Spanish

The Spanish Program is designed to foster students' linguistic development and to provide a broad knowledge of Spanish, Latin American, and US Latino cultures. Language courses emphasize communicative competence, but all skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are developed. Technology, and multimedia tools (DVDs, CDs, Internet sources ) enhance language learning. The program also offers courses in literature, culture and civilization, film, special topics, phonetics, and Spanish for the professions. Students are trained to think critically about language and culture. Courses incorporate textual and linguistic analysis, as well as the examination of the social, cultural, and historical context of the given country or countries. Study abroad opportunities are available. For further information on the program or on placement into Spanish courses, please contact Professor Mark Mascia, Coordinator of the Spanish Program.

Spanish Major

The major in Spanish requires the completion of 34 credits.

‎‌‎Required Courses for Major:

  • SP 201* Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar I
  • SP 202 Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar II
  • SP 397 Spanish Major Portfolio
  • Three courses in Spanish literature:
    • one in Peninsular literature
    • one in Latin American literature
    • one in either Peninsular literature or Latin American literature
  • Three courses in culture, civilization, and contemporary issues:
    • one dealing with Spain
    • one dealing with Latin America
    • one dealing with either Spain or Latin America
  • Three Spanish electives, beyond the 200 level

*For students placed into courses above this level, the required 34 credits will be completed through more advanced coursework.

Spanish Majors Seeking 5th Year Masters in Education
Spanish majors seeking to pursue a 5th Year Masters in Education must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in Spanish by their undergraduate senior year. The Department requires that these students take the ACTFL (American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview and the Writing Proficiency Test at the end of their junior year. If the student does not achieve a level of intermediate high in both tests, as required by the State of Connecticut, he/she must meet with an advisor and to discuss the possibility of studying abroad. Students in this situation may retake the exam during their senior year. Both exams can be taken at Sacred Heart University with one of the Spanish professors acting as proctor. For more information on these tests, check the ACTFL testing website at www.actfl.org

Minor in Spanish

The minor in Spanish requires the completion of 18 credits.

Required Courses for Minor:

  • SP 151* Intermediate Spanish I
  • SP 152* Intermediate Spanish II
  • SP 201* Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar I
  • SP 202* Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar II
  • The balance of credits may be chosen from advanced-level courses

*For students placed into courses above this level, the required 18 credits will be completed through more advanced coursework.

Associate in Arts General Studies

Emphasis Requirements  (18 credits)

  • SP 151* Intermediate Spanish I
  • SP 152* Intermediate Spanish II
  • SP 201* Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar I
  • SP 202* Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar II
    and/or
  • SP 211* Conversation I
  • SP 212* Conversation II
    and/or
  • Spanish electives

*For students placed into courses above this level, the required credits will be completed through more advanced coursework.

Certificates in Advanced Language Study

Students can earn Certificates in Advanced Language Study after the completion of  6 credits at the advanced, third-year college level (201 or higher) in Spanish, French, or Italian.  Credit toward the certificates can be satisfied by coursework taken at Sacred Heart, study abroad credit, or transfer credit once the student has enrolled at our university.  Because the certificates carry only 6 credits, AP, IB, and CLEP credit are not accepted.  Students pursuing foreign language majors or minors would not earn certificates as they already would be formally minoring or majoring.

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