Spanish Program

Degree Programs:

  • B. A. in Spanish
  • Adolescence Education Certification Program in Spanish

     The degree programs in Spanish are designed to offer a balanced approach to the development of language skills and the acquisition of a broad and solid knowledge of the literature, culture, and civilization of the Spanish-speaking world.

The International Job Market

     The student who wishes to work in international trade or business, in the diplomatic service, in government or international agencies, or social services should consider completing a double major or appropriate concentrations or minors in other areas, such as political science, economics, business, history, or social sciences. The demand for people trained in foreign languages and who understand foreign cultures is increasing. According to Money Magazine, many large multinational companies look for individuals with a global perspective, who have lived in a foreign country and speak the language. A major in a foreign language, especially when complemented by participation in a foreign study group or internship, can help prepare you for a number of interesting careers. A number of students at Fredonia choose to obtain a double major in foreign languages and another field such as economics, political science, history, business, or psychology. A double major can add to your marketability.

Major in Spanish (B.A. Degree)

 The Adolescence Education Certification Program in Spanish provides courses for foreign language teaching methods and a field assignment to teach in secondary education.

The Spanish Program offers courses from the elementary level to advanced courses in conversation, composition and literature. Examples of upper level courses offered in Spanish include: Spanish Culture and Civilization, Imperial Spain, Spanish American Fiction, Short Story Writers, The Art and Craft of Translation, etc.

Majors are strongly encouraged to study for a semester or two in Spanish speaking countries to enhance their linguistic skills and develop their sensitivity and understanding of another culture. The department offers study abroad programs in Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Requirements for the Major in Spanish (B. A. Degree)
  • SPAN 313 Spanish Conversation (3 credits)
  • SPAN 314 Spanish Composition (3 credits)
  • SPAN 315 Introduction to Readings in Hispanic Literature (3 credits)
  • SPAN 423 Senior Seminar

Plus 24 additional hours of 300 or 400 level Spanish courses as advised for a total of 36 credit hours.

In order to major in Spanish, students should pass SPAN 313, 314 and 315 with a minimum of a B- in each class. Students seeking a minor or concentration in Spanish should also perform at the B level in these courses.
A maximum of six credit hours of LANG courses can be applied towards the major as long as the student does the course work in the target language.

 All students are required to complete a separate minor whether it is in another language, in another discipline, or in an interdisciplinary program. Students select a minor in consultation with and approval of the department. Double majors and Adolescence Education majors in language are exempted from the minor requirement.

 

Requirements for a concentration for EARLY CHILDHOOD Certification in Spanish:

  • SPAN 215 Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)
  • SPAN 216 Intermediate Spanish II (3 credits)
  • SPAN 313 Spanish Conversation (3 credits)
  • SPAN 314 Spanish Composition (3 credits)
  • Spanish at the 300 and/or 400 level by advisement (15 credits)

Concentration for Middle School Extension Certification:

Students need 36 hours in the language to complete a concentration for Middle School Extension.

Requirements for a concentration for Middle School Extension in Spanish.

  • SPAN 215 Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)
  • SPAN 216 Intermediate Spanish II (3 credits)
  • SPAN 313 Spanish Conversation (3 credits)
  • SPAN 314 Spanish Composition (3 credits)
  • SPAN 315 Introduction to Readings in Hispanic Literature (3 credits)

And 21 credits of electives courses in Spanish at the 300/400 level.

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Student Organization

Latinos Unidos (LU) - For more information, please see the Student Organizations tab on the left sidebar.

 National Spanish Honor Society

     Sigma Delta Pi

     For more information, please contact Dr. Carmen Rivera (carmen.rivera@fredonia.edu)

Foreign Language Scholarship

The Thomas Goetz-Robert Rie Foreign Scholarships for Excellence in Modern Languages are awarded each year to one or two of upper level undergraduate foreign language majors who demonstrate outstanding academic ability and are recommended by the foreign language staff to the chairperson of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Financially these are very modest amounts, but very important to students for the recognition they bring to them for their personal achievements in the learning of a foreign language.


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