The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Modern Language (BA): Spanish Specialization - Starting in 101

Though many incoming freshmen with several years of high school Spanish place higher than Spanish 101 when they begin at Truman, with careful planning students who wish to major in Modern Language with a Spanish specialization can begin in Spanish 101 in their first semester at Truman and still complete the major in four years.

FALL - Semester 1

TRU100: Truman Symposium
TRU 1XX: Self and Society
101: Elementary Spanish I
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This can best be accomplished by doing two things that are taken into account in this sample plan: 1. taking Spanish 201 and 202 in the summer following freshman year, at Truman or elsewhere. 2.  studying abroad at some point during the four years at Truman. Most Spanish students study abroad. Consult with your Spanish faculty advisor for a more individualized plan.

SPRING - Semester 2

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II
LING 238: Introduction to Linguistics
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FALL - Semester 3

SPAN 330: Spanish Grammar and Composition
SPAN 340: Spanish Conversation
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Class toward minor or area of interest

SPRING - Semester 4

SPAN 353: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
SPAN 364: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
Class toward minor or area of interest
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FALL - Semester 5

SPAN 363: Latin American Civilization (or SPAN 362: Civilization of Spain in spring)*
SPAN 460: Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature
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Class toward minor or area of interest

SPRING - Semester 6

SPAN 461: Survey of Spanish American Literature
SPAN 300-level elective
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Class toward minor or area of interest

FALL - Semester 7

SPAN 400-Level elective
SPAN 450: Advanced Grammar and Composition
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SPRING - Semester 8

SPAN 400-Level elective
CML 470: Modern Language Capstone Experience
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Class toward minor or area of interest

The Dialogues curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

Department Chair: Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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