The Department of Languages

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Languages Course Descriptions

The Department of Languages presently offers only courses in Spanish. The Department is committed to training students to be responsible citizens of their community and the world at large. To that end all courses are designed to help students develop cultural sensitivity, cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Courses are further designed to develop basic oral and written language skills in Spanish involving a range of everyday communicative settings as well as specific professional settings. Students may take advantage of opportunities to travel and study abroad. Students can minor in Spanish.

Placement Policy

Students entering KWU and wishing to enroll in basic Spanish courses should enroll according to their previous experience with the language. The following are the placement guidelines in the Department of Languages: 

No prior knowledge of Spanish at all: the student should register in SPAN 101. 

One year in high school completed: the student should take SPAN 102 but not SPAN 101 unless s/he has taken the high school language course 4 years or more previously, or has received a grade lower than C in the last course taken.

Two years in high school completed: the student should take SPAN 201 but not SPAN 101 or SPAN 102 unless the student has taken the high school language courses 4 years or more previously, or has received a grade lower than C in the last course taken.

Three years in high school completed: the student should take SPAN 202 but not SPAN 101, SPAN 102 or SPAN 201 unless the student has taken the high school language courses 4 years or more previously, or has received a grade lower than C in the last course taken.

Four years in high school completed: the student should take any course above SPAN 202.

Study Abroad

The student will spend at least one semester in an accredited overseas program and will take two or more courses in culture, conversation, and/or composition selected in consultation with the Kansas Wesleyan University Department of Languages and the Kansas Wesleyan University advisor. For additional information, refer to the Enrollment Procedures section of the KWU undergraduate catalog.