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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish

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Spanish at Marywood

Students majoring in Spanish are required to complete 33 credits in Spanish language courses.

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

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.
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Fluency in a foreign language is obviously essential to the language teacher, translator or interpreter, but whatever your professional pursuits, you'll have an advantage with foreign language skills. From multinational corporations and import-export firms to international hotels and airlines, American businesses deal with speakers of other languages. In addition, many foreign companies with offices in the United States hire Americans with the ability to communicate in both English and the language of their home country. Governmental agencies whether on a federal, state or local level offer a nearly unlimited range of options. Exciting careers may await you in the Foreign Service, the State Department, Customs and Immigration, Border Patrol, intelligence agencies or perhaps the U.S. Armed Forces. As a teacher, social worker, dietitian, journalist, law enforcement officer or in scores of other professions knowledge of another language is a distinct advantage.

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. NOTE: Spanish 211-212 or Spanish 223 are only required if students begin their study at those levels.

* SPAN 211-212 Intermediate Spanish(depending on student placement level as determined by the Foreign Languages Department)
3,3
** SPAN 223 Spanish for Reading and Review(depending on student placement level as determined by the Foreign Languages Department)
3
* SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
** SPAN 280 Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films
3
**SPAN 290 Visions of Spain through Art and Architecture 3
* SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
* SPAN 302-303 Introduction to Hispanic Literature I,II
3,3
** SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
**SPAN 306 Spanish for Professionals
3
**SPAN 307 Medical Spanish 3
** SPAN 310 Contemporary Hispanic Issues
3
** SPAN 321 Literature of the Golden Age
3
* SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
**SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
**SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S.
3
**SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
* SPAN 330 Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
3
** SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest
3
* SPAN 333 Spanish Civilization
3
** SPAN 337 Commercial Spanish
3
* SPAN 340 Hispanic Women Writers
3
** SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3
** SPAN 399 Special Topics
3
** SPAN 410 Spain Through the Works of Federico Garcia Lorca
3
** SPAN 421 Modern Spanish Novel
3
** SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel
3
SPAN 499 Independent Study in Spanish
3

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

* Required
**Elective

K-­12 Certification in Spanish

The major in Spanish Education requires 30 semester hours, excluding 100-level courses, for students seeking K-12 educational certification. 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.

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 Spanish and students seeking certification in a second language must complete 18 semester hours in language exclusive of 100-level courses. The sequence of courses must be approved by the Foreign Language chairperson.

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 inSpanish

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

Minor in Latino Studies (18 credits)

The Latino Studies minor provides students with an enhanced understanding of the culture, history, language, literature, and arts of both Latinos in the United States and the people of Latin America. Through coursework in the area of Latino Studies, students prepare for careers in teaching, government, the media, health care, business, law, and the arts, among others. The requirements for the Latino Studies minor are listed below: 

Track A: Student with four or more years of high school Spanish

Required Core Spanish Language Courses: (6-9 credits depending on student placement and level of oral proficiency in Spanish)

*SPAN 223

Spanish for Reading and Review 3
*SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
*SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
*SPAN 330 Advanced Conversation and Composition
3

Required Latino Culture Course: (3 credits)

*SPAN 310 

Contemporary Hispanic Issues 3

OR

*SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3

Two or Three Electives: (6-9 credits depending on whether student has taken 6 or 9 credits of Core Spanish Language Courses above)

*SPAN 280

Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films 3
*SPAN 303  Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (Latin America)
3
*SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
*SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
*SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S. 3
*SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
*SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest 3
*SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel 3

NOTE: All students are required to perform 20 hours of service working with and benefiting the local Hispanic Community. A service log with verifiable signatures will be required to receive the minor. All courses in the minor are taught in Spanish.

Track B- Student with 2-3 years of high school Spanish (take SPAN 211-212 before beginning minor)

Required Core Spanish Language Courses: (9 credits)

*SPAN 223

Spanish for Reading and Review 3
*SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
*SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
OR
SPAN 330 Advanced Composition and Conversation 3

Required Latin American / Latino Culture Courses: (3 credits)

*SPAN 310

Contemporary Hispanic Issues 3
OR
SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3

Two Electives From The Following: (6 credits)

*SPAN 280

Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films 3
*SPAN 303  Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (Latin America)
3
*SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
*SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
*SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S. 3
*SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
*SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest 3
*SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel 3

NOTE: All students are required to perform 20 hours of service working with and benefiting the local Hispanic Community. A service log with verifiable signatures will be required to receive the minor. All courses in the minor are taught in Spanish.

Minor in Spanish for Professionals (18 credits)

The Spanish for Professionals minor is designed for students preparing for a career path in public service. These professional paths include health care (nursing, physician assistant, pre-med, communication science and disorders, music therapy, athletic trainer), social work, criminal justice, psychology, education, counseling etc. Course requirements vary according to the student’s previous experience and entry level as determined by the Foreign Languages Department. They include:

Track A: Student with four or more years of high school Spanish

Required Core Spanish Language Courses: (9 credits)

*SPAN 223  Spanish for Reading and Review 

3
OR
*SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
*SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
OR
*SPAN 330 Advanced Composition and Conversation 3
*SPAN 306 Spanish for Professionals 3
OR
*SPAN 307 Medical Spanish 3

Required Latino Culture Course: (3 credits)

*SPAN 310 

Contemporary Hispanic Issues 3

OR

*SPAN 350

The Latino Condition in the U.S.

3

Two Electives: (6 credits)

*SPAN 280

Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films 3
*SPAN 303  Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (Latin America)
3
*SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
*SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
*SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S. 3
*SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
*SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest 3
*SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel 3

NOTE: All students are required to perform 20 hours of service working with and benefiting the local Hispanic Community. A service log with verifiable signatures will be required to receive the minor. All courses in the minor are taught in Spanish.

Track B - Student with 2-3 years of high school Spanish 

Required Core Spanish Language Courses: (15 Credits)

*SPAN 211-212 Intermediate Spanish I, II
3,3
*SPAN 223 Spanish for Reading and Review
3
*SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
*SPAN 306 Spanish for Professionals
3
OR
*SPAN 307 Medical Spanish 3

Required Latin American/Latino Culture Courses: (3 credits)

*SPAN 310 Contemporary Hispanic Issues 3
OR
*SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3

Two Electives from the Following: (6 credits)

*SPAN 280 Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish Speaking Films 3
*SPAN 303 Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (Latin America)
3
*SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
*SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
*SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts
3
*SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest
3
*SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel
3

NOTE: All students are required to perform 20 hours of service working with and benefiting the local Hispanic Community. A service log with verifiable signatures will be required to receive the minor. All courses in the minor are taught in Spanish.