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BHSU Spanish Program

Through the study of Spanish literature and linguistics, the Spanish Program at BHSU places an emphasis on oral proficiency. While classroom activities give the students a good working knowledge of the language, a Study Abroad program greatly enriches their educational experience.

Careers for people trained in Spanish are numerous. With the current international environment, businesses and government agencies are hiring Spanish speaking employees. For those choosing the education degree, schools need Spanish teachers.

The Spanish program program at BHSU offers:

  • Individual attention from highly qualified Spanish instructors
  • Excellent study abroad connections
  • The opportunity to participate in a multi-cultural student Spanish club

Major in Spanish

Required core - 30 hours 

  • 3 SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I 
  • 3 SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • 3 SPAN 211 Intermediate Oral Practice I
  • 3 SPAN 301 Spanish Conversation & Composition I
  • 3 SPAN 302 Spanish Conversation & Composition II
  • 3 SPAN 304 The Structure of Spanish
  • 3 SPAN 490 Seminar OR 3 SPAN 492 topics

 Required Electives - 3 hours Take 3 credits from the following options:

  • HIST 418 (POLS) History of Latin America
  • FL            300/400-level electives taught in Spanish
  • SPAN        300/400-level electives

Gen Ed Requirements - 40 semester hours

  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science - 9 semester hours satisfied by major
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities - 9 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab - 8 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 - Composition I
  • ENGL 201 - Composition II
  • SPCM 101, 215, 222 - Speech

Note A minor is required with this major.

Minor in Spanish - 18 hours

  • 3 SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • 3 SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • 3 SPAN 211 Intermediate Oral Practice I
  • 3 SPAN 301 Spanish Conversation Comp I
  • 3 SPAN 302 Spanish Conversation Comp II
  • 3 SPAN 304 The Structure of Spanish

Major in Spanish- Teaching

Required Core - 33 hours

+ 50% of major/minor courses must be from BHSU

  • 3 MFL 420 K-12 Foreign Language Methods
  • 3 SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • 3 SPAN  202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • 3 SPAN 211 Intermediate Oral Practice I
  • 3 SPAN 301 Spanish Conversation & Composition I
  • 3 SPAN 302 Spanish Conversation & Composition II
  • 3 SPAN 304 The Structure of Spanish
  • 9 EXCH Study Abroad Program in a Spanish-Speaking Country
  • 3 SPAN 490 Seminar OR 3 SPAN 492 Topics

Required Electives- 3 hours Take 3 credits from the following options:

  • HIST 418 (POLS) History of Latin America
  • FL 300/400-Level electives taught in Spanish
  • SPAN 300/400-Level elective

Pre-Professional Teaching Core-18 semester hours

  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 405 Educating Secondary Students with Disabilities OR
  • 3 SPED 300 Students with Exceptionalities

Professional K-12 Teaching Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • 2 MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • 3 SEED 408 Plan, Manage & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • 9 ED 444 K-12 Student Teaching

+ (If Necessary) Additional hours in major to meet 50% rule

Gen Ed Requirements - 40 semester hours

  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science - 9 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities - 9 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab - 8 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 - Composition I
  • ENGL 201 - Composition II
  • SPCM 101, 215, 222 - Speech
  • WEL 100 - Wellness for Life & 100L Lab

Minor in Spanish - Teaching - 21 hours

  • 3 SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • 3 SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • 3 SPAN 211 Intermediate Oral Practice I
  • 3 SPAN 301 Spanish Conversation Comp I
  • 3 SPAN 302 Spanish Conversation Comp II
  • 3 SPAN 304 The Structure of Spanish
  • 3 MFL 420 K-12 Foreign Language Methods

Career Opportunities

Spanish degree graduates can go on to a variety of careers like:

  • Bilingual Educator
  • College Professor
  • International Relations Consultant
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • International Account Manager
  • International Banking Officer
  • Bilingual customer support
  • Culture/Tourism:
  • Cultural Events Coordinator
  • Travel Agent
  • Escort/Interpreter/Guide
  • National Security Agent
  • Immigration Officer
  • Cultural Attaché
  • FBI Agent
  • Foreign Diplomat Missionary
  • Foreign Service Officer

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