2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Spanish and Hispanic Studies is available as a major and a minor on the BA degree.

Placement

Students have several options for finding the appropriate level to start their language studies at TCU. Various means of determining proper placement, as well as obtaining credit for previous language study, are outlined below. 

  1. To determine proper placement level, students should consult the level descriptions on the department's website and take the CAPE examination. Details concerning the CAPE placement exam are provided to incoming students prior to orientation and registration. To access, click on TCU CAPE; the lower case  password is frogs1.
  2. Students with academic or life experience in a foreign language are urged to enroll at a level appropriate to their skills. As an incentive for students to enroll at their actual level of ability, TCU offers the opportunity to earn advanced placement credits through one of two ways:
  • By means of exams administered by the College Board (AP or CLEP).

Suggested placement for students with AP credit is as follows:

AP TCU Equivalent Credit Placement
3 10103, 10203 6 hr 20103
4 10103, 10203, 20103, 20203 12 hr 31103, 31203, 31403
5 10103, 10203, 20103, 20203 12 hr 31103, 31203, 31403
  • By entering at an appropriate level in accordance with the guidelines provided below. (For details, please consult the department web site at www.Span.tcu.edu . Whenever uncertain, students should consult with an adviser in the Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies.)

SPAN 10103: for students who have never studied Spanish.

SPAN 10203: for students who have minimal formal study and very limited knowledge of Spanish grammar and culture.

SPAN 20103: for students who know basic Spanish grammar and need to learn more complex structures and practice writing.

SPAN 20203: for students who have a good grasp of Spanish grammar but are not quite ready for advanced language courses.

SPAN 31103, SPAN 31203, SPAN 31403: for students who are ready to begin at an advanced level. This is also the entry point into the Spanish major.

Earning Advanced Placement Credits According to Entrance Level

Students whose first foreign language class at TCU is beyond the first-semester level may earn additional language credit (if credit has not already been awarded for transfer, CLEP or AP work) as follows:

  • If the first foreign language class is at the second-semester level (SPAN 10203) and a grade of "B-" or higher is earned, 3 semester hours credit will also be awarded for the first-semester course. That is, the student will earn 6 hours of credits for taking a 3-credit course.
  • If the first foreign language class is at the third-semester level (SPAN 20103) and a grade of "B-" or higher is earned, 6 semester hours credit will also be awarded for the first- and second-semester courses. That is, the student will earn 9 hours of credits for taking a 3-credit course.
  • If the first foreign language class is at the fourth-semester level (SPAN 20203) and a grade of "B-" or higher is earned, 9 semester hours credit will also be awarded for the first-, second- and third-semester courses. That is, the student will earn 12 hours of credits for taking a 3-credit course.
  • If the first foreign language class is above SPAN 20203 and a grade of "B-" or higher is earned, 9 semester hours credit will also be awarded for the second-, third- and fourth-semester courses. That is, the student will earn 12 hours of credits for taking a 3-credit course.

Notes: Spanish for Beginners 1 is designed and reserved for students with no previous study of the language.

Students entering the program at a certain level may not receive credit for coursework taken below that level.

Native and Heritage Speakers

A native speaker is considered to be someone who completed his or her primary and secondary education in a Spanish-speaking country. A heritage speaker is someone who was primarily educated in U.S. schools, but who speaks Spanish in the home and with friends and co-workers and is fluent.

Native or heritage speakers should consider enrolling in SPAN 32403 or SPAN 32603. Native or heritage speakers who want either grammar or writing skills development may consider enrolling in SPAN 31203 or SPAN 31403. Native or heritage speakers are not eligible to enroll in Spanish 31103.

Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society

The department annually recognizes its outstanding students by inviting them to join Sigma Delta Pi, the national honor society for Spanish scholars.