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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 major in Spanish consists of 33 credits and it is intended to enable students to acquire an advanced level of proficiency in the language. Literature and culture courses are designed to provide a historical, political and social overview of the Spanish-speaking world. All courses are taught in Spanish unless otherwise noted.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the Spanish major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

What can I do with a Spanish major?

  1. SPANISH - TRACK ONE: Language, Culture and Civilization—33 credits

    Teaching Certification students in the Adolescence Inclusive with Middle Childhood Education Extension Program must choose this track. All students in the Teaching Certification Program must also take FCE 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in addition to the courses listed here.

    1. Required Courses: (total: 24 credits)
      • SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
      • SPN 350 It’s All Debatable – Communication in Spanish
      • SPN 351 Compose Yourself
      • SPN 353 Literature and Cultures of Spain
      • SPN 354 Literature and Cultures of Spanish America
      • SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar
      One of the two following options:
      • SPN 452 Guerrillas, Gays and Gangs
      • SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers
      One of the two following options:
      • SPN 456 Negotiating Caribbean Identity
      • SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers
    2. Elective Courses: (9 credits in Spanish at the 300 or 400)
      • See course descriptions.
  2. SPANISH - TRACK TWO: Interdisciplinary Major in Bilingual-Multicultural Studies - 36 credits

    Teaching Certification students in the Childhood Inclusive Education Program seeking a bilingual-multicultural education extension certificate must choose this track.

    NOTE: This track is not valid for the Adolescence Inclusive Education Program.

    1. Required Courses: (total: 24 credits)
      • SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
      • SPN 350 It’s All Debatable – Communication in Spanish
      • SPN 351 Compose Yourself
      • SPN 410 Bilingual Education & Heritage Language Learners
      • SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar
      • SPN 421 Methods for Teaching and Assessing English Language Learners
      • SPN 420 Multiculturalism in the USA
      • SPN 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
    2. Literature and Cultures : (12 credits in Spanish courses in Hispanic literatures and /or cultures at the 300 or 400 level.)
      • See course descriptions.
  3. Student Learning Outcomes

    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.

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