Requirements for a Major in Spanish

The Spanish major requires 36 credits in Spanish: three courses at the 200-level beyond SPAN 201, four courses at the 300-level, and five courses at the 400-level, as outlined below. In addition, an approved immersion experience as outlined below is required (study abroad, intensive internship, or intensive service learning).
 

Required Courses for the Spanish Major:

200- level (9 credits)
 
300- Level (12 credits)
 
400-level (15 credits)
Five SPAN courses at the 400 level (to be chosen in consultation with advisor to form a major focus area)
 

Spanish Major Immersion Experience:

Students majoring in Spanish with sufficient skills must do one of the following options approved by the GLC department Chair in consultation with the Spanish Language advisor:
• Internship for at least eight weeks in a Spanish-speaking environment.
• Service learning for at least eight weeks in a Spanish-speaking environment.
• Participate in a Bellarmine University Study Abroad program for at least one summer term.
 
Spanish Major Objectives: This major equips students with language proficiency in Spanish as it introduces them to the multicultural nature and historical evolution of Hispanic literary and cultural expressions in Europe and the Americas. It provides students with opportunities to comprehend, interpret, and practice advanced linguistic skills in Spanish through oral and written exercises and assignments. Survey and seminar classes familiarize them with representative literary works and cultural texts from Spain, Spanish America, and the U.S., and provide theoretical terminology and concepts essential for structural and conceptual analyses of these products. The major also requires the study of Spanish phonology, morphology, syntax, and dialectal varieties. Finally, it helps students to develop a sense of social justice through their consistent participation in intercultural events and service learning activities that involve both academic and culturally significant contexts.
 
Spanish Major Learning Outcomes:
Spanish majors will know:
1. The principal aspects of Spanish
2. The variety and nature of linguistic practices, cultural texts, and perspectives in Spanish speaking countries.
3. Representative literary works and cultural texts from Spain, Spanish America, and the U.S..
4. Theoretical terminology and concepts essential for structural and conceptual analyses of these texts;
 
Spanish majors will be able to:
1. Communicate creatively and effectively in written and oral forms in Spanish
2. Read and understand spoken Spanish
3. Apply acquired theoretical and critical skills in textual analyses and scholarly research
4. Demonstrate an advanced command of how literary works, cultural expressions, and linguistic
varieties of the Spanish-speaking world represent the multiplicity of human experience;
 
Spanish majors will value:
1. The evolution and variety of perspectives in Hispanic cultures
2. Social justice and intercultural awareness.
 
Spanish majors are able to choose electives among course offerings in either Hispanic/Latino culture or literature, so they may design a program of study which best meets their interests and needs. Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to adopt an appropriate cognate program – as either a minor or double major. A minor in a second language can enhance your Spanish major.

Suggested Program of Study

Spanish Major Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year

SPAN 202

3

Gen Ed ENGL 101

3

Gen Ed IDC. 101

3

IDC. 100

1

Gen Ed HIST 116

3

Elective

3
TOTAL 16

SPAN 211

3

HIST 117 or Elective

3

Gen Ed Social Science

3

Gen Ed PHIL 160

3

Gen Ed Mathematics

3
TOTAL 15

Sophomore Year

SPAN 212

3

Language 2 101 or Elective

3

Gen Ed Natural Science Req

3

Gen Ed ENGL 200

3

Gen Ed IDC. 200

3

Elective

3
TOTAL 18

SPAN 312*

3

Language 2 102 or Elective

3

Gen Ed Natural Science Req

3

ENGL 300 or Elective

3

Gen Ed THEO 200

3
TOTAL 15

Junior Year

SPAN 315

3

SPAN 320

3

Language 2 Elective (201) or Elective

3

Gen Ed PHIL 301

3

Gen Ed IDC. 301

3

Gen Ed Fine Arts Req

3
TOTAL 18

SPAN 350

3

SPAN 400-level

3

Language 2 Elective (202) or Elective

3

HIST 327 or Elective

3

Gen Ed Theology Elective

3
TOTAL 15

Senior Year

SPAN 400-level

3

SPAN 400-level

3

Gen Ed IDC. 401

3

Elective

3

Elective

3
TOTAL 15

SPAN 400-level

3

SPAN 400-level

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3
TOTAL 15

Gen Ed courses may be taken in semesters other than the ones listed above.
* Span 312 can be substituted with an equivalent level course.