Programs in Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures

General Education Requirement

The study of a foreign language is an essential part of a general education requirement at any liberal arts college. At Goucher, all students are required to complete the 100-level language sequence through the last semester of the intermediate level (SP 130, SP 130G, SP 130S, or SP 130V). To fulfill their language requirement, students may enroll in different language class models depending on their learning styles. In the traditional track, students may enroll in language classes that meet four hours a week face-to-face. In the new model, students can either enroll in V-classes (Virtual classes) that meet three hours a week face-to-face and conduct one-contact hour a week on-line with native speakers living abroad, or in S-classes that meet three hours a week face-to-face and conduct one-contact hour a week of service in Goucher's Futuro Latino Learning Center and Latino organizations in Baltimore City. We also offer students the opportunity to fulfill the language requirement abroad with G-classes; that is, through intensive programs in Cusco (Peru) and Alicante (Spain). In addition to increasing cultural awareness through these experiences, all courses are designed to develop the four language learning skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Visit the Office of International Studies for more information on these programs.

Placement Tests

Students must complete a placement test before enrolling in a language class or taking language courses abroad. On the basis of a placement test and interview, students may be exempt, but not receive credit for certain courses, and enter the language sequence at a higher level. Transfer credits are awarded pending placement test results. Placement results have an expiration date of one year-i.e., students need to retake their placement test after two or more semesters if they have not taken the language course in which they were placed, unless they have opted to satisfy their language requirement with the study of another language altogether. Regardless of an AP score, students cannot receive credit for Spanish without taking the Spanish placement exam and consulting the chair in order to be placed in the appropriate Spanish course.