Course of Study

Our Spanish language program consists of three series: fundamentals (Spanish 1A, 1B, 1AB, 1C), intermediate (Spanish 2A, 2B, 2AB, 2C) and advanced (3A or 3H and 3B or 3J).

Spanish 1 Series (Fundamentals of Spanish)

The Spanish 1 series is based on a communicative and task-supported curriculum that helps students develop basic skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) in Spanish to engage in interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes of communication. Students are also exposed to products and practices of Spanish-speaking countries and Latino communities in the United States. 

Spanish 2 Series (Intermediate Spanish)

The courses in the Spanish 2 series are a continuation of the fundamental series in helping students to further develop their Spanish skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing) and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through mostly a content-based and task-supported curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on the exploration of cultural texts and short films. 

Spanish 3 Series (Advanced Spanish)

The Spanish 3 series focuses on the development of writing skills in Spanish by having students compose texts that explore topics related to the Spanish-speaking world. Students review writing conventions and advanced grammatical structures that facilitate written communication in Spanish. Topics are discussed through film and authentic texts. Courses in the Spanish 3 series count toward the Spanish major and minor.  


(1). Spanish 3A (or 3H) and Spanish 3B (or 3J) can be taken at the same time.

(2). Spanish 3A and 3B are designed for students who did not grow up speaking Spanish at home.

(3). Spanish 3H and 3J are designed for students who grew up speaking Spanish at home, but who have had little formal education in Spanish. Enrollment in this course is based on a placement test. Students who take Spanish 3H or 3J do not  take Spanish 3A and 3B.

(4). All students must take Spanish 3B (or 3J).