Overview 

With Spanish being the fastest-growing foreign language in the U.S., choosing to study Spanish is not only a common sense decision, it’s an ideal one. Proficiency in Spanish, combined with your chosen major in business, nursing, education or another discipline, will make you a desirable candidate for any job. 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.

Minor

A baccalaureate degree at SMWC requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives, you need to complete at least 24 credit hours in Spanish and related courses.

Required Courses

18 credit hours required: all courses listed.

SP 211/212 Intermediate Spanish I/II
Campus | 3 each Credits
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Students review grammatical patterns through a variety of listening and reading activities as well as improve their own oral and written expression. Campus only. SP 211: Fall, every year. SP 212: Spring, every year. Course fee.

Campus 3 each Credits
SP 231 Spanish Conversation
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: Two semesters of college Spanish or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
SP 331 Spanish Grammar
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits
SP 351 Spanish Phonetics and Linguistics
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits
SP 434 Spanish Stylistics
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

Choose one of the following courses:

SP 371/HI 370 Latin American Life and Civilization
Campus | 3 Credits
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From a cross-cultural perspective, students conduct a 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.

Campus 3 Credits
SP 372 Spanish Culture and Civilization
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits

Choose one of the following courses:

SP 280 Topics in Spanish Studies
Campus | 1-3 Credit
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Covers at an intermediate level specific topics related to students interest or needs. As needed.

Campus 1-3 Credit
SP 291 Business Spanish
Campus | 3 Credits
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Students learn about the culture, economy and commerce of modern Spain and Latin American countries through the study of the political, social and economic aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Through readings and video as well as through oral and aural activities, students gain a solid foundation in commercial Spanish. Campus only. As needed. Prerequisite: Two semesters of college Spanish or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
SP 361 Survey of Literature in Spanish
Campus | 3 Credits
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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.

Campus 3 Credits
SP 480 Topics in Spanish Studies
Campus | 1-3 Credit
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This course covers literature and specific topics relative to student interest or needs. Repeatable. May be offered in conjunction with SP 280. As needed.

Campus 1-3 Credit

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

Career Paths

Foreign languages like Spanish provide you with marketable skills in media, business, education, government and social work. 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 skills are especially in demand in the following fields:

Education:

Foreign languages, particularly Spanish, have become a permanent part of middle and high school curriculum. Many states predict shortages of foreign language teachers at all levels of instruction, so demand for Spanish-speaking teachers is increasing.

Communications:

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.

Business:

With the increasingly global economy, many American companies are doing business with Spanish-speaking countries in Mexico, as well as Central and South America.