Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018


For information on the Classics major and minor, see the entry for Classics. For information on the Asian Studies minor, see the entry for Asian Studies.

All entering students who have studied Chinese, French, German, Latin, or Spanish in high school are required to take a placement test in that language. A placement test in Ancient Greek and/or Chinese can be arranged by contacting Dr. Rebecca Resinski in Classics or Dr. Wenjia Liu in Chinese. Placement recommendations based on the test will be made before registration. Unless these recommendations indicate otherwise, students should enroll in the first semester course of the Basic Sequence (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, or Spanish 110).  Native and heritage speakers should also take the placement test in that language.  Students who want to maintain PBK eligibility should plan to take a 200-level language course or higher.

Any student who is placed in 120 or higher and completes that course with a grade of C or higher will automatically receive college credit for 110.

Students who test out of the entire first-year sequence in languages will have fulfilled the languages requirement. They may either:

  1. Elect either to take no further languages courses, or to take courses in another language,
  2. Decide to take the recommended languages course and receive one additional course credit upon completion of the recommended course with a “C” or higher.  First year students who test out of the 200 level courses should enroll in 300 level courses their first year.

Major in French

A major in French consists of the following: nine courses above the first-year sequence, distributed as follows:

  • FREN 210 Intermediate Composition and Conversation I
  • FREN 215 Intermediate Composition and Conversation II
  • FREN 340 Survey of French Literature and Civilization I (to 1789) or FREN 350 French Literature and Civilization II (since 1789)
  • Six electives above 215

Students certifying to teach are strongly encouraged to take FREN 320 Practical Phonetics.

Major in German

At least nine courses above the basic sequence, including

  •  GERM 210 Intermediate Composition and Conversation or GERM 310 Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • GERM 320 Survey of German Literature and Civilization I (to 1848) or GERM 330 Survey of German Literature and Civilization II (since 1848), and
  •  GERM 420 Senior Seminar in German Literary History

Major in Spanish

At least nine courses above the basic sequence distributed as follows:

  • SPAN 310 Survey of Spanish Literature to 1800
  • SPAN 320 Survey of Spanish Literature since 1800
  • SPAN 330 Survey of Latin-American Literature
  • 6 electives including:
    • Any course at the 300 level or above
      • at least one must be Peninsular (Spanish) in focus
      • at least one must be Latin American in focus
      • at least two must be at the 400 level
    • Only one 200 level course can count as an elective but neither is required
      • SPAN 210 Conversation and Composition
      • SPAN 220 Advanced Grammar and Composition

Grammar and Composition can be counted among the 6 courses, but not both.

The program encourages all students to have a study-abroad experience. Some things to remember include that, for a major and a minor, at least half of the courses taken to fulfill SPAN courses have to be based on literary texts. If a student hasn’t taken SPAN 210 at Hendrix, a course in conversation could transfer as an equivalent. Courses taken in Spanish but in other disciplines transfer as courses in those disciplines and do not count towards a Spanish major or minor.

Minor in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish

A minor consists of five (5) courses in either Chinese, French, German, or Spanish at or above the 200-level. In Spanish, either 210 or 220 (not both) may count toward the minor.


Required courses are primarily either skills courses or survey of literature and/or culture courses. They are offered frequently.. The rest of the advanced courses in the department are usually offered only every third year.

Students wishing to pursue a major combining  languages with other disciplines may, with the help of a faculty advisor, create an individualized major through the Interdisciplinary Studies major available at the College.

Students are strongly urged to spend a year outside of the U.S. in a study-abroad program sponsored by Hendrix or another U.S. institution, or by a foreign university. Planning should be done in consultation with a faculty member in the appropriate target language.

Language majors considering graduate study in their language are strongly encouraged to take at least the Basic Sequence in a second foreign language.


French The Senior Capstone Experience for the French Major is completed with a C or better in FREN 480, a course on French Literature, Literary History, and Civilization, with an emphasis on literary analysis, research, and presentation of research.

German The Senior Capstone Experience for the German major consists of three examinations taken in conjunction with GERM 420 Senior Seminar in German Literary History. The examinations cover German history, literary analysis, and literary history, respectively. Senior majors are also offered the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the language by taking an internationally recognized Goethe Institute language achievement test offered by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in April of each year.

Spanish The Senior Capstone Experience for the Spanish major is a comprehensive examination based on coursework in the major and on courses taken abroad, if applicable. The format of the written examination may vary from question to question, but the test will consist of five parts and should not exceed three hours in length. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based on the examination.