300/400 Level Frequently Asked Questions
SEEING THE ADVISER
Q: Where can I find the adviser's schedule?
A: The adviser's regular office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00-11:30AM; 1:30-3:00PM Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: and include drop-in advising for questions that can be answered in less than 10 minutes, and appointments for in-depth advising, such as study abroad and major course planning. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust advising hours, due to the adviser's other responsibilities. For information on the adviser's current schedule or to make an appointment, please call (206) 543-2020 or stop by the main office in Padelford C-104. Appointments are not available via email. The main office is closed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Monday through Friday.
Q: I just have a quick question. Do I have to make an appointment to see the adviser?
A: No. If your question can be answered briefly, you may contact the adviser via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to stop by during drop-in hours. Typically, drop-in advising is available 8:00-10AM, 1:30-3:00PM Monday and Tuesday; 10-11:30AM, Wednesday and Thursday. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust advising office hours, due to the adviser's other responsibilities. For current schedule information, please call (206) 543-2020 or stop by the main office in Padelford C-104. Appointments are not available via email. The main office is closed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Monday through Friday.
Q: I am trying to reach the adviser, but I get her voice mail.
What should I do?
A: Frequently, the adviser is meeting with students or faculty and cannot
answer the phone. If you are calling from a local area code, such as 206 or 425, leave her
a message and she will return your call as soon as possible, usually within one business day. If you
are calling from outside the local area, such as 360 or 509 area code, please send an e-mail message to
Q: What are the admission requirements for the Spanish major and
where can I get the necessary forms?
A: Our prerequisites, procedure for declaring the major, and the
declaration form are all on our website. Also, handouts are available
in the bin outside the Adviser's office in Padelford C-104F.
Q: Where can I find the Spanish major requirements?
A: On our website go to Spanish Major Requirements.
Q: How many Spanish classes do I have to take before declaring
A: You need to have completed SPAN 203. This means you
may not declare the major while SPAN 203 is still in progress. For a complete
list of prerequisites, please see Admission to the Spanish Major.
Q: What happens if I have not met one of the major prerequisites?
A: You are not eligible for admission to the Spanish major. However,
if you have extenuating circumstances which you would like to present
to the Undergraduate Studies Committee, please turn in a written petition
to the Adviser. If Suzanna is busy when you stop by, please leave
the letter in her inbox in the main office, Padelford C-104. Your
petition will be reviewed and you will be notified of the Committee's
Q: Which courses count as the 300-level literature elective toward the major degree
A: You may choose from any of the following courses: SPAN 304-308, 319, 339, 340, 350-352, 394, and 395.
Q: Is it true that study abroad or service learning is required to complete the Spanish major?
A: Yes. It is important to know that Service Learning is only available to students enrolled in 300-level Spanish language courses, and requires a two-quarter commitment: i.e. while taking SPAN 301 and 302; or 302 and 303; or for heritage Spanish speakers, SPAN 314 and 315; or 315 and 316. All Spanish majors should participate in Service Learning while taking these language courses unless they have already met this requirement through studying abroad; or, unless they are absolutely positive they will study abroad in an approved program for a full quarter prior to the graduation. Spanish majors who do plan to study abroad should do so before their senior year, unless they plan to participate in a UW Spanish faculty-led program. For more detailed information regarding program requirements,
please view Spanish Major Requirements.
Q: I am interested in participating in Service Learning. What is the next step?
A: Please review the Service Learning information and then contact email@example.com, with your question(s) that can be answered briefly. If you have multiple questions and/or wish to discuss several topics, please make an appointment by calling 206-543-2020.
DECLARING THE MAJOR
Q: I would like to declare the Spanish major but do not understand
how to fill out the Change of College/School and Major or Minor form.
What should I do?
