Foreign language programs
Your language study at Northwestern will include cross-cultural opportunities around the world and outside your door as you learn about breaking through barriers. In addition to spending a semester abroad, you might accompany professors as they translate in the courtroom or hospital.
|Spanish electives (beyond Spanish 202) 6 credits **
|Semester Abroad 12 credits ***
|SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture
(3 credits) Combined study of intermediate language and culture. Study of primary sources in print, audio and visual forms to develop appreciation for the ways culture in general and the language's culture in particular shape a variety of social contexts. Building on previously acquired ability in Spanish, continued study of language in a communicative context with considerable emphasis upon precision and expansion of linguistic skills. Prerequisite: SPA201, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.
|SPA 311 - Advanced Spanish Conversation *
(1 credit) The main goal of this course is to improve oral communication, which includes speaking as well as listening, comprehension. Since successful communication also involves cultural awareness of the Spanish speaker's feelings, thoughts and attitudes, part of this course involves studying sources of these important underlying constructs. Prerequisite: SPA202 or equivalent proficiency.
|SPA 312 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
(3 credits) Advanced development of writing skills and a review of difficult grammar concepts. Students will be expected to write in a variety of contexts. Emphasis will be on the writing process. The majority of the assignments will be completed in steps including multiple drafts. Additionally, students will be expected to review grammar and complete some grammar exercises. Prerequisite: SPA202 or equivalent proficiency.
|SPA 314 - Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature
(3 credits) Advanced development of reading skills and strategies and an introduction to Hispanic literature and literary topics. Students will learn how to effectively read a literary text in Spanish. Attention will be paid to strategies for understanding context through vocabulary and grammar recognition. Additionally students will be introduced to the literary genres and cultural contexts of the texts they study as well as pertinent critical commentary. Prerequisite: SPA202 or equivalent proficiency.
|SPA 376 - Study Abroad Cross-Cultural Preparation
(1 credit) Lack of cross-cultural competence and sensitivity is a prominent cause of much
frustration and anger between visitors to a country and the individuals living
in that country. In preparation for their semester study abroad, in this course
students will learn common cross-cultural skills and become aware of the joys
and challenges they will face in those months. They will also spend time
learning about the country in which they will be studying so they are
well-versed in the basic historical, political, economic, social and cultural
issues that country has dealt with and is dealing with. Prerequisite:
Acceptance into a study abroad program approved by Northwestern College for
|SPA 377 - Enhancing the Study Abroad Experience
(1 credit) Semester study abroad trips have two interweaving tracks: the external
experience, where we encounter the new world in which we are living, and the
internal experience, where we visit new places with ourselves. Writing a
journal affords the student the opportunity to wrap these two journeys together
and end up with a vibrant account of his/her experience - a keepsake that helps
him/her remember and learn from the semester study abroad. Thus, a travel
journal is the ultimate souvenir. To complete the requirements for this course,
students will write a journal during their semester study abroad experience as
well as write a final essay reflecting on both the semester abroad and their
entire foreign-language collegiate experience. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a
study abroad program approved by Northwestern College for Spanish majors.
|Choose one course: 3 credits
|SPA 351 - Survey of Hispanic Literature from Spain
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of peninsular Spanish literature from El Cid to the present. Emphasis upon major literary movements and their representative masterpieces. Prerequisite: SPA314 or permission of instructor.
|SPA 352 - Survey of Hispanic Literature from the Americas
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of Spanish Latin-American literature from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis upon major literary movements and their representative masterpieces. Prerequisite: SPA314 or permission of instructor.
|Total credits required: 35
* 1 credit course, repeated a minimum of 3 different semesters. Additional credits may be applied towards Spanish electives.
** Students may substitute 3 credits from either French or German languages.
*** Students must study Spanish abroad in a Spanish-speaking country through an approved program (the list of approved programs to complete the semester abroad requirement for the Spanish major is available from the chair of the Modern Foreign Languages department, Registrar’s Office or Career Development Center director).
For students seeking the secondary teaching endorsement in Spanish:
- Students must earn a minimum of 85% accuracy on the language pronunciation exam prior to student teaching. The pronunciation test score must be on file in the registrar’s office by the end of the semester prior to graduation.
- LAN308, Methods of Teaching Secondary Foreign Language is required
- TESL307, Methods in TESL is recommended