Bachelor in Spanish


Program Description

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos!

Whether you are considering a career in law, international business, government, film, public relations, advertising, health care, journalism, teaching, etc., a major or minor in Spanish will positively enhance your career options when you graduate. Across the nation, thousands of graduates compete for jobs in the above-mentioned fields and admission to these graduate programs, and there is no better way of catching the eye of an employer or admissions counselor than by having a degree or advanced coursework in another language!

The Spanish Program offers a major and minor in Spanish. A major in Spanish not only prepares you for linguistic fluency in the world’s second-most spoken native language (first is Mandarin), but also cultural fluency that will allow you to navigate the Hispanic world, whether it be through travel, business, law, health care, or any number of possible interactions in our increasingly globalized world.

The Spanish minor also provides you with linguistic fluency, as well as some advanced coursework in Hispanic culture that serves as the perfect complement to any major.

Students in the Spanish Program an also take advantage of an array of study abroad opportunities with semester-long programs and E-Term courses in Mexico, Peru, Spain, and other Spanish-speaking nations. Our study abroad programs provide students with exciting professional opportunities and connections that allow students to not only further their language study, but also become globally competent citizens who truly embody the Ferrum College mission of “Not Self, But Others.”

Why Study Spanish? Here are a few reasons:

  1. You will be competitive on the job market – Being fluent in another language not only stands out on a resume but also opens doors to employment opportunities that require some skill with foreign language. Businesses and government agencies will value your international expertise, and the number of jobs to which you can apply will easily triple.
  2. You can get a job in another country – Do you like to travel? Many of our graduates teach English or Spanish abroad after graduation for international organizations such as the Peace Corps. Why not combine a passion for travel with work?
  3. You will be better prepared for graduate school – Some graduate programs require a higher level of proficiency in a foreign language in order to be admitted into certain programs such as those in the humanities (literature, music, philosophy).
  4. Personal enjoyment – Being able to converse with someone in their native language will provide you with immense satisfaction and a huge sense of achievement. Building relationships with people different from yourself, learning about a new culture and its traditions, and experiencing new places and customs is exciting and fun. Studying a new language also provides cognitive benefits that will last a lifetime and it will open your mind to new ideas and broader points of view.

So, what can a BA in Spanish from Ferrum College do for you? Listen to one of our alumni talk about her experience below!

The language classroom is so much more than just memorizing vocabulary!

Spanish at Ferrum College is a growing, evolving program with dynamic courses, involved students, and motivated professors. We work together to create a meaningful learning environment in which language is a vehicle for learning about ourselves and other peoples. Our courses focus on language, but also art, history, literature, and geography, in an interactive, fun way.

Communication is key!

Current and diverse methodologies are employed to engage students and to give them opportunities to use what they learn outside of the classroom setting. Through campus programs, the use of technology, community outreach, and travel abroad courses, the Spanish program seeks to impress upon the students the vast diversity of life in the Spanish speaking world. Learning Spanish at Ferrum College implies active learning and real-life applications of traditional course contents.

We are empowering students.

Our classes empower students by allowing them to take charge of their own learning. Students review grammar concepts at home prior to class by completing online activities that provide instant feedback, while the classroom itself is dedicated to speaking the language. The Spanish classroom at Ferrum College is an immersion opportunity in which students are constantly interacting with each other, their instructor, and guest Spanish-speakers from the community and abroad.

Spanish Major

The Spanish major provides a program of study designed to develop fluency in oral and written communication, the ability to read, understand, and analyze Hispanic literature, and an appreciation of the cultures of Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America. The Spanish major also prepares the student for travel and study abroad, for careers in international business and in government, for professions involving foreign language, and for graduate work. With a major in Spanish, students will acquire a foreign language proficiency of value not only in career pursuits but also in the broader experience of today’s world.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing one of the following:

An approved study abroad program

An E-Term in Spanish

SPA 499

Required Major Courses (9 hours):

SPA 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
SPA 302 Advanced Speaking and Comprehension (Speaking Intensive) 3
SPA 498 Senior Thesis (to be done in the senior year) 3

Major Electives (Any 21 hours from the following):

SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPA 320 Introduction to Literature in Spanish 3
SPA 325 Spanish Culture 3
SPA 326 Latin American Culture 3
SPA 351, 352, 353, 354 Conversation Circle 1 each
SPA 403 Latin American and Spanish Short Story 3
SPA 404 Selected Topics in Hispanic Literatures 3
SPA 411 Professional Spanish 3
SPA 451 Directed Study 3
SPA 452 Directed Study 3
SPA 499 Internship 3

Spanish Education Endorsement
Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in Spanish (grades PK-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in All-Level Education. This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor.

Spanish Minor

12 hours from the following:

SPA 301 Advanced Spanish 6
SPA 302 Advanced Speaking and Comprehension 3
SPA 320 Introduction to Literature in Spanish 3
SPA 325 Spanish Culture 3
SPA 326 Latin American Culture 3
SPA 351, 352, 353, 354 Conversation Circle I, II, III IV 1 each
SPA 403 Latin American and Spanish Short Story (Taught in Spanish) 3
SPA 404 Selected Topics in Hispanic Literature (Taught in Spanish) 3
SPA 411 Professional Spanish 3
SPA 451, 452 Directed Study


¡Panteras en el extranjero!

All Spanish majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad for an E-Term, a summer, or a full semester. This not only immerses our students in the target language but also provides them with a rich cultural experience that will change their lives forever. For our faculty-led E-Term courses that take place during the month of May each year, Spanish teams up with faculty from other areas in order to provide an interdisciplinary perspective.

Recently, some of our faculty-led E-Term programs have gone to:

  • 2012, Honduras, Spanish, focused on service-learning
  • 2013, Peru, Spanish and Recreational Leadership
  • 2014, Mexico, Spanish and Religion, focused on service-learning and cultural studies
  • 2015, Northern Spain, Spanish, and Religion, focused on the tradition of religious pilgrimage as we walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela
  • 2017, Mexico, Spanish and Art, focused on Mexican culture and history through a study of ancient and contemporary art
  • 2018, Peru, Spanish and Religion

The main program through which we send students abroad on their own is Spanish Studies Abroad, with programs in three cities in Spain, as well as in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Argentina. Students who study abroad for longer periods not only develop their language and cultural competency, but they can also take complementary courses in subjects such as History, Political Science, Art History, Religion, and various sciences. The programs are customizable and internships are available for more advanced Spanish speakers.

Last updated Mar 2019

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