Spanish Language Concentration
For students entering or moving up in careers, faculty believe there is value in the ability to communicate in Spanish. A concentration in Spanish is designed to provide students with first-year Spanish skills. The concentration was developed for undergraduate students who are interested in learning to communicate in Spanish and need several additional courses to complete the 180 QH for the degree.
How You Will Learn:
All courses in the Spanish Language Concentration can be offered either online or face-to-face in the classroom. Students may take one, two or all three courses listed for each concentration. Any NLU student can take these courses, but in order for the concentration to be noted on the transcript, all three courses must be taken, and in conjunction with one of the 5 approved programs.
Spanish I SPAN100 (5QH)
This course, the first in the three-course sequence, provides students with a sound base in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish at the elementary level. Instruction is delivered primarily in Spanish. Sociocultural situations such as greetings, family relationships, traditions, and likes and dislikes are explored. Course topics include descriptions, personal information, and daily activities.
Spanish II SPAN110 (5QH)
In this course, the second in the three-course sequence, students continue to build their foundation in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish at the elementary level. Instruction is delivered primarily in Spanish. Students explore sociocultural situations such as the home and community, and employment and careers. Course topics include personal past experiences.
Spanish III SPAN120 (5QH)
In this course, the final in the three-course sequence, students complete their studies in Spanish at the elementary level. Students continue to strengthen their language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Spanish. Instruction is delivered primarily in Spanish. With more in-depth use of authentic materials, emphasis is on application of the language in various socio-cultural situations such as the exploration of childhood and youth, history, travel, and the environment. Cuisine, geography, transportation, climate, ecology, and health are among course topics.
- Each of the upper-level courses in the concentration must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- Students with prior knowledge of Spanish who wish to be placed in SPAN110 must undergo Spanish language assessment by the Department of Language Studies. This includes students who transfer the equivalent of SPAN100 from other institutions.
- Students must earn grade of C or better in each of the courses, including the transfer of the equivalent of SPAN100.
- The Department of Language Studies accepts all students in good standing at NLU who wish to complete the sequence.
- SPAN100, SPAN110, SPAN120 are approved for general education credit in the humanities area.
Where You Can Take the Concentration:
Online and at NLU's campuses in Chicago, Elgin, Lisle, Skokie (North Shore) and Wheeling