Upon completion of the minors, students will be able to:  

  • Communicate orally and in writing with a variety of audiences, concerning varied topics, and for multiple purposes.
  • Control grammar and vocabulary necessary for oral and written communication, including simple published or publicly presented materials for a native-speaking audience.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of culturally authentic materials in the modern language.
  • Understand basic cultural behaviors and communication patterns used by native speakers, especially as such practices contrast with those of the student’s home culture.
  • Begin to appreciate the arts associated with the cultures of countries and U.S. communities where the language is spoken.
  • Use the language in complex situations requiring explanation, argumentation, conflict mediation, and abstract discussion of current issues.
  • Use a collaborative approach to writing and oral communication, moving from interpersonal conversation, to small group discussion, to presentational styles.
  • Conduct research and examine perspectives for use in speaking and writing.

Spanish Major

In addition to the outcomes for the minors, upon completion of the major in Spanish, students will be able to:

  • Write academic essays using correct grammar, including verb tense, aspect, and mood.
  • Observe standard usage of writing mechanics: punctuation, accentuation, and spelling.
  • Acquire vocabulary adequate to participate in specialized sub-disciplines (literature, culture, linguistics).
  • Be familiar with the geography, history, and civilization of Spain and Latin America.
  • Be able to identify major painters and their most important paintings, as well as sites that are architecturally, archeologically, or historically important.
  • Be familiar with the works of significant Spanish/Latin American authors.
  • Understand the systemic nature of the components of the Spanish language: sound system, syntax, and semantics.
  • Be familiar with the general principles of language acquisition and processing, and of linguistic change as reflected in the example of Spanish.
  • Read journal articles pertaining to Spanish linguistics with understanding.
  • Improve pronunciation and oral communication skills to achieve a professional level (ACTFL Level 3).
  • Know the literary movements affecting Spain and Latin America.
  • Understand Spanish/Spanish-American social justice issues.

Candidates for Teaching Certification (an option for the major) should also be able to:

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of language acquisition theory and problem areas of the Spanish language for both native-speaking and non-native-speaking learners, K-12.
  • Demonstrate competence in the preparation and use of Spanish-language teaching materials.

Core outcomes represented above

  • Effective Communication: to write and speak clearly and persuasively and to convey meaning effectively in non-verbal contexts.
  • Global and Historical Consciousness: to understand and be sensitive to the ways humans have been influenced by cultural, religious, and ethnic traditions, by economic forces, and by environmental opportunities and limitations.
  • Aesthetic Engagement: to realize the significant role that aesthetic experience and the visual/performing arts play in shaping meaningful lives.
  • Social Justice: to use ethical decision-making skills to evaluate the consequences of personal behavior as well as the policies and practices of groups and systems.
  • Critical and Creative Thinking: to analyze information logically and to utilize and transform knowledge in fair-minded, purposeful, and imaginative ways.
  • Research: to synthesize the gathering, evaluating, and interpreting of data in a study or creative work that can be shared with a community of scholars.