Averett University Undergraduate Catalog



Barbara A. Clark

The modern language program is proficiency-based; that is, students learn skills that help them to function in the language.  The goal at each level is to help the student advance to the next level of proficiency.


Students who wish to begin the study of Spanish for the first time are required to take the placement exam.

All students with two or more years of high school credit, or transfers with college credit who intend to continue their study of Spanish at Averett, must take the placement exam.  Students are encouraged to do as well as possible.  Those students whose records indicate successful completion of three or more years of Spanish within the past two years should, depending upon the results of the placement exam, expect to be placed in 201 or a higher level course.

Students may take the language placement exam online at their convenience, but should do so at least several days prior to Orientation/Registration. The exam and instructions are available at:  http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org/nwcregister.php(#)acct=averett. Placement results will be provided immediately after the exam is completed and submitted.

Opportunities for study in countries where the Spanish language prevails are available, and arrangements may be made through the Office of Study Abroad.


A minor in Spanish is available to students who satisfactorily complete SPA 221, 222, 315, and 316 or 317.  These requirements may vary depending on placement. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the minor.  A major in Modern Languages with a concentration in Spanish and a supporting program in French is available to students who satisfactorily complete the degree requirements.  Student must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the major.

Liberal Studies:  Teaching Licensure Majors

Students who plan to earn teaching licensure in grades PK-6 may choose a concentration in Spanish as one of two concentration areas required for licensure.  This concentration consists of SPA 221 and 222 or 315 and 316 or 317, depending upon placement.

Pass/Fail Option

Elective Spanish courses may be taken Pass/Fail if they are not used to fulfill a general education requirement.  For example, students who minor in French, who seek a B.A. degree or who choose a Spanish course to partially fulfill the Society component of the General Education Requirements may not choose the Pass/Fail option.