Bachelors (BA) in Spanish

The Spanish major offers a 39-semester-hour course of study that is designed to move students toward advanced proficiency in the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The program emphasizes the unique relationship between culture and language. Central to all course work is an examination of issues of faith and culture. In keeping with the mission of George Fox University, service components are required in some courses.

Advanced course work includes historically important works of literature and a survey of Iberian and Latin American history and culture. One semester studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is required to complete the Spanish major. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in Spanish will:

  • Demonstrate “Advanced” Speaking & Listening proficiency as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL)
  • Demonstrate “Advanced” Writing proficiency as defined by ACTFL
  • Demonstrate “Advanced” Reading proficiency as defined by ACTFL
  • Articulate their personal faith in relation to faith practices of Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Identify, describe and propose a small-scale solution for a pressing issue facing Spanish speakers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures, including marginalized populations and the role of religion

Prerequisite for Major Entry

Students must demonstrate proficiency in SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4) (or placement exam) prior to entry into the Spanish major.

Major Requirements

Based on placement exam score, complete either:
SPAN 301 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish I (4)
SPAN 302 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish II (4)
SPAN 302 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish II (4)
SPAN 303 Spanish for Heritage Speakers (4)

SPAN 350 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3)
SPAN 380 Splendor of Spain (4)
SPAN 420 Introduction to Latin American Literature (3)
SPAN 475 Spanish Field Experience (2)
SPAN 480 Senior Capstone (3)

After completing SPAN 301 & 302 or SPAN 302 & 303 or at least one upper division SPAN class (3-4 credits) at George Fox University, students must choose 16 semester hours in an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country (credits abroad must be at 300-level or above and taught entirely in Spanish)