The Spanish program offers a major and minor in Spanish. The main focus of the program is to develop the student’s language proficiency and the literary, cultural, practical application, and translation competencies demanded by many professional fields. To accomplish these goals, the Spanish curriculum includes courses in general Spanish language, Spanish for the professions, Hispanic linguistics, Spanish and Spanish-American literatures and civilizations, translation, and interpretation. These courses are provided for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with or without secondary teacher certification in Spanish, for those fulfilling Second Language requirements or the literature requirement in the Core Curriculum Program, and for those seeking electives to support majors and minors in other fields.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate advanced proficiency in Spanish through performance on examinations, in-class presentations, and research papers;
- demonstrate the ability to understand, analyze, and interpret the cultural, linguistic and literary aspects of the Spanish-speaking countries through in-class presentations, examinations, and research papers;
- demonstrate proficiency in the practice, theory, and ethical aspects of translation and interpretation through in-class presentations, examinations, and translation projects;
- be prepared to teach Spanish and/or continue their studies at the graduate level.
For students planning to register for 3000 or 4000 level courses, a prerequisite of twelve hours in Spanish or its equivalent is required. For teacher certification, both the TExES examination (LOTE-613 [Languages Other Than English]) and the PPR-160 (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Test) must be completed.
Students interested in Credit by Examination towards the Spanish major or minor must do so through the ACTFL exam. Only 9 credits by examination will be allowed towards the major or minor, unless otherwise approved by Spanish Faculty.
Students interested in Credit by Examination towards the Spanish major or minor must do so through the AP, IB, CLEP, or ACTFL exams. Students who choose the CLEP exam need to be cleared by a member of the Spanish faculty to apply those credits towards the major (or minor) and enroll in upper-division courses.