Spanish

When you choose to study Spanish, you not only learn a new language different from your own, but you also learn about other people: their culture, their history, and their literature.

About the Spanish Minor

At The Woods, you will take courses in:

  • Basic language skills 
  • Conversation
  • Grammar 
  • Writing

Spanish minors focus on oral communication and written skills, with a possible emphasis on translation or international business. You will become well acquainted with geography, history, customs and traditions of other countries through the study of literature, film, music and video. Extensive use of the language center augments oral and writing proficiency. During the semester or during breaks in the school year, you are encouraged to study in an area where Spanish is spoken. Our faculty are happy to help you continue your language study during an immersion experience wherever your language of choice is studied.

Spanish is the fastest growing language in the United States. Proficiency in Spanish will improve your chances for employment. You may want to combine your Spanish studies with courses in business, english, journalism, education, equine studies or another discipline.

Benefits

Foreign languages provide you with marketable skills in:

  • Media
  • Business
  • Education
  • Government work
  • Social work

Spanish Minor - (24 credit hours)

A baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Spanish minor you need to complete at least 24 credit hours in Spanish and related courses.

Required Courses

18 credit hours required: all courses listed.

Students review grammatical patterns through a variety of listening and reading activities as well as improve their own oral and written expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Campus only. Course fee applies.

Students review grammatical patterns through a variety of listening and reading activities as well as improve their own oral and written expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Campus only.Course fee applies.

Students practice and enhance their communication skills progressing from specific functions and situations to free conversations and debates. Students participate in a variety of activities designed to refine listening and speaking through the active use of authentic materials describing life and society in Spain and Latin American countries. Video (film, television, travel and music) and audio (radio, music and literature) are important components.Campus only. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish or Instructor‘s consent.

Students conduct an advanced study and practice the structure of modern Spanish in its component parts (verb tenses, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, etc.). Concepts are illustrated by authentic written and audiovisual materials, so that students use grammar in context. Campus only. As needed. Course fee applies.

Students conduct an in-depth study of the history and phonology of the Spanish language to improve their understanding and pronunciation of Spanish. Concepts are illustrated by authentic audio and visual materials. Campus only. As needed. Course fee applies.

Students conduct an advanced study of the process of writing in Spanish. A variety of authentic writing models that illustrate various functions and style serve as references. Students use audio and video, as well as texts, to practice and refine their composition skills. As needed. Campus only. Prerequisite: SP 331.

Choose one:

3 hours required: all courses listed.

From a cross-cultural perspective, students conduct study of the history and cultures of Spanish-speaking areas in the world from colonialism to the modern day by using a variety of materials including video, slides, music and poetry. In English. Campus only. As needed.

From a cross-cultural perspective, students study the origins and development of the Spanish people, their culture and the development of the Spanish nation into modern times by using a variety of materials including video, slides, music and readings. In English. As needed.

Choose one:

3 hours required: all courses listed.

Students conduct historical and critical studies of the principal authors and literary movements of Spain and Latin American countries and discuss orally and in written form the works considered. As needed.

This course covers literature and specific topics relative to student interest or needs. Repeatable. May be offered in conjunction with SP 280. As needed.

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Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Education is a field, which is growing fast, as school districts are instituting foreign languages programs in the elementary schools (FLEX - Foreign Languages Exploration - and FLES - Foreign Languages in the Elementary School) as well as in the middle schools. Many states predict shortages of language teachers at all levels of instruction.

Combined with a major or minor in digital media communication or computer information systems, the Spanish minor can open doors of opportunity for careers in instructional design as well as in language and humanities centers.

With the increasingly global economy, many American companies are doing business with Spanish-speaking countries in Mexico, as well as Central and South America. Metropolitan areas around the United States and many regions of the south contain high percentages of Spanish-speaking people; the ability to speak Spanish enhances anyone's resume and improves chances to get a job in business, education, social services, computer-information technology, and any other field.

Spanish minors are encouraged to work with the Office of Career Development staff and to become familiar with professional experience opportunities and other resources. Professional experience opportunities include internships, externships and supplemental learning experiences.

Career Preparation

Your knowledge of and familiarity with languages and diverse cultures around the globe can give you the edge. In addition, studying languages can provide you with some of the qualities which employers desire most in employees:

  • Critical thinking 
  • Personal communication 
  • Oral and written skills

Not only can you use these skills in a different language, but you can easily transfer them to enhance your English skills.

More details on degree requirements

Learn More

For further information, email Peggy Berry, M.A., M.B.A.