Accelerated Pathway

Because the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) recognizes that many students have acquired proficiency in Spanish as a result of previous exposure to and experience with the language, it has established an accelerated pathway for completion of the minor in Spanish.

The accelerated pathway is not a new academic program. Rather, it is a placement mechanism that allows students with demonstrated language abilities to begin at a higher point in the regular sequence and to complete the minor by taking just three Spanish classes – SPN 312 and two electives.

Learners from the following groups may be eligible for the accelerated pathway, pending verification of their language proficiency:

  • Heritage speakers — learners raised in Spanish-speaking households who completed secondary education in the United States.
  • Native speakers — learners who completed secondary education in countries where Spanish is the primary language.
  • Other speakers with advanced proficiency — learners who have developed high degrees of functional language ability because of intensive study or long-term residency in Spanish-speaking countries.

Students interested in pursuing the accelerated pathway should call the MCL office at 417-836-5122 and request an appointment with the department head for an eligibility assessment. Eligibility is contingent upon verification of language proficiency, which in most cases will require that candidates:

Once deemed eligible, students on the accelerated pathway must:

  • Declare a minor in Spanish.
  • Pass SPN 312 with a B or better.
  • Apply for retroactive credit for SPN 205, 202, and 201.
  • Complete two additional SPN electives (SPN 297 or higher).

* Students scoring "Intermediate Mid" remain eligible for the Accelerated Pathway, but they must also complete SPN 205 (Conversation).