Spanish - BA

St. Kate's Spanish majors are a close-knit group who work together in their studies. Students have many opportunities to hone their skills and share their appreciation for Spanish language and culture. For example, the department organizes Spanish language tables, an opportunity to converse in Spanish about current events, books and films. St. Kate's students also enjoy the benefit of departmental assistants, who are natives of Spain or Latin America and eager to share knowledge of their culture with students. Recent assistants have hailed from Peru, Mexico, Chile, and Spain. In addition to the time they spend with their language professors each week, these heritage speakers provide students with various fun-filled opportunities to speak in Spanish during a regularly scheduled, weekly conversational practicum.

Through the Office of Residence Life, the native assistants plan activities several times a semester. In recent years, they have helped plan activities to celebrate the Day of the Dead, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, and Holy Week, as well as cooking classes and presentations about their countries. 

On campus, the state-of-the art Language Center provides access to online-learning software, interactive CD-ROMs and other materials to help students learn about Spanish-speaking countries and polish their speaking, reading or writing skills. In addition, faculty can direct students to a wealth of cultural information. The Spanish Club, which holds monthly meetings led by an elected St. Kate's student board, and Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, offer further opportunities to interact in a Spanish-speaking environment.

Spanish students are encouraged to engage in experiential or service learning. Together with the Career Development Office, the department enthusiastically encourages earning credit towards the major through internships. In recent years students have interned at the Resource Center of the Américas, Neighborhood House, La Clínica, Casa de Esperanza, Children's Hospital, C.L.U.E.S., Adams Spanish Immersion, and The Jane Addams School for Democracy.

Students are also strongly encouraged to study, travel or live abroad. More than 50 semester- and year-long programs, January options and summer programs are available around the world. These programs are academically sound and provide strong support services and opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the culture of the country they visit. Students often choose to live with host families or in international residence halls on foreign campuses. St. Kate's Global Studies staff will help students learn about the many foreign study opportunities and pick the best option for their needs.

St. Kate's faculty members include professors who have lived or studied abroad, and native speakers of Spanish. All instructors enthusiastically share their experiences, perspectives, and local/international connections with students. Faculty members periodically lead intensive language study programs in Mexico and Spain.

St. Kate's Spanish program alumnae put their degrees to work in a variety of fields, including working as a U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, as a VP of international marketing and advertising, as a bilingual occupational therapist, and as teachers, social workers and nurses.

See also: Education - World Languages and Culture: Spanish with K-12 Teaching Licensure.

This major is offered in the College for Women only. 

Curriculum

The major consists of eight courses (32 credits)

NOTE: Students who transfer Spanish courses worth fewer than four credits may need to take more than eight Spanish courses to reach the 32 credit minimum.

Prerequisite
SPAN 1120Elementary Spanish II (with a grade of B or higher)4
Required Courses
SPAN 3160Hispanics in the United States4
SPAN 3250Introduction to Critical Cultural and Literary Analysis4
SPAN 4860WSenior Seminar4
Select one to three of the following 14-12
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Visions of the Hispanic World: Reading to Speak and Write
Select two to four courses at the 3000- or 4000-level:8-16
Short Stories in Spanish
Contemporary Spanish American Literature
Hispanic Masterpieces
Hispanic Women Writers
Internship
Independent Study (when warranted)
Topics
Total Credits32
1

Students who place into SPAN 2110 Intermediate Spanish I and/or SPAN 2120 Intermediate Spanish II may count it/them toward the major. Students who place into SPAN 3050W Visions of the Hispanic World: Reading to Speak and Write will still need to take an additional seven 3000 or 4000- level courses (with a minimum grade of C) to fulfill requirements for the major. 

Major Requirements for Native Speakers

SPAN 3050WVisions of the Hispanic World: Reading to Speak and Write4
SPAN 3250Introduction to Critical Cultural and Literary Analysis4
SPAN 4860WSenior Seminar4
Select three of the following courses selected in consultation with a Spanish departmental advisor:12
Hispanics in the United States
Short Stories in Spanish
Contemporary Spanish American Literature
Hispanic Masterpieces
Hispanic Women Writers
Internship
Topics
Plus two courses relating to the Hispanic world, selected in consultation with a Spanish departmental advisor. Examples are:8
Women and Literature
Social Justice: A Christian Perspective
Selected ACTC Latin America Area Studies courses.
Total Credits32

Applied Foreign Language Component

Students at the post-intermediate level may have the possibility of applying a foreign language in the study of another discipline. For further information, consult the language departments.

Spanish majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing requirement by completing SPAN 3050W Visions of the Hispanic World: Reading to Speak and Write and SPAN 4860W Senior Seminar. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, and CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice).