Spanish and Spanish: Secondary Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish

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For those students majoring in Spanish (but not seeking teacher certification), 33 credits in Spanish language courses are required. Students concentrating in one foreign language are encouraged to begin the study of a second foreign language. A double major in French and Spanish may be pursued by taking 24 credits (beyond introductory level) in the second language.

Students pursuing the teacher certification program in Spanish, in addition to the 30 credits in Foreign Language coursework, must also fulfill the certification requirements through the Department of Education.

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

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

Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi, Ph.D.
Specializes in the poetry of the Spanish generation of 1927, particularly that of Vicente Aleixandre and Federico García Lorca.
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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

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  • 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 Foreign Languages Department)
** SPAN 223 Spanish for Reading and Review(depending on student placement level as determined by the Foreign Languages Department)
* 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 I,II
** SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
**SPAN 306 Spanish for Professionals
**SPAN 307 Medical Spanish 3
** SPAN 310 Contemporary Hispanic Issues
** SPAN 321 Literature of the Golden Age
* SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
**SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
**SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S.
**SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
* SPAN 330 Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
** SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest
* SPAN 333 Spanish Civilization
** SPAN 337 Commercial Spanish
* SPAN 340 Hispanic Women Writers
** SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
** SPAN 399 Special Topics
** SPAN 410 Spain Through the Works of Federico Garcia Lorca
** 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

The major in Spanish Education requires 30 semester hours, excluding 101 and 102 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 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.

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, Spanish

Increasing numbers of students are opting to minor Spanish as they realize the practical career advantage 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.