SPANISH PROGRAM AT BHSU

BHSU Spanish Program

Opportunities in Spanish

Do you want to communicate proficiently in the Spanish language? Discover and learn about Hispanic-America culture? Travel and study abroad in Spain or in Latin American countries? Take advantage of internships and use your language skills in a professional environment? Majoring and minoring in Spanish provides you with all of the above opportunities. Moreover, the Spanish major and minor will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities.


  • INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION FROM HIGHLY QUALIFIED SPANISH INSTRUCTORS.
  • EXCELLENT STUDY ABROAD CONNECTIONS.
  • THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A MULTI-CULTURAL STUDENT SPANISH CLUB

Spanish Faculties

Dr. Du-Lu Hsiao: Ph.D. in Teaching Language and Literature, Specialization in Spanish and Foreign Language Univeristy of Barcelona, Spain. Assistant Professor, Spanish

Edda Winkelman: Currently pursuing Ph.D. Adjunct Instructor, Spanish

Dr. Tatiana Fistrovic: Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with concentration in Spanish Secound Language Acquisition Arizona State University Adjunct Instructor, Spanish

From right to left: Dr. Du-Lu Hsiao, Edda Winkelman, Dr. Tatiana Fistrovic

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
  • EXCH - Study Abroad through a University program in a Spanish-speaking country - 9 semester hours
    • All 9 hours must be in content courses and not in language learning courses; i.e., to qualify, courses must be in literature, culture and civilization, and/or international studies.  Courses must be delivered in the Spanish language.

 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

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

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

  • MFL 420 K-12 Foreign Language Methods
  • SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 211 Intermediate Oral Practice I
  • SPAN 301 Spanish Conversation & Composition I
  • SPAN 302 Spanish Conversation & Composition II
  • SPAN 304 The Structure of Spanish
  • SPAN 490 Seminar OR 3 SPAN 492 Topics
  • EXCH  Study Abroad through a University program in a Spanish-speaking country - 9 semester hours
    • All 9 hours must be in content courses and not in language learning courses; i.e., to qualify, courses must be in literature, culture and civilization, and/or international studies.  Courses must be delivered in the Spanish language.

Restricted 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

  • EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional K-12 Teaching Core - 26 semester hours

  • EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • EDFN 375 Methods of Technology Integration
  • EDFN 440 Classroom Management
  • MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • SEED 408 Plan, Manage & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • SEED 450 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • EDFN 475 Human Relations (Take in your final semester)

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

There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Bilingual Educator
» College Professor
» Service and Education
» Missionary
» Foreign Diplomat
» Business
» Travel Agent
» International Relations Consultant
» Government and Law
» Health and Service

Get Involved

Study Abroad

Travel and study abroad in Spain or Latin America

Spanish Club

Our club offers a variety of fun activities during the semester such as cooking Hispanic food, creating handcrafts and teaching Spanish at West Elementary school.

Internships

A great opportunity to use your Spanish in context and earn credits at local schools, banks and hospitals.

Spanish Language Tutor

A Teaching Assistant (TA) is available at BHSU campus to help in your learning process.

Clep Test

Black Hills State University will allow you to earn CLEP credits through SPAN 202 if you already know some Spanish. You can arrange to take the test through BHSU Testing Services.

ELIZABETH SORENSEN
SPANISH MAJOR

“While studying Spanish at BHSU, I had the wonderful opportunity of studying abroad in Seville, Spain. Despite my worries about living with a host family that didn’t speak English and taking high-level courses taught in Spanish, I found that my time at BHSU had more than prepared me for life abroad. The small class sizes and wonderful faculty in the Spanish program here allowed for a truly interactive learning experience. I had spent so much time having Spanish conversations in class that when I got to Spain, I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I could understand or be understood; I was able to slip right into conversation with people and fully immerse myself in the Spanish culture. Studying abroad was a life changing experience and I owe that completely to my education at BHSU."

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