Off-Campus Study and the Spanish Major

Off-Campus Study Resources

As part of the Spanish Major, students spend part of their time at St. Olaf studying off-campus. Students may choose a wide range of areas from Seville in Spain to Ecuador and Costa Rica. All of these programs offer a wide variety of opportunities to students. Below you will find a downloadable PDF outlining the various Off-Campus opportunities, the courses each offers, and other material necessary for ensuring all off-campus requirements have been met. Please meet with your Spanish professor if you have any questions or concerns.

 

PDF-  Off-Campus Study and the Spanish Major

 

Students may count a maximum of two courses from off-campus study (courses not taught be St. Olaf faculty) for the Spanish major (three for the Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure). This maximum includes all types of courses: pre-approved study abroad programs, courses taught at other U.S. institutions and transferred to St. Olaf; and courses from study abroad programs sponsored and accredited by U.S. colleges/universities not pre-approved by St. Olaf. Except for courses offered through pre-approved study abroad programs, all such courses must be approved in advance.

St. Olaf’s Pre-Approved Study Abroad Programs

St. Olaf students may apply courses from the following six pre-approved study abroad programs to their Spanish majors:

  • CIEE Programs in Seville, Spain
  • ACM Programs in San José, Costa Rica (Studies in Latin American Culture and Society / Tropical Field Research)
  • HECUA Program in Quito, Ecuador (Community Internships in Latin America)
  • CIEE Program in Valparaíso, Chile
  • IES Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina

“How do I choose courses from abroad?”

First Choose courses that count for the Spanish Major (up to a maximum of two, depending on program offerings. To count for the Spanish major, the “content area” of the course needs to focus on Spanish Language, Hispanic Linguistics, or Spanish or Latin American Culture. Examples of appropriate courses include: advanced grammar, composition and stylistics, dialectology, and all genres of Spanish and Latin American literature. All courses taken abroad will count as 270-level electives; depending on the course content, the may also count for the “focus on Latin America” requirement for the major.
A special note about courses taught in Spain, Chile, and Argentina: Unlike St. Olaf courses, each one worth 1 “St. Olaf credit,” courses taught in these three countries are awarded credit through the “semester hour” system. (One “St. Olaf credit” = 4 semester hours of credit). For courses taken Spain, Chile, and Argentina to count for the Spanish major, they must be worth at least 3 “semester hours” of credit. If you enroll in a course worth 2 “semester hours” of credit, you must combine it with another course worth 2 “semester hours” of credit for one course counting towards the Spanish major.
 Then, choose other courses of interest to you and/or that may fulfill GE requirements. We encourage you to take a variety of other courses to learn about areas as diverse as art history, history, environmental studies, political science, and teaching methods through Spanish as the language of instruction. Just like on-campus FLAC courses, these courses allow you to apply your Spanish to other fields! And just like FLAC courses, they count for credit in those fields (e.g. art history, history, education, environmental studies, and political science) not in Spanish. Furthermore, they may count for GE requirements such as ALS-A, HWC, HBS, etc. Please consult the Program Advisor for information on GE credits.
Are you also a Latin American Studies major? In addition, some courses offered in all six programs may count towards the Latin American Studies major. The Director of Latin American studies can advise you with regard to applying courses from these programs to the Latin American Studies major.

 

CIEE PROGRAMS IN SEVILLE (Fall and/or Spring Semesters Annually, Spain)*

Cycle I Course

“Historia de España en vivo” (Hisp 3502) or “Curso intensivo de gramática española avanzada” (Span 3501) counts as 1 course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure

Cycle II Language, Linguistics, or Literature Course 1 Course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with L-12 Teaching Licensure
Cycle II Language, Linguistics, or Literature Course  1 Course credit for Spanish if Cycle 1 placement is below Hisp 3502/Span3501; 1 course credit for Spanish Major with K-12 teaching Licensure (the extra elective)
 A variety of electives are available in fields such as Archeology, Art History, History, Sociology, and Political Science as well as Spanish Language and Literature Courses do not count for the major; they do not count toward 53 credit total needed for BA degree
 A MAXIMUM OF 5 CREDITS AVAILABLE (if Cycle I course and 5 Cycle II courses are taken) / TOTAL OF 4 CREDITS AVAILABLE (if Cycle I course and 4 Cycle II courses are taken) For information on course load and possible GE credits, see Program Advisor

