The Spanish major provides a solid foundation in listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills and prepares students for life-long learning experiences in Spanish. This major emphasizes the development of a cultural understanding of the Hispanic people through the study of language, culture, literature, and an international experience.
Mastery of the language and understanding of the culture are our goals. Upon graduation, Spanish majors will have:
Developed reading, writing, speaking and listening skills at the Intermediate High/Advanced Low level in Spanish, according to the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines.
A broad understanding of the cultural, literary and linguistic contributions of the Spanish speaking world.
Solid understanding of career options for Spanish degree recipients.
A high development of skills that translate directly into a work or postgraduate environment such as research, collaborative work, critical thinking, public speaking and technological awareness.
Outstanding preparation in the Five C’s of Language Learning: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.
An international immersion experience of at least four weeks is required for students who are majoring or minoring in Spanish, with the last course of the major/minor to be taken on campus. Arrangements for academic credit and Spanish faculty approval must be made prior to studying abroad.
Students who have not completed two years of a foreign language in high school may meet the University's foreign laguage requirement in one of four ways:
Eight semester hours at Briar Cliff
Transfer into the Univeristy the equivalent of eight semester hours
Satisfactorily complete the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) in a foreign language
Demonstrate fluency on a departmental language assignment.
Those who have completed two or more years of Spanish in high scool should register for SPAN 205 & SPAN 301. Those who have completed less than two years of Spanish in high school should register for SPAN 101 & SPAN 102.
Spanish majors must complete two SPAN courses at the 400 level and at least 21 credit hours of other Spanish course electives.
An international immersion experience of at least four weeks is required for students who are majoring in Spanish, with the last part of the course to be taken on campus. Arrangements for academic credit and Spanish faculty approval must be made prior to studying abroad.