Spanish, B.A.


Develop strong linguistic skills as well as an informed understanding of Spanish history, civilization and culture.

The modern language program in Spanish is designed to provide you with linguistic skills, to develop a knowledge and sympathetic understanding of cultural differences, and to inform you of the civilization, culture, literature, and other social and artistic achievements of the respective countries.

As a student studying foreign language, your program is flexibly designed to accommodate you. Through coursework and multiple study abroad opportunities, you'll develop a rich understanding of both the language and culture of the various parts of the world related to the Spanish language.

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Program Overview


You will analyze and examine the vast areas of rich history associated with the language, the arts, literature, and culture.

Our curriculum focuses on multiple aspects of Spanish history and influence, with courses including, but not limited to:

  • Culture and media
  • Advanced composition and creative writing
  • Special topics in Hispanic Studies
  • Spanish-language film

Learning Outside the Classroom


As a Spanish major, you are strongly encouraged to participate in appropriate study abroad experiences in one or more of the many international opportunities offered at LR. Your total immersion in a culture and language will best ensure optimal proficiency with the language and culture.

On campus, you have opportunities to participate in the Foreign Language Club and with programming offered through Office of International Education programs with international students attending LR.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts an annual Foreign Language Festival in celebration of the study of diverse languages and cultures. Through the festival, students experience different foods, music and customs from other cultures.

Additional events and activities are offered during the year devoted to history and culture. 

Career Opportunities


Spanish is the second most utilized language in the United States. It is also the official language of more than countries in the world. It is the third most spoken language in the world, with more than 450 million native and nearly 100 million non-native speakers. With the Hispanic population rapidly growing in the U.S. today, the demand for the knowledge and skills necessary to support an increasingly bilingual culture continues to grow.

Possessing fluency in both Spanish and English furnishes you with exceptional professional opportunities—at both the national and international levels. The ability to speak and/or translate Spanish can be instrumental for career opportunities in a myriad of fields including education, business and finance, healthcare, human services, travel and hospitality, immigration services and law, politics and diplomacy, publishing, communications and many more.

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Major Requirements

The modern language programs in German and Spanish are designed to provide students with appropriate linguistic skills, to develop a knowledge and sympathetic understanding of cultural differences, and to inform them of the civilization, culture, literature, and other social and artistic achievements of the respective countries. The programs are flexible enough to accommodate students seeking a degree in a modern language, a degree in International Business or International Economics, a double major, or simply a minor in a modern language. The German and Spanish major earns a B.A. degree. Two years of study are available in Chinese and Greek.

Honors

Students majoring in Modern Languages and judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in German or Spanish. To graduate ''With Honors in German or Spanish,'' students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and complete nine credits of honors courses in the major, including German or Spanish 499. In addition, they must pass an oral examination and be approved by the faculty. The 499 course does not count toward the major requirements.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad for a semester or an entire year since only total immersion in the language will ensure the desired level of proficiency. The Department of Modern Languages, in conjunction with the Office of International Education and faculty advisors, will make every effort to assist students in their study abroad experience.

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