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 enhance language learning. The program 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.
Small class sizes allow for a high degree of student/faculty interaction and mentoring. Our accomplished, full-time faculty are tenured, have published significantly in their respective fields of research, and are always available for mentoring and office visits.
What courses will I take?
The Spanish major is a unitary major which is comprised of three different categories: Literature, Culture and Civilization, and Electives. Courses must include both Spain and Latin America as a geographical focus. The major also begins at the 201/202 level (Composition and Grammar I). The major is, in total, 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
Are there other programs offered in Spanish?
Will I have internship opportunities?
Yes, students are offered internships at various schools in the surrounding community, primarily in the City of Bridgeport.
Will I have research opportunities?
Yes, research opportunities include independent study, individualized instruction or supervised student internships. The research is generally more literary/cultural and not science-related per se, and is embedded in all our advanced classes.
What are my career options with a Spanish degree?
Our Spanish graduates obtain positions at various public school districts in southern Connecticut, including Bridgeport, Westport, Fairfield, and Newtown. Other non-scholastic employers include Law firms and insurance companies, such as HealthNet.
Will I be able to study abroad?
Yes, to learn more about our study abroad opportunities available to students, visit our study abroad website.
What co-curricular activities are available?
Spanish students are encouraged to join La Hispanidad Student Club, which organizes field trips and various theme nights. A field trip to the Repertorio Espanol (a Spanish-language theatre company located in New York City) takes place almost every year, as well as scheduled film screenings. This club gives students interested in Spanish and Latino heritage the opportunity to get together, exchange ideas, and become acquainted with one another. Moreover, La Hispanidad helps develop relationships and acts as a liaison with Sacred Heart University and the Spanish Community.
What facilities and resources are available to students?
The Ryan-Matura Library, online services and resources used for genuine academic work (includes social networking and various research-related sites as necessary), and online texts/tutorials/virtual language laboratories are available to students, as well as films embedded online. Additionally, the SHU faculty are their own human resource, the most valuable mentoring agent for the students.