- to encourage interest and understanding of other worlds and cultures through the study of language and literature;
- to develop knowledge of the structure of the target language with a concomitant appreciation of the structural complexity of languages in general.
Towards these means, we offer a Spanish major and minor, including a teaching and non-teaching option, and courses in German and Russian. The university also offers courses in Lakota through the American Indian Studies program.
If you decide to major in Spanish, you will discover a curriculum designed for the development of a degree of proficiency in language and culture sufficient for independent access to the Spanish-speaking world. It is designed to expose you to the rich literary traditions of Iberian and Latin American cultures in order to stimulate enthusiasm for lifelong learning or advanced study at the graduate level. Its aim is also to prepare you for successful entry into the teaching profession or into careers that call for interaction with Hispanic populations of the U.S. and abroad. At every level of language study; including the study of literature, the development of oral language proficiency is emphasized.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our faculty members.