In the United States, Spanish is fast becoming second to English in usage. A language of practical utility, great literature (Don Quixote), and wide applicability (in North, Central, and South America, as well as in Europe), Spanish is a necessary skill for dealing with today’s world.
A degree option is available for elementary, secondary and special education teachers. Please contact Academic Advising for further information.
- Be able to speak the language well enough to satisfy routine social demands and limited nonspecific, work related tasks
- Be able to comprehend face-to-face speech in standard language spoken at a normal rate with some repetition and rewording by a native speaker not accustomed to dealing with foreigners
- Have sufficient comprehension to read authentic printed material or edited texts and material within a familiar context
- Be able to write routine social correspondence and simple discourse as well as cohesive summaries, resumes, short narratives and descriptions on factual topics in the past, present, and future times
- Possess a broad understanding of the history and civilization of the target culture
- Possess a critical and theoretically-based awareness of the literary and cultural traditions, periods, genres and contexts of the target language
- Be able to develop short critical and analytical essays using appropriate scholarly terminology in the target language.
- Be able to express oneself in writing and orally in an advanced register of academic language.
- The Spanish major requires 42 total credit hours: 36 credit hours in Spanish language and literature courses (beyond SPAN 2110 ), and 6 credit hours in Foreign and Cultural Studies.
- Spanish majors must complete all required Spanish courses with a grade of C or better.
In some cases, these major requirements may result in total credit hours in the major in excess of the Letters, Arts & Sciences 54-hour subject area requirement. Unless the student successfully petitions the Committee on Academic Progress for a waiver, the major hours exceeding the 54-hour maximum will be in addition to the 120 hours needed to graduate.