2012-2013 Undergraduate Academic Catalog | Program Descriptions | Religion & Humanities Overview | Majors

Spanish, B.A.

[Spanish -- 1105]

The Spanish major provides students the opportunity to gain proficiency in the second most spoken language of the international community.  Currently, more than 10% of Americans consider Spanish their first language and at least 500 million people worldwide practice fluency.  The ability to speak Spanish is becoming a helpful and even necessary part of some fields, including economics, business, medicine, social sciences, criminal justice, and ministry.  The major consists of 33 hours of upper-level Spanish courses taught by qualified, native speakers.  Professors and advisors value a broad, well-rounded understanding of the discipline.  Hence, students will gain competence not only in fundamentals of the language, including grammar, composition, and conversation, but upper-level courses will expose students to Spanish literature, cinema, theater, and culture.  Students pursuing a major in Spanish are strongly encouraged to study Spanish abroad one semester.  If not selecting one of the Roberts Wesleyan College-sponsored programs at Instituto Espanol Murallas de Avila (IEMA) in Spain or at the University of Murcia in Spain, students must consult with the Spanish Department to secure approval of the study-abroad program desired.

SPECIFICS OF THE SPANISH B.A. DEGREE

Minimum Total Hours: 124

Total Liberal Arts Hours: 90

General Education Requirements: Per General Education list (see General Education Division).  Exceptions: foreign language proficiency excluded since it is accomplished through the major.

Minimum Requirements: GPA of 2.0 in the major and overall; no grade less than C- in the major.

Transfer Requirements: See institutional transfer policies.

Application to the Major:  Special application form and requirements to be secured from the Division of Religion & Humanities or online at the Division's intranet site and submitted at the end of the sophomore year.  (Note: The standard institutional major application will not be accepted.)  A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance to the major.

Major Requirements: 33 hours as follows:

Version I-One Semester Study Abroad

  • SPN 203 or 205;
  • SPN 215;
  • Study abroad (9-15 hours);
  • SPN 320;
  • Select from the following to complete the 33-hour major (a minimum of 6 semester hours in Spanish literature are required): SPN 225, 305, 315, 330, 331, 340, 345, 350. 

 Version II-Summer Study Abroad

  • SPN 203;
  • SPN 205;
  • SPN 215;
  • SPN 310 or 311;
  • Study abroad (3-9 hours);
  • SPN 320;
  • Select from the following to complete the 33-hour major (a minimum of 9 semester hours in Spanish literature are required): SPN 225, 305, 315, 330, 331, 340, 345, 350.

Version III-No Study Abroad

  • SPN 203;
  • SPN 205;
  • SPN 215;
  • SPN 310 or 311;
  • SPN 320;
  • Any six of the following with a minimum of 9 semester hours in Spanish literature: SPN 225, 305, 315, 330, 331, 340, 345, 350.