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B.A. in Spanish

A Bachelors of Art in Spanish consists of: 

A minimum of twenty-five hours from courses numbered 200 and beyond in the Spanish field of study, to be chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor (in addition to the internship/foreign study experience requirement). One WLC course, other than the internship or study abroad course, may also satisfy three credits of this major requirement.

Potential majors are encouraged to consider a second major in another department so as to enhance their marketability after graduation. Under the auspices of the Self-Directed Major program, a customized major course of study with a foreign languages emphasis may be requested.

 

Summary of Requirements

2014-2015
General Studies 37
Pre-major courses 8
Major and related courses 36-38
Free Elective courses 37-39
TOTAL 120

Required pre-major courses 8 hours

CodeTitleCredits
SPA 111Basic Spanish I4
SPA 112Basic Spanish II4

Required internship or foreign study experience 1-5 hours

CodeTitleCredits
WLC 210Spanish Studies1-5
WLC 320*Field Experience1-5
  • *  A maximum of five hours count toward the requirements for the major

Required Spanish courses 12 hours

CodeTitleCredits
SPA 211Reading in Spanish3
SPA 212Spanish Through Film3
SPA 311Advanced Spanish I3
SPA 312Spanish Through Short Fiction3

Elective Spanish courses 13-17 hours

The remaining 13-17 Internship and Spanish credits must be completed by choosing from the list of Spanish courses at the 200 level or above, with a minimum of two courses at the 400 level. One WLC course, other than the internship or study abroad course, may also satisfy three credits of this major requirement.

Elective related courses 6-8 hours

Two courses in a foreign language other than Spanish, written or signed.

To see possible elective courses, refer here.

 

SPA 111 - Basic Spanish I (4)

This is the first part of a two-semester course sequence. Intensive study of the principles of grammar and usage of the language. Basic vocabulary building, reading, composition, and translation of elementary texts. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL. Expressive use of the target language will be supported by real-time conferencing software and/or simple fingerspelling-based activities. While oral/aural skills are not normally taught, they may be incorporated optionally into the curriculum. Students will also be exposed to aspects of the target culture(s), including information on the deaf community abroad, where feasible. four hours of classroom-based instruction will be supplemented by a required weekly session in the department's Learning Laboratory.

SPA 112 - Basic Spanish II (4)

This is the second part of a two-semester course sequence. Intensive study of the principles of grammar and usage of the language. Basic vocabulary building, reading, composition, and translation of elementary texts. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL. Expressive use of the target language will be supported by real-time conferencing software and/or simple fingerspelling-based activities. While oral/aural skills are not normally taught, they may be incorporated optionally into the curriculum. Students will also be exposed to aspects of the target culture(s), including information on the deaf community abroad, where feasible. four hours of classroom-based instruction will be supplemented by a required weekly session in the department's Learning Laboratory.

  • Prerequisite: SPA111 and permission of the department if more than two semesters have elapsed since enrollment in SPA111

SPA 211 - Reading in Spanish (3)

This is one of two courses in the second year Spanish sequence. The main focus of this course is reading. The students will build on their knowledge of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and culture through the reading of Spanish literary and non-literary texts of graded difficulty. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL.

  • Prerequisite: SPA112.

SPA 212 - Spanish Through Film (3)

Students will apply the knowledge of vocabulary and syntax acquired in Basic Spanish to a variety of printed, Web-based texts, or captioned films. Readings and films will be chosen for their cultural value, interest, and accessibility. Grammar and composition will be practiced within the context of the selected reading and film materials.

  • Prerequisite: SPA112.

SPA 311 - Advanced Spanish I (3)

Composition and readings.

  • Prerequisite: SPA211,212; or the equivalent

SPA 312 - Spanish Through Short Fiction (3)

This is an advanced Spanish grammar and composition course. The students will acquire knowledge of advanced grammatical structures through the analysis of original contemporary Spanish and Latin American literary short fiction. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL.

  • Prerequisite: SPA 311

WLC 210 - Spanish Studies (1-5)

A survey, conducted in Spain or any Spanish-speaking country, of its art, history, politics, literature, and contemporary society. Classroom instruction followed by guided visits to relevant museums, monuments, and other points of interest. Weekend excursions.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the department

WLC 320 - Field Experience (1-5)

This junior-level course provides an effective way for students to integrate theory and practice. Students will apply knowledge, foreign language and cross-cultural skills gained in the classroom by interning at international organizations, agencies or schools in the U.S. or abroad for at least 10 weeks. Depending on the number of credit hours, students will be required to work a minimum total number of hours, and will fulfill the duties outlined in a learning contract developed with their on-site supervisor, their sponsoring organization and their faculty sponsor. Student performance will be assessed via various products (e.g. weekly journals, reflective paper, learning agreements), which will include samples of products or reports completed during the internship in both English and in the foreign language used at the internship site.

 
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