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 with a Spanish major in one of the three concentrations: Generalist in Spanish, Professional Spanish, and Spanish for Secondary Education. Thirty-nine credits are required, of which 24 must be upper division. A minimum grade of "C" is required for any course to be counted toward the major. All students are expected to maintain a portfolio with the department that will cumulatively showcase their progressive language development over time; the portfolio will also provide students the opportunity to integrate faith and discipline.

All Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to take: HUFS 299, HUFS 334, and/or to study abroad for a semester. 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. Complete the required G.E. course sequence, or place into the next level (intermediate high or above) by department assessment. Spanish language learners (not heritage speakers) must complete HUFS 210 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 minor. Students with AP Spanish Language scores of 4 or higher will be placed into HUFS 230 (your AP language credits with count for HUFS 210). Students with AP Spanish Literature scores of 4 or better will be given credit for HUFS 290 (but will still be required to take HUFS 210 unless the department determines their language level is beyond the level of the course, in which case they may substitute a higher-level course).
  2. File an application with the Department of Modern Languages and complete an interview with a faculty member.

G.E. Course Sequence (Elementary to Intermediate)

HUFS 101Elementary Spanish I4
HUFS 102Elementary Spanish II4
HUFS 201Intermediate Spanish 14
Total Credits12
1

 Heritage speakers of Spanish can replace HUFS 201 with HUFS 220, and upon passing, will have the lower level credits waived. Credits are not awarded for waived requirements.

Program Courses

Students can be admitted into the Spanish minor or major after completing the G.E. sequence. 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. 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 a choice of two course tracks, one for Spanish learners and the other for heritage speakers of Spanish. Courses with numbers up through HUFS 220 must be taken in sequence. If a student's language ability places the student beyond this level (by department assessment), a student may take the courses out of sequence, but it is recommended that students adhere as closely as possible to the course sequence given below. 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.

Concentrations

Generalist in Spanish

A concentration in Generalist in Spanish requires the completion of 39 credits. One program-related service learning project, practicum, or internship is required and must be approved by the department. This requirement is automatically fulfilled by taking HUFS 485 or by studying abroad for a semester, but may be fulfilled in other ways, upon department approval. Students may substitute alternate upper-level courses with permission of the department.

Core Requirements
Select one of the following tracks:6-9
Heritage learners must take:
Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
Language learners must take:
Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition
All students must take:
HUFS 290Introduction to Literature in Spanish3
HUFS 366Survey of Hispanic Literature3
HUFS 396Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
HUFS 480Senior Portfolio1
Elective Requirements
Select three courses from the following:9
Faith, Life and Culture: Travel Practicum
Community Spanish
Translation
Spanish in the Professions
Spanish for Health Care Professions
Spanish for Education and Helping Professions
Spanish for Pastoral and Nonprofit Professions
Spanish for Business Professions
Spanish for Communications Professions
Select 11-14 credits from the following: 111-14
Spanish American Literature
Spanish Literature
Spanish American Literature Since 1950
Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
Studies in Spanish American Culture
Teaching Assistant Practicum
Directed Research
Internship
Seminar in Hispanic Studies
Additionally, students may select up to two elective courses from other disciplines that are primarily taught in English but have program-related content, including: 2
History of Latin America
Survey of Hispanic Literature in Translation
Studies in World Literature
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Peoples of the World
Total Credits39
1

 Heritage learners must take 14 credits, language learners must take 11 credits.

2

 Students who prefer not to take a course taught in English may choose all of their electives from Spanish taught courses.

Professional Spanish

Students desiring to obtain high-level Spanish language skills in particular professional domains that will prepare them concretely for workplace bilingualism, and who desire theoretical and vocational training in translation and interpretation, should choose a concentration in Professional Spanish. A concentration in Professional Spanish requires the completion of 39 credits.

Students for whom Professional Spanish is a second major are also encouraged to complete a Directed Research that is interdisciplinary, developing key linguistic knowledge in the student's profession.

Courses may be substituted with the permission of the department.

Core Requirements
Select one of the following tracks:6-9
Heritage learners must take:
Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
Language learners must take:
Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition
All students must take:
HUFS 385Translation3
HUFS 396Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
HUFS 433Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics3
HUFS 475Directed Research3
HUFS 480Senior Portfolio1
HUFS 485Internship3
Elective Requirements
Select 3 to 9 credits from the following:3-9
Spanish in the Professions
Spanish for Health Care Professions
Spanish for Education and Helping Professions
Spanish for Pastoral and Nonprofit Professions
Spanish for Business Professions
Spanish for Communications Professions
Select 8 to 14 credits from the following:8-14
Introduction to Literature in Spanish
Faith, Life and Culture: Travel Practicum
Community Spanish
Survey of Hispanic Literature
Spanish American Literature
Spanish Literature
Spanish American Literature Since 1950
Studies in Spanish American Culture
Teaching Assistant Practicum
Directed Research
Seminar in Hispanic Studies
Total Credits39

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 39 credits in Spanish, as well as additional teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework.

Core Requirements
Select one of the following tracks:6-9
Heritage learners must take:
Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
Language learners must take:
Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition
All students must take:
HUFS 290Introduction to Literature in Spanish3
HUFS 366Survey of Hispanic Literature3
HUFS 385Translation3
HUFS 392Spanish for Education and Helping Professions3
HUFS 396Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
HUFS 410Spanish American Literature3
HUFS 433Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics3
HUFS 445Teaching Spanish: CSET Preparation1
HUFS 480Senior Portfolio1
In addition to the Spanish core, students in the Secondary Instruction concentration are required to take several teacher preparation and pedagogy courses. The following courses are to be taken: 1
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
LEDU 436Secondary Curriculum3
LEDU 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
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
Elective Requirements
Select four or five courses from the following:7-10
Faith, Life and Culture: Travel Practicum
Spanish American Literature
Spanish Literature
Spanish American Literature Since 1950
Studies in Spanish American Culture
Teaching Assistant Practicum
Directed Research
Internship
Seminar in Hispanic Studies
Additionally, students may select up to two elective courses from other disciplines that are primarily taught in English but have program-related content, including: 2
History of Latin America
Peoples of the World
Survey of Hispanic Literature in Translation
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Total Credits57
1

 Students should be aware that the Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation and for accreditation and reporting purposes. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor.

2

 Students who prefer to take all of their electives in Spanish taught courses may do so by taking two additional electives from the HUFS upper-division courses.