The Department of Foreign Languages offers courses designed to help the student develop skills in speaking, writing, reading, and understanding a foreign language. In doing so, this may enhance the student’s employment opportunities in a variety of ways, in addition to contributing to the student’s broad humanistic education.
Knowledge of Spanish, especially in combination with another field of study, provides countless opportunities for engaging and rewarding careers within the global economy. It may also create a unique opportunity for those studying education, as the demand for bilingual educators and English instruction increases. Spanish is a very global language, spoken as the first language in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. Many United States residents also speak Spanish as their native language.
The main objectives of the Spanish major program are to strengthen the student’s understanding and fluency in the language while teaching them about the culture behind it
A student may begin studying Spanish at the beginning level if necessary in courses SPAN 101-103, but SPAN 104 is the first course to be counted for the Spanish major. If the beginning-intermediate courses are taken, they will be counted as electives. Incoming students will be placed into the appropriate course based on their language assessment test and previous experience.
Spanish majors must plan their program with the consultation of their assigned major-advisor in the Department of Foreign Languages -- all decisions will be subject to the Chairperson’s approval. There is also a Spanish minor available.
Alpha Mu Gamma is a national collegiate foreign language honor society, sponsored by the Department, to recognize superior achievements of the student.
Study Abroad Option
Although it is not a requirement, Spanish majors are encouraged to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country for a summer, semester, or academic year in order to more fully immerse themselves in the language and culture. Interested students may choose from numerous accredited programs sponsored by both American and foreign countries, with approval from King’s College officials. Students should consult the Director of Study Abroad (Margaret Kowalsky) and their major-advisor in the Department of Foreign Languages for assistance.
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Compatible Majors and Minors
The Spanish major can be combined with any other major. Many of the combinations are possible within the 120 credit graduation requirement. Others may require additional credits which can be acquired through summer study or a course overload during the regular semester. The following are examples of second majors which can be completed by Spanish majors. Minors, which require fewer courses, are also available in many of these areas:
- Business Administration
- Computers and Information Systems
- Criminal Justice
- Elementary Education
- Health Care Administration
- Human Resources Management
- International Business
- Mass Communications
- Political Science
- Second major option
- Small classes conducted entirely in Spanish