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Introduction 

The mission of the Department of World Languages and Cultures is to provide high quality instruction in world languages, and to prepare students to be lifelong learners and engaged citizens through the critical study of the literatures and cultures associated with these languages.

As a Spanish Major, the language and critical thinking skills you develop through written and oral exposition, research, and service learning will enhance your career opportunities in today's global society and provide the basis for a lifetime exploration of multiple cultures and worldviews.

Admission to the Program 

  • Completion of SPAN 201, or
  • Placement Exam Score of 384 or higher, or
  • Transfer Credit Equivalent to SPAN 201

Degree Requirements 

The B.A. in Spanish consists of thirteen courses (39 credit hours):

  1. Ten required courses (listed in the table below)
  2. One Capstone Seminar at the Advanced Mid level (i.e., SPAN 350-399)
  3. Two elective courses at the Intermediate Mid level or above (i.e., SPAN 202 or above)
  4. An electronic portfolio of work done in the required courses
  5. Advanced Low level or above on both the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and the WPT (Writing Proficiency Test). Both tests are administered by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and are nationally recognized for assessing oral and written proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  6. One Writing Intensive Program Course: Majors in Spanish can meet the Writing Intensive Program (WIP) graduation requirement by taking LLAS 201 (WIP: History and Culture of Latinos).Visit the Center for Academic Writing on the fourth floor of the Ronald Williams Library for peer tutoring and other writing resources.

Courses 

Required Courses: Prerequisites: Portfolio Assessments:
Intermediate Mid: (SPAN 202-249)    
SPAN 224  Reading Comprehension SPAN 202, SPAN 211, or placement Mid-term evaluation (Rubric 5m)
SPAN 225  Composition I SPAN 202, SPAN 211, or placement Final composition (Rubric 5c)
Intermediate High: (SPAN 250-299)    
SPAN 252  Literary Genres SPAN 224 Mid-term evaluation (Rubric 6m)
SPAN 253  Composition II SPAN 225 Final composition (Rubric 6c)
Advanced Low: (SPAN 300-349)    
SPAN 314  Latin American Culture SPAN 253 Oral presentation (Rubric 7o)
SPAN 315  Spanish Culture SPAN 253 Oral presentation (Rubric 7o)
SPAN 321  Latin American Literature I SPAN 252 and SPAN 253 Mid-term evaluation (Rubric 7m)
SPAN 323  Latin American Literature II SPAN 252 and SPAN 253 Mid-term evaluation (Rubric 7m)
SPAN 326  Spanish Literature I SPAN 252 and SPAN 253 Mid-term evaluation (Rubric 7m)
SPAN 328  Spanish Literature II SPAN 252 and SPAN 253 Mid-term evaluation (Rubric 7m)  
Advanced-Mid: (SPAN 350-399)    
SPAN 350-399 Capstone seminar Consent of Instructor Final research paper (Rubric 8c)

Licensing Requirements 

Vist the K-12 Teacher Licensure page for the option to become an elementary or high school teacher of Spanish.

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

The Spanish Course Rotation Plan shows approximate times and campus locations of future course offerings.

Careers & Employment 

World language study can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. The ability to speak, read, write and comprehend another language is an asset in todays global workplace. World language majors typically have a variety of career options in both the public and private sectors. Many professionals who deal with the public, including teachers, law enforcement agents, medical personnel, and social service professionals, find that knowledge of a language other than English can be a real benefit. Multi-national corporations increasingly need employees with world language backgrounds to process documents and work as translators. A World Languages  Major or Minor will help you to communicate and interact with people from diverse backgrounds and will also help you to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity, to expand your knowledge of global issues, and perhaps ultimately to choose a career. Proficiency in more than one language is a valuable skill that enhances your occupational possibilities which may also give you a competitive edge in today's job market.

Program Contact Information 

Department of World Languages and Cultures Main Office Lech Welesa Hall 2039, 2040, 2041:

Paul Schroeder Rodriguez, Chair, Professor of Spanish
P-Schroeder-Rodriguez@neiu.edu
(773) 442-4279
Jeanette Hernández, Administrative Aide
J-Hernandez-Kalin@neiu.edu
(773) 442-4740
(773) 442-4748

Other 

Declare a Spanish Major with the Major Declaration Form.

Keep track of your courses with the Academic Course Record Form.

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