David Thompson (department head), Nancy Gates Madsen (section head)
Required for a major: Nine courses (36 hours), starting at SPAN 201 or above. Required courses are SPAN 303 and SPAN 346; either SPAN 450 or SPAN 460; plus additional hours above 300; language immersion experience. Writing requirement completed with SPAN 303. Students interested in teaching should see the education department for secondary minor requirements.
Recommended supporting courses for students majoring in Spanish: Courses in Latin American history; politics and anthropology; courses in another modern or classical language; courses in linguistics.
Required for a second teaching area: See Education Department for specific requirements. The second teaching area license is offered only in the state of Iowa.
Language immersion experience: For majors, a minimum of 12 weeks of academic study in a country where Spanish is an official language. For minors, at least three weeks of academic study or one January Term of study in such a country, although a semester is strongly recommended. Homestay is required for both majors and minors. Those preparing to teach must complete at least 12 weeks of academic study in such a country. Program selection must be approved by the department for all majors and minors prior to departure. All majors and minors are encouraged to help maintain and advance their language skills by completing courses in the language during their final semesters at Luther.
Language Learning Center
The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has a Language Learning Center in Main Building. Language students have access to computerized language learning materials, to computers with audio and video editing software, and to video study rooms where they may view prerecorded foreign language videos and DVDs or watch live international TV. The Language Learning Center also houses the department's Foreign Language Media Library with over 800 foreign language films and a selection of leisure reading books and audio books for language learners. Students can check out these materials as well as audio and video equipment for their class assignments. The Language Learning Center also provides language students with valuable work-study experiences related to their interest in languages.
For courses on teaching Spanish in the elementary grades, see education.