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Spanish

The Spanish major enhances students’ cultural awareness and understanding for success in our diverse world. The Spanish major combines in-class curriculum with real-world experiential learning through literature, history, translation, and opportunities to study abroad.  Students graduating with a degree in Spanish have a competitive edge in a variety of fields such as business, international development, social service, education, and marketing as well as in the many regions of the United States that are home to large Spanish-speaking communities.

 

Spanish Major Quick Facts

  • The major in Spanish consists of 30 or 32 semester hours of study in the target language, depending on the student’s point of entry into the program.
  • Spanish majors must complete a minimum of 5 semester hours in a department-approved study abroad program in Spain and Latin America as part of the total hours for the major.
  • Teaching Assistant from Spain assists with conversation classes and cultural events.
  • Awards and Internships are available through the Department.
  • Ohio Teacher Licensure in Spanish is available to students who want to teach at the K-12 level.
  • Alpha Mu Gamma is a national foreign language honorary. Exceptional world language students are invited to join by the Department.
  • Hispanic Organization Latin America (H.O.L.A.) is a student-led organization on campus that seeks to educate the community on Hispanic culture and diversity on the University of Mount Union campus.
  • Study Abroad Club is a student-led organization that promotes international education.
  • The North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain scholarship program is available to students.

Curriculum

As a Spanish major at Mount Union, you will be exposed to several different aspects of Hispanic culture while gaining speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. You’ll also be able to put all that you have learned to the test through a study abroad experience that will allow you to hone your language skills and experience the culture of a Spanish-speaking country first hand.

SPANISH LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Spanish major at the University of Mount Union focuses on several different aspects of Hispanic culture. Spanish majors will gain speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills of the Spanish language. The living patterns, social structure, and value systems of the Spanish culture will be discussed along with Spanish literatures. Students will be able to understand the cultures and civilizations of Spanish speaking people along with an understanding of the careers and professions available to Spanish majors. Lastly, Spanish majors will spend a period of time living and learning in Spain, Costa Rica, Chile, or Mexico, experiencing the culture first-hand.

Student organizations include Alpha Mu Gamma, the foreign language honorary society, Study Abroad Club, Hispanic Organization Latin America (HOLA) and the Association of International Students. Spanish degree graduates can choose from career opportunities such as public relations, teaching, business, social work, government service, scientific research, various technical occupations and legal and medical services. Many students also continue on to graduate study.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENTS

  • Students will achieve the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to function in an environment where Spanish is used exclusively. 
  • Students will demonstrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Language at the ACTFL Advanced-Low Level
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultures and civilizations of the principal groups of people who speak Spanish, from a variety of perspectives, including the historical, geographical, sociopolitical, literary and artistic.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of foreign languages to professions and careers.

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