Spanish

The Spanish major enables students to become better communicators and more globally aware citizens. In addition to learning the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, students study foundational literary works in Spanish while learning to write and read effectively through sustained critical thought similar to English writing classes.

Fluent and flourishing

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Business
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Criminal justice
  • Education

Spanish is also valuable as a second major because it prepares students to use their knowledge and skills with a broader range of people: those who speak English and those who speak Spanish.

BVU hosts a Spanish Language Fair in which high schools are invited to campus to compete in Spanish-language events including a scavenger hunt, skits, and a language bowl. Each year we participate in the Spanish Undergraduate Conference in which students present original research among Spanish students from other universities.

We also lead a literacy class for adult members of the area’s native Spanish-speaking community who have not learned to read. Our students work with them to teach the basics of reading. It is an empowering and uplifting experience for both the students and the community.

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Organize and Volunteer

Fiesta Latina

Directly affiliated with a yearly Fiesta Latina event which is organized by RAICES, a club dedicated to Latinos and Hispanics at BVU and the local community. Students and members of BVU’s Spanish Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi) work with RAICES to organize volunteers and events at the fair. 

Internships

  • Mujeres entre mundos, Seville, Spain
  • Frontera de Cristo
  • Law Office of Pedro Escobar
  • ESL Program at Storm Lake Community Schools

Careers

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Elementary Spanish teacher
  • Spanish teacher

Graduate School

  • University of Rhode Island
  • Texas Tech University
  • San Diego State University
  • University of Iowa

Major in Spanish (34 credit hours)

  • SPAN 201 Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar and Conversation
  • SPAN 302 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 335 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 490 International Experience
  • SPAN 498 Senior Seminar

6-12 credit hours from

  • SPAN 308 Spanish in the Community
  • SPAN 311 Culture and Civilization of Spain
  • SPAN 312 Culture and Civilization of Latin America
  • SPAN 410 Survey of the Literature of Spain
  • SPAN 415 Survey of the Literature of Latin America
  • SPAN 430 Spanish Classics
  • SPAN 450 Special Topics

Minor in Spanish (28 credit hours)

  • SPAN 201 Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar and Conversation
  • SPAN 302 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 335 Introduction to Hispanic Literature

9 credit hours from

  • SPAN 308 Spanish in the Community
  • SPAN 311 Culture and Civilization of Spain
  • SPAN 312 Culture and Civilization of Latin America
  • SPAN 410 Survey of the Literature of Spain
  • SPAN 415 Survey of the Literature of Latin America
  • SPAN 430 Spanish Classics
  • SPAN 450 Special Topics
  • SPAN 490 International Experience
  • SPAN 498 Senior Seminar

Major in Spanish with Teaching Licensure (5-12 or K-12) (30 credit hours)

  • Spanish major or minor
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Elementary (K-8) foreign language endorsement may be added to the 5-12 teaching license with the addition of TEAC 414 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary Foreign Language (K-6). Other field experiences will include both elementary and secondary placements.

Faculty

Dr.   Steven  Mills

Steven Mills

Assistant Professor of Spanish

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Dr.   Jared  White

Jared White

Assistant Professor of Spanish

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Fifth Annual SUR Conference Hosted at Buena Vista University

Over forty undergraduates from BVU and other regional universities delivered research and other original works in a variety of different languages at this year's Spanish Undergraduate Conference.

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Fifth Annual SUR Conference Hosted at Buena Vista University