The rapidly growing number of Spanish-speaking residents of the United States makes becoming bilingual in Spanish an enormous career advantage for people in a wide range of fields. Students majoring in Education, International Studies, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Criminal Justice, Business, and those planning on graduate study in Business, Law, Medicine, or Education would all do well to consider a minor in Spanish.

Those who wish to practice Spanish on a daily basis have the option of living on-campus in Spanish House beginning in the second semester of the freshman year, and receive 1/2 credit for each semester of residence. Students also have the opportunity of participating in occasional travel to Puerto Rico.

Program Goals

The Spanish Program is designed to:

  • achieve an intermediate/advanced level in Spanish in all four skills areas (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) in order to enhance competency to communicate effectively and creatively
  • foster critical thinking and an understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversities among the Hispanic communities
  • develop knowledge of different literary texts and key aspects of Hispanic literature and cultures, including major writers and movements
  • promote integration between Spanish and other disciplines related to the students’ main fields of study in their undergraduate/graduate programs

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the program will be able to:

  • demonstrate language competence in the productive and receptive skills of the Spanish language appropriate to the level studied, consistent with National Standards for Foreign Language Education
  • recognize the similarities and differences within the varied Spanish speaking countries, and reflect upon how social, political, economic, historical and linguistic factors influence the language and the culture
  • interpret and analyze a wide range of literary works; distinguish the principal stylistic devices and their functions within a text; identify  influential writers and movements and recognize their impact within specific historical and cultural contexts
  • use the Spanish language to communicate efficiently in a variety of interdisciplinary contexts and in real-life situations

Spanish Minor Requirements

  • Students must take six courses (18 credits) by selecting courses from the Minor in Spanish Course List.
  • SPA 202 (Intermediate Spanish II), SPA 211 (Intermediate Advanced Spanish), and SPA 301 (Advanced Spanish Conversation) are required.
  • Three elective courses (200-level courses will count toward the minor). Students are encouraged to include at least one course at the advanced 300 level.

Spanish House

Upperclass students have the option of living in Spanish House (La Casa Hispánica), a place to practice, improve and/or better understand both Spanish language and culture.

Preference will be given to:

  • students who are Spanish minors
  • students taking Spanish classes while living at Spanish House
  • students who will be studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country either after or while living in Spanish House
  • students who are native Spanish speakers
  • students who participate in language and cultural programs

Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 518244-2008 or for more information.