Foreign Languages

Go Global! Marywood's curriculum calls for every student to become "global trade literate, sensitive to foreign cultures, and conversant in different languages."  The University requires a foreign language component as part of its core liberal arts curriculum.

It's your first step toward a wide world of career options.  Exposure to different cultures and diverse people helps prepare you for study and travel abroad and local and international internships.

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Goals

Institutions of higher education recognize a pressing need in the United States today to prepare students to compete in a global marketplace. Now more than ever before this has translated into a need for colleges and universities to graduate students who can not only communicate in a second language, but who can put the skills they have learned in a foreign language classroom to work in fields as diverse as teaching, business, health and human services, law enforcement, medicine, fashion, information technology and government. The student who is able to communicate in another language develops a world consciousness, an increased cultural awareness that fosters understanding, and social concern for others.

To this end, the Department of Foreign Languages offers a major program in Spanish. The department also offers a major in International Business with concentration in Spanish in cooperation with the School of Business and Global Innovation. In today’s global economy, a combined business/language program affords students expanded opportunities for employment both in the United States and abroad.

Through their study of a foreign language students will be able to:

  1. engage in conversations, obtain information, express feelings and opinions according to their level of study.
  2. present information, concepts, and ideas on a variety of topics in the target language.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied and thereby appreciate the value and dignity they share with others.
  4. understand and interpret works of literary or artistic value.
  5. utilize resources essential for research, academic success, and lifelong learning.

Placement

In order to enable each student to continue progressing in second language study and to achieve the highest proficiency level possible, the Foreign Languages Department places students into classes primarily based on the number of years they have studied the language as well as their achievement level. Notice of this placement for each incoming student is provided to the Registrar and then communicated to advisors and students. We encourage students to continue with the same foreign language that they have studied in high school and to begin their study as early as possible in their college career.

General Requirements

Students with 4 years of high school language study

Students who have successfully completed four years of the same foreign language in high school are placed into upper level language classes. These students may complete the University’s foreign language requirement with three credits provided that these three credits are taken above the 212 level.

Students with 0-­3 years of high school language study

These students are required to take six credits in the same language at the level appropriate to their prior language preparation as determined by the Foreign Languages Department. Students who register for courses at a level that the Foreign Languages Department faculty has decided is not appropriate to their previous preparation will not fulfill the school-wide foreign language requirement. Levels 101-102 will fulfill the foreign language requirement only for those students with no prior study of that foreign language.

Any student seeking a waiver of the foreign language requirement must receive a passing score on the CLEP exam.

General Requirements- Bilingual students

• Native speakers of a commonly taught foreign language other than English may take one course beyond the 212 level as recommended by the Foreign Languages Department in that same language either at Marywood (if offered) or elsewhere (with prior approval of the department), or they must take and pass an advanced level CLEP exam in that language.

• Native speakers of a lesser taught foreign language may find that no CLEP exam or advanced level college course in that language exists. In this case the student may take one upper level course taught in the English language as determined and approved by the Foreign Languages Department. NOTE: This course may not be concurrently used to fulfill any other requirements in the Core Curriculum.

• Should it be determined that a native speaker of a foreign language would benefit from additional English language study, LANG 101 and 102 would be required to fulfill the foreign language requirement. NOTE: This sequence may not be concurrently used to fulfill any other requirements in the Core Curriculum.

Any student wishing to begin study of a foreign language not previously studied must take two elementary level courses (101 and 102) in that new language in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Degree Requirements

Credits required for Spanish

Major: 33
Core: 40
Electives: 53
Total to Graduate: 126

Requirements — Majors and Minors

Major Programs

All non-education foreign language majors must complete 33 semester hours in the major language, excluding 101 and 102.

Spanish Major

A student must take 33 semester hours of Spanish language courses selected from among the following for a major. Students should consult the following list of required (*) and elective (**) courses. NOTE: Spanish 211-212 or Spanish 223 are only required if students begin their study at those levels.

