The SRSU Spanish program offers students the opportunity to become proficient in Spanish by developing critical and thinking skills through the study of literature, linguistics, curriculum, pedagogy, cognition, and cultures. The program offers degree tracts in teaching certification and non-certification in the study of the Spanish language, the development of communicative proficiency, and the analysis of a wide range of literary and cultural production throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Our literature specialists and experienced language teachers will focus on advancing and refining the students’ written and oral communication skills, helping students gain a broad understanding of the diversity of Hispanic cultures, and helping them learn to analyze, critically engage, and interpret such texts as written works, cultural products, artifacts, and others.
The Spanish coursework is offered either as a residential setting or online. In both platforms, the students can count on receiving individual attention from professors, and on working in a friendly and supportive environment.
Given the geographic locations of the SRSU campuses, from the Chihuahua Desert through the Middle Rio Grande corridor, students can actively practice Spanish and improve their fluency and mutually benefit individuals in those communities. The active, vibrant Spanish club affords students activities and travel opportunities to learn from each other and celebrate Hispanic holidays with music, art, and culture.
Of her professors, Mirna Borunda writes, “. . . they helped me to better prepare not only how to teach my students to speak and write in Spanish, but they also taught me the importance of culture.”
The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish provides professional training for students interested in becoming certified to teach; students interested in preparing for careers in interpretation and translation; and students desiring to enter other career fields. An endorsement in English-as-a-Second-Language can be earned in addition to the degree in Spanish. The demand for college graduates with bilingual skills is steadily increasing. In addition, a strong background in Spanish can complement any field of study. Students may choose either teacher certification or non-certification.
For a minor in Spanish, students must complete SPAN 2311 and 2312; SPAN 3315 or 3316; and nine additional semester credit hours of Spanish courses, including six advanced hours.
Alpine Program Coordinator
Dr. Esther Daganzo-Cantens
RGC Program Coordinator
Dr. Veronica Mendez