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As a Spanish major at St. Scholastica, you’ll be well prepared to work and thrive in a Spanish-speaking environment. You’ll become confident and proficient in speaking, understanding, reading and writing in Spanish.

Through this immersive learning experience, you will explore the culture, history and literature of Spanish-speaking cultures to gain a holistic understanding. You’ll have an opportunity to complete a service-learning or internship experience.

If you’re interested in teaching, you can pursue a K-12 teaching preparation track. Or, pair your Spanish major with a major in the health sciences, social work, law or public relations. The possibilities are endless.

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All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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Curriculum

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

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Coursework

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.

SPN 2102 – Intermediate Spanish II

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

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.

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.

SPN 3514 – Hispanic Poetry

Discover the beauty of the Spanish language through poetry. Approach and appreciate cultures of the Spanish speaking world through reading and reciting of works by contemporary and classic authors. Improve interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills in Spanish.

SPN 3516 – Hispanic Short Stories

Enter literary worlds created by contemporary and classic Spanish language authors. Expand knowledge of cultural and historical contexts through short stories. Improve interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills in Spanish.

SPN 3601 – Civilization: Spain

Journey through the rich history and culture landscapes of Spain. Explore major historical events, philosophical movements, political and economic changes as reflected in such cultural expressions as art, music, dance, cinema, cuisine, literature and current events. Improve interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 2102 or consent of instructor.

SPN 3602 – Civilization: Latin America

Journey through the rich history and culture landscapes of Latin America. Explore major historical events, philosophical movements, political and economic changes as reflected in such cultural expressions as art, music, dance, cinema, cuisine, literature and current events. Improve interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 2102 or consent of instructor.

SPN 3603 – Hispanic Culture in the US

Explore the histories and cultures of Latinos in the U.S. Through a lens of cultural expressions, consider themes of migration, culture, and identity. Improve interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills in Spanish.

SPN 3901 – Hispanic Women Writers

Discover the development, influences, and historical trajectory of literature written by women in Latin America. Critically analyze works from various genres as cultural and literary expressions of women in Latin American cultural contexts. Improve interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills in Spanish.

SPN 3930 – Mitos y Leyendas en Español

Enter the world of myths and legends from the Spanish speaking world to explore their cultural and personal significance. Develop and practice oral storytelling techniques. Improve interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills in Spanish.

SPN 3951 – Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature

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. Students should have an advanced proficiency level of Spanish for this course; consult the instructor for a proficiency assessment.

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.

Career Outlook

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.