Welcome to the Department of Spanish at the University of Redlands. We are a diverse department of scholars and teachers whose primary goal is to explore with our students the varied cultures and literature of the Hispanic World as well as emphasize the proper use of the Spanish language. We offer a Bachelors's degree in Spanish for those students seeking undergraduate study. We also provide the opportunity for students to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.
Furthermore, we train students to think critically in an increasingly global community and to perceive complexity, and divergence in cultures through an interdisciplinary approach. Our task is deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition. We welcome any questions you may have and thank you for your interest in our program.
Spanish in the World Today
Currently, there are more than 400 million Spanish Speakers. Thus, by learning Spanish, you will be better able to communicate with Spanish speakers in general, but especially those who do not speak English. Whether you study abroad or in the United States, you will most likely experience a situation that will require you to know Spanish.
Spanish speaking countries include: México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panamá, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Perú, Argentina and Bolivia, among others.
More than 30 million people in the United States speak Spanish.
Knowing Spanish enhances your probability of getting the job you want. Have the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to communicate with Spanish-speaking employees and employers. If no one else at your workplace speaks Spanish, you'll be even more valuable.
Most colleges and universities require that undergraduate students take at least two semesters of a foreign language. If you are thinking about pursuing graduate school, you should know that many require students to be able to read and comprehend one, and sometimes two, foreign languages.
A major in Spanish consists of 44 credits beyond SPAN 201–202. Spanish majors may choose an emphasis on Latin American or Spanish literature, culture, and civilization. At least 30 credits must be in prescribed courses other than individualized study, and at least 28 of these credits must be earned at the University of Redlands.
Bachelor of Arts Requirements
SPAN 301–302 or equivalent, except for students who start at the fourth-year level.
Take one group: 8 credits from SPAN 426–427 or 436–437
Additional Courses include: SPAN 425 or 435, 458, 459
Three additional 400 level Spanish courses
Students who plan to major in Spanish should discuss their programs of study with faculty advisors as early as possible.
A minor in Spanish consists of 24 credits beyond SPAN 202. Requirements: SPAN 301–302 or equivalent (except for students who start at the fourth-year level*), plus four additional courses at the 400 level. At least 12 of these credits must be earned at the University of Redlands.
*Students placed at 400-level must complete six courses at the 400-level.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
Spanish Language: Students receiving a score of three on the Advanced Placement Test or a score of five or six in an International Baccalaureate higher-level course (Lang-B) will receive 4 credits; those who score four or five on the Advanced Placement Test or seven in an International Baccalaureate high-level course (Lang-B) will receive 8 credits toward the major or 8 credits for graduation.
Spanish Literature: Students with scores of four or five on the Advanced Placement Test or a seven in an International Baccalaureate higher-level course (Lang-B) will receive 8 credits toward the major or 8 credits for graduation.
May Term Semester in Ecuador. Students will spend May Term in Ecuador. They will live with Ecuadorian families and experience the culture firsthand. They will travel to different geographical zones to experience and learn about the three distinct ecosystems, including the volcanic, the highlands of the Andes, and the cloud forest. The students will learn about the Ecuadorian culture, including urban Ecuadorian society as well as indigenous groups. The May Term session may be counted toward the minor.
Semester and Full-Year Programs Abroad: Students should consult with the Study Abroad office. Students should discuss their program of study with the Spanish faculty before departure or will not receive credit in Spanish.
Program Learning Outcomes
By graduation, Spanish majors will be able to:
I. Language learning and acquisition
Compose written arguments at an advanced level of proficiency with proper syntactical and grammatical structures;
Communicate orally with native or near-native proficiency in the target language; and,
Produce a senior thesis/project with a clear thesis statement, a logical structure, convincing evidence, and persuasive analysis.
II. Literature interpretation and analysis
Analyze and interpret literary and cultural traditions, such as major movements, writers, and works of the Spanish-speaking world, focusing ideally on multiple traditions; and,
Read critically, interpret analytically, and write coherently about major texts produced in the Spanish-speaking world.
III. Cultural competency
Demonstrate an understanding of the major cultural trends of different Hispanic cultures.
General Education Requirements
General Education is a broad description of the curriculum that embodies our commitment to a liberal arts education at the University of Redlands. Our general education conveys the range of fields of study, ways of thinking, and practices of scholarship and creativity that enable students to graduate as critical thinkers capable of innovatively and collaboratively adapting to challenges that come their way in the future.
Our general education is comprised of a Liberal Arts Inquiry (LAI) or Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) curriculum.
Entering first-year students and transfer students arriving with fewer than 32 credits in Fall 2018 will follow the LAI curriculum.
All transfer and returning students with 32 credits or more (i.e., sophomores, juniors, and seniors) in Fall 2018 will follow the LAF curriculum.
Application Checklist - First-Year Student
The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
$50 application fee
Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
One letter of recommendation from guidance/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report
One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability
Students whose native language is not English, cannot apply test-optional and may meet English proficiency by providing one of the following scores:
550 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
21 ACT English and Reading Sections
TOEFL minimum 80iBT/550 paper based
IELTS minimum 6.5
iTEP minimum 3.9
Duolingo English Test (DET) minimum 105
Graduation from a secondary school in which the primary language of instruction is English
Certificate of Finances and proof of financial support