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Minoring in Spanish involves the study of how to speak, write and read the Spanish language.

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Spanish Curriculum Overview

Minoring in Spanish involves the study of how to speak, write and read the Spanish language. In addition to learning grammar, syntax and vocabulary, you will study literature written in Spanish, including the literature of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. You’ll gain valuable communication, language and leadership skills as you take 24 credit hours toward a Spanish minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

You’ll also experience real learning beyond the classroom, with study abroad opportunities if you are interested in a full cultural immersion or with a nearby internship. Because we design our Spanish program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant minor because Spanish proficiency is increasingly appearing in job descriptions as a desired or required qualification. It can increase your employability for a variety of opportunities in education, business, government, legal advocacy, journalism, tourism, agriculture, healthcare and other fields.

Prerequisites
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
SPA - 101 Beginning College Spanish I 4
SPA - 102 Beginning College Spanish II 4

This course introduces basic vocabulary along with present and past tense verbs. Cultural notes and short readings are included along with the basic grammar. Immediate use of the language is encouraged.

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This course continues vocabulary building through short readings and dialogues in simulated real-life situations. Grammar concentrates on past-tense review, present subjunctive, perfect tenses, the future, commands, and object pronouns. Cultural readings and film are included. (Prerequisite: SPA101 Beginning Spanish I or equivalent; usually 2 years of high school Spanish)

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Required: 16 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
SPA - 201 Intermed College Spanish I 4
SPA - 202 Intermed College Spanish II 4
SPA - 301 Advanced College Spanish I 4
SPA - 302 Advanced College Spanish II 4

In this course basic grammar is reviewed with increased emphasis on composition and conversation. An accompanying reader is included to expand vocabulary and recognition of familiar structures as well as provide literary and cultural material for discussion. Verb tenses include an introduction to the subjunctive. (Prerequisite: SPA102 Beginning Spanish I: Second Semester or equivalent; usually 2 years or more of high school Spanish)

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This course is a continuation of SPA201 with the same texts. Continued refinement of writing and conversational skills with emphasis on cultural issues is featured. Verb study is expanded to include all tenses. (Prerequisite: SPA201 Intermediate Spanish II: First Semester or equivalent; usually 2 years or more of high school Spanish)

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An advanced Spanish language course focusing primarily on grammar review and writing with regular conversation sessions. The course includes intensive and detailed work in expository and creative writing, syntax, stylistic and idiomatic usage. There is also some introduction to advanced translation in Spanish. (Prerequisite: SPA202 Intermediate Spanish II: Second Semester or equivalent; usually 3 years of high school Spanish)

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An advanced Spanish language course focusing primarily on vocabulary expansion and conversation with some writing exercises and structure review. Conversational practice with special emphasis on aural-oral skills. A variety of reading material is assigned as preparation for class discussion. Videos, movies, and audiotapes may also be assigned. (Prerequisite: SPA202 Intermediate Spanish II: Second Semester or equivalent; usually 3 years of high school Spanish)

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Electives: 8 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
SPA - 401 Spanish IV:Topics in Spanish 4
SPA - 402 Read in Contemp Spanish Lit 4
SPA - 403 Span IV:VoicesLatinos in U.S. 4

This course is designed to provide the student with advanced Spanish language proficiency. The specific topic may vary depending on the year and the instructors. Examples might include Spanish in the Workplace, Spanish Linguistics, or other related topics. (Prerequisite: SPA302 or equivalent)

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A course designed to expose the student to representative writers of current trends in the literature of Spain and Latin America. Some literary movements explored are magic realism, post modernism, feminism, and the testimonial novel. The student will read novels, short stories, theater, poetry, and view occasional films. Authors may vary from year to year. (Prerequisite: SPA302 or consent of instructor: based on interview and proficiency test)

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A course designed to examine the stories of Latinos in the U.S. as told by them. Authors read are of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Mexican American origin. Special emphasis is placed on practices and values held both here and in the cultures of origin. Such subjects as family, social and economic struggles, individual aspirations ,and spiritual needs are covered. Language issues are highlighted and film is used to complement the readings.

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Career Potential

  • Academic Researcher
  • Health Care Professional
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Social Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent
  • U.S. Tour Guide for Foreign Visitors

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