» Recommended Classes for First-Year Spanish Majors

Here are the classes that we recommend you take during your first year as a Spanish major at Chapman. 

In your first semester, students typically take 12-15 credits (most classes are 3 credits; those with labs are 4). 12 credits are required to be in full-time status.

Introductory Math Requirement

First year students must either waive or complete Math 100/L (Learning and Studying Mathematics for Understanding I, with a required lab component) in their first semester. For more information, visit our Math Placement webpage.

General Education Classes

You can choose a General Education (GE) class from any GE category – it’s your choice. In general, the following GE areas are recommended to begin/complete during your first year:

GE Language Study (strongly recommended)
GE Written Inquiry
GE Quantitative Inquiry

Note: Some GE courses may “double count” with your major or minor. Students can share up to 9 credits between major and GE requirements and can share up to 6 credits between minor and GE requirements. Visit the General Education Program site to review the GE policies and see a list of approved courses for each GE area.

You can learn more about general education on our General Education: How it Works page.


Fall Semester

Spanish majors begin their major/minor study according to the Chapman University language placement policy. Placement testing for Spanish is available on Canvas. Spanish majors/minors should take a Spanish class each semester at the appropriate level. First-year students are allowed to enroll in 300 level Spanish classes if they are at the appropriate level (based on AP/IB exam score or are taking/have taken SPAN 201). 

FFC 100D - You Choose! 
Credits: 3

All first-year students at Chapman have to take First Year Foundations. The class will introduce you to college and there is a different topic for every major. As a Spanish major, you must select an FFC 100D option from the Wilkinson College - Engaging the World category. 

SPAN - Choose appropriate level 
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor Exploration class
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor Exploration class 
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor Exploration class
Credits: 3


Spring Semester

SPAN - Choose appropriate level
Credits: 3

SPAN or GE class
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor Exploration class 
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor Exploration class 
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor Exploration class
Credits: 3