Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF

Modern Languages


R. Steven Jones, Chair; Roberto Valencia

Aims of the Department

The Spanish language and Hispanic culture have rapidly gained importance and influence during the past two decades. More than 400 million people in twenty-five countries speak Spanish, and it has become the second most prevalent language in the United States.

The growing preeminence of Spanish makes it an ideal complement to any liberal arts education. Indeed, Spanish, or another modern language, is a degree component of all B.A. programs at Southwestern Adventist University. Spanish opens doors to both personal and professional development, and it is a working language of many international organizations and corporations. Professionals in many different fields including business, theology, medicine, international relations, journalism, and education - use Spanish daily.

Southwestern strongly encourages students to study a foreign language, and Spanish at Southwestern is a great investment in a promising future.

Program (Click for more info)

  • B.A. European Civilization
  • B.A. Social Science, emphasis on International Affairs
  • Minor in Spanish
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Adventist Colleges Abroad

The Modern Language Department offers to both the student majoring in languages and the general University student body the privilege of studying abroad without losing credit or lengthening the course of study.  Southwestern is a member of a consortium known as Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA), and through this consortium the student is able to study a language in the actual homeland of that particular language.  The colleges that are affiliated with ACA are Universidad Adventista del Plata, Argentina (academic year only); Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, Austria; