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Are you searching for a more flexible solution to learning a second language at Ohio State? The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is excited to announce the first ever 100% online Spanish and Portuguese language courses offered at Ohio State University. 

The online Spanish and Portuguese language courses offer the same quality and academic rigor you expect from an Ohio State course but now with the added benefit of convenience. Learning Spanish and/or Portuguese at OSU has never been more accessible and fun.

Current Ohio high school students: You may qualify to enroll in Ohio State online language courses! See more information about the College Credit Plus Program.

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Spanish Online Instruction

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SPANISH 1101, 1102 & 1103:
  • Each course is 4 semester credits; applies to the General Education (GE) Foreign Language (FL) requirement at OSU.
  • Acquire new language skills and transcultural competence to be able to engage in topics related to travel, health, professions, and technology.
SPANISH 1113: 
  • 4 semester credits; applies to the General Education (GE) Foreign Language (FL) requirement at OSU. Spanish 1113 is not open to second language learners of Spanish (SLL) or students with credit for SPAN 1103.
  • Designed for students who have grown up listening and speaking Spanish at home, and who have placed into this course level via the Spanish placement exam (i.e., the Multimedia Computer Adaptive Test, or MultiCAT).
SPANISH 2202 (This course will only be offered in Online format during SU term): 
  • 3 semester credits; bridge course to a Spanish minor or major
  • A practical and engaging course covering topics related to business, social services, NGOs, the entertainment industry, and education.
Spanish 2320
  • 3 semester credits; GE lit and diversity global studies course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts course.
  • Intro to Cervantes's masterpiece, Don Quixote. Students explore the novel through critical reading, writing, and class discussion. The course surveys the most salient features of Baroque Spanish art, and introduces major themes and narrative techniques included in the novel. An informed reading of DQ fosters the awareness of homologous artistic features and social issues in contemporary society.
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SPANISH 3404:
  • 3 semester credits; counts toward a Spanish minor or major
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 2202 / 2213 
  • An introductory course in Spanish phonetics, offering extensive pronunciation practice and personalized feedback
  • Open to native and heritage speakers of Spanish, as well as non-native speakers of Spanish
Spanish 3450
  • 3 semester credits; counts toward a Spanish minor or major
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 3403 / 3413 
  • An introduction to literary and cultural analysis of texts in Spanish. This course presents strategies for reading and analyzing literary and cultural texts from various Spanish speaking countries to prepare students for more advanced courses in the Spanish program.
Spanish 4556
  • 3 semester credits; counts toward a Spanish minor or major
  • Prerequisite: A grade of C- or above in Spanish 3450/H
  • Introductory critical study of issues and processes in Spanish American writing from Modernism through the present.
Spanish 4564
  • 3 semester credits; counts toward a Spanish minor or major
  • Prerequisite: A grade of C- or above in Spanish 3450/H
  • Panoramic view of the culture of Spain during the dictatorship of Franco. Use of literary and filmic productions of that period as representations of the historical, social, political & economic experiences Spain lived during those years.
Spanish 4567
  • 3 semester credits; counts toward a Spanish minor or major
  • Prerequisite: A grade of C- or above in Spanish 3450/H
  • Explores the fragmentation and renegotiation of Spanish cultural and political identity in tension with its peripheral "nations": Catalonia, Basque Country, Galicia, Andalusia.

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Portuguese Online Instruction

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PORT 1101, 1102 and 1103:
  • Each course is 4 semester credits; applies to the General Education (GE) Foreign Language (FL) requirement at OSU. These courses are not open to native speakers of Portuguese.   
  • Acquire new language skills and transcultural competence to be able to engage in topics related to travel, health, professions, geography, history, and technology within the Portuguese-speaking world.
  • A great way to study Portuguese – which is the sole official or co-official language in 15 countries and independent administrative territories in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
  • The courses format enables both written and oral comprehension and production of diverse modalities of the Portuguese language.
Port 5501: 
  • 3 semester credits; applies to the General Education (GE) Foreign Language (FL) requirement at OSU.
  • Prerequisite or concurrent courses requirement: Spanish 3401, 3403, 3404, or 3413, or equiv, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Port 1101.01, 1102.01, 1103.01, or equiv. 
  • Rapid introduction to Portuguese language intended for students with at least high intermediate-level Spanish skills. Undergraduate and Graduate students with high-intermediate to advanced language skills in other Romance Languages may seek instructor permission to enroll.