Bachelors (BA) in Spanish

Overview

The Spanish major offers a 41-semester-hour course of study that is designed to move students toward advanced proficiency in the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The program emphasizes the unique relationship between culture and language. Central to all course work is an examination of issues of faith and culture. In keeping with the mission of George Fox University, service components are required in some courses. 

Advanced course work includes historically important works of literature and a survey of Iberian and Latin American history and culture. One semester studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is required to complete the Spanish major. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in Spanish will:

  • Demonstrate “Advanced” Speaking & Listening proficiency as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL)
  • Demonstrate “Advanced” Writing proficiency as defined by ACTFL
  • Demonstrate “Advanced” Reading proficiency as defined by ACTFL
  • Articulate their personal faith in relation to faith practices of Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Identify, describe and propose a small-scale solution for a pressing issue facing Spanish speakers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures, including marginalized populations and the role of religion

Prerequisite for Major Entry

Students must demonstrate proficiency in SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (or placement exam) prior to entry into the Spanish major.
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Major Requirements

Choose one of the following sequences:

Sequence one:
A thorough review of Spanish to develop intermediate high proficiency, as defined by ACTFL. Activities include reading authentic texts, writing in a variety of styles, and developing strategies for communication. Three class sessions and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II or placement by exam.
A thorough review of Spanish to develop intermediate high proficiency, as defined by ACTFL. Activities include reading authentic texts, writing in a variety of styles, and developing strategies for communication. Three class sessions and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish I or placement by exam.

 

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Sequence two:
A thorough review of Spanish to develop intermediate high proficiency, as defined by ACTFL. Activities include reading authentic texts, writing in a variety of styles, and developing strategies for communication. Three class sessions and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish I or placement by exam.
This course examines the Latino populations of the U.S. and develops academic Spanish for those who learned Spanish outside of a formal school setting. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Placement by testing or instructor permission.

Complete the following:

SPAN 475 Spanish Field Experience should be taken for a minimum of 2 credits.
A one-semester introduction to the cultures and civilizations of the Iberian Peninsula. Students continue to develop skills toward advanced proficiency as defined by ACTFL. Activities to include reading authentic texts and listening to and interacting with native speakers of Spanish. Areas of study may include history, art, music, the role of religion, governmental systems and gender differences. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite SPAN 302 or instructor’s permission.
n introduction to the cultures and civilizations of Latin America. Students continue to develop skills toward advanced proficiency, as defined by ACTFL. Activities include reading authentic texts, field trips, and listening to native speakers. Areas of study may include history, art, music, the role of religion, governmental systems, and gender differences. Taught in Spanish. Corequisite/Prerequisite: SPAN 302 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish II or concurrent enrollment in SPAN 302 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish II or instructor's permission.
A one-semester introduction to Spanish peninsular literature. This course introduces students to selected masters and periods of Spanish literature and reflects on matters of faith ads revealed in the pieces studied. Students continue to develop skills toward advanced proficiency as defined by ACTFL. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 302 Advanced Spanish or equivalent.
This course introduces students to selected masters and periods of Latin American literature and reflects on matters of faith as revealed in the pieces studied. Students continue to develop skills toward advanced proficiency, as defined by ACTFL. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 302 Advanced Spanish or equivalent.
Supervised experience in a situation demanding extensive use of Spanish. Admission and credit hours determined by instructor. Pass/No Pass.
This course synthesizes all the student's skills in Spanish. It includes a portfolio of written work, journal kept while abroad and reflection paper completed upon return to U.S., an oral proficiency interview, and a service-learning project. Meetings with professor focus on integration of faith and learning. Preferably taken after semester abroad.

After completing SPAN 301 and 302 or SPAN 302 and 303 or at least one upper-division SPAN class (3-4 credits) at George Fox University, students must choose 16 semester hours in an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country (credits abroad must be at 300-level or above and taught entirely in Spanish).