A: There are four sections you need to complete: your student number,
name, signature, and date. In addition, be sure to write your email
address on the top of the form in case Suzanna Martínez, the
adviser, needs to contact you. Important!: If you are adding
Spanish as a second major/degree, or intending to drop a previously-declared
major, please attach a note of explanation to your paperwork.
Q: Where do I turn in the required paperwork to declare the major?
A: Paperwork should be dropped off in Suzanna Martínez' inbox
in the main office, Padelford, C-104.
Q: I turned in the Change of College/School and Major or Minor
form with a copy of my unofficial transcript. When will I know if
I was accepted to the major or not?
A: Forms will be reviewed during the fourth week of the quarter and an email will be sent to eligible students, inviting them to a ‘New Majors Orientation’. Typically, the orientation is held during the fifth week of the quarter. In addition to helpful information
regarding the Spanish major and departmental resources, each student will receive his/her Change of College/School and Major or Minor forms signed by the adviser. This form must be turned into the Registrar’s Office for processing to make admission to the Spanish
Q: I have read all the website information about declaring the
major, but still have unanswered questions. How can I set up an appointment
to meet with the Adviser?
A: You should call (206) 543-2020 or stop by Padelford C-104 to schedule an appointment. Appointments cannot be made via e-mail.
Q: I have just declared the major and would like help with course
planning, what should I do?
A: Make an appointment with the adviser by calling (206) 543-2020 or stopping by Padelford C-104. Appointments cannot be made via e-mail.
THE SPANISH MINOR
Q: Who can answer my questions about the Spanish minor?
A: Some of your questions can be answered by your major adviser.
If you have questions s/he cannot answer, you should make an appointment with the Spanish adviser by calling (206) 543-2020 or stopping by Padelford C-104. Appointments cannot be made via e-mail.
Q: I want to declare a minor in Spanish. What is the next step?
A: 1. To declare a minor in Spanish, students must have been officially admitted to a major and have completed a minimum of 45 credits.
2. Students must meet with their major advisor to sign off on minor declaration paperwork in order to ensure that they meet university satisfactory progress requirements.
Q: If I declare a minor in Spanish, will I get some kind of registration priority?
A: Usually, no. In general, courses numbered SPAN 302 and above are restricted to Spanish majors only for registration in Period One, to help them complete degree requirements; and non-majors are eligible to register in Period Two. That said, to assist Spanish minors, 300-level courses which do not fulfill Spanish major requirements are open for registration to non-majors in Period One. You can find out which courses are open to you by reading the Time Schedule notes. If the class you want to take is full, you should keep checking the Time Schedule for possible openings. Detailed information is available on our website in the link to Registration Policies.
Q: I am a non-matriculated student and need signatures on my registration form.
A: First, you need instructor permission and his/her signature for 300 and 400-level courses. For the second signature, please see the adviser in Padelford C-104F, who is authorized to sign for the Chair. You may see her during drop-in hours. If you want to take a 100/200-level course, please stop by the main office in Padelford C-104.
Q: I am a Spanish minor with graduating senior priority registration status. When can I register?
A: In general, except for SPAN 301, non-majors register in Period 2. Exceptions are indicated in the Time Schedule notes. If the class you want to take is full, you should keep checking the Time Schedule for possible openings. Detailed registration policy is available on our website.
Q: I am a graduate student interested in taking a 300-level language course (301, 302, or 303). What should I do?
A: Send an email to the instructor of the section in which you are interested, requesting permission to be accepted as the ‘graduate student overload’ in that section, copying firstname.lastname@example.org on your message. If you are given permission, you will be registered by the adviser on the third day of the quarter after class.
Q: I am interested in studying abroad. Where can I find program information?
A: Our department offers quarter-long programs in León,
Spain; Cusco, Peru; and Quito, Ecuador (Winter); a semester or year-long program in Cádiz, Spain; and an Exploration Seminar in Quito, Ecuador (Summer C term). In addition, our faculty sometimes lead month-long programs on special topics during the summer. A complete current list of our programs is available through the Study Abroad link on our home page. You can research other programs on the
International Programs and Exchanges Office website.
