As the nations of the world become more interdependent, knowledge of the world's languages and understanding of world cultures become more significant for effective global communication and peaceful coexistence. Language study prepares today's students for tomorrow's opportunities by supporting interdisciplinary instruction and developing cross-cultural understanding. Our mission is to provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts background and to ensure that they gain competency in the target language and familiarity with the literature, history and culture of the civilization.
The Spanish major has two tracks: Track I- Language, Culture and Civilization (30 credits) and Track II- Interdisciplinary Major in Bilingual-Multicultural Studies (33 credits). All courses in Track I are taught in Spanish. Track II includes courses in Spanish as well as courses on bilingual education and multicultural issues taught in English; this track is intended for students in the Childhood Inclusive Teacher Certification program. Students in the Adolescence Teacher Certification Program must choose Track I and also take FCE 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in addition to the classes required for Track I.
Any undergraduate student can declare this major.
All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.
Students complete one of the following tracks.
Teaching Certification students in the Adolescence Inclusive with Middle Childhood Education Extension Program must choose this track.
Total Number of Credits: 30
Note: Teacher certification candidates in the Adolescence Inclusive program are also required to take FCE 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in addition to the number of credits required for the major.
Teaching Certification students in the Childhood Inclusive Education Program seeking a bilingual-multicultural education extension certificate must choose this track.
Total Number of Credits: 33
Spanish majors are expected to speak, read and write in Spanish and to be able to understand spoken Spanish. Students are also expected to demonstrate basic and comparative knowledge of history, politics, systems of belief, art, literature, and daily life of the Spanish-speaking world; to explain the relationship between the practices and perspectives and the products of different Hispanic cultures; and to establish connections between the major literary movements and the historical, social, and political circumstances that form the context of writers' artistic production.
Students in the Interdisciplinary Major in Bilingual-Multicultural Studies Track are also expected to identify the academic, social, and linguistic challenges of Spanish heritage speakers within the context educational system of the United States; to select culturally informed methods of instruction and assessment for the bilingual classroom; and to recognize and analyze the phonetic, morphological and sociolinguistic elements of Spanish dialects.
Why MINOR in Spanish?
Spanish ranks as the world's No. 2 language (only behind Chinese) in terms of how many people speak it as their first language and it takes third place with respect to the internet. Today Spanish is an official language of the UN and its institutions, the European Union and other international organizations.
Learning the Spanish language and the cultures of the 20 countries where it is an official language is important for many majors including International Business and International Studies. Achieving a Spanish minor provides students with the appropriate level of proficiency in the language to handle communication tasks necessary for government agencies and private companies with either an international reach or a connection to the US population that speaks a language other than English. Students acquire knowledge of the cultures related to the language studied, making them better able to understand and work with these communities. Knowledge of another language and culture is also desirable in many other professions. Students who compliment their degree in health care, social work, criminal justice, communications with the study of languages and cultures are better able to understand, serve, and communicate with the diverse population in the US. The courses offered for the Spanish minor teach students to identify and appreciate cultural connections and differences, helping them grow into their role as global citizens.
Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.
All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.
The minor in Spanish consists of 18 credits as follows: