Mar 17, 2018  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019

Spanish Major, BA

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Spanish Major (42 SH)

There are many reasons to study Spanish at Winston-Salem State University. The university’s location in North Carolina, a state that has become an important location for Latino immigration in the southern United States, makes learning Spanish a good choice for careers in education, health professions, social work, business, and law.

Students at WSSU may earn a degree in Spanish, or pursue a Spanish minor. Combining a Spanish minor with any degree plan makes students more marketable. Students who successfully complete the Spanish major or minor programs will possess knowledge of the historical, literary, and sociopolitical components of the Spanish-speaking world as well as develop functional language, sociolinguistic, and intercultural skills to make them more competitive in the globally interconnected twenty-first century workforce.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate advanced level proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply Spanish language use in real-life situations.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between language learning and culture.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the connections between Spanish and other disciplines after an extensive capstone research project.
  5. Develop cross-cultural understanding and intercultural skills.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use knowledge of Spanish to participate in diverse, multicultural settings, and to live in a global society.

Foundation (6 SH)

SPA 2311  Intermediate Spanish I  and SPA 2312  Intermediate Spanish II  must be completed as part of general education studies.  Spanish majors must pass SPA 2311 and SPA 2312 with a grade of C or better, or must have achieved an equivalent level of proficiency (by approval of the department chairperson),  before taking the required Spanish major courses and SPA-elective courses listed below. 


Depth Courses Required for the Major (24 SH)

Depth courses allow students to develop advanced Spanish language skills in a variety of academic and social contexts.  Each of the required courses is taught in Spanish and all coursework msut be submitted in Spanish.

SPA 3310  Spanish Composition and Grammar

SPA 3311  Hispanic Civilization

SPA 3312  Spanish Phonetics

SPA 3316  Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation

SPA 3333  Survey of Spanish Literature  or SPA 3335  Survey of Spanish-American Literature

SPA 4309  Advanced Spanish Conversation

SPA 4350  Senior Composition in Spanish

            (Pre-requisite: SPA 3310 Spanish Composition and Grammar or approval by department chairperson)

SPA 4391 Senior Seminar in Spanish

            (Prerequisites: senior status and a 2.5 grade point average in Spanish major core courses)


Breadth Course Options for the Major (12 SH)

Breadth courses allow students to pursue special interests in th eareas of linguistics literary analysis, and history as they relate to the Spanish-speaking world.  Students may also participate in practicum experiences through internships in the community or through study abroad.

*SPA 3333 Survey of Spanish Literature

*SPA 3335  Survey of Spanish-American Literature

*SPA 3339  Survey of Latino Literature

SPA 4333  Masterpieces of Hispanic Fiction

SPA 4334  Masterpieces of Hispanic Drama

SPA 4335  Masterpieces of Hispanic Poetry

SPA 4336  Independent Study

SPA 4338  Masterpieces of Afro-Hispanic Literature

(Prerequisite: 3000-level SPA literature course)

SPA 4390  Special Topics or Readings in Hispanic Culture

SPA 4093  Spanish Internship  (3-6 SH)

SPA 3020  Study Abroad in Spanish (1 – 6 SH)

SPA 4020  Study Abroad in Spanish (1 – 6 SH)

Students may also choose from the following list of courses, in consultation with their academic advisors and with the approval of the department chairperson.


AAS 3306  Negritude and Afrocentricity

ENG 3301  Introduction to Linguistics

ENG 3334  Literature of the African Diaspora

ENG 4355  Literary Criticism

HIS 3352 The African Presence in Mexico

HIS 3353 The African Presence in the Americas


*Any of the survey literature courses may count as electives if not already counted in the core.


Students may include up to fifteen (15) hours of study abroad credits for the Spanish major.


General major requirements

Students majoring in Spanish must satisfy all general education course requirements, complete the required major courses outlined, and take electives for a minimum total of 120 semester hours in order to graduate.  A grade of C or better is required in each major course.

Upon completion of all major requirements students must pass a standardized oral proficiency test (e.g., exit interview.) 

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