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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find a complete list of Spanish and Portuguese courses at KU?
You can find a complete list of current and past Spanish and Portuguese courses in the KU Catalog.
Can you explain the course numbering system?

Courses whose last two digits are in the 20s are language courses, covering grammar, composition, phonetics, linguistics, and stylistics. These classes include 324, Intermediate Grammar and Composition; 424, Advanced Grammar and Composition; 429, Phonetics; 520, Structure of Spanish; and 522, Advanced Studies in Spanish Language. 520 and 522 satisfy the requirement for a 500-level language class.

Courses whose last two digits are in the 40s are usually culture classes, with the exception of 340, an introduction to textual analysis, 440, a literature class, and 540, the colloquium. The culture classes are 446, Spanish Culture; 447, Mexican Culture; and 448, Spanish Language and Culture for Business. Courses whose last two digits are in the 70s are culture classes offered on study abroad programs. Please note that you must earn a grade of A or B in Spanish 340 in order to continue in Spanish.

Courses whose last two digits are in the 50s are Spanish literature classes. These classes include 450, Medieval Spanish Studies; 451, Early Modern Spanish Studies; 452, Nineteenth Century Spanish Studies; and 453, Twentieth Century Spanish Studies. These classes satisfy the requirement for a 400-level Spanish literature class.

Courses whose last two digits are in the 60s are Spanish American literature classes. These classes include 460, Colonial Spanish American Studies; 461, Nineteenth Century Spanish American Studies; 462, Twentieth Century Spanish American Studies; and 463, National Traditions in Spanish America. These classes satisfy the requirement for a 400-level Spanish American literature class.

Colloquia on Hispanic Studies (540), Colloquia on Spanish Film (550) or Colloquia on Latin American Film (560) satisfy the requirement for a 500-level literature class. The prerequisite for Spanish 540 is two 400-level literature courses (one Peninsular, one Latin America). It is advisable to meet with your assigned advisor and plan ahead in order to complete these classes before you register for 540.

What classes should I take after SPAN 324?
SPAN 340 Textual Analysis (3 credit hours). This class is an introduction to literary genres and styles and how to analyze texts. It is a prerequisite for all of the upper division literature classes.
Can I take a 400-level course concurrently with SPAN 340?
You cannot take a 400-level class concurrently with SPAN 340. You must also complete SPAN 340 with a passing grade to take 400-level classes.
Can I take SPAN 540, 550 or 560 concurrently with a 400-level course?
SPAN 540, 550 and 560 are capstone courses for the major. Students wishing to enroll in SPAN 540, 550 or 560 must first complete two 400-level literature courses (one Peninsular, one Latin-American) prior to enrolling in the capstone course. SPAN 424 is also strongly recommended
How do I get Retroactive Credit?
Students with no prior college or university Spanish course credit are eligible for retroactive credit according to this formula:
         • 3 hours of retroactive credit are awarded to a student who enrolls initially at KU in a third-level Spanish course (SPAN 212) and receives a grade of C or higher.

         • 6 hours of retroactive credit are awarded to a student who enrolls initially at KU in a fourth-level Spanish course (SPAN 216) and receives a grade of C or higher.

         • 9 hours of retroactive credit are awarded to a student who enrolls initially at KU in a 3-credit-hour Spanish course (SPAN 322, 323 or 324) with a fourth-level course as a prerequisite and receives a grade of C or higher.

Students interested in retroactive credit should consult the department before enrolling.

To apply for retroactive credit, bring a complete application to the Spanish and Portuguese main office in 2650 Wescoe. A complete application for retroactive credit includes:
        • A copy of your high school transcript (this can be obtained at Admissions and Scholarships).
        • A copy of your Degree Progress Report from the myKU portal.
        • A note from you stating that you wish to apply for retroactive credit.

Regardless of the number of credits, you will be charged $50.00 by the Bursar’s office after the credits have been applied to your transcript.
Does the Department recognize AP credit?

If you have taken advanced placement courses through high school programs you may be eligible for advanced placement and/or credit. See below for equivalencies.

           • 3, 4, or 5 on the Spanish AP is now worth 9 SPAN U credits.
           • AP Score of 4-5 placed in Spanish 324 & 328
           • AP Score of 3 placed in Spanish 322

For more information about Advanced Placement, consult with Admissions or visit http://admissions.ku.edu/apply/transfercredits/usstudents/exams .


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