9.43. Spanish

Programs offered:

  • B.A. in Spanish
  • Minor in Spanish (TU)

A student who chooses Spanish as a major will gain valuable knowledge, not only about the language, but also about the many unique and fascinating cultures represented in the Spanish-speaking world. Like all languages offered at Oglethorpe, the Spanish major is informed by “the five C’s:” communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. These areas represent the defined goals of National Standards for Foreign Language Learning.

The journey toward a Spanish major begins with a thorough emphasis on reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking. These essential skills prepare the student with the foundations for communicating in diverse contexts in the Spanish language. More advanced study of Spanish will enable the student to explore the treasures of Hispanic prose, poetry, drama and cinema, in addition to the study of colorful and intriguing Hispanic civilizations in Spain, Africa and Latin America. Through the course offerings in Spanish, students become more informed about America’s Latino and Hispanic neighbors, in addition to becoming more functional global citizens.

Once students have reached an adequate level of proficiency in Spanish and have become familiar with Spanish-speaking populations and societies, they will be ready to complement their classroom studies with full-immersion study abroad opportunities. As an invaluable component of the Spanish major, students are required to study and live in a Spanish-speaking country for a semester during the academic year following the completion of an initial sequence of courses taken in the program. Most majors choose to study at one of a number of partner institutions such as the Universidad de Belgrano (Argentina), the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador), or at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (Spain). In addition, for the adventurous student, there are many other creative study abroad options available, all of which can be discussed with student advisors. Native speakers of Spanish are invited to complete the 12-semester hour requirements of study abroad in courses at Oglethorpe or through cross registration at one of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) institutions.

Many students who complete the Spanish major at Oglethorpe go on to carry out graduate programs at other institutions in Spanish language and literature, linguistics, Hispanic cultural studies or International Relations. Other graduates from the program become Spanish instructors or find opportunities in corporate or non-profit organizations, where they continue to apply their language skills and global experiences. Students are also invited to combine a double major in Spanish with other disciplines, a combination which may greatly enhance student marketability after graduation.

All students with previous study or experience in Spanish must take a language placement examination; see Sec. 6.4.4. of this Bulletin. They will be placed in the course sequence according to their competence. Under no circumstance should students with past experience in Spanish place themselves in courses. Students are not eligible to enroll in elementary and intermediate courses in their native languages.

B.A. in Spanish (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    • SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish
    • SPN 301 Advanced Spanish
    • SPN 302 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  2. Completion of a semester in an approved study abroad program. (For undocumented students, there will be an alternative experience in lieu of study abroad)
  3. Completion of three additional upper level Spanish courses.
  4. Completion of FRE 101 Elementary French I (or simply placing into any French course higher than FRE 101 on the French placement test).
  5. Additional requirements and things to note:
    • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses counting for the Spanish major.
    • The study abroad experience should occur after the completion of SPN 302 and prior to attempting the three additional upper level Spanish courses noted in 3. above.
    • The study abroad experience must result in the student earning a minimum of 12 semester hours.
    • It is recommended that Spanish majors complete FRE 101 sometime during their first two years.
    • Certain requirements for the major may be met through an approved study abroad program.

Minor in Spanish (TU)

  1. Completion of four Spanish courses at the 200-level or above.
  2. Additional requirements and things to note:
    • Certain requirements for the minor may be met through an approved study abroad program