Spanish and Hispanic Studies (SP)

Professor: K. M. Gatto; Associate Professors: E. Luengo, M. L. Thornton

The program in Spanish and Hispanic Studies is offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. The program comprises a rich curriculum in language, culture, civilization, literature, and film. An articulated sequence of courses in Spanish leads from competence in basic Spanish language skills to a thorough understanding of the language, as well as Spanish and Latin American cultures and literatures. Furthermore, the program concentrates equally on Spanish and Latin American content through a cyclical offering of courses.

With more than 400 million speakers, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world and the official language of 21 countries. The United States alone has approximately 53 million speakers of Spanish, making it the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking community. Thus, learning Spanish has become essential to one’s marketability, and studying Spanish at JCU will complement any major program or professional career. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Spain or Latin America to enhance their language skills and cultural knowledge. Spanish and Latin American cultures have made vast contributions to art, architecture, cuisine, music, literature, film, and theater. The study of Spanish further enhances one’s enjoyment and appreciation of these areas. Choosing to major or minor in Spanish and Hispanic Studies prepares students to become global citizens, placing them on the cutting edge of today’s global job market.

All SP courses are taught in Spanish.

For information on degree requirements, see Spanish and Hispanic Studies major or minor entries in this Bulletin.


Program Learning Goals in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Students will:

  1. Communicate skillfully and effectively in Spanish:
    1. engage in effective interpersonal communication.
    2. engage in effective interpretive listening.
    3. engage in effective interpretive reading.
    4. engage in effective presentational speaking.
    5. engage in effective presentational writing.
  2. Demonstrate foundational cultural and linguistic knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world:
    1. demonstrate knowledge of features of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world, such as its art, literature, music, film, popular culture, traditions, and customs.
    2. demonstrate knowledge of how aspects of the history, politics, religion, or geography of the Spanish-speaking world relate to its culture.
    3. read and analyze cultural texts.
  3. Demonstrate emerging intercultural competence:
    1. demonstrate an awareness of the interplay of personal identity and culture.
    2. interpret an event, cultural product, or issue from the perspective of a worldview outside their own.