Feb 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog

Spanish Major, BA

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Spanish Major, BA (120 - 126 SH)

There are many reasons to study Spanish at Winston-Salem State University. A recent study by the Governor’s Office on the Hispanics/Latino presence in North Carolina shows that Hispanics/Latinos have accounted for over 25% of North Carolina’s population increase in the past 20 years, that the median age of North Carolina’s Hispanics/Latinos is 23, and that their purchasing power is in the millions of dollars. These reasons point to North Carolina as an important location for Hispanic/Latino immigration in the southern United States, making 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

Students graduating with a Spanish major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate oral communication in a variety of settings at the intermediate-high level proficiency.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension of spoken Spanish in real-life settings.
  3. Demonstrate effective writing skills through the completion of a capstone-writing project.
  4. Develop cross-cultural understanding and intercultural skills.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use knowledge of Spanish to participate in diverse, multicultural settings, and to live in a global society.

Requirements for the Spanish major

  1. Students must satisfy the general education course requirements.
  2. Students will complete 42 SH of course work beyond the intermediate (SPA 2311, SPA 2312) language sequence of courses.  These include 18 SH of breadth courses, 9 SH of depth courses, 12 SH of Spanish major electives and 3 SH of senior capstone course.
  3. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses taken in the major.
  4. Spanish majors are required to have a minor.

Major Curriculum

Foundation (6 SH)

SPA 2311   Intermediate Spanish I

*SPA 2312  Intermediate Spanish II

*Before taking courses in the major, students must have completed SPA 2312  , or show evidence that they have achieved an equivalent level of proficiency in Spanish.

Breadth Courses (18 SH)

The breadth courses in Spanish are introductory in nature and build on the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and also introduce students to cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.  These include 9 SH of composition and linguistics, 6 SH of conversation and pronunciation, and 3 SH of history and culture.

SPA 3310   Spanish Composition and Grammar

SPA 3311   Hispanic Civilization

SPA 3312   Spanish Phonetics

SPA 3316   Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation

SPA 4309   Advanced Spanish Conversation

SPA 4350   Senior Composition in Spanish

Depth Courses (9 SH)

Depth courses in the major allow students to explore more detailed content in Spanish/Spanish-American literatures, and cultures.  The following courses will be offered to meet the depth area requirement:

SPA 3333   Survey of Spanish literature

SPA 3335   Survey of Spanish-American Literature

SPA 3339   Survey of Latino Literature

SPA 4333   Masterpiece of Hispanic Fiction

SPA 4334   Masterpiece of Hispanic Drama

SPA 4335   Masterpiece of Hispanic Poetry

SPA 4336   Independent Study

SPA 4338   Masterpiece of Afro-Hispanic Literature

SPA 4340   Cervantes

SPA 4390   Special Topics or Readings in Hispanic Culture

Capstone (3 SH)

SPA 4391   Senior Seminar in Spanish

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

Spanish Major Electives (12 SH)

Major electives allow students to pursue special interests, and benefit from internships to deepen their knowledge of Hispanic culture.  Students may choose major electives from the following courses:

*SPA 3333  Survey of Spanish Literature

*SPA 3335  Survey of Spanish American Literature

*SPA 3339  Survey of Latino Literature

SPA 4333   Masterpiece of Hispanic Fiction

SPA 4334   Masterpiece of Hispanic Drama

SPA 4335   Masterpiece of Hispanic Poetry

SPA 4336   Independent Study

SPA 4093   Spanish Internship

*Any of the survey literature courses may count as an elective if not already counted in the depth area.

Related/Suggested Electives

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

AAS 3306   Negritude and Afrocentricity

HIS 3352   The African Presence in Mexico

HIS 3353   The African Presence in the Americas

ENG 3301   Introduction to Linguistics

ENG 3334   Literature of the African Diaspora

ENG 4355   Literary Criticism


Study Abroad for Spanish Majors

With the approval of the department, and in conjunction with the Office of International Programs, students may earn transferable credits from study abroad programs. Courses must have content related to the Spanish language or the Spanish-speaking world to transfer.  Students may include up to twelve (12) hours of study abroad transfer credits:

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

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


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