Overview

In today's rapidly changing world, there is intense demand for women and men who understand other cultures and can communicate in more languages than their own. They know that a new language is an open door into very different ways of living and understanding the world. Spanish majors develop written and oral skills in the target language that will enable them to survive and thrive in a variety of situations, including the professional world. A Spanish major provides students with a greatly enriched view of the world around them as well as Spanish language skills that will prove useful in many professional occupations.

The means through which students develop these skills includes:

  • Oral presentations on a variety of topics
  • Conversation groups
  • Writing
  • Creative and analytical thought
  • The study of a variety of written texts and films
  • A semester abroad
  • A senior study research project
  • A significant, practical experience in the community.

The latter involves working as a student volunteer in a service learning situation with a local organization dedicated to serving the Hispanic community. Frequently, these volunteer experiences lead to full-time employment after graduation.

The major in Spanish provides a holistic academic, cultural, and linguistic preparation that enables the student to compete in a professional market increasingly needful of bilingual employees. The study abroad experience is integrated into the major as an essential complement to the curriculum, enabling students to reach an advanced level of linguistic proficiency and to access an in depth understanding of another culture.

Course Offerings

The Major in Spanish consists of 46/47 credit hours beyond elementary Spanish (110-120). Required courses include:

SPN 201: Intermediate Spanish I (3 hrs.)
SPN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (3 hrs.)
SPN 225: Intermediate Conversation and Composition (3 hrs.)
SPN 261: Civilizations & Cultures of the Hispanic World (3 hrs.)
SPN 262: Introduction to Literature in Spanish (3 hrs.)
SPN 351-352: Senior Thesis (6 hrs.)
HUM 201: Perspectives in the Humanities (3 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research and Professional Issues (1 hr.)

Three courses chosen from the following:
SPN 301: Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1700 (3 hrs.)
SPN 302: Spanish Peninsular Literature from 1800 to Present (3 hrs.)
SPN 311: Colonial and 19th Century Latin American Literature (3 hrs.)
SPN 312: Spanish American Literature of the 20th Century (3 hrs.)

 

 In addition to completing the courses above, Spanish majors spend the second semester of their junior year abroad in an approved program in a Spanish-speaking country. During this semester abroad, 12 hours of approved Spanish courses are completed. Arrangements for study at foreign institutions are described under Study Abroad in this catalog.

The Minor in Spanish consists of at least 15 credit hours in Spanish in courses above the 100-level. Required courses include:

 SPN 201: Intermediate Spanish I (3 hrs.)
SPN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (3 hrs.)
SPN 225: Intermediate Conversation and Composition (3 hrs.)
SPN 262: Introduction to Literature in Spanish (3 hrs.)
Additional 3 credit hours in Spanish

A second track in the major, Spanish for Teacher Licensure, consists of 43/44 credit hours beyond elementary Spanish (110-120). Required courses include:

SPN 201: Intermediate Spanish I (3 hrs.)
SPN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (3 hrs.)
SPN 225: Intermediate Conversation and Composition (3 hrs.)
SPN 261: Civilizations & Cultures of the Hispanic World (3 hrs.)
SPN 262: Introduction to Literature in Spanish (3 hrs.)
SPN 351-352: Senior Thesis (6 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research and Professional Issues (1 hr.)
Two courses from the following list:
SPN 301: Spanish Peninsular Literature to 1700 (3 hrs.)
SPN 302: Spanish Peninsular Literature from 1800 to Present (3 hrs.)
SPN 311: Colonial and 19th Century Latin American Literature (3 hrs.)
SPN 312: Spanish American Literature of the 20th Century (3 hrs.)

Additional liberal studies courses include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)

In addition to completing the courses above, Spanish majors for Teacher Licensure must spend the second semester of their junior year abroad in an approved program in a Spanish-speaking country. During this semester abroad, 12 hours of approved Spanish courses are completed. Arrangements for study at foreign institutions are described under Study Abroad in this catalog.

 

Students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Spanish for Add-On Teaching Endorsement requires the completion of 15 hours of Spanish above the 100-level. Required courses include:

SPN 201: Intermediate Spanish I (3 hrs.)
 SPN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (3 hrs.)
 SPN 225: Intermediate Conversation and Composition (3 hrs.)
 SPN 262: Introduction to Literature in Spanish (3 hrs.)
    Additional 3 credit hours in Spanish