Spanish at BC

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Spanish Major

Want to translate, work in human services or government fields, or teach English as a secondary language? Your Spanish degree from Bridgewater College can prepare you for those opportunities and so much more.

Spanish Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. All majors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test, or complete SPAN 201-202 in order to begin the 30 hours of advanced work required. Twenty-four hours of advanced work must be taken on campus. The remaining 6 credits may include study abroad courses. Consists of 30-36 hours, depending on placement: SPAN 201 and SPAN 202 or placement at the advanced level.

Both of the following:

An advanced study of the most important grammatical structures of Spanish and extensive practice of these structures in the context of the skill areas of listening speaking reading writing and cultural competency. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

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Provides the tools to develop and enhance students writing skills. Focuses on the skills involved in writing in a second language. Through a variety of writing techniques and reading material such as newspaper and magazine articles essays among others students broaden their vocabulary and learn how to write creatively and critically. May be taken more than once provided different topics are covered. Prerequisites SPAN 202 or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3
 

One of the following:

Develops and improves oral and listening skills broadens vocabulary and strengthens grammar. Engages students in functional daily conversations and expression of opinions on culture and current issues. Includes writing component related topics in the readings. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Reinforces more advanced syntactical structures of the language. Further develops these and vocabulary through expository persuasive argumentative and debate style speaking. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Both of the following:

The historical development of Spain including consideration of geography as well as political social economic intellectual and artistic factors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

The historical development of Spanish-speaking and Latin America including consideration of geography as well as political social economic intellectual and artistic factors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

One of the following:

Representative authors works and literary movement of Spain including social and historical background. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites PDP-150 or PDP-350 and SPAN-202 General Education literature

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Representative authors works and literary movements of Latin America including social and historical background. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3
 

And 6 credits of electives from SPAN courses numbered 300 or above; plus 6 additional credits from study abroad or other Spanish--language experience at the advanced level.

Activities and Clubs

Join the World Languages Club. Practice your language skills and participate in language and culture-related activities.

Gain valuable experience through internships in social services, businesses and area public schools, including:

  • The Collins Center-Shelter for Abused Women
  • Harrisonburg ESL program
  • Department of Human Services
  • Walt Disney World (semester off-campus, summer)

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your Spanish degree?

Like recent world languages graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • George Mason University (Teaching ESL)
  • Liberty University (Education)
  • Mercer University, McAfee School of Theology (Divinity & Clinical Counseling)
  • Middlebury College (Spanish, Japanese)
  • National Defense University, Department of Defense
  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland (Education)
  • University of Utah (French, Arabic)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Pharmacy)
  • Virginia Tech (Teaching ESL)

Or pursue a career with employers such as:

  • Banks
  • Bilingual/Translating Services
  • Department of Defense
  • Disney World Resorts
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Social Security Office
  • State Department
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)