This major equips students with language proficiency in Spanish as it introduces them to the multicultural nature and historical evolution of Hispanic literary and cultural expressions in the target language. It provides students with opportunities to comprehend, interpret, and practice advanced linguistic skills in Spanish through oral and written exercises and assignments. Survey and seminar classes familiarize them with representative literary works and cultural texts from Spain, Latin America, the U.S., and other diasporic Spanish-speaking populations. Our students become familiar with theoretical terminology and concepts essential to analyze these and other cultural products, The major also includes the study of Spanish phonology, morphology, syntax, and dialectal varieties. Students consistently participate in intercultural events and service learning activities in academic and culturally significant contexts. They acquire an increasing commitment to the mission of the University.
Spanish Student Learning Outcomes
Spanish majors will know:
- The variety and nature of linguistic practices, cultural texts, and perspectives in Spanish-speaking populations
- Representative literary works and cultural texts from Spain, Latin America, the U.S., and other diasporic Spanish-speaking populations
- Theoretical terminology and concepts essential to analyze these and other cultural products.
Spanish majors will be able to demonstrate:
- Advanced oral and aural proficiency
- Advanced writing proficiency
- Advanced reading comprehension
- The use of acquired theoretical and critical skills to textual analyses and scholarly research
- An informed knowledge of literary works, cultural products, and linguistic varieties developed by Spanish-speaking populations.
Spanish majors will also demonstrate an appreciation for:
- The evolution and variety of perspectives in Spanish-speaking cultures
- The mission of our University
- Transcultural similarities and differences.
Students are strongly encouraged to take language courses abroad for a semester either during their sophomore year (Spring semester) or junior year (Fall or Spring semester). Prior to departure, students must obtain transfer credit approval for any courses that they plan to take. No more than two Spanish courses will transfer for the major. Consult the Study Abroad Office or the Spanish language professors for information about semester, year-long, or summer study abroad programs offered by other universities other than those that the Spanish program endorses.