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Foreign Language

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Our Spanish professor, Dr. Robert Vest, is always willing to help any student interested in learning Spanish. His classes focus on teaching students to speak Spanish through communicative methods, while also focusing on developing students' cultural competency. Dr. Vest has travelled and lived in many Hispanic countries, especially México and Spain, which enriches his instruction.

Students who choose to complete a major or minor in Spanish will be able to take classes in Spanish that focus on the wonderful literature and cultures of the Hispanic world!

Dr. Vest is also the faculty sponsor of the University's Spanish club, which is involved in both cultural activities and civic projects, as well as Sigma Delta Pi, the international Spanish honor society.

For more information about the Spanish program or its student organizations, contact Dr. Robert Vest, assistant professor of Spanish, or Dr. Kate Lane, department chair.

Contact:

Dr. Robert Vest
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Vinson Hall 202
580-327-8466
rcvest@nwosu.edu


Clubs

Sigma Delta Pi (National Spanish Honor Society) 

Spanish Club

Spanish Major

The Foreign Language program offers a Spanish major that requires 40 credit hours. Be sure to check out the Course Schedule for times, dates, and locations of these courses. 

Required Courses (credit hours):
SPAN 1224: Elementary Spanish II (4)
SPAN 2151: Spanish Pronunciation (1)
SPAN 2183: Intermediate Spanish I (3) 
SPAN 2193: Intermediate Spanish II (3)
SPAN 3103: Intro to Hispanic Lit (3)
SPAN 3113: Peninsular/Spanish American Culture (3)
SPAN 4391: Internship (1)
SPAN 4501: Capstone (1)

Elective Courses (credit hours):
SPAN 3153: Topics in Hispanic Literature & Culture (3)
      *May be repeated for credit when course content changes.
SPAN 3183: Advanced Spanish I (3)
SPAN 3193: Advanced Spanish II (3)
SPAN 4103: Survey of Peninsular Literature (3)
SPAN 4183: Conversation (3)
SPAN 4193: Composition/Grammar (3)
SPAN 4223: Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)

Spanish majors must complete, as part of their requirements, SPAN 1114, or be placed into SPAN 1224 by CLEP or Examination.

Students with fewer than 70 credit hours may be able to test out of the first 12 credit hours of Spanish. 
For a detailed look at the descriptions for this major, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Spanish Minor

The Foreign Language program offers a Spanish minor that requires 23 credit hours. Be sure to check out the Course Schedule for times, dates, and locations of these courses. 

Spanish Minor Required Courses (credit hours):
SPAN 1114: Elementary Spanish I (4)
SPAN 1224: Elementary Spanish II (4)
SPAN 2183: Intermediate Spanish I (3) or 
SPAN 2193: Intermediate Spanish II (3)

*Select three 3000-level elective courses (9), chosen from the following:
SPAN 3103: Intro to Hispanic Lit (3)
SPAN 3113: Peninsular/Spanish American Culture (3)
SPAN 3153: Topics in Hispanic Literature & Culture (3)
SPAN 3183: Advanced Spanish I (3)
SPAN 3193: Advanced Spanish II (3)

*Select one 4000-level elective course (3), chosen from the following:
SPAN 4103: Survey of Peninsular Literature (3)
SPAN 4183: Conversation (3)
SPAN 4193: Composition/Grammar (3)
SPAN 4223: Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)

For a detailed look at the descriptions for this minor, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Careers for Spanish Students

What Can I Do with a Spanish Degree?

You'll have a leg up in the job market as employers will be looking for candidates with Spanish-speaking skills, plus being bilingual keeps your brain sharp. Being bilingual could also help you earn more money after graduation, and traveling abroad could become easier.

  • Immigration Officer
  • Translator
  • Government Officer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Medical Field
  • Broadcasting
  • Copy Editor
  • Customs Inspector
  • Diplomat
  • Flight Attendant
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Health Administrator
  • Historian
  • Hotel Manager
  • Import/Export Manager
  • International Banker
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • News Correspondent
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Counselor
  • Personnel Director
  • Publicist
  • Bilingual Educator
  • Buyer
  • Scientific Linguist
  • Social Worker
  • Special Agent/FBI
  • Speech Pathologist

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish:

SLO 1
Students will demonstrate oral proficiency in Spanish at the advanced level according to the standards adopted by the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

SLO 2
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship of cultural practices, products, and perspectives in the Spanish-speaking world, as well as compare them to those of their own culture.

SLO 3
Students will produce a significant research assignment in Spanish in which they synthesize and analyze data from primary and secondary sources to critique a specific cultural product or practice in the Spanish-speaking world.

SLO 4
Students will identify the primary arguments and supporting details in oral and written discourses as well as demonstrate the ability to formulate their own supported arguments in both presentational and interpersonal modes of communication.

SLO 5
Students will identify major cultural movements in world history and synthesize how such movements influenced both Spanish and Spanish American civilization and cultural production.

Course Rotation

Scholarship

The Foreign Language program offers the Dorothy Day Spanish Scholarship. The award is $500 and is given to a full-time continuing student minoring in Spanish. The student must have completed three semesters of Spanish coursework and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair by February 15.

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at https://my.nwfoundation.com/scholarships, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

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