Q: I have found a program on the IPE website that interests me, and it is not run by the Spanish/Portuguese Division. What is my next step?
A: You should set up an appointment with the adviser at least one month prior to the program application deadline. It is your responsibility to be familiar with our catalog, so that you can select classes that look like they may be similar to courses taught in our division, i.e. language, literature, and cultural studies. Credit is not given for a course just because it is taught in Spanish, if it has little or no relationship to our curriculum. The final decision regarding appropriate credit will be made by the Division of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, upon review of all your course materials after you return to Seattle. If it is important to you to make good degree progress while abroad, and/or you want to know in advance the type of credit you will receive for the courses you plan to take, you should participate in one of our faculty-led programs, as this is the only way to receive an up-front guarantee regarding specific credits.
Q: What should I bring to my study abroad advising appointment?
A: The name of the program and how it is structured; for example, the titles and descriptions of required courses, if there are any; the number of classes students are expected to take in the program; a tentative list of classes/descriptions of courses in which you are interested. You should either bring your laptop or a printed copy of this information to your appointment for the adviser’s review.
Q: Is it ok to study abroad during my senior year?
A: Yes, if you are participating in one of the Division’s programs, such as Cádiz. No, if you plan to go somewhere else, and hope to fulfill program requirements while abroad. There are two main reasons for this. First, most study abroad programs that are not led by UW faculty require a placement test to determine which classes you are eligible to take. It is not possible to know the results of your placement test in advance, or which courses you will have access to. This ambiguity creates challenges related to registration the following quarter at the UW, as you may not know if you have completed your program requirements abroad until the credit evaluation process is completed after you return to Seattle. Second, the credit evaluation process in non-departmental programs is lengthy, and cannot begin until the IPE Office receives your official transcript from the university in which you studied. It can take several months for your transcript to arrive, which can result in a delay in completing your degree and graduating.
Q: Will I receive Spanish credit for any class I take, as long
as it is taught in Spanish?
A: No. To receive Spanish course credit, your classes must be similar to those taught in our division. It may help to think of it this way. Just as the Economics Department cannot give Economics credit for a Spanish literature course; we cannot give Spanish credit for an Economics course. It is your responsibility to be familiar with our curriculum, and to select courses in language, literature, and cultural studies, which appear to be similar to classes taught in our division. While in most cases it is not possible to provide any guarantee in advance regarding the specific type of credit you will earn from a study abroad program that is not led by UW faculty, the adviser is happy to provide guidance on course selection. The final decision regarding appropriate credit will be made by the Division of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, upon review of all your course materials after you return to Seattle. If it is important to you to make good degree progress while abroad, we recommend that you participate in a faculty-led option, so that you know in advance the specific type of credit you will receive. It is highly recommended that you meet with the adviser at least one month prior to the program application deadline for tips on selecting courses, if you choose not to participate in a Spanish faculty-led program.
Q: How do I get my credits converted upon my return from studying
A: If you selected a program which is not led by our department,
the answer to this question can be found on the IPE website.
Due to the large number of students studying abroad in Spanish-speaking countries, credit evaluation forms cannot be processed on demand. You should drop off the following documents in the adviser’s inbox in Padelford C-104: IPE Credit Evaluation Form, a copy of your foreign transcript(s), and course syllabi. Be sure to bring back all of your coursework, including compositions, in case they are needed in the review process. The adviser will contact you if more information is required, and will let you know via email when your course materials are ready to pick up.
Q: I would like to get credit for a course by taking an exam. How do I do that?
A: Effective autumn 2012, the Division of Spanish and Portuguese Studies does not offer credit by examination for Spanish or Portuguese. For questions about eligibility to take the 300-level Spanish placement exam, please contact email@example.com. For questions about eligibility to take a 100- or 200-level Spanish or Portuguese placement exam, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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