Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
In keeping with the aim of providing the skills needed to learn about a culture in depth, the department trains in two areas: language structure and literary analysis. Language structure is taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern methods and multimedia technology, as well as study abroad opportunities. The department supports the analytical instruction of language structure through a full range of language skills courses, as well as a significant number of courses in linguistics. Literary analysis is essential to a student’s understanding of the highest achievements in aesthetic expression of a culture’s values. The department provides instruction in history and culture, as well as literary theory, with an end to enabling the student to gain access to the intellectual life in the culture. The department imparts skills to future foreign language teachers so that they may similarly enable high school students to begin the acquisition of foreign languages.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages provides students with the skills to learn firsthand about major world societies. The department believes that the best way to understand a culture directly is through its language. The modern languages offered in the department are spoken natively by nearly two billion people. The multifaceted programs of the department provide an opening to the world through language, literature, culture and civilization. It is a meeting place for true diversity.
How to Declare:
Students seeking admission to the major must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of SPAN 203 with a “B” or better (transfer students must meet the same requirement for any course accepted as an equivalent to SPAN 203).
- Complete at least one Spanish course at Western.
- Submit application (available from Spanish advisor or department office).
Students meeting qualifications but not admitted because of space limitations may reapply.
- Maximum of 15 credits at the 200 level
- SPAN 301 Grammar Review and Composition
- SPAN 302 Grammar Review and Composition
- SPAN 314 Phonetics
- SPAN 340 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
- SPAN 401 Advanced Grammar (must be taken on campus)
- SPAN 402 Advanced Composition (must be taken on campus)
- One course from:
- SPAN 331 Culture of Spain
- SPAN 332 Culture of Latin America
- One course from:
- SPAN 351 Survey of the Literature of Spain
- SPAN 352 Survey of the Literature of Latin America
- One topic course from:
- SPAN 450 Studies in Hispanic Literature
Note: SPAN 340, 351, 352, and 450 are to be taken in that order. The same applies for SPAN 401 and SPAN 402. Spanish 425 can be applied to the major once.
- BCOM: SPAN 201
- HUM: SPAN 202, 203, 301, 302
Note: To fill the HUM requirement, courses must be from at least two departments.
- Foreign Correspondent
- Foreign Service Officer
- FBI Agent
- Foreign Diplomat
- Travel Writer
- All careers involving communication