 

ACM – STUDIES IN LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY (Fall Semester, San José, Costa Rica)*

Spanish Grammar, Conversation, and Culture 1 course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure
Core Course Does not count for major; counts as 1 course credit toward 35 credit total needed for BA degree
Introduction to Costa Rica 1 course credit for Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure (the extra elective) only; otherwise, counts as 1 course credit toward 35 credit total needed for BA degree
Elective (1 of the following: Literature of Latin America, Advanced Composition in Spanish, Advanced Conversation in Spanish) 1 course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure
TOTAL OF 4 CREDITS AVAILABLE For information on course load and possible GE credits, see Program Adviser

 

 

ACM – TROPICAL FIELD RESEARCH (Spring Semester, Costa Rica)*

Community Participation for Social Change Does not count for major; counts as 1 course credit toward 35 credit total needed for BA degree
Internship Placement and Seminar (counts as 2 St. Olaf credits) Does not count for major; counts as 2 course credits toward 35 credit total needed for BA degree
Independent Study 1 course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure if paper written in Spanish (student must request credit in advance; credit is granted only after completion of study and submission of paper upon return to campus)
TOTAL OF 4 CREDITS AVAILABLE For information on course load and possible GE credits, see Program Adviser

 

 

CIEE PROGRAMS IN CHILE (Fall and/or Spring Semesters Annually, Valparaíso)*

Students are required to take one of two reqwuired courses: “Chilean and Latin American Identity: The Challenges of Globalization” or “Contemporary Hispano-American Short Stories” “Contemporary Hispano-American Short Stories” counts as course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure
Language, Linguistics, or Literature Course 1 course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure provided that course is worth at least 3 semester hours of credit
Language, Linguistics, or Literature Course May count as 1 course credit for Spanish (if “chilean and Latin American Identity” is taken for the required course); if “Contemporary Hispano-American Short Stories” is taken for the required course, counts as 1 course credit for Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure (the extra elective) provided that the course is worth at least 3 semester hours of credit
A variety of electives are available in fields such as Biological and Environmental Studies, Business Management, Geography, History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion and Theology Courses do not count for major; they do count toward 35 credit total needed for BA degree
TOTAL OF 4 CREDITS AVAILABLE For information on course load and possible GE credits, see Program Adviser

 

 

IEE PROGRAM IN BUENOS AIRES (Fall and/or Spring Semesters Annually, Argentina)*

Note: Not all courses offered through IES are taught in Spanish

Required IES Spanish Course (Advanced Spanish Program / Advanced Spanish Honors Program) May count as 1 course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure, (depending on level of course) provided that the course is worth at least 3 semester hours of credit
Language, Linguistics, or Literature Course (in Spanish) 1 course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure provided that the course is worth at least 3 semester hours of credit
Language, Linguistics, or Literature Course (in Spanish) 1 course credit for Spanish or Spanish Major with K-12 Teaching Licensure (the extra elective) provided that the course is worth at least 3 semester hours of credit
A variety of electives are available in fields such as Anthropology, Art History, Business & Economics, Dance, Geography, History, International Relations, Museum Studies, Music, Political Science, and Studio Art (Some courses are available in English) Courses do not count for major; they do count toward 35 credit total needed for BA degree
TOTAL OF 4 CREDITS AVAILABLE For information on course load and possible GE requirements, see Program Adviser

 

*Please meet with an adviser in Spanish before leaving for a study abroad program to discuss appropriate courses for the Spanish Major. In addition, once you arrive in your respective program location, you are advised to consult by e-mail with the Program Adviser and the faculty member in charge of degree audits for the Spanish major as you finalize your on-site registration.