Spanish Program


Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

Language. Culture. Innovation.

Our dedicated faculty and supports teams are with you every step of the way, giving you personalized education to ensure that you go beyond just speaking, reading and writing fluently to gain a deep cultural understanding of your future co-workers, patients, clients, and customers. Our Spanish curriculum will equip you with the bilingual entrepreneurial and creative skills you need to thrive in our local and global society.

Beyond Studying: Experiencing Spanish Culture

Intensive Spanish language courses include insights in the culture and your professional career are complemented with study abroad experiences to places where Spanish heritage runs deep like Argentina, Chile, Honduras, Uruguay, and even Spain itself. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Spanish adventure.

Learn a language, boost your career.

Spanish education provides you with a greatly enriched view of the local community around you as well as cultural and language skill that will prove useful in your professional occupation. With an emphasis in language for the professional sphere, a degree in Spanish prepares students for nearly any field, including social work, business, law enforcement, education, and healthcare. In virtually any career field, Spanish can help you advance.

Interested in teaching?

Pick up a Spanish teaching endorsement, and spread your passion for the language, literature and culture to the high school classroom.

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The Briar Cliff Difference

  • 1 on 1 mentoring and support
  • Join our Spanish Club, a group that's active on-campus and in the community
  • Immerse yourself in a life-changing study abroad trip, then put your skills to the test during a field experience at a local agency

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 - Advanced 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.

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