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AIS: Spanish Language Studies (B.A.)


Convener: Faculty:
Paula Straile-Costa Iraida H. López
Niza Fabre
Natalia Santamaria-Laorden


About the Major

The Spanish Language Studies major at Ramapo College will provide students with the skills needed to communicate efficiently and confidently in Spanish, at the same time that it will provide them with a solid background in the history, historical influences, cultures, and literatures of the Hispanic world.  One of our major goals is developing advanced proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening as well as in the cultural and socio-linguistic aspects of the language.  Another goal is to promote an in-depth knowledge of the concentration disciplines.  Furthermore, our innovative curriculum extends beyond the traditional spaces of the Hispanic world to understand and celebrate the diversity of the Spanish-speaking communities today. Such comprehensive approach to Spanish Language Studies prepares students for success in graduate school as well as a wide range of careers in business, education, community organizations, law, communications, and government.  

The major in Spanish Language Studies strives for excellence through oral and written exit proficiency requirements.  Through the oral defense of their senior thesis, majors prove their writing and communication skills in Spanish as well as knowledge of the subject matter.  In addition, all majors must pass an informal 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.

Coursework in the major consists of at least 40 hours above intermediate level Spanish.  Students who wish to major in Spanish Language Studies have to have Intermediate Spanish II or an equivalent course or intermediate proficiency.  The required sequence includes a 28-hour core, including a Capstone Seminar in Spanish, plus a 12-hour concentration option.  This 12-hour concentration, selected by students, may focus on either literature or teacher education.  These concentrations consist of selected courses in Hispanic literature, culture, and the arts as well as education and pedagogy.

Students majoring in Spanish Language Studies are required to pursue an approved summer, semester- or year-long study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country, service learning experience, or internship program.  We offer a semester- or year-long abroad program in Cádiz, Spain, in collaboration with the University of Washington in Seattle; another at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain; and many other programs in a variety of countries through the New Jersey State Consortium for International Studies (NJSCIS). 

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
AIID 101 [W] FIRST YEAR TOPICS: LIBERAL STUDIES
  FOUNDATIONS I AND
FOUNDATIONS II AND
INTERMEDIATE I OR
PROFICIENCY TEST
(SEE AIS WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT)

SPANISH LANGUAGE STUDIES MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 

The major requires participation in a pre-approved
study abroad, service learning, or internship program.

Prerequisites:
SPAN 202 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II OR ABOVE
Major Requirements:
SPAN 301 THE ART OF CONVERSATION IN SPANISH*
SPAN 303 THE ART OF READING IN SPANISH*
SPAN 305 SPANISH CIVILIZATION
SPAN 307 LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY
SPAN 401 THE ART OF WRITING AND FORMAL RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
SPAN 420 ADVANCED COMMUNICATION IN SPANISH
SPAN 421 SPANISH LANGUAGE STUDIES SEMINAR
  *or an elective course in the Spanish program with permission of convener
A Concentration  - Three courses selected from the options below:
 
Literature Concentration - Choose three of the following courses
SPAN 315 HISPANIC WOMENS VOICES AND IMAGES
SPAN 390 TOPICS: HISPANIC LITERATURE AND FILM
SPAN 404 EARLY TRANSATLANTIC ENCOUNTERS
SPAN 410 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1900
SPAN 415 HISPANIC CARIBBEAN WRITERS AND POP CULTURE
   
Spanish For Teacher Education Choose three of the following courses
LANG 330 FOREIGN LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY**
SPAN 313 HISPANIC CULTURE THROUGH ARTISTS
SPAN 315 HISPANIC WOMENS VOICES AND IMAGES
SPAN 320 SYNTAX AND SUBSTANCE: SPANISH GRAMMAR
SPAN 390 TOPICS: HISPANIC LITERATURE AND FILM
SPAN 404 EARLY TRANSATLANTIC ENCOUNTERS
SPAN 410 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1900
SPAN 415 HISPANIC CARIBBEAN WRITERS AAND POP CULTURE
** Course is a NJ state teacher certification requirement

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
Required Courses:
SPAN 201 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
SPAN 202 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II

Choose 2 courses at the 300-level from the following:

SPAN 301 THE ART OF CONVERSATION IN SPANISH
SPAN 303 THE ART OF READING IN SPANISH
SPAN 305 SPANISH CIVILIZATION
SPAN 307 LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY
SPAN 309 BUSINESS SPANISH
SPAN 313 HISPANIC CULTURE THROUGH ARTISTS
SPAN 315 HISPANIC WOMENS VOICES AND IMAGES
SPAN 320 SYNTAX AND SUBSTANCE: SPANISH GRAMMAR
SPAN 390 TOPICS: HISPANIC LITERATURE AND FILM

Choose 1 course at the 400-level chosen from the following:

SPAN 404 EARLY TRANSATLANTIC ENCOUNTERS
SPAN 401 THE ART OF WRITING AND FORMAL RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
SPAN 410 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1900
SPAN 415 HISPANIC CARIBBEAN WRITERS AAND POP CULTURE
 
*Students proficient in Spanish may petition for credit by taking the CLEP  test or may complete the five courses required in the minor by taking upper level course.

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.

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