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Description

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 (33 credits) and Track II – Interdisciplinary Major in Bilingual-Multicultural Studies (36 credits). Track I 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. Students in the Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Teacher Certification Program must choose this track. Track II is intended for students in the Childhood Inclusive Teacher Certification program. It includes courses in Spanish as well as courses on bilingual education and multicultural issues taught in English.

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.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.

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 473 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.

    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
      • EDI 421 Methods for Teaching and Assessing English Language Learners
      • FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the USA
      • FCE 473 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

    Upon completion of a baccalaureate degree in Spanish, Track I, graduates will be able to:

    • Express themselves fully in Spanish not only on familiar topics but also on some concrete social, academic, and professional topics in various time frames.
    • Deliver detailed presentations in Spanish, usually with accuracy, clarity, and precision, on a variety of topics and issues related to community interests and some special fields of expertise.
    • Write extensively in Spanish with significant precision and detail on a variety of topics, most complex issues, and some special fields of expertise.
    • Identify the main idea and most supporting details in authentic oral situations in Spanish on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some topics of professional interest.
    • Demonstrate and understanding of Spanish texts on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts.
    • Explain key perspectives of the Spanish-speaking cultures within a comparative framework (i.e. comparing the target culture to their own or to a series of cultures) and connect them to cultural products and practices.
    • Interpret and synthesize ideas and critical issues from a wide range of historical and contemporary cultural artifacts.
    • Analyze ideas and critical issues from cultural artifacts from multiple viewpoints and approaches.

    In addition to the student learning outcomes listed above, students in the Interdisciplinary Major in Bilingual-Multicultural Studies, Track II, are expected to be able to identify the academic, social, and linguistic challenges of Spanish heritage speakers within the context of the 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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