University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Introduction to the Major (AIM)


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Spanish Major/Minor

First-year students with previous study of Spanish should take the UVM Spanish placement test (available on the Romance Languages and Linguistics web page ( in QuickLinks) and enroll in the recommended language course.

Most students place into one of the following courses:

SPAN 001 Elementary I

Fundamentals of Spanish composition, comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing. Structure of the basic Spanish sentence. No prior knowledge expected. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

SPAN 002 Elementary II

Continuation of 001. Prerequisite: 001 or equivalent. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

SPAN 051 Intermediate Language Study I

Significant review of grammar, proceeding from basic knowledge of Spanish to increased proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Compositions, oral practice, reading. Prerequisites: 002 or 009 or equivalent. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

SPAN 052 Intermediate Language Study II

Continues building on the skills developed in Spanish 051. More emphasis on accurate language usage and more extensive readings. Prerequisite: 051 or equivalent. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

100-Level Spanish Courses

Those with particularly strong high school experience can place into the 100-level curriculum.   SPAN101 (Composition and Conversation) is particularly recommended for students considering a major/minor in Spanish.  Other 100-level options include SPAN105 (Phonology) and SPAN109 (Advanced Grammar). SPAN101 is offered every semester, while SPAN105/109 are offered in alternate semesters each year.

Students interested in Spanish might consider combining their Major/Minor in Spanish with coursework in a related Global  Studies program, such as Latin-American Studies or European Studies.

Contact Information

Cristina Mazzoni, Interim Chair
Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics
Phone: (802) 656-3196
Department Website: