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Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, the first in the Americas, and the second in the USA. At a global and national level, cultural and language proficiency in Spanish has become an indispensable strength in many professional fields. Whether you are interested in the impact of global warming and rising sea levels, in national and international social issues, business entrepreneurship, health, law, social sciences, engineering, U.S. government, or education, a Spanish minor is a great way to strengthen your CV and improve your national and international career prospects when paired with a B.A or B.S degree.
Knowledgeable instructors with expertise in Hispanic culture and language
Course methodology focused on language proficiency and intercultural communication
Improve your language skills through class projects, language clubs, and cultural events
Opportunities to work abroad in Spain for the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (includes medical insurance and a stipend for living costs) for a full academic year, typically from October 1 through May 1 the following year, as a Language and Culture Assistant supporting English teachers
Study abroad grants
Students have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource
This course is primarily a conversation course to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in verbal communication. Task-oriented communication strategies in cross-cultural training will be practiced by presenting students with models that demonstrate appropriate linguistic and cultural competencies. Students will practice these skills by role-playing, giving presentations, enriching self-awareness with practiced in-group discussions on various topics |such as, prejudice, racism, values, and customs) that dispel stereotypes and foster more in-depth social-cultural understanding, and with participation in guided cultural encounters. Students will improve their listening and comprehension skills and deepen cultural proficiency by learning how to communicate and collaborate with other people and cultures in a global age. |This is an oral skills course.) Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in SPAN 202 or SPAN 221 or advanced placement.
This is an intensive writing course designed with writing assignments that examine various cultural contexts that enable students to understand cultural content, style, audience and organization. The main objective of the course is increased awareness of and sensitivity to appropriate word choice, and syntax in the language. Students will engage in writing for different cultural audiences and in varied contexts such as literary, artistic and media expressions around the world. Special emphasis is placed on the methodology of close reading as students hone the analytics skills and vocabulary necessary to interpret idioms, regionalism, cultural expressions and overall intercultural skills observed in various genres and cultures. Students will analyze compelling global issues and the diverse cultural perspectives that inform them. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C and a grade of C or better in SPAN 202 or SPAN 221 or advanced placement.
This course examines historical and cultural identities in Spain and Latin America, beginning with a study of the historical constructs that helped create the basis of Spanish and Latin American identities. These include the concept of Convivencia (co-existence) of the three religions in Medieval Spain, pre-Columbian civilizations, the Spanish Conquest, the Colonial period, and the fight for Independence. The course also addresses more modern notions of culture and identity by focusing on themes such as globalization, immigration, economic crises, political leadership, and daily life. Along with these themes, popular culture will be discussed at length in order to understand the role it plays in generating identities. Prerequisites: SPAN 311 and SPAN 312W with a grade of C or better.
Students entering the Minor program in Spanish should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Students must complete 15 hours of 300/400-level courses in the language and earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the upper-level courses specified as a requirement for the minor. Lower-level courses and prerequisite courses do not count toward the grade point average required for the minor. Only one SPAN course taught in English may be applied toward the minor.
At least six hours of upper-level courses must be taken through courses offered by Old Dominion University.
To declare a minor the student must have completed ENGL 110C and the 202 course in the language.
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
Luis Guadano Ph.D.
4018 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529
1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
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