The Foreign Language Requirement at Duke (FL requirement) states that all students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate or advanced level. Specifically, you must complete one of the following, depending on your level of proficiency in the language you choose to study at Duke:
- If you enter language study at Duke at the intermediate level or above:
The successful completion of a 300-level course that carries the FL designation. Therefore, if you place into the first semester of the intermediate level, you will need to take at least three full courses in the same language. If you place into the second semester of the intermediate level, you will need to take at least two full courses in the same language. And if you place into the 300-level, you will need to take at least one full course.
- If you begin language study at Duke in an elementary language course:
The successful completion of three (3) full courses in the same language that carry the FL designation.
How can I complete the Foreign Language Requirement in Spanish?
The Course Description and placement guidelines that follow should help you to place yourself into the proper gateway course given your background. Be aware in particular that your records will be reviewed to verify your eligibility for Spanish 101 and Spanish 111, since you may not enroll in either of these courses if you have had more than two years of Spanish in high school. Also keep in mind that if you have taken an AP test or SAT II test (with or without listening), you should use that score as your guide for selecting a course. The following are the usual gateway courses students consider as first Spanish courses at Duke:
For those students with higher level proficiency in Spanish please consult the descriptions of the
Consult with your adviser if you are unsure of your course selection. If further questions arise, you may request an appointment with the Director of the Spanish Language Program at 684-8628 during the first week of classes.
Course Description: Spanish 101
Elementary Spanish introduces the basic elements of the language and includes exposure to some aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills receive equal attention. This course meets 5 times a week. It covers present tense, present perfect, present progressive and the morphology (forms) of the past tenses. It introduces students to Spanish-speaking cultures through readings, audio texts and other authentic materials. Students read 2 stories of about 550 words each. Only if you fit the following profile will you be allowed to take the course. Keep in mind that the Duke in Mexico summer Program offers an intensive immersion experience to complete Spanish I and II.
Spanish 101 is appropriate for you if:
- You have two years (or less) of high school Spanish. ATTENTION: If you have 3 (or more) years of high school Spanish, you MUST enroll in Spanish 102 or above
- You have a score of 370 or lower on the SATII
- You did not read any texts in Spanish Your records will be reviewed the first week of classes to verify your eligibility. If you have too much previous experience you will be dropped from Spanish 101.
Course Description: Spanish 102
Second semester of elementary Spanish continues with the introduction of the basic elements of Spanish. This course builds on the elements of the language acquired in Elementary Spanish 101. It covers the past tenses (preterit and imperfect), past progressive, the future tense, commands and an introduction to the present subjunctive. It also studies the direct and indirect object pronouns and possessive pronouns. It exposes students to Spanish-speaking cultures through readings, audio texts and other authentic materials. Students read 2 stories of about 1000 words each.
Spanish 102 is appropriate for you if:
- You have successfully completed Spanish 101 or its equivalent at the university level
- You have a score of 380-450 on the SATII
- You have studied Spanish for at least 2 years in high school and have covered material pertaining to Spanish 101 (see description of Spanish 001)
Course Description: Spanish 111
Spanish 111 is an intensive course; it covers the basic elementary language curriculum (Spanish 101 and 102) in one semester, targeted to students with none or very little experience in Spanish.
Spanish 111 is appropriate for you if:
- You have never studied Spanish
- You have maximum of one year of high school Spanish
- You have very little contact with a Spanish-speaking environment.
Course Description: Spanish 203
Spanish 203 is the third semester Spanish course. This course is for students who have successfully completed Spanish 102 or its equivalent. The course includes a complete review of elementary grammar (everything covered in Spanish 101 and 102), past subjunctive, pluperfect tenses, application of reading strategies to progressively longer authentic texts, and regular speaking practice. There is a continued development of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing with attention to expanding the range and complexity of grammar usage and vocabulary through exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures. Reading assignments at end of course are equivalent to a 100-150-page novel (not adapted for classroom use). Keep in mind that the Duke in Mexico summer Program offers an intensive immersion experience to complete Spanish 203 and 204.
