Spanish, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Spanish Program is to prepare students for life, work, service and scholarship in Spanish speaking communities within the U.S. and abroad. We seek to guide students to develop holistic, integrative reasoning as the foundation for service to others, work in the professions and further academic study in Spanish.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish is conferred upon the completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The Spanish major requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits beyond SPAN 201, 24 of which must be upper-division. A minimum grade of "C" is required for any course to be counted toward the major.

All Spanish majors (except for those pursuing a professional or secondary instruction concentration) will be required to take either SPAN 334, SPAN 335, SPAN 485 and/or complete an approved study abroad program. See the Department of Modern Languages for more information.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the acquisition of advanced cognitive and linguistic knowledge (ULO 1).
  2. Formulate questions about cultural and linguistic difference and critically evaluate other cultures in relation to themselves (ULO 1).
  3. Interact effectively in a cross-cultural context, whether local or global, while exhibiting humility in relation to other cultures and languages (ULO 2).
  4. Integrate Christian faith into cross-cultural interactions in the target language (ULO 2).
  5. Communicate orally at advanced target language proficiency by engaging in conversation in a clearly participatory manner (ULO 3).
  6. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in the written language by reading and interacting with texts across a range of genres and topics and writing formal and informal correspondence, narratives, descriptions, and analyses, all in the target language (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements

All students intending to minor or major in Spanish must:

  1. Place into the correct level by department assessment or successfully complete the prerequisite coursework in order to start the program. All students must pass the previous course with a grade of "B-" or higher, or obtain a satisfactory score on a normed placement exam given by the department, in order to proceed with the major or minor. Students with AP Spanish Language scores of 4 or higher will be given 4 credits for SPAN 200 but will need to take the placement test to determine the appropriate entry course. Students with AP Spanish Literature scores of 4 or higher will be given 4 credits for SPAN 351 but will need to take the placement test to determine the appropriate entry course.
  2. File an application with the Department of Modern Languages and complete an interview with a faculty member.

Program Courses

Students desiring to minor in Spanish are strongly encouraged to begin during their freshman and sophomore years. Placement in Spanish classes will be based on a mandatory department assessment. Students entering the program with less than two years of high school Spanish or one semester of college Spanish will automatically be placed in the first course, either SPAN 100 or SPAN 215. Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment must be retested and placed accordingly. Advancement from one course in the lower division sequence to the next will require demonstration of proficiency.

The Spanish major and minor allow students to proceed through two course tracks, one for second language learners of Spanish and the other for heritage learners of Spanish. A student’s progression through the program relies heavily on the sequencing of courses; therefore, it is important that students work closely with the Spanish program advisors. Students whose level of language places them into the 300-level of courses may substitute higher level courses for required courses at the 200-level with the permission of the Department of Modern Languages.

Curriculum Requirements

A Generalist in Spanish must complete 30 credits as detailed below. Students may substitute alternate upper-level courses with permission of the department. All Generalists must complete either SPAN 334, SPAN 335, SPAN 485 or complete an approved study abroad program.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Integration Seminar (taken as "Contemporary Hispanic Studies")
Program Courses
Students will be placed into one of the following tracks:12
Second Language Learners
Spanish Language and Culture IV
Advanced Spanish Communication I
Advanced Spanish Communication II
Heritage Learners
Basic Spanish for the Heritage Learner
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
All students must take:
SPAN 340Introduction to Literary Masterpieces4
or SPAN 350 Hispanic Civilization and Culture
SPAN 480Senior Portfolio1
Select 13 credits from the following:13
Intercultural Communication in Spanish
Community Spanish
Spanish Study Tour
Introduction to Literary Masterpieces
Foundations of Hispanic Literary Study: Genre
Hispanic Civilization and Culture
Hispanic Studies: Culture, Language, or Literature
Topics in Hispanic Culture
Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
Topics in Spanish for Specific Purposes
Topics in Hispanic Literature
Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Pedagogy
Contemporary Hispanic Studies: A Biblical Perspective
Teaching Assistant Practicum
Directed Research
Internship
Total Credits30

Professional Concentrations

Students in the Global Marketplace, International Relations, and Ministry Professional concentrations below must complete 25 credits of Spanish plus the required courses in their selected concentration. 

