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SPANISH.

B.A. Degree in Spanish
Minor in Spanish

Degree in Spanish - Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

Cultivate your knowledge of Spanish language and culture to expand your prospects in the global workforce.

Spanish is the world’s second most spoken language with over 400 million people who claim it as their mother tongue. Catawba College students who study Spanish improve their employment prospects in the global workforce as international companies increasingly seek to hire those with multiple language proficiency.co-students6.jpg

Catawba College students who have Spanish language skills when they are admitted take language placement tests to determine their fluency. In this way, undergraduates taking Spanish classes can be appropriately placed in the correct Spanish level classes to allow their continued language growth.

Catawba’s Spanish program focuses principally on the development of practical language skills for use in commerce, social service, law enforcement, and teaching.


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish

Catawba College undergraduates who pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish focus on cultivating advanced language skills with additional work in culture and/or literature. A Catawba Spanish major equips students to learn Spanish well, but also provides them with a solid liberal studies background and a grounding in Catawba College’s core values of scholarship, character, culture and service.

Spanish majors are required to study in a Spanish-speaking country to hone their oral-aural skills.


Minor in Spanish

Catawba offers a minor in Spanish.


Spanish Program Highlights

Catawba College’s Modern Foreign Language faculty offer over 100 years of teaching experience to undergraduates.  Small class sizes in advanced level Spanish courses guarantee Catawba Spanish majors receive personal attention and assistance as they strive for mastery of their coursework and fluency in the Spanish language. And, the required hours to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish make it relatively easy for Catawba students to double major.

Internships in Spanish at Catawba College
Internships in Spanish.

Internships, service work and experiential learning opportunities involving the local Spanish-speaking population help cement knowledge of this modern foreign language for Catawba College Spanish majors.  Undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish have been tapped to serve as translators for local non-profits, such as the Mission of Mercy (MOM) free Dental Clinic, or as tutors of public school students for whom English is a second language.

Study Abroad Programs in Spanish at Catawba College
Study Abroad Programs in Spanish.

Language immersion and studying in country is a hallmark of modern foreign language study at Catawba College. Although undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish are required to have a study abroad experience in a Spanish-speaking country, they have complete freedom to choose their study abroad destinations. In recent years, Catawba College Spanish majors have returned from study abroad in Costa Rica, Argentina, and Mexico with much-enhanced fluency.

Catawba College offers special scholarships designated for Spanish majors studying abroad.

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Outcomes

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CAREERS WITH A DEGREE IN SPANISH.

Catawba College graduates are using their Spanish language skills in the following positions:

    • Peace Corps Volunteer, Panama
    • U.S. Government Aid Worker
    • Bilingual Law Enforcement Dispatcher
    • College Professor
    • Spanish Teacher
    • Physician
    • Lawyer
    • Social Worker
 
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Spanish majors at Catawba College are well-prepared for the next chapter in their education. 

After earning your undergraduate degree from Catawba College, you will be equipped with the knowledge and depth of learning to assure your success in whatever academic endeavor your pursue. Catawba Spanish graduates are competitive regardless of the institution they choose for their post-baccalaureate study.

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“I graduated from Catawba with degrees in Spanish and Business Administration.  After working in the dental field as an interpreter for one year, I made a career change and started as a Spanish teacher at Salisbury Academy in 2016.

"Thanks to Dr. [Michael] Wilson, who informed me of the Spanish position at Salisbury Academy, I am completing my second year and pursuing a master’s degree in teaching foreign language.”

Hannah Lewis ’15
Spanish and Business Administration Double Major

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PARTICIPATE. 

Keep your focus on all things Spanish by participating in Catawba’s Spanish Club. Or keep your focus international with membership in Phi Sigma Iota, the honor society in Foreign Languages at Catawba College.

Faculty

Dr. J. Michael Wilson

Dr. J. Michael Wilson, Chair and Professor of Spanish shares that his professional specialization is in Hispanic Linguistics (especially dialectology and historical grammar). He has a lived extensively in Mexico and has a particular interest in Latin America. In addition to Spanish, he speaks Portuguese well and Italian “somewhat.”

Alexandra Dietschi-Henderson

Professor Alexandra Dietschi-Henderson is an Instructor in Catawba College’s Modern Foreign Languages Department.  She teaches Spanish.

