When coordinated with studies in other departments, the Spanish major will satisfy students with widely differing career goals: working in international business, law, or industry; performing government service; teaching in elementary or secondary schools; continuing language studies in graduate school; working for museums; doing research in original languages; serving in the tourism industry; working in the health care or social service professions. The objectives of language studies are to enable students to communicate effectively through the development of skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing the language and to understand and appreciate the values of cultures and world-views that are different from their own.


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The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and regularly offers courses in Spanish, French, Italian and German.  Modern language study increases students’ awareness of their own values and beliefs. Classes in literature and civilization acquaint students with the masterpieces in the foreign culture.
A Spanish immersion experience is required for all students who have declared a major, minor or a certificate in the Department. This requirement is usually satisfied during the junior or senior year in either the fall or spring semester and can be taken as a pass/fail option or for credit (1-4 credits). Under the guidance of a faculty member and approval of the department, the student will be able to choose from a variety of options to fulfill this requirement.  Some of the options include: studying abroad, volunteering or doing an internship in a Spanish-speaking country or at a local Latino community organization. This immersion experience will allow the student to apply learned language skills to real life situations and will be tailored to meet the needs and interests of each one of the majors and minors. In the past, Stritch students have studied abroad and volunteered in Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica.  Others have worked for immigration offices, nonprofit organizations or teaching Spanish to children and adults in the Milwaukee area.
The Modern Languages program also offers a Certificate in Spanish Interpretation and a minor in Spanish Translation. The Spanish Interpreting certificate (16 credits) and Spanish Translation Minor (21 credits) are designed to enhance students’ language expertise and prepare them for an interpreting/translating career in the legal, business and medical fields. The course work will involve the study of techniques for interpretation and translation as well as terminology and regional language variations. At the same time, students will gain a better understanding of the interpreting and translating field by participating in workshops for students seeking national accreditation, by speaking with professionals in the different areas and by completing an immersion experience.
Retroactive credits for previous language study are available. Students who have studied a foreign language for two or more years are encouraged to seek retroactive credits. Retroactive credits fulfill University credit requirements for graduation.
Students who have taken language classes during high school are required to take the placement exam (WebCape) before they complete their first modern language course at Stritch. Students may only take the exam once; exceptions will be made under certain circumstances and with permission of the chair of the department. The purpose of the WebCape exam is to place the student in the correct course; it is NOT a replacement for a foreign language course. Students may not take the exam after completing a course at Stritch because the results will no longer be valid nor will they be accepted by the department.

For transfer students, the minimum number of credits required in major courses taken at Cardinal Stritch University is 12, including Senior Seminar. The minimum grade for departmental courses in the major is “C.”
For post-baccalaureate students seeking certification in Spanish, a minimum number of three credits must be taken in the department.

Spanish Major: 34 credits (exclusive of SPN 101, 102)

Tracks in major:

  • Language majors with business orientation
  • Secondary teaching
  • Teaching certification minors for elementary teachers
  • K-12 and foreign language specialist certification in Spanish

Required courses for a major: SPN 201, 202, 203, 204 or 205, 306, 309, 310, 330 or 331, 345, 401 and any other upper division courses (300 or 400) to attain 34 credits.  Traditional Spanish majors are allowed to take a maximum of two of the courses specifically designed for the Interpreting Certificate or minor in Translation; these courses are: SPN 334, 335, 340, 341, and 350.
An immersion experience (SPN 310) is required for a major. Some required courses for the major can be completed abroad if the student decides to study in a Spanish-speaking country, but approval of the department chair will be required. The secondary teaching major requires SPN 307.

Spanish Minor: 21 credits (exclusive of SPN 101, 102)

Required courses for a minor: 201, 202, 203, 204 or 205, 306 or 309, 310 and any other upper division courses (300 or 400) to attain 21 credits.  Traditional Spanish minors are allowed to take one of the courses specifically designed for the Interpreting Certificate or minor in Translation; these courses are: SPN 334, 335, 340, 341, and 350.    
An immersion experience (SPN 310) is required for a minor. Since the following advanced core certificate courses in the Modern Languages Department are taught in English, students minoring in Spanish can only count one of the following towards their minor: SPN 300, 312, or 313.  The secondary teaching minor and the elementary licensure teaching minor require SPN 307 and 345.  These courses are required for the elementary licensure minor.
All students (major or minor) must pass the departmental oral proficiency assessment before student teaching or before graduation.

Spanish Interpretation Certificate: 16 credits

Required courses for a certificate in Spanish Interpretation: SPN 307, 310, 334, 335, 340, and 341.

Spanish Translation Minor: 21 credits

Required courses for the Spanish Translation Minor: SPN 310, 334, 335, 340, 341 and 350 and two other electives including SPN 204 or 205, and any upper division course (300-400).

PLO 1  Communication:  Speak clearly and accurately in both formal and informal settines; demonstrate comprehension of target language in a variety of listening situations.
PLO 2  Communication:  Exhibit proficiency in the target language by producing writing that is articulate and well-organized; read and comprehend target language as encountered in a variety of contexts and formats.
PLO 3  Culture:  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the diverse cultures, histories, and perspectives of the people who use the target language.
PLO 4  Comparisons:  Gain insight into the nature of language by comparing the target language to English; demonstrate understanding of various linguistic features of the target language (for example, general dialectal differences, relationship between language and culture, the problem with literal translations, etc.).
PLO 5  Critical Thinking:  Analyze and interpret target-language literary and cultural texts across a range of genres and topics.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
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•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
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•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


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