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  • Make yourself more competitive in the job market
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Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi, Ph.D.
Specializes in the poetry of the Spanish generation of 1927, particularly that of Vicente Aleixandre and Federico García Lorca.

Alice S. Reyes, M.S.
Specializes in foreign language pedagogy.

José E. Reyes, Ph.D.,C.M.F.C.
Specializes in Spanish Middle Ages and Medieval Spanish Literature.
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Spanish Major

A student must take 33 semester hours of Spanish language courses selected from among the following for a major. Students should consult the following list of required (*) and elective (**) courses:

** SPAN 201-202 Spanish for the Social and Public Service Professional 3,3
** SPAN 207-208 Spanish for the Health Professional
** SPAN 209 Conversational Spanish for the Public Service Professional 3
* SPAN 211-212 Intermediate Spanish
** SPAN 223 Spanish for Reading and Review
* SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
** SPAN 280 Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films
SPAN 290 Visions of Spain through Art and Architecture 3
* SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
* SPAN 302-303 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
** SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
** SPAN 310 Contemporary Hispanic Issues
** SPAN 321 Literature of the Golden Age
* SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
* SPAN 330 Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
** SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest
* SPAN 333 Spanish Civilization
** SPAN 337 Commercial Spanish
** SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
** SPAN 421 Modern Spanish Novel
** SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel
SPAN 499 Independent Study in Spanish

Majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad with prior approval of course selections by the department chair.

* Required

K-­12 Certification in Spanish, French

The major in Spanish or French Education requires 30 semester hours, exclud­ing 101 and 102 for students seeking K-­12 educational certification in either lan­guage. In addition to these 30 hours all education students must complete ENGL 400, Structure of Linguistics. Please note that the curriculum requirements leading to certification are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

French and Spanish Education majors must consult and adhere to the Educa­tion Department requirements regarding coursework, admission and retention crite­ria. Elementary education students who wish to concentrate in French or Spanish and students seeking certification in a second language must complete 18 semester hours in language exclusive of 101 and 102. The sequence of courses must be approved by the Foreign Language chairperson.

Advanced courses in French and Spanish are offered in rotation according to student need.

Transfer students at the junior level who are Foreign Language majors are required to take a minimum of 15 foreign language credits at Marywood.

Minor Programs, French or Spanish

Increasing numbers of students are opting to minor in French or Spanish as they realize the practical career advantage of combining language study with their major field. Students who choose to minor in French or Spanish may select courses in conversation, culture, literature, and film, as well as courses that service specific career interests.

Minor in Spanish (18 credit)

This minor program in Spanish should include:

**SPAN 211-212


Intermediate Spanish I & II or Spanish for Reading and Review OR SPAN 223 (depending on student placement as determined by the
Foreign Languages Department)
SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
SPAN 330 Advanced Composition and Conversation
SPAN 300 level
Elective (Consult the Foreign Languages Department for appropriate elective choices depending on major degree program)
SPAN 300 level Elective (Consult the Foreign Languages Department for appropriate elective choices depending on major degree program) 3

* These courses are not available to students with three or more years of high school language study.
**These courses are not available to students with four years of high school language study.

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics with Spanish Emphasis

Students following the Spanish Emphasis DP curriculum option must complete a minimum of 18 credits, approved by the Foreign Languages Department, in Spanish before graduation. At least half of these credits must be earned through Marywood University. Additionally, students following this curriculum study abroad in a Latin American country for a portion of the spring semester of their senior year. During the semester abroad, the students complete Spanish credits in addition to any other outstanding required credits to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree. This curriculum option enhances the graduates’ cultural compe­tence and better prepares them to serve the Hispanic population.