Frequently Asked Questions
Please enroll into the course designated by your placement exam score. In order to enroll in SPAN 212, SPAN 216, SPAN 322, or SPAN 324/328, you will need a permission code. To obtain a permission code, e-mail Spanish & Portuguese (firstname.lastname@example.org) after your enrollment window is opened. If you have any questions or concerns about your placement score or have trouble enrolling, make an appointment with the Spanish & Portuguese Advising Specialist by calling 785-864-3500.
The following information is helpful for Spanish majors or students studying Spanish to a certain level. Before you consult with your advisor, considering the following:
You need a total of 32 credits above the general prerequisites in Spanish to graduate (please note that SPAN 324 and 328 are prerequisites). For students who entered before Fall 2011, the required number of credits above the prerequisites is 29. After completing the basic language series (Spanish 216), you should enroll in:
- SPAN 322 Spanish Grammar: Form and Meaning in Context (3cr) (Recommended for students who may need an extra focus on grammar);
- SPAN 324 Grammar and Composition (3cr) and SPAN 328 Intermediate Spanish Conversation I (2cr).
These classes are designed to improve your writing and speaking skills (Recommended for students who earned a grade of C+ or higher in Span 216 or Span 322).
After completing SPAN 324, you are eligible to continue on to SPAN 340 Textual Analysis (3cr). This class is an introduction to literary genres and styles and critical analysis. It is a prerequisite for all of the upper division literature classes. You are also eligible to take Span 346 Transatlantic Hispanic Cultures (3cr). It is a course that is also required for the major.
We advise students not to take more than 9 credits of Spanish in semester in order to follow the planned sequence of classes. After completing SPAN 340, you have more choices. Please note that the prerequisite for SPAN 540, SPAN 550, and SPAN 560 is two 400-level literature courses so you must plan ahead in order to complete these classes before you register for 540, 550, or 560. SPAN 540, 550, and 560 are intensive, capstone courses designed to be taken at the end of the Spanish major. The Department seldom grants transfer credit from Study Abroad for this 500-level.
For questions and accurate information, students should consult with the Advising Specialist.
A list of requirements can be found at http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/spanish-portuguese/spanish-m...
- Departmental Honors Intent Form, which you can get from Spanish Major Advising Support
- Letter of intent identifying the two professors with whom you would like to work
- Cpy of your up-to-date ARTS Form
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 contact the main office of the department before enrolling. To apply for retroactive credit, bring a complete application to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. A complete application for retroactive credit includes:
- Copy of your Degree Progress Report from the myKU portal.
- 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.
• 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 .