* SPAN 211-212 Intermediate Spanish(depending on student placement level as determined by Foreign Languages Department)
3,3
** SPAN 223 Spanish for Reading and Review(depending on student placement level as determined by the Foreign Languages Department)
3
* SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
** SPAN 280 Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films
3
**SPAN 290 Visions of Spain through Art and Architecture 3
* SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
* SPAN 302-303 Introduction to Hispanic Literature I,II
3,3
** SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
**SPAN 306 Spanish for Professionals
3
**SPAN 307 Medical Spanish 3
** SPAN 310 Contemporary Hispanic Issues
3
** SPAN 321 Literature of the Golden Age
3
* SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
**SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
**SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S.
3
**SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
* SPAN 330 Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
3
** SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest
3
* SPAN 333 Spanish Civilization
3
** SPAN 337 Commercial Spanish
3
* SPAN 340 Hispanic Women Writers
3
** SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3
** SPAN 399 Special Topics
3
** SPAN 410 Spain Through the Works of Federico Garcia Lorca
3
** SPAN 421 Modern Spanish Novel
3
** SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel
3
SPAN 499 Independent Study in Spanish
3

Majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad with prior approval of course selections by the department chair.

* Required
**Elective

K-­12 Certification in Spanish

The major in Spanish Education requires 30 semester hours, excluding 101 and 102 for students seeking K-12 educational certification. In addition to these 30 hours all education students must complete ENGL 400, Structure of Linguistics. Please note that the curriculum requirements leading to certification are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Spanish Education majors must consult and adhere to the Education Department requirements regarding coursework, admission, and retention criteria. Elementary education students who wish to concentrate Spanish and students seeking certification in a second language must complete 18 semester hours in language exclusive of 101 and 102. The sequence of courses must be approved by the Foreign Language chairperson.

Transfer students at the junior level who are Foreign Language majors are required to take a minimum of 15 foreign language credits at Marywood.

Minor Programs, Spanish

Increasing numbers of students are opting to minor Spanish as they realize the practical career advantage of combining language study with their major field. Students who choose to minor in Spanish may select courses in conversation, culture, literature, and film, as well as courses that service specific career interests.

Minor in Spanish (18 credit)

This minor program in Spanish is ideal for those students beginning their language study at the advanced elementary or intermediate levels and would complement any major area of study. The minor could include:

SPAN 211-212

OR SPAN 223

Intermediate Spanish I & II or Spanish for Reading and Review OR SPAN 223 (depending on student placement as determined by the
Foreign Languages Department)
(3,3)(3)
SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
SPAN 330 Advanced Composition and Conversation
3
SPAN 300 or 400 level Electives as needed
3

Minor in Latino Studies (18 Credit)

The Latino Studies minor provides students with an enhanced understanding of the culture, history, language, literature, and arts of both Latinos in the United States and the people of Latin America. Through coursework in the area of Latino Studies, students prepare for careers in teaching, government, the media, health care, business, law, and the arts, among others. The requirements for the Latino Studies minor are listed below: 

Track A: Student with 4 or more years of high school Spanish

Required Core Spanish Language Courses: (6-9 credits depending on student placement and level of oral proficiency in Spanish)

*SPAN 223

Spanish for Reading and Review 3
*SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
*SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
*SPAN 330 Advanced Conversation and Composition
3

Required Latino Culture Course: (3 credits)

*SPAN 310 

Contemporary Hispanic Issues 3
*SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3

Two or Three Electives: (6-9 credits depending on whether student has taken 6 or 9 credits of Core Spanish Language Courses above)

*SPAN 280

Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films 3
*SPAN 303  Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (Latin America)
3
*SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
*SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
*SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S. 3
*SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
*SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest 3
*SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel 3

NOTE: All students are required to perform 20 hours of service working with and benefiting the local Hispanic Community. A service log with verifiable signatures will be required to receive the minor. All courses in the minor are taught in Spanish.

