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.
Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:
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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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.
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.