Language and Culture
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or minor in Spanish is ideal for students who are looking to work and serve in our changing world. Our program focuses on the acquisition of language and appreciation of different cultures. We have faculty members who are international speakers of Spanish.
Interpretation and Translation, a course taught within this major, is a course not often found in other baccalaureate programs. In this practical course, students can gain rudimentary experience in how to translate and interpret.
The United States is now the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Speaking and reading Spanish fluently is now a marketable job skill. Students learn from Spanish-speaking professors who focus on the necessary skills and practice for learning to speak of Spanish. They also provide students with many opportunities to learn about the culture, lifestyle and values of the Hispanic people.
Becoming bilingual in a global society is important and useful in any career. As a Spanish major, students must take a language proficiency exam recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. This is a national exam that certifies language proficiency for a professional level.