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Fast Facts: Spanish

  • Coursework helps prepare students to work and thrive in Spanish-speaking environments
  • Students can pursue a traditional Spanish major or follow the K-12 teaching preparation track
  • Explores Spanish-speaking cultures through a comprehensive suite of courses focusing on language, culture, literature, history, and a service-learning or internship experience
  • A great second major for students planning on a career in the health sciences, social work, law, public relations, and most other fields involving public contact
  • Spanish faculty direct a six-week summer program - the Cuernavaca Quest - which provides  intensive language study, coursework on Mexican history, and a service-learning placement.
  • St. Scholastica students can also study abroad for a semester in Ecuador through HECUA's Community Internships in Latin America program. Spanish majors and minors can also study in other Spanish-speaking environments through collaboration with the Spanish faculty

Program Requirements

Major: 40-46 credits beyond the first-year level, which include an internship or service-learning placement
Minor: 20 credits beyond the first-year level

Internships

An internship or service-learning placement is required for students who major in Spanish. Historically, most St. Scholastica students have completed this requirement through the College's Cuernavaca Quest program or through HECUA's Community Internships in Latin America program to Ecuador.

Careers

The Hispanic/Latino population is the fastest-growing population in the United States, according to the most recent census. People who are fluent in Spanish are in demand for a variety of positions, particularly in fields such as healthcare where knowledge of Spanish is crucial. Graduates of this program have found work in nonprofit organizations, as teachers of Spanish in public schools, as teachers of English in Spanish-speaking countries, and in a variety of public service or healthcare providers where knowledge of Spanish is crucial. Others have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at medical schools.

Become a Spanish teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major. Learn more

Sample Curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse SPN 2101 - Intermediate Spanish I

Intermediate course that deals with the more sophisticated elements of Spanish grammar and communication. All four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - are emphasized. Prerequisite: Placement exam, SPN 1104 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SPN 2102 - Intermediate Spanish II

Continuation of SPN 2101. Prerequisite: Placement exam, SPN 2101, or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3101 - Advanced Spanish in Context I

This course is part of a two-semester in-depth examination of Spanish grammar with substantial vocabulary building. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are all practiced in conjunction with cultural and situational contexts. Prerequisite: SPN 2102 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3102 - Advanced Spanish in Context II

This course is part of a two-semester in-depth examination of Spanish grammar with substantial vocabulary building. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are all practiced in conjunction with cultural and situational contexts. Prerequisite: SPN 2102 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3516 - Hispanic Short Stories

Introduction to literature in Spanish. The course deals with writers from Spain and Spanish America and chiefly from the 20th century. Students will become acquainted with major Spanish-speaking writers and with their way of seeing and depicting the world. Good reading skills needed. Prerequisite: SPN 2102 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3601 - Civilization: Spain

Overview of the rich history and culture of Spain, beginning with the earliest inhabitants and moving to the 21st century, highlighting major events. Good reading and speaking skills needed. Prerequisite: SPN 2102 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3602 - Civilization: Latin America

Overview of the rich history and culture of Latin America, primarily of the Spanish-speaking regions. Begins with the native traditions of the Aztec, Mayan and Inca inhabitants and moves to the 21st century, highlighting major events. Good reading and speaking skills needed. Prerequisite: SPN 2102 or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3603 - Hispanic Culture in the US

Students explore the history, culture, and society of Spanish-speaking peoples in the US. Topics such as immigration, acculturation, cultural transformation, and the relationships between Hispanics and non-Hispanic groups in the US are all addressed. Prerequisite: SPN 3601 or SPN 3602, or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3901 - Hispanic Women Writers

Examination of Hispanic women writers who best represent their cultures and who explore women's historic roles in the Hispanic world and their efforts to achieve a place in this society.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3930 - Mitos y Leyendas en EspaƱol

In this course students will read and analyze myths and legends from the Spanish-speaking world, paying attention to the meanings that myths and legends provide for both individuals and societies. Students practice Spanish listening and speaking skills as they learn the techniques of oral storytelling. Grammar review and vocabulary building are also built into this course.

Expand and Collapse SPN 3951 - Masterpieces of Hispanic Lit

Opportunity to read some of the major literary works written in Spanish. While the content of the course changes periodically, the guiding principle is the inclusion of as much variety as possible from the different genres, historical periods, countries and sub-cultures. Prerequisite: At least one 3000 level course (except SPN 3303) passed with a B average or consent of instructor.

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  • "The literature, culture, and civilization courses taught me about the people who speak Spanish and their backgrounds, beliefs, traditions, and stories. By majoring in Spanish I not only learned the language, but also learned how to reach out to people of different cultures. I can promise you that the Spanish major will provide all you need to begin a great future after graduation!"

    – Carrie Ronstrom, ‘12