Spanish

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at St. Edward’s prepares you for a rewarding career in the exciting fields of international business, foreign relations, government or public service. This degree will allow you to realize your dreams of traveling internationally, meeting individuals of diverse backgrounds and pursuing an enriching, professional career.

Through coursework and a language-immersion experience, you’ll develop speaking, reading and writing proficiency in Spanish — one of the top three world languages and the second most common language in the United States. You’ll be encouraged to study abroad and/or complete an internship in Spanish.

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Overview:

As a BA in Spanish major, you’ll study the language as well as the history, music, art, literature and politics of Spanish, Latino and Hispanic cultures. And you’ll gain Spanish fluency in tandem with skills specific to your particular career interest, such as translation or Spanish-language instruction.

Most students select this degree with the goal of working in international business, legal interpretation or language translation or for government agencies such as immigration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the CIA or the FBI. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and immersion experiences — allows you to learn more about career options and the choice of doing graduate work.

With a BA in Spanish, graduates may work in a variety of careers. For example, you could become a translator for an international news service, a case manager for a nonprofit that supplies services for Spanish speakers, or an employee of a multinational company such as Nike®, IBM® or Ford Motor Company®. Advanced degrees in law are required for further opportunities within the U.S. State Department or for teaching on the college level.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (36 CREDIT HOURS):
Intermediate Language Courses Advanced students may be exempt; see the area coordinator.
• Reading and Listening Comprehension
• Practical Conversation
• Topics in Hispanic Studies (may be taken by advanced students)
Required Courses
• Grammar and Composition I
• Grammar and Composition II
• Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
• Senior Seminar
Electives
GROUP I:
Choose two courses from the following group:
• Introduction to Latin American Literature
• Introduction to Spanish Literature
• Topics in Latin American Literature
• Hispanic Children's Literature
• Advanced Topics in Spanish
GROUP II:
Choose two courses from the following group:
• Culture and Civilization of Latin America
• Spanish and Culture Civilization
• Mexican-American Cultural Experience
• Political and Economic Culture of Latin America
• Topics in Spanish
• Topics in Hispanic Culture
GROUP III:
Choose one course from the following group:
• Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
• Advanced Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
• Spanish for Careers
• Introduction to Business Spanish
• Introduction to Translation
• Directed Study for Experience Abroad
• Professional Oral Communication
• Advanced Business Spanish
• Internship in Spanish
• Language-Instruction Internship

Consult with an advisor to choose one of the following courses to complement an area of interest:
• Comparative Languages, Literatures and Cultures
• Intercultural Communication
• Contemporary World Issues
• Special Topics in Literature (When topic is Hispanic/Latino literature)
• Economics of Latin America
• History of Mexico
• History of Latin America
• Politics and Governments of Latin America
• Topics: US Latin American Relations
• Topics: Brazil
• Topics: Spain
• Religion in Latin America

V. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VI. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.