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Languages and Cultures (BA) - Spanish Track Program

Administered by Department of Languages and Cultures

Effective Spring 2015

As per PRP3604: All students earning a first baccalaureate degree will take at least 30 of their last 45 credits at Bloomsburg University, no more credits are required than the 30 credits. All first baccalaureate students will take at least 50% of credits required for the Major from a PASSHE university. Bloomsburg University may require up to a maximum of 50% of the Major credits. Program exceptions to the policy are to be approved by the Office of the Chancellor.

A total of 33 semester hours is required for a major in Spanish. Students must receive a minimum grade of C in every course required for the major.

Required courses for the major include:

LANGCULT.200 Comparative Cultural Studies

LANGCULT.400 Comparative Language Studies

Spanish Track Course Requirements (24 credits):

SPANISH.203 Spanish III

SPANISH.204 Spanish IV

(By advisement, students may substitute SPANISH.203 and SPANISH.204 with Spanish electives if they place out of the courses on the Language Placement Test).

SPANISH.206 Structure of the Spanish Language

SPANISH.207 Conversation and Composition I

SPANISH.305 Applied Phonetics & Pronunciation

SPANISH.306 Conversation& Composition II

SPANISH.402 Advanced Conversation

SPANISH.420 Hispanic Literature

3 Credits by Advisement from the Following:

SPANISH.208 Spanish for Health Professions

SPANISH.209 Spanish for Social Services

SPANISH.210 Commercial Spanish

SPANISH.211 Spanish Culture & Civilization

SPANISH.212 Spanish American Culture & Civilization

SPANISH.213 U.S. Hispanic Cultures & Literatures

SPANISH.214 Hispanic Culture & Civilization

SPANISH.221 Spanish Culture through Film

SPANISH.222 Latin American Culture through Film

SPANISH.250 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I

SPANISH.281-9 Special Topics

SPANISH.290 Study Abroad

SPANISH.325 Spanish for Educators

SPANISH.331 Literary Analysis of Hispanic Texts

SPANISH.350 Spanish for Heritage Speakers II

SPANISH.390 Internship in Spanish

SPANISH.403 Advanced Structure & Composition

SPANISH.421 Latin American Literature

SPANISH.422 Hispanic Theater and Poetry

SPANISH.430 Hispanic Short Story

SPANISH.490 Independent Study

Secondary Education in Languages and Cultures additional requirement

LANGCULT.350 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

Immersion Experience Requirement:

Students earning a degree in Languages and Cultures are required to complete an immersion experience as determined by the Department of Languages and Cultures.

In many cases the immersion experience will transfer as a regular required course or as regular required courses from, for example, study-abroad programs. If the immersion experience does not have a direct course equivalent, then it will appear in the student's transcript as a special course Immersion Experience and carry 0-3 credits.

Goals and Objectives:

Languages and Cultures are inextricably entwined. The goal of immersion in a culture of a second language will be the student's application of knowledge of a second language in an authentic social context beyond the necessarily artificial environment of the classroom. The intent is that students experience the challenges and the gratification of living in another culture. In order to demonstrate proficiency, students in Languages and Cultures must experience the authentic and at times random and unpredictable applications of their knowledge of a second language.

An immersion experience allows students the opportunity to apply knowledge of a second language in an authentic cultural context.

At the completion of this course the student will:

1. have a better knowledge of how visual, acoustic, gestural, and ritual systems of the target culture.

2. be able to identify and/or explain how a specific foreign cultural community embedded in a dominant culture chooses to perform and present itself.

3. be able to recognize how an immersion experience might transform the individual's native cultural domain.


Assessment of student learning for the immersion experience is presently embedded in courses to be transferred or in the course assessment section of the Immersion Experience (LANGCULT.390) course.

Evaluations may be based on the following criteria emphasizing spoken and written assessments:

1. Oral reports, presentations using electronic media, individual interviews with the instructor, assignments requiring a second language applied outside the classroom, and extemporaneous speaking activities will be evaluated to determine students' progress in a second language in an authentic cultural context; these procedures apply to goals and objectives 1, 2, and 3.

2. Written essays, discrete written exercises on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, tests and quizzes incorporating both structured and extemporaneous writing, everyday applications of writing tasks (email, forms, blogs, etc.), may be evaluated to determine students' progress in a second language in an authentic cultural context; these procedures apply to goals and objectives 1, 2, and 3.

Education Majors - Students seeking Secondary Education Certification in Spanish must declare majors in both Spanish and Secondary Education (Spanish) and complete the full Spanish course sequence as well as the Secondary Education Professional Course and Certification requirements. Students must consult their advisers in both departments each semester regarding course selection and other certification requirements. Full program requirements for students seeking Secondary Education Certification in Spanish may be found at

Study Abroad in Cayey, Puerto Rico,: All language students are urged to seek opportunities to study abroad. An exchange and internship program with the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus and with the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. Exchange programs are open to all university students who have had at least two years of college Spanish.