Spanish Major (BA)

Learn the Spanish language at a Christian college ranked tops on the West Coast by Forbes.com.

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Learning Spanish is a solid investment in your future, whatever your career aspirations may be. A recent American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages study reports that "85 percent of U.S. employers say they're reliant on Spanish, making it by far the most sought-after language."

Major in Spanish ... and Something Else

Our Spanish major emphasizes the unique relationship between culture and language; the acquisition of analytical skills; familiarity with historically important works of literature; and a four-skill (reading, writing, listening and speaking) approach to language proficiency. And with only 36 credits to complete, you can easily major in Spanish and most other majors on campus.

Advanced coursework includes historically important works of literature and a survey of Iberian and Latin American history and culture. Students will also complete a capstone course their senior year. If you grew up speaking Spanish, our program recognizes your skills with generous Spanish credit awards.

Study Abroad to Hone Your Speaking Skills

All Spanish majors are required to study abroad at least one semester, and students have many opportunities to interact and practice their Spanish with more advanced or native speakers.

What further distinguishes our program is the fact we offer a Christian college environment that encourages not only academic – but spiritual – growth.


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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.
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 and/or work with Latinx population. 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 at least one upper-division SPAN class 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 taught entirely in Spanish. Any course taught in Spanish at a national university applies, but classes in stand-alone study abroad programs must be at 300-level or above).

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Spanish majors at George Fox learn the language from professors who care about them as individuals.

Knowledge of the Spanish language is a valuable asset in today’s job market. It is the third most spoken language in the world, and the second most widely spoken language in the United States. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor projects an increasing demand for bilingual workers. This should especially be the case in the fields of education, medicine, social services and interpretation/translation.

  • Director, Salvation Army
  • Language Surveyor, Wycliffe
  • Interpreter/EMT, Central Washington Hospital
  • Professor/Language Instructor, various universities
  • Nurse, Newberg Providence Medical Center
  • Bilingual Teacher/Language Teacher, various high schools
  • Social Services Caseworker, City of Eugene (Ore.)
  • Interpreter, Salem Hospital
  • ESL Teacher, Honduras, South Korea, China
  • Geneticist, U.S. Geological Survey Columbia River Research Lab
  • University of Washington
  • University of Oregon
  • University of New Mexico
  • Biola University
  • UC Davis
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Willamette University
  • Habitat for Humanity, Central America
  • Mayatan Bilingual School, Honduras
  • Agua Viva, Mexico
  • Catholic Work Shelters, various Oregon locations
  • Salud Medical Clinic, Woodburn, Ore.
  • Virginia García Medical Clinic, various Oregon locations
  • Love, Inc., various Oregon locations
  • Newberg (Ore.) School District
  • Americorp, various U.S. locations
  • Peace Corps, various international locations
  • Veritas University, San José, Costa Rica

Student Experiences

Cori (Hurt) Campbell

“My Spanish degree from GFU has been a blessing. I feel so thankful that I am able to help my patients in a way others aren’t because they don’t know the language. I love my job, and I am one of only two nurses who speak Spanish.”

- Cori (Hurt) Campbell

Naomi (Zimmerman) Abdilla

“My Spanish degree at Fox has been an integral part of my journey and the direction that God has taken me since graduation. Upon graduation I went to Spain as a missionary for a year. I am now an elementary teacher where I teach first grade in Spanish in Denver Public Schools.”

- Naomi (Zimmerman) Abdilla

Carson Tidland

“Being a Spanish major, I have been blessed in that I have gotten to travel a lot for my education. I spent a semester in Cusco, Peru, I went on Juniors Abroad to India and Sri Lanka, and I did an internship in Guatemala. Spending time in other cultures gave me the ability to see my own culture from another perspective, which I feel is very valuable.”

 

- Carson Tidland

Points of Distinction

  • Professors have expertise in all major Spanish-speaking regions, with active research and publishing/presenting agendas.
  • Benefit from regular interaction with native speakers of Spanish.
  • Experience the Hispanic culture firsthand with a required semester of study abroad in Spain, Costa Rica or Ecuador.
  • The Spanish major is compact enough to be compatible with a second major.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.