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 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. Complete the required Core Curriculum (GE) course sequence, or place into the next level by department assessment. 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 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.

Core Curriculum (GE) Course Sequence

SPAN 100Spanish Language and Culture I4
SPAN 200Spanish Language and Culture II 14
SPAN 201Spanish Language and Culture III 14
Total Credits12
1

SPAN 205 may be taken in place of SPAN 200 or SPAN 201.

Heritage learners of Spanish may replace the above Core Curriculum (GE) sequence with SPAN 215, 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 Core Curriculum (GE) 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, 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. If a student's language ability places the student at a more advanced 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.

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
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
Total Credits30

Concentration

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 16 credits of additional teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework.

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 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
Total Credits46
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.