Curriculum Requirements (Global Marketplace, International Relations, Ministry Concentrations)

Concentration Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Integration Seminar (taken as "Contemporary Hispanic Studies")
Concentration Courses
Students will be placed into one of the following tracks:8
Second Language Learners
Spanish Language and Culture IV
Advanced Spanish Communication I
Advanced Spanish Communication II
Heritage Learners
Basic Spanish for the Heritage Learner
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
All students must take:5
Introduction to Literary Masterpieces
Hispanic Civilization and Culture
Senior Portfolio
Electives
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Intercultural Communication in Spanish
Community Spanish
Spanish Study Tour
Introduction to Literary Masterpieces
Foundations of Hispanic Literary Study: Genre
Hispanic Civilization and Culture
Hispanic Studies: Culture, Language, or Literature
Topics in Hispanic Culture
Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
Topics in Spanish for Specific Purposes
Topics in Hispanic Literature
Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Pedagogy
Teaching Assistant Practicum
Directed Research
Internship
Select a Professional Concentration12-15
Total Credits37-40

Global Marketplace

A Spanish BA with a concentration in Global Marketplace requires 25 units of Spanish and an additional 15 credits of coursework housed in the Crowell School of Business. This concentration is designed for students interested in gaining a broad understanding of skills necessary for working in the local and global marketplace using their bilingual skills. Total credits is 40.

Additional Concentration Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Course
Business Statistics
Concentration Courses 1
BUSN 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
or BUSN 205 Economic Principles
BUSN 211Principles of Accounting I3
BUSN 220Management Information Systems3
BUSN 230Introduction to Marketing3
BUSN 347Global Business Environment3
Total Credits15

International Relations

A Spanish BA with a concentration in International Relations requires 25 credits of Spanish and an additional 12 credits in Political Science. This concentration is designed for students desiring to use their language and cultural skills in careers that focus on global politics foreign affairs. Total credits is 37.

Additional Concentration Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Survey of American Government
Concentration Courses
POSC 208World Politics3
POSC 211Introduction to Political Economy3
POSC 308Foreign Policy and Diplomacy3
POSC 365Wealth and Justice3
Total Credits12

Ministry

A Spanish BA with a concentration in Ministry is designed for students who want to pursue the vocation of Christian Ministry in Spanish speaking communities. It requires 25 credits in Spanish coursework and an additional 12 credits in coursework focused on Christian Ministries. Total credits is 37.

Additional Concentration Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Bible Theology and Integration (taken as Methods of Bible Study)
Concentration Courses
CEED 150Foundations of Ministry3
or CEED 242 Psychology of Learning and Development
CEED 260Interpersonal and Cross-Cultural Relationships in Christian Ministry3
CEED 312Christian Ministry Skills3
or CEED 254 Leadership Development
CEED 313Christian Ministry Discipleship3
Total Credits12

Secondary Instruction

The Secondary Instruction concentration is designed for students whose goal is to teach Spanish at the high school level. A concentration in Secondary Instruction offers Spanish coursework that, in conjunction with a teacher preparation program, leads to a California SB2042 Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish. The Secondary Instruction concentration consists of 30 credits of Spanish, as well as 15 credits of additional teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework, as detailed below. Total credits is 45.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Integration Seminar (taken as "Contemporary Hispanic Studies")
Program Courses
Students will be placed into one of the following tracks:8
Second Language Learners
Spanish Language and Culture IV
Advanced Spanish Communication I
Advanced Spanish Communication II
Heritage Learners
Basic Spanish for the Heritage Learner
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
All students must take:
SPAN 340Introduction to Literary Masterpieces4
SPAN 341Foundations of Hispanic Literary Study: Genre4
SPAN 350Hispanic Civilization and Culture4
SPAN 433Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Pedagogy4
SPAN 471Teaching Assistant Practicum1
SPAN 480Senior Portfolio1
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Community Spanish
Spanish Study Tour
Hispanic Studies: Culture, Language, or Literature
Topics in Hispanic Culture
Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
Topics in Spanish for Specific Purposes
Topics in Hispanic Literature
Directed Research
Education Courses
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 438Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
Student teaching (12 credits) may be completed at the graduate level and is not required for undergraduate graduation:
Secondary Student Teaching I
Secondary Student Teaching II
Total Credits45