Jayne N. Ortiz

Professor Jayne N. Ortiz is an Instructor in Catawba’s Modern Foreign Languages Department.  She teaches Spanish.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Spanish
Required Courses for B.A. in Spanish

SPAN 2011, 2012 Intermediate Spanish I, II

6

SPAN 3021 Advanced Spanish Grammar

3

SPAN 3022 Advanced Spanish Composition

3

SPAN 3023 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Phonetics

3

SPAN 3024 Culture of Spain                  
OR 
              
SPAN 3025 Culture of Spanish America

3

Electives in Spanish selected from SPAN 2023 and/or 3000 level or above

12

SPAN 4301 Internship

3

SPAN 4401 Senior Project

1-3

 

Total:

34-36

NOTE: At least six (6) of the credit hours required for the major must be earned through a departmentally-approved program in a Spanish-speaking country.

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

SPAN 2011, 2012 Intermediate Spanish I, II

6

SPAN 3021 Advanced Spanish Grammar

3

SPAN 3022 Advanced Spanish Composition

3

SPAN 3023 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Phonetics

3

Electives in Spanish selected from SPAN 2023 and/or 3000 level or higher SPAN

3

 

Total:

18

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1001 ELEMENTARY SPANISH I (3 hours)
An introduction to the Spanish language, both oral and written.

1002 ELEMENTARY SPANISH II (3 hours)
A continuation of the introduction to the Spanish language.

2011 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I (3 hours)
A third-semester course which reinforces first-year proficiencies in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Cross-cultural aspects within contextual situations will be emphasized.

2012 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II (3 hours)
A fourth-semester course which further reinforces proficiencies in the basic language skills with additional emphasis on cultural diversities.

2023 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH CONVERSATION (3 hours)
An intensive second-year course which reinforces conversational skills on the intermediate level and offers an introduction to Spanish phonetics. Because of its different emphasis, this course may be taken in addition to SPAN 2012; at the discretion of departments which require intermediate proficiency, this course may be accepted in lieu of SPAN 2012 to satisfy this proficiency. Prerequisites: (1) Placement through Fall testing; or (2) Completion of SPAN 1001, 1002, and 2011.

2051 HISPANICS IN THE U.S. (3 hours)
An examination of Latino minority communities through film, literature, and interdisciplinary readings. All work will be done in English.

2052 HISPANIC CULTURE IN LITERATURE AND FILM (3 hours)
An examination of Peninsular and Latin American cultures through film, fiction, and drama. All work will be done in English.

3011 SPANISH LITERATURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY (3 hours)
A survey of Medieval, Renaissance, and Golden Age Spanish literature. All work will be done in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

3012 SPANISH LITERATURE 1700 TO PRESENT (3 hours)
A survey of Spanish Literature from the Enlightenment, Romanticism, the Generation of 1898, and the modern period. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

3013 SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE (3 hours)
A survey of the important works of Spanish American literature. All course work will be done in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

3021 ADVANCED SPANISH GRAMMAR (3 hours)
An intensive exploration of Spanish grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 2011 and 2012, and placement exam.

3022 ADVANCED SPANISH COMPOSITION (3 hours)
Intensive practice of compositional skills in Spanish, to include a variety of writing formats and writing strategies. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

3023 ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION AND PHONETICS (3 hours)
Intensive practice in oral skills in Spanish, including conversations and presentations, along with a thorough study of Spanish phonetics. All work will be done in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012

3024 CULTURE OF SPAIN (3 hours)
A study of the history, art, daily life, and various regional and national cultures of Spain. All course work will be done in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

3025 CULTURE OF SPANISH AMERICA (3 hours)
A study of the history, art, daily life, and various regional and national cultures of Spanish America. All course work will be done in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

3026 INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LINGUISTICS (3 hours)
A detailed examination of Spanish syntax, morphology, history or the language, and phonetics/phonology. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

3027 FOREIGN LANGUAGE METHODS (3 hours) An examination of the theoretical and practical issues, relating to the teaching of foreign languages. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

4001 SPANISH SEMINAR (3 hours)
Reading, discussion, independent research, and written reports on a topic selected by the department. All course work will be done in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

4002 SPECIAL TOPICS (3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of interest in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. All course work will be done in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

4003 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPANISH (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012.

4201 PRACTICUM (1-12 hours)
Applied projects or field experience under the direction of the departmental supervisor in Spanish, such as language instruction, specialized tutoring, translation or interpretation. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012, formalized plan, departmental supervisor, and permission of Department Chairperson.

4301 INTERNSHIP (1-12 hours)
Field experience in some aspect of Spanish with the formal evaluation, supervision, and direction provided by an outside agency in concert with the supervisory professor and student. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012, formalized plan, permission of coordinating professor, outside supervisor and department chairperson. Application must be approved in the semester preceding the one in which the internship is to be undertaken.

4401 SENIOR PROJECT (1-3 hours)
An individual, capstone experience for Majors taken in the student’s final semester which focuses on substantive research and formal presentation of a topic chosen by the student and under the direction of a department professor. All work will be done in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2012 and permission of Department Chair.