Q: What courses should be taken during the first year?
First-year students who have had some Spanish in high school should consider continuing their language study at Clark. The usual appropriate level (unless they have high proficiency) is Spanish 105, 106, or 127. Consult the Foreign Languages Placement Guidelines below.
Another option is an intensive one-semester beginning course (SPAN 103) that builds on prior language-learning experiences. Students in these intensive courses have studied the material in the past but may have forgotten much of it. Since their purpose is to refresh knowledge, these one-semester courses move at a faster pace than the two-semester beginning courses. Click here to see Spanish course availability.
Q: What courses should first year students steer clear of?
Students should steer clear of all 200-level courses offered in FL&L (including Comparative Literature). These are courses designed for students with advanced standing in one of the department’s majors.
Q: If key introductory courses are filled, are there good alternatives?
If specific language-level courses are not available, students wishing a Spanish-language course should contact Professor of Spanish Constance Montross ( or Professor Maria Acosta-Cruz (, or Professor Beth Gale ( Department Chair. Given the specific sequencing of language courses, there are no alternatives to specific courses.