Track B- Student with 2-3 years of high school Spanish (take SPAN 211-212 before beginning minor)

Required Core Spanish Language Courses: (9 credits)

*SPAN 223

Spanish for Reading and Review 3
*SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
*SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
*SPAN 330 Advanced Conversation and Composition
3
OR
SPAN 330 Advanced Composition and Conversation 3

Required Latin American / Latino Culture Courses: (3 credits)

*SPAN 310

Contemporary Hispanic Issues 3
OR
*SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3

Two Electives From The Following: (6 credits)

*SPAN 280

Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films 3
*SPAN 303  Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (Latin America)
3
*SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
*SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
*SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S. 3
*SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
*SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest 3
*SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel 3

NOTE: All students are required to perform 20 hours of service working with and benefiting the local Hispanic Community. A service log with verifiable signatures will be required to receive the minor. All courses in the minor are taught in Spanish.

Minor in Spanish for Professionals (18 credits)

The Spanish for Professionals minor is designed for students preparing for a career path in public service. These professional paths include health care (nursing, physician assistant, pre-med, communication science and disorders, music therapy, athletic trainer), social work, criminal justice, psychology, education, counseling etc. Course requirements vary according to the student’s previous experience and entry level as determined by the Foreign Languages Department. They include:

Track A: Student with 4 or more years of high school Spanish

Required Core Spanish Language Courses: (9 credits)

**SPAN 223  Spanish for Reading and Review 

3
OR
*SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
*SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
OR
*SPAN 330 Advanced Composition and Conversation 3
*SPAN 306 Spanish for Professionals 3
OR
*SPAN 307 Medical Spanish 3

Required Latino Culture Course: (3 CREDITS)

*SPAN 310 

Contemporary Hispanic Issues 3

OR

*SPAN 350

The Latino Condition in the U.S.

3

Two Electives: (6 CREDITS)

*SPAN 280

Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films 3
*SPAN 303  Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (Latin America)
3
*SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
*SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
*SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S. 3
*SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts 3
*SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest 3
*SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel 3

NOTE: All students are required to perform 20 hours of service working with and benefiting the local Hispanic Community. A service log with verifiable signatures will be required to receive the minor. All courses in the minor are taught in Spanish.

Track B- Student with 2-3 years of high school Spanish (take SPAN 211-212 before beginning minor)

Required Core Spanish Courses: (15 Credits)

*SPAN 211-212 Intermediate Spanish I, II
3,3
*SPAN 223 Spanish for Reading and Review
3
*SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
*SPAN 306 Spanish for Professionals
3
OR
*SPAN 307 Medical Spanish 3

Required Latin American/Latino Culture Courses: (3 CREDITS)

*SPAN 310 Contemporary Hispanic Issues 3
OR
*SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3

Two Electives from the following: (6 CREDITS)

*SPAN 280 Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish Speaking Films 3
*SPAN 303 Introduction to Hispanic Literature II (Latin America)
3
*SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
*SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
*SPAN 326 Latino Writers in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 328 The History of Latinos in the U.S.
3
*SPAN 329 Latino Popular Culture and the Arts
3
*SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest
3
*SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel
3

NOTE: All students are required to perform 20 hours of service working with and benefiting the local Hispanic Community. A service log with verifiable signatures will be required to receive the minor. All courses in the minor are taught in Spanish.

International Business

A major in International Business with a concentration in Spanish requires 21 credits in Spanish exclusive of 101 and 102. International Business majors should consult with an advisor in the Foreign Languages Department before registering for language courses.

Foreign language requirements for International Business in Spanish are:

SPAN 211-212

OR SPAN 223

Intermediate Spanish I & II (3,3) or Spanish for Reading and OR SPAN 223 Review (3) (depending on student placement as determined by the Foreign Languages Department)
3,3
SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
SPAN 333 Spanish Culture and Civilization
3,3
SPAN 337 Commercial Spanish
3
SPAN XXX Elective
3

The business component requires 45 credits as outlined by the School of Business and Global Innovation. Students are encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad or to complete an internship utilizing foreign language skills.

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics with Spanish Emphasis

Students following the Spanish Emphasis DP curriculum option must complete a minimum of 18 credits, approved by the Foreign Languages Department, in Spanish before graduation. At least half of these credits must be earned through Marywood University. Additionally, students following this curriculum study abroad in a Latin American country for a portion of the spring semester of their senior year. During the semester abroad, the students complete Spanish credits in addition to any other outstanding required credits to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree. This curriculum option enhances the graduates’ cultural competence and better prepares them to serve the Hispanic population.


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