Like other programs within the Division of Languages and Literature, the Spanish program is designed to increase understanding of and appreciation for language and literature, to expand critical thinking, reading and writing skills, to foster multicultural awareness, and to prepare students to participate more effectively within a democratic society. More particularly, the Spanish program is designed to provide the student with linguistic competency in Spanish and cultural literacy- an awareness of Hispanic history, social practices, and literary traditions that will enable the student to function in Spanish speaking societies.
The Spanish major prepares students for graduate study in Spanish or Comparative Literature or for teaching careers in elementary or secondary schools. The Spanish major and minor open the door to careers in business, public administration, social work, personnel administration, public relations, or any other occupation involving extensive contact with Spanish speakers, whether in the United States or abroad.
The Spanish program’s primary goal is to produce graduates with a high level of proficiency in the Spanish language and a knowledge and understanding of Hispanic cultures. Those receiving teaching certification will, in addition, have an understanding of and practice in teaching Spanish. The ultimate goal is for BA graduates to be able to use their knowledge effectively to enhance their own lives, enhance their employment prospects, and serve more effectively in whatever capacity they are called to fill. The ultimate goal for Certification recipients is to effectively teach Spanish as a second language, and to instill in their students a degree of understanding and appreciation for Hispanic cultures.
Degrees in Spanish
Students in the Spanish Program may seek the following: (1) Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish; (2) the Bachelor of Sciences in Education degree with Spanish certification ; or (3) a minor in Spanish .
Admission to the Spanish program is open to any student who has completed SPAN 202 with a grade of C or better, or who demonstrates equivalent proficiency on a standardized examination. Students who major or minor in Spanish or select a teaching option in Spanish must earn a grade-average of at least 2.50 in all work attempted in Spanish at Concord, and must complete all departmentally required entry and exit assessment measures. Only courses with a grade of C or better may be counted toward meeting the requirements for the Major, Minor, or Teaching Certification.