Cultural Practicum (1), EDUC 225 Learning and Development (4), EDUC 225L Practicum (1), EDUC 305 Learning Differences (2), EDUC 305L Learning Differences Practicum (1), EDUC 306 Classroom Communication and Curriculum Integration (4), EDUC 324L Methods Practicum (1), EDUC 494 Senior Seminar (2), EDUC 496 Student Teaching (9), EDUC 497 Philosophical Foundations (3).

*OJO 1
Abbreviations refer to courses fulfilling general education requirements of the Thematic Core. LE = Literary Explorations; GP = Global Perspectives; DUS = Diversity in the United States.

Students may work with their advisors to complete alternative study abroad programs not offered by Wheaton. The alternative program must be accredited by a U.S. four-year college or university or by the International Accreditation Association of Colleges and Universities. Six (6) credits minimum; 8-16 recommended.

At least 16 hours must be taken in residence; that is, through Wheaton College. No more than 16 hours of upper-division transfer credit in Spanish may be applied to the major. Transfer credits include AP credits and coursework completed abroad through a non-Wheaton College or a non-CCCU program.

OJO 4 
Students may repeat a course number with a “Topics” designation as long as a different topic is offered.

Spanish Minor

Students take 20 hours of coursework at the upper-divisional (300-400) level.  Conversation (331) and Advanced Grammar and Composition (332) are required.  A term of study abroad is strongly recommended. The electives for the minor are chosen in consultation with the minor advisor on an individual basis; no independent study.