Hispanic Studies/Spanish

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Hispanic Studies/Spanish Program is to prepare students to be knowledgeable in all areas of the major including culture and linguistic skills. Culture is emphasized throughout the program to give students the background to understand the relationship between how Spanish works linguistically and the culture of the language. The students will be prepared to work well within the Spanish speaking country and/or community, linguistically and culturally. In the global community of today, a thorough knowledge of the language skills is not enough. The students must have the knowledge and understanding of the culture to be able to be successful in professional and social situations.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts – Major in Hispanic Studies/Spanish

Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Spanish

 

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to:

  • Speak, understand, read and write Spanish at or near native speaker proficiency.
  • Write a college-level essay using proper written Spanish grammar and appropriate vocabulary.
  • Describe and explain concepts relating to contemporary and historical Spanish and Hispanic culture.
  • Converse appropriately, using appropriate vocabulary and idiomatic language, with native Spanish speakers.

The Changing Nature of Knowledge in the Discipline/Field

The one certain thing in all language study is that a language is in constant change. Language is not static knowledge. It changes due to the additions of new expressions and vocabulary coming in from new areas of study, advances in technology, and “loan words” from other languages. Language study and methods are constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs and influences of world community that is ever more interactive on a global level. Spanish has become more important internationally because many corporations have moved to Mexico, Central, and South America in order to save money. Due to the great numbers of Hispanic immigrants who have not yet learned enough English to be able to function or communicate effectively in the work place and society, there is far more demand for bilinguals in all areas of the work force in the United States. There are not enough trained people to fill all the positions.

We will address these issues and our students will develop the skills and flexibility necessary for our graduates to advance beyond the entry level positions and be able to actively engage in management and development of new programs to meet the needs of employers and society. Success in achieving our goals for this major will attract and retain students who would have otherwise attended larger universities out of this area.