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Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview
Language. Culture. Innovation.
By 2040, the U.S. is estimated to have the most Spanish speakers in the world. The Spanish program at Briar Cliff will help you keep up by going beyond just teaching you how to speak, write, and read Spanish fluently. Our program will give you a deeper understanding of the Spanish language, literature, and culture.
Expand your worldview by immersing yourself in our 4-week study abroad experience to somewhere Spanish runs deep – a place like Argentina, Chile, Honduras, or even Spain! If traveling abroad isn’t for you, the Siouxland area offers several opportunities. There are nearly 20,000 Spanish speakers providing: service learning, research, cultural projects, among other meaningful experiences.
With our two native Spanish-speaking professors and handful of mentors giving you their first-hand guidance, you will learn what it takes to be a successful bilingual professional. Whether you are a heritage speaker or beginner, classes are personalized and small, guaranteeing that your learning experience will be top-notch. Boost your competitiveness in the ever-evolving job market by exploring Spanish!
Beyond Studying: Experiencing Spanish Culture
As a Spanish major, you’ll embark on a four-week study abroad experience to somewhere Spanish heritage runs deep — a place like Argentina, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Guatemala or even Spain itself. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture!
On-campus, the Spanish program sponsors several events and hosts speakers that can help you expand your understanding and recognize all of the different cultures we celebrate here at BCU.
Events - Day of the Dead
In the Heelan Hall atrium, eight memorials were set up to celebrate the day of the dead, occurring at the beginning of November. The variety of displays included different themes such as: pictures of lost loved ones, favorite candies, candles, among others.
In 2017-2018, the following speakers were invited to share their story with the Briar Cliff community:
- Dr. Roy Germano - Author, Director, and Research Scholar at NYU School of Law – “Building Bridges Not Walls: Talking about Immigration in the Age of Trump”
- Monica Gordillo - Professor at Iowa State University who delivered a lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility in the business world in Latin America.
- Dr. Demetrio Anzaldo Gonzalez - Author, Investigator, and Professor – Mexican Mythology: La Llorona Visits Mexico City
Learn a language, boost your career.
Our Spanish curriculum falls in line with American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines, and is taught by renowned and published faculty whom you’ll come to know on a first-name basis. But mastering a language also takes a lot of practice outside of the classroom — so join the Spanish Club and take part in cultural activities, field trips, readings and film screenings celebrating Spanish heritage.
Interested in teaching?
Pick up a Spanish teaching endorsement, and spread your passion for the language, literature and culture to the high school classroom.
Spanish Program Courses
SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish, including an emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, grammar and culture. No prior experience with the language is required. It does not apply toward a major or a minor. Read more »
SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II
A continuation of SPAN 101. It does not apply towards a major or minor. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or appropriate placement through CLEP Read more »
SPAN 205 - Intermediate Spanish
This course reinforces, synthesizes and expands upon the major concepts taught in elementary level Spanish. This course uses pair and group work, learning in context and critical thinking skills to enhance reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension skills. This course is required for the major and minor in Spanish. Read more »
SPAN 301 - Adavanced Grammar and Conversation
An advanced study of grammar nuances, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary in a conversational context. Readings and videos will encourage class discussion. Students will be evaluated based on their oral and written proficiency through class discussions, written and oral reports. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 202, four years of high school Spanish, or appropriate placement through CLEP. Read more »
SPAN 302 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
A continuation of the grammar principals studied in 301, with additional emphasis on composition. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or permission of the instructor Read more »
SPAN 303 - Spanish for Careers
An advanced course designed to meet the students' needs for special vocabulary and expressions for the different careers. Emphasis will be placed on business, bilingual education, social-work, law enforcement and health care professions. The ability to study independently, keeping with deadlines, and good organizational skills are strongly recommended. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or permission of the instructor Read more »
SPAN 311 - Culture and Civilization of Spain
A study of the culture and civilization of Spain through its history of social, political and religious institutions. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or permission of the instructor. Offered every other spring. Read more »
SPAN 312 - Culture and Civilization of Latin America
A study of the culture and civilization of Latin America through its history of social, political and religious institutions. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or permission of the instructor. Offered every other spring Read more »
SPAN 335 - Introduction to the Study of Literature in Spanish
An introduction to the study of literature from the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis will be placed on the skills necessary to study literature in a foreign language, including an introduction to the literary genres and vocabulary used to analyze literature in Spanish. Works will be chosen from Spain and Latin America. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or permission of the instructor Read more »
SPAN 411 - Survey of the Literature of Spain
An introduction of the major writers and movements in Peninsular literature. The genres of poetry, drama and narrative will be studied and analyzed. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 335 Read more »
SPAN 412 - Survey of the Literature of Latin America
An introduction of the major writers and movements in Latin American Literature. The genres of poetry, drama and narrative will be studied and analyzed. This course is conducted in Spanish. Offered every other spring. Read more »
SPAN 435 - Lights, Camera, Action
An introduction to plays, and films in the Spanish world, this course will facilitate the study of Hispanic culture and language. This course is conducted in Spanish. Recommended: SPAN 335 Read more »
SPAN 450 - International Experience
An opportunity to study abroad for a minimum of four weeks. This includes a complete immersion into Hispanic language and culture. Arrangements for academic credit, and faculty approval must be made prior to the international experience. Pass/no-credit grading. Maybe taken for no credit, or up to a total of six semester hours. The last course for completion of major or minor must be taken on campus. Recommended: SPAN 201 or its equivalent and departmental approval is required beforehand. Read more »
Additional Program Requirements
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 University 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.
For the international immersion experience, arrangements for academic credit and Spanish faculty approval must be made prior to studying abroad.
For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.
Related Clubs & Orgs
|• Briar Cliff Review|
|• Cliff News|
|• Spanish Club|
|• Writing Center
|• Writing & English Club (WREN)|
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