The Spanish Undergraduate Program offers courses at the beginning through upper division language, literature, and culture courses leading to a major. or minor in Spanish. The major in Spanish can be an academic or a teaching degree. Requirements for the academic and teaching major and minor can be found in the current University of Montana Catalog.
The beginning courses can be substituted by previous experience, course work at other institutions including High School, and can be verified by taking the Web based Computerized Assessment Placement Exam (WebCAPE) or by consulting with a Spanish advisor. WebCAPE is offered on an indvidual basis throughout the year and in a group setting at the three summer orientation sessions.
Study Abroad programs
The Spanish Section organizes a study abroad experience each spring semester, alternating between: Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Oaxaca, Mexico. A Spanish faculty member accompanies and supervises approximately 12 students during their time abroad. The programs are announced in the spring semester prior to the academic year of the program and the participants are selected so that they may plan to take an orientation course during the fall semester to prepare for the experience. Each student's academic program is set during fall semester and registration is completed at the U of M for a full semester of coursework. In the host country, students live with families, take classes at academic institutes, take excursions to historically and culturally important areas, and have ample opportunity to fully engage the Spanish-speaking culture of the country.
The Spanish teaching faculty come from a variety of native hispanic and non-native cultures and have a shared experience that takes in a broad spectrum of educational and cultural experiences in the Hispanic world. One of the principal goals of the faculty is to enhance the student's learning experience at every level beginning through advanced so we focus on the changing realities of the Hispanic world in our teaching and research to reflect them in our classes and advising activities. A list of the full time faculty can be found in the section on our graduate program.
Full details of courses and major/minor requirements are in the catalog.
The first and second year courses provide basic levels of linguistic skills to prepare the student for full participation in the upper division program. Anyone with previous training or experience with Spanish is encouraged to take the WebCAPE and enter the program at the most appropriate advanced level in order to allow more productive use of their resources. The procedure for receiving bypass credit for 201 or 202 by taking the next more advanced level course is outlined in the MCLL Department's introductory paragraphs in the catalog.
It is important to adhere to the following sequence in the upper division courses: 301 before 408; and 311, 312 before any 400 level literature course. Spanish 301 Oral and Written Expression in Cultural Contexts is a crucial entry course into upper division work since well developed speaking and writing skills are inherent to success and expected in any of the following courses. Again, consultation with an advisor in the Spanish Section will help keep you on track.