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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 9, 2004

(Mahwah) – Beginning in fall 2004, Ramapo College of New Jersey will offer a major in Spanish Language Studies. The major encompasses an interdisciplinary curriculum that consists of a firm grounding in the Spanish language complemented by coursework in one of six concentrations.

The concentrations are literature and teacher education (beginning fall 2004), while Latin American studies, media and communications, social work and Spanish for business will be added gradually. In particular, the offering of media and communications, Spanish for business, and social work set Ramapo’s Spanish major apart. It is the six different tracks that make the program unique,” says Dr. Vassiliki Flenga, convenor of foreign languages at Ramapo College. Most colleges usually offer literature and Latin American studies. Ramapo’s program is more career-oriented. The tracks were developed with careers in mind to better serve the aspiration of students.” Students choosing the major will complete required core courses before specializing in a concentration.

Developed in conjunction with the major is a semester or year-long study abroad program in Cádiz, a city in southern Spain. Implemented in collaboration with the University of Washington in Seattle, the program is designed for students who want to improve their language skills and further their knowledge of Spanish culture, literature, history, geography and the arts. Classes are held at the University of Cádiz and are taught by university faculty. Students live at a residence hall or with families. Flenga said the program is ideally suited for Spanish major students because a higher level of proficiency in the language is required for those who opt for the year-long stay.

Dr. Iraida Lopez and Dr. Paula Straile-Costa, both assistant professors of Spanish at Ramapo College, are advisors to the major. The major in Spanish Language Studies serves the mission of the College by providing an education and curriculum that is international, interdisciplinary, intercultural and experiential,” notes Flenga. For more information about the major in Spanish Language Studies, call 201.684.7164 or 201.684.7195.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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