Undergrad Catalog

Spanish (SPAN)

As a Spanish major at St. Kate's, you'll develop effective linguistic and cultural communication in a Spanish-speaking environment. The courses develop and maintain Spanish proficiency and provide cultural awareness and sensitivity. All courses are taught primarily in Spanish. To build and maintain Spanish proficiency, you should plan a minimum of one course in Spanish per semester. The department also welcomes native Spanish speakers and will design a program with you to meet your needs and interests.

St. Kate's Spanish majors are a close-knit group who work together in their studies. You'll have many opportunities to hone your skills and share your appreciation for Spanish language and culture. For example, the department organizes Spanish language tables, an opportunity to converse in Spanish about current events, books and films. St. Kate's students also enjoy the benefit of departmental assistants, who are always natives of Spain or Latin America and eager to share knowledge of their culture with you. Recent assistants have hailed from Peru, Mexico, Chile and Spain. In addition to the time you spend with your language professors each week, these heritage speakers provide you with various fun-filled opportunities to speak in Spanish during a regularly scheduled, weekly conversational practicum.

Through the Office of Residence Life, the native assistants plan activities several times a semester. In recent years, they have helped plan activities to celebrate the Day of the Dead, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo and Holy Week, as well as cooking classes and presentations about their countries. 

On campus, the new state-of-the art Language Center provides access to online-learning software, interactive CD-ROMs and other materials to help you learn about Spanish-speaking countries and polish your speaking, reading or writing skills. In addition, faculty can direct you to a wealth of cultural information. The Spanish Club, which holds monthly meetings led by an elected St. Kate's student board, and Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, offer further opportunities to interact in a Spanish-speaking environment.

As a Spanish student, you are encouraged to engage in experiential or service learning. Together with the Career Development Office, the department enthusiastically encourages earning credit towards the major through internships. In recent years students have interned at the Resource Center of the Américas, Neighborhood House, La Clínica, Casa de Esperanza, Children's Hospital, C.L.U.E.S., Adams Spanish Immersion and The Jane Addams School for Democracy.

You are also strongly encouraged to study, travel or live abroad. More than 50 semester- and year-long programs, January options and summer programs are available around the world. These programs are academically sound and provide strong support services and opportunities for you to immerse yourself in the culture of the country you visit. Students often choose to live with host families or in international residence halls on foreign campuses. St. Kate's Global Studies staff will help you learn about the many foreign study opportunities and pick the best option for your needs.

St. Kate's faculty members include professors who have lived or studied abroad, and native speakers of Spanish. All instructors enthusiastically share their experiences, perspectives, and local/international connections with students. Faculty members periodically lead intensive language study programs in Mexico and Spain.

St. Kate's Spanish program alumnae put their degrees to work in a variety of fields, including working as a U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, as a VP of international marketing and advertising, as a bilingual occupational therapist, and as teachers, social workers and nurses.

See also: Education - World Languages and Culture: Spani sh with K-12 Teaching Licensure.

Major Requirements:

SPAN 1120 Elementary Spanish II with a grade of B or higher.

The major consists of eight courses.

Required courses:
SPAN 3160 Hispanics in the United States
SPAN 3250 Introduction to Critical Cultural and Literary Analysis
SPAN 4860 Senior Seminar

One to three* of the following:
SPAN 2110 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2120 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 3050 Visions of the Hispanic World: Reading to Speak & Write 

Two to four courses at the 3000- or 4000-level:
SPAN 3550 Short Stories in Spanish
SPAN 3700 Contemporary Spanish American Literature
SPAN 4000 Hispanic Masterpieces
SPAN 4100 Hispanic Women Writers
SPAN 4604 Internship (4 cr.)
SPAN 4954 Independent Study (when warranted)
SPAN 4994 Topics

*If you place into SPAN 2110 and/or 2120 you may count it/them toward the major. If you place into SPAN 3050 you will have fulfilled the University's language requirement but will still need to take an additional seven 3000 or 4000- level courses (with a minimum grade of C) to fulfill requirements for the major.


The major for the native speaker of Spanish consists of the following required courses:
SPAN 3050 Visions of the Hispanic World: Reading to Speak & Write 
SPAN 3250 Introduction to Critical Culture and Literary Analysis
SPAN 4860 Senior Seminar

Plus three of the following courses selected in consultation with a Spanish departmental advisor:
SPAN 3160 Hispanics in the United States
SPAN 3550 Short Stories in Spanish
SPAN 3700 Contemporary Spanish American Literature
SPAN 4000 Hispanic Masterpieces
SPAN 4100 Hispanic Women Writers
SPAN 4604 Internship (4 cr.)
SPAN 4994 Topics

Plus two courses relating to the Hispanic world, selected in consultation with a Spanish departmental advisor. Examples are THEO 2850, ENGL 2290, or selected ACTC Latin America Area Studies courses.


Students at the post-intermediate level may have the possibility of applying a foreign language in the study of another discipline. For further information, consult the language departments.

Spanish majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing requirement by completing SPAN 3050 and 4860. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 and CORE 3990).

Second Major Certificate in Spanish  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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