Overview & Mission

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish degree equips our students with the expertise and the knowledge that specialists in culture, linguistics, and literature can bring in tomorrow's workplace. The program offers quality instruction that reflects the increasingly interdependent and global nature of culture, knowledge and the world in the 21st century, as well as the growing inter-connectedness of peoples and places in the local, regional, national, and global communities. Through interactive coursework at home and/or abroad, reflective papers, research, travel and presentations, the program enables students:

  • To develop an understanding of cultures and history of the regions they have chosen to study;
  • To understand, read, write, and speak the languages of these regions and be able to apply the acquired skills to either teach, translate and interpret these languages;
  • To gain a thorough knowledge of the corresponding countries, traditions and peoples in these regions.

The inherent multidisciplinary nature of culture and language studies as well as the geographic variety of areas to be covered requires that the faculty work with other programs as well as similar programs in the neighboring universities.

The two interconnected themes of the World Languages and Cultures (WC&L) programs are:

  1. Places, Cultures and Languages which leads into a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Spanish, or a minor in French.
  2. Places, Traditions and Histories which leads into a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Global Studies with possible concentrations in Latin American Studies or European Studies.

Students fulfilling the requirement for a Major in Spanish will be able to obtain certification to teach Spanish at the primary and secondary level, by following the K-12 program offered in cooperation with the Education Program.

WC&L students obtain a strong grounding in global affairs which teaches them how to engage in problem-solving across boundaries and cultures, and how to critically evaluate information from a comparative perspective. This training also involves learning how to become an effective communicator which includes learning how to argue and defend complex views before a variety of global audiences. Well developed global competency is of use to numerous companies and organizations. A WC&L major also offers excellent preparation for graduate school, law school, and careers in various global organizations:

  • Global Culture Industries: music, film, sports, – MTV, Disney, Discovery, ESPN, the NBA
  • U.S. Government and International Agencies and Organizations: UN, World Bank, Red Cross, UNICEF, Peace Corps, various relief funds, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Foreign Service, State Department
  • International Businesses: Mars/M&M, BASF, AXA, pharmaceuticals
  • Travel & Tourism: travel agencies, global tours, cruise lines


Student Outcomes

All Majors in either concentration of the World Cultures and Languages programs will be able to:

  • Describe the world's economic, environmental, and political systems.
  • Assess the complexities and contradictions in one of the world's systems based on ample information about one or more of the relevant issues currently facing humankind.
  • Reflect comparatively and in depth on one's own and a second culture.
  • Adapt in a second culture by working effectively with a counterpart in that culture.
  • Articulate the basic assumptions of value-based perspectives (worldviews) and apply them in formulating alternative responses to one of the world's major issues.
  • Demonstrate potential for distinctive leadership in a local community and internationally in the pursuit of a just, healthy, sustainable, and peaceful world.

In addition, Majors in Spanish will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and comprehension) at an advanced-mid level.
  • Demonstrate ability to translate and interpret to and from Spanish.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the discussion and analysis of cultural, political, historical, and literary issues within the respective language countries.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of linguistic structures and how they operate in any language.
  • Display an appreciation of languages in general, sensitivity to cultural differences, and a deeper understanding of their own culture.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills for effective functioning in either a post-graduate academic environment or a professional career.

Minors in Spanish will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the discussion and analysis of cultural, political, historical, and literary issues within the respective language countries.
  • Demonstrate the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and comprehension) at an intermediate-high level.

Graduates

Our graduates are equipped to teach at the primary and secondary levels; to pursue careers in international education, business, law, diplomatic service, and journalism; and to work with international corporations, international service organizations, and non-profit organizations with global agendas and responsibilities.

Our graduates are also prepared to apply for advanced studies in graduate school, at the Master's and Ph.D. level. Some of our Spanish graduates have later received their M.A. degree in Spanish from such institutions as Middlebury College, New York University, Rutgers University, and Montclair State University; still other CSE Spanish Majors are currently pursuing their Ph.D. studies.

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Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Select two from the following three core foundational courses (8)

  • WCL110: A Survey of Global Studies (4)
  • WCL100: Introduction to the Study of Languages (4)
  • WCL115: Principles of Human Geography (4)

Select two from the following three exploratory courses (8)

  • WCL200: Literature Survey (related to language) (4)
  • WCL205: Area Studies: Culture and Traditions (can be taken twice) (2)
  • HIS255: Latin American History (related to language) (4)
  • HIS270: Special Topics in European History (related to language) (4)

Take the following four analytical courses (16 credits)

  • WCL300: Reading and Contexts (4)
  • WCL305: Composition and Conversation (4)
  • WCL310: Grammar and Style (4)
  • WCL315: Romance Languages: Their Heritage (4)

All majors in Spanish must take the following integrative courses (4)

  • WCL495: Experience (Internship/Study Abroad) (2)
  • WCL490: Capstone Seminar (2)

Total: 36 credits

Students intending to teach Spanish must take the following state-mandated course (4)

  • ED510: Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (4)

Requirements for a Minor in Spanish

Select one from the following two core foundational courses (4)

  • WCL100: Introduction to the Study of Languages (4)
  • WCL115: Principles of Human Geography (4)

Select one from the following two exploratory courses (4)

  • WCL200: Literature Survey (related to language) (4)
  • WCL205: Area Studies: Culture and Traditions (can be taken twice) (2)

Select two from the following three analytical courses (8)

  • WCL300: Reading and Contexts (4)
  • WCL305: Composition and Conversation (4)
  • WCL310: Grammar and Style (4)

The following course is mandatory for all minors (2)

  • WCL495: Experience (Internship/Study Abroad) (2)

Total: 18 credits