Spanish 203 is appropriate for you if:
- You have successfully completed Spanish 102.
- You have a score of 460-580 on the SATII, or a score 3 on the AP exam (language or literature)
- You have studied Spanish for at least 2 years in high school and have covered material pertaining to Spanish 002 (see description of Spanish 102)
Course Description: Spanish 204
Spanish 204 is the fourth semester Spanish course. This course is for students who have successfully completed Spanish 203 or its equivalent. Spanish 204 includes a complete review of basic intermediate level grammar, expansion of pronominal constructions, discourse connectors, and a range of conversational strategies. There is further development of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. With emphasis on various writing tasks students expand their range and sophistication of grammar usage and vocabulary and exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures. Students build comprehension and produce texts of greater extension and complexity. This course prepares students for 300-level Spanish courses through literary texts and other media (film, news, short essays, cartoons, etc.). Reading assignments at the end of course are equivalent to a 150-200-page novel (not adapted for classroom use).
Spanish 204 is appropriate for you if:
- You have successfully completed Spanish 203.
- You have a score of 590-650 on the SATII, or a score 4 on the AP language exam.
- You have studied Spanish for at least 2 years in high school and have covered material pertaining to Spanish 203 (see description of Spanish 203)
300 level courses correspond to the 5th semester of Spanish and are built on the elements acquired in advanced intermediate Spanish. The Spanish Language Program offers a range of courses at the 300 level. See course descriptions below.
The 300 level courses are appropriate for you if:
- You have completed 204 or its equivalent.
- You have a score of 660+ on the SATII, or a score 4 on the AP literature exam; or a 5 in the language AP exam
- You have studied Spanish for at least 3 years in high school and have covered material pertaining to Spanish 204 (see description of Spanish 204)
- You learned Spanish outside the classroom but Spanish is not your dominant language
- You are a native speaker of Spanish and it is your dominant language-- As a native speaker of Spanish you should consider enrolling in Spanish 331S: Introduction to Literature, Film, and Popular Culture or higher. If you feel that you want either grammar or writing skill development you may consider enrolling in Spanish 301: Advanced Spanish Writing or Spanish 302: Advanced Grammar. You are not eligible to enroll in Spanish 105: Discourse Strategies through Politics, Culture, and Society
Spanish 301: Advanced Spanish Writing Development of composition skills related to expository and other forms of writing, focus on techniques for organizing information, vocabulary, editing, revising, rewriting and grammatical accuracy. Substantial work on the development of writing strategies through several short papers and a final long paper. This course is strongly recommended before enrollment in literature classes in Spanish.
Spanish 302: Advanced Spanish Grammar Intended to foster students' reflection about Spanish grammar and to consolidate students' knowledge of the system of rules underlying the Spanish languages. Special attention given to grammar in oral and written communication. Not open to students who have previously taken both Spanish 301 and 303.
Spanish 303: Introduction to Cultural Studies builds effective strategies for oral communication. Use of language ranges from informal to formal situations and concrete to abstract topics. Focus on developing structured arguments and increasing linguistic accuracy. Not open to students who have previously taken both Spanish 101 and 104 or Native Speakers of Spanish.
Spanish 306: Health, Culture and the Latino Community Issues associated with access to the health care industry for growing Latino/a population in the US. Topics: cultural competency issues, medical practices, lexical knowledge related to the field. Students will engage in experiential learning through contact with teh local community. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in service. Recommended students take one 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent.
Spanish 307S: Issues of Education and Immigration Community-based interaction with Durham Public Schools. Topics: Latino/a identity, access to education for immigrants, academic performance, assimilation, general pressures of family and peers, bilingualism, configurations of ethno-racial consciousness. Required 20 hours outside of class with assigned community partners. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in service. Recommended students take one 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent.
Spanish 308S: Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond Formation of Latino/a identity(ies) and community voices through the lens of cultural, political, and social issues at local and national level. Topics: Minority voices, power and class, linguistic and artistic expression. Required 20 hours outside of class working with the community. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, service. Recommended students take one 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling.