FAQ's

Where can I take the Spanish Language Proficiency Exam?

The Spanish Language Proficiency Exam takes place every other Friday. Students can sign up for the next available exam here: http://sbs.arizona.edu/coh/webcape/appointments/ . The test takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and the first attempt is free if you completed the Language Placement Exam through NextSteps.  Otherwise the College of Humanities will charge $20.00 to your Bursar's Account after the completion of each additional attempt.  This is a proctored, proficiency exam which will allow you to fulfill graduation requirements for courses you place past and unlock the course you place into for registration.  No course credits can be obtained from this exam.

Students who have university or transfer units in the Spanish language should not take this exam.

Only students who have never taken Spanish before can call 621-3124 to obtain information on how to register for Spanish 101 without taking the exam.

Where can I get information on the Spanish major and minor?

Right here on our website! Or you can make an appointment to speak with Professor Yadira Berigan, Director of Undergraduate Studies, by calling 520-626-3517. Her office hours are . You may also email her at berigans@email.arizona.edu. For information about a minor, walk-in advising is offered Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm.  Additionally, you can email span-advise@email.arizona.edu or call 520-626-3514.

If I take a course that would fulfill a requirement for my Spanish major AND a General Education requirement, can I apply it to both?

Yes. A maximum of 10 units may be used to fulfill both General Education and major/minor requirements. However you must have a minimum of 124 total units (42 of which must be upper division) in order to graduate.

Do I have to have a minor if my major is Spanish?

Yes. All students in the College of Humanities must declare and complete a minor in order to graduate. We recommend Portuguese, Latin American Studies or Mexican American Studies.

Do I have to take SPAN 340/343 (Spanish Phonetics)?

Not necessarily. The answer to this question depends upon the students situation. The following is a brief guideline:

Students that major in Spanish in the Language and Linguistics track must take SPAN 340/343 (as well as SPAN 452).
Students in the College of Education with a teaching major in Spanish must take SPAN 340/343.
Students that minor in Spanish do NOT have to take SPAN 340/343, as long as they have a minimum of nine upper division units in Spanish. However, those students that complete this requirement entirely at the 300-level will do so by completing 325/323, 330/333 and EITHER 340/343 or 350.

Whats the difference between the concentration in Language and Literature and the concentration in Language and Linguistics for the Spanish major?

By choosing a major in the Language/Linguistics track, students will study the structure of the Spanish language in depth. Coursework typically entails the study and analysis of different aspects of language structure (e.g. pronunciation, grammar and syntax), as well as other aspects of language learning and use (e.g. issues of language teaching, sociolinguistics, dialects of Spanish, Spanish in the Southwest, etc.)

Do I need to have the prerequisite to get into 300 and 400 level courses?

YES!!! Exceptions will be made only in the following circumstances:

  • If you are an international student who was raised, and attended school in the Hispanic world.
  • If you placed into the particular level by taking the Computer placement exam in Modern Languages 512 and have PROOF (via a form with the appropriate signature).
  • If you are a return missionary or student who has studied in the Hispanic world at least 1 year (in this event you would still need permission via a written document provided by Professor Berigan).
  • If you took the Advanced Placement exams in Spanish language and/or literature (and have this recorded on your UA transcript) and received a high enough score.
  • A score of 5 in the AP language OR literature exam would give you credit for 201,202, 251/253, and 325/323 (14 units). You would need to register for 330/333.
  • A score of 4 on the AP language OR literature exam would give you credit for 201, 202 and 251 (11 units). You would register for SPAN 325 (or 323 for Heritage speakers).
  • A score of 3 on the AP language OR literature exam would give you credit for 201 and 202 (8 units). You would need to register for SPAN 251 (or 253 for Heritage speakers)
  • If you took BOTH the language and the literature exams and received a 5 on each one, you will get 20 units, credit for 201, 202, 251, 325, 350, and 3 additional units of upper division credit. You should register for SPAN 330 (or 333 for Heritage speakers) or 340 (343 for Heritage speakers) before going on to the 400 level courses.
  • If you took BOTH the language and literature AP exams and received a combination of 4 and 5, you will receive 17 units (201,202,251,325, 350). You should register for SPAN 330 (or 333 for Heritage speakers) or 340 (343 for Heritage speakers) before going on to the 400 level courses.
  • If you took BOTH the language and literature AP exams and received a 4 in each, you will receive 14 units and credit for 201, 202, 251 and 325. You would need to register for 330(or 333 for Heritage speakers) or 340 (343 for Heritage speakers) before going on to the 400 level courses.
  • If you took BOTH the language and literature AP exams and received a 3 in each or a combination of 3 and 4, you will receive 11 units and credit for 201, 202, 251/253. You would need to register for 325 (or 323 for Heritage speakers), 330 (or 333 for Heritage speakers) or 340 (343 for Heritage speakers).
  • If you took the CLEP exam (offered in OLD Main, Room 223, phone: 621-7589) and received a 47, you would receive credit for 101 and 102 (8 units) and you should register for SPAN 201.
  • If you took the CLEP exam and received a 54, you would receive credit for 101, 102, 201 and 202 (16 units). You should register for SPAN 251 (or 253 for Heritage speakers)

Remember if taking the CLEP exam that credit WILL NOT be given for courses equivalent to or at a lower level than formal course work already completed and that exams must be taken prior to the completion of 55 units of college , contact the UA Testing Office by phone at (520) 621-7589 or by email at test@email.arizona.edu.

Where can I get information on the Portuguese minor and major?

Make an appointment to speak with the Minor Advisor calling 626-7647, or Professor Berigan, by calling 520-626-3517. You may also check the Major and Minor Advising availability and schedule an appointment by going to the advising page.

Or visit the Portuguese Language Program website.

Where can I get information on study abroad programs in Spanish-speaking countries?

Check out the website; Study Abroad! Our department programs are offered in Spain and Chile. UA also has the oldest program of study in Guadalajara, Mexico. You may find out about other programs by going to the Center for International Student Programs at 915 N. Tyndall Ave. Phone 621-4627.

Is there a program in Spanish-English translation?

Yes. We have another option for Spanish majors: Translation and Interpretation track, which is one of the few programs of its kind offered in the United States. A minor in this track is not currently offered through our department. You may find more information on a minor in Translation and Interpretation by going to the Mexican American Studies Department.

In addition, The University of Arizona hosts each summer the Agnese Haury Institute for Court Interpretation in Modern Languages 445. Call 621-3615 for more information.

Do you have a course in reading Spanish for graduate students from other departments?

Not at present but we are considering it for the future.

What can I do with a liberal arts degree?

LOTS! Liberal Arts majors have been demonstrated to advance more quickly than their more specialized degree recipient peers in large corporations due to many skills acquired during college such as critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as the capacity to be flexible and deal with different populations. They are also shown to be very strong in research and presentational skills.

In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese we will be offering a meeting each spring for our majors to discuss all of the career options available. Students hear of job possibilities in government, tourism, business and education and receive a packet that includes information on how to market oneself as a language major and tips for job interviews. This packet is available from Professor Berigan by request during the rest of the year.

Students are also encouraged to use the UA Career Services Center in the Student Union Memorial Center Suite 411 (phone 621-2588).

What if I decide to pursue my teaching certification after completing my BA degree?

That is a great idea! You will need to see an advisor in the College of Education and tell him/her you are interested in a Post-Bac for teaching certification. The program will probably take one to one and one-half years to complete.

Appointments with advisors in the College of Education may be made by calling 621-1462. Also look at their website.

I have college credit in Spanish from another institution, how do I transfer that over to UA?

If you attended an Arizona institution check out exactly how the credits in Spanish transfer by going to the online CEG (Course Equivalency Guide). If you attended an institution outside of the state, you must either email or bring all course descriptions to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For questions about how lower division transfer credits will transfer, contact Nichole Gaurd at nichole1@email.arizona.edu. For all other courses, contact either the Major or Minor Advisor.

If I go abroad on a university program other than those offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will my credits transfer?

No! The only programs outside of our department for which we currently give credit are the Guadelajara Summer School program and the CIRMA program.

How do I file for my Senior Degree Check?

  1. If you are a Spanish major, you must first see the Graduation Advisor Rachel Hamm (621-3292, rhamm@email.arizona.edu). Her office is EDU 235 and her office hours are M/W/TH 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and T 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  2. If you must have your minor signed off by an Advisor in that field (in some cases this isn't necessary; find out for sure from Ms. Hamm).
  3. If you have studied in a program that is NOT run by the Spanish Department, AND you filed a Transfer Preapproval sheet before studying abroad, will need to FIRST have Renee Griggs in the Office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange verify the classes (griggsr@email.arizona.edu or 626-7280). If you did not receive preapproval for your study abroad program before leaving, you will not receive credit for the Spanish or Portuguese classes you took. Then see your major or minor advisor in the Spanish Department. Check the advising page for walk-in times or to schedule an appointment.
  4. Finally, you will need to make an appointment with the General Education Advisors for the College of Humanities in Modern Languages 345. To do so, you must go to their advising appointment website or call them at 621-1048.

I was raised speaking Spanish, how do I know which class to take?

You will need to contact Lillian Gorman, Ph.D., Director of the Heritage Language Program at (520) 621-3689 about taking the placement exam for heritage speakers of Spanish. Depending on the results, you may be placed in one of our Heritage speaker courses (203, 253, 323, 333, or 343). These are the heritage speaker equivalents of our non-native speaker sequence (202, 251, 325, 330, 340).

Director of the Heritage Language Program
Lillian Gorman Ph.D.
Office: Modern Languages 529
lgorman@email.arizona.edu
(520) 621-3689

I speak Portuguese, how do I obtain proficiency?

You will need to contact Dr. Ana Carvalho at (520) 621-3639 about taking the placement exam for Portuguese speakers. Depending on the results, you may be placed in one of our Portuguese speaker courses (101 or 102).

Ana Carvalho Ph.D.
Office: Modern Languages 544
anac@email.arizona.edu
(520) 621-3639

How do I unsubscribe from a listserv?

Please visit https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/ for directions on how to unsubscribe yourself. Please ONLY unsubscribe if you are no longer a Spanish or Portuguese major or minor, as information you are responsible for knowing and that can affect your degree is sent to the listserv.