Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    39 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 39
  • Accreditation

    WSCUC

Students must complete 21 credits to earn a minor in Spanish (or 18 credits if they take the heritage speaker course sequence).


Courses

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

Course covers a variety of authors and topics in literature in Spanish, including a variety of Hispanic texts from Spain and Latin America. Literary genres will include narratives, poetry and drama. This course is taught in Spanish.

Provides a historical and sociological examination of the role or religion, in particular Christianity in its various forms, in the culture, history, and faith of people speaking the target language. Attention will be given to expressions of faith, religious practices, and the role of faith in the life of people and society. This course will be taught as a travel practicum. There is a substantial service learning component.

This is an introductory course to the field of Hispanic linguistics which explores basic terminologies, methods and theories associated with the field. The course will establish a foundation for future field work and introduce students to the practical application of linguistic knowledge. This course will be a prerequisite to advanced linguistics courses within the department.

Heritage Learner Courses

This course will build upon and further develop the informal knowledge of Spanish that heritage learners bring to the classroom—usually from family and neighborhood exposure to the language—and cultivate formal speaking, reading, and writing abilities.

This course seeks to broaden the informal knowledge of Spanish that heritage learners bring to the classroom and focuses primarily on the development of formal speaking, reading, and writing abilities across a variety of topics and genders.

Language Learner Courses

Intermediate grammar, listening, speaking, writing, reading. Course develops communication in various contexts with increasing proficiency. Learners will acquire greater command over basic and intermediate level structures. They will be equipped to use the linguistics sociolinguistic and pragmatic competencies in broader domains. At this level, the learner can perform the activities of the language perception (e.g., can understand the main ideas of complex texts on various topics, including semi-specialized language), of production (e.g., can express oneself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics), in interaction (e.g., can maintain a conversation and interact with a certain degree of fluency and spontaneity).

The learner will acquire a more solid command of linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic competencies; she/he will develop a stronger command of grammar structures, broader lexical repertoire, good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. The learner will be trained to activate the strategies she/he needs in order to understand a wide range of complex and longer texts, express him/herself with fluency and spontaneity that makes conversation possible with a native speaker. Produces well structured text, makes good use of connectors and cohesive words.

Learners will develop a much stronger command of the linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic competencies of the language. At this level, learners will be able to understand without difficulty almost everything heard or read. Learners can express themselves in a fluent, precise and spontaneous way, and differentiate various connotations and levels of meaning in complex texts. Learners will produce well structured written texts on a wide variety of topics.

Elective Courses

This Spanish language immersion course is a community-based, experiential learning opportunity in Spanish which will consist of Spanish in a classroom setting focusing on the exploration of local varieties of Spanish and Latino culture. Students are required to live in a Christian host family and participate in mandatory excursions and service learning in the target language during afternoon, evening, and weekend hours. The course will normally be offered during interterm and summer sessions.

Consecutive translation for prose documents in various fields of specialization, and subtitling. This course will provide an opening into the field of translation and will introduce students to translation theory and some specialized texts.

Develops oral and written skills within the context of a professional discourse. Students will examine language contexts related to the chosen area and work to develop profession-specific language proficiency.

This course will focus on the aspects of the Spanish language that are specific to the health care professions, as well as the social and cultural issues that one might encounter when working within the Hispanic community. Through experiential learning, readings, discussions and fieldwork, students will develop socio-cultural understanding and communicative competence in the target language.

This course will focus on the aspects of the Spanish language that are specific to the helping professions, such as psychology/counseling, sociology/social work, and education, as well as the social and cultural issues that one might encounter when working within the Hispanic community. Through experiential learning, readings, discussions and fieldwork, students will develop socio-cultural understanding and communicative competence in the target language.

This course will focus on the aspects of the Spanish language that are specific to pastoral, religious, and Christian nonprofit organization professions, as well as the social and cultural issues that one might encounter when working within Hispanic communities, local and global. Through experiential learning, readings, discussions and fieldwork, students will develop socio-cultural understanding and communicative competence in the target language.

This course will focus on the aspects of the Spanish language that are specific to business professions, as well as the social and cultural issues that one might encounter when working within Hispanic communities, local and global. Through experiential learning, readings, discussions and fieldwork, students will develop socio-cultural understanding and communicative competence in the target language.

This course will focus on the aspects of the Spanish language that are specific to the communications professions, as well as the social and cultural issues that one might encounter when working within Hispanic communities, local and global. Through experiential learning, readings, discussions and fieldwork, students will develop socio-cultural understanding and communicative competence in the target language.

Selected readings from recognized Latin American writers. Emphasis on developing a high level of reading and speaking proficiency covering all genres. Culture, history and social structures will become central issues for discussion as students learn to understand another culture through its literature.

Representative readings from recognized Peninsular writers, with emphasis on developing a high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking. Culture, history and social structures will become central issues for discussion as students learn another culture through its literature.

Readings of selected literature of 1950 to the present, with a focus on literary development and on understanding the issues and evolving thinking of Latin Americans as they are reflected in the selections. Development of a Christian response.

This is an upper-level course in the field of Hispanic linguistics which will build on the foundations of linguistic knowledge students gained in the introductory course. Students will explore more deeply topics in the broader field of Hispanic linguistics. This course may include topics such as sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and contrastive analysis, the interface of culture and language, and dialectology, and other important areas in Hispanic linguistics. This course will require field work or other practical application.

This course seeks to help the student synthesize an understanding of the cultures of Latin America. Both unconscious and conscious levels of culture will be examined, as well as the impact of social class on culture. Attention also will be given to the fine arts as expressions of culture.

Hispanic language or literature determined in consultation with the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of three credits.

Internship in an approved Spanish-speaking institution or setting related to the intended service area of the student.

In-depth study of selected issues, themes or literary genres. Topics will vary.

Upper Division Elective Courses

Specialized studies of global literatures focusing on authors, periods, and/or movements from literary traditions other than the United States and Britain.

Major indigenous civilizations; conquest by Spain and Portugal; colonial institutions and culture; wars of independence, political, economic and social developments to the present, including the role of the United States in the region.

Specialized studies of global literatures focusing on authors, regions, periods, and/or movements from literary traditions of the Spanish-speaking world.

Introduction to the basic concepts in the scientific study of language, major areas of linguistic analysis, and several subareas of the field, including language in society. Material from English and a variety of other languages is used to provide a broad perspective.

A study of specific cultural areas with an emphasis on customs, social structures, religion, arts, and history. May be repeated with different course content. Areas of specialty may include:

  • History, People and Cultures of Latin America
  • History, People and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Peoples and Cultures of China
  • Peoples and Cultures of India
  • Women in Islamic Cultures
  • Peoples of the Islamic World
  • Native Peoples of America
  • Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia
  • Peoples of Europe