About the Major
The major consists of at least 30 hours above intermediate level
Spanish. Students who wish to major in Spanish Language Studies
have to have Intermediate Spanish II or an equivalent course.
The required 30-hour sequence includes an 18-hour core, a Capstone
Seminar in Spanish, plus a nine-hour concentration option. Students
select a nine-hour concentration in literature, teacher education,
Latin American studies, social work, media and communications,
or business. These concentrations consist of selected courses
in Hispanic literature and culture, education and pedagogy, advanced
business Spanish, Latin American studies, media and communications
of the Hispanic world, and social work. The major requires
participation in pre-approved study abroad, service learning, or
internship program. In addition students must complete a senior
capstone seminar (3 credits) in Spanish, and defend their research
paper before the Spanish faculty.
in Spanish Language Studies strives for excellence through oral
and written exit proficiency requirements. Through the defense
of their senior thesis, majors prove their writing and communication
skills in Spanish. In addition, all majors must pass an Oral
Proficiency Interview administered by the Spanish faculty to
determine exit language proficiency. The program meets the
state teacher certification standards for New Jersey. Furthermore,
the major in Spanish language studies strives to comply with
admissions criteria for the leading graduate programs in Spanish.
The major in Spanish Language Studies is designed to be international,
intercultural and interdisciplinary. Special emphasis is also put
on the study abroad and experiential learning programs of the college.
in Spanish Language studies are encouraged to pursue an approved
summer of semester-long study abroad program in Spain or Latin
America. We already have an existing language program in Costa
Rica, and offer a semester or year-abroad in Cádiz, Spain,
in collaboration with the University of Washington in Seattle.
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