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:
- Demonstrate advanced level proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply Spanish language use in real-life situations.
- Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between language learning and culture.
- Demonstrate understanding of the connections between Spanish and other disciplines after an extensive capstone research project.
- Develop cross-cultural understanding and intercultural skills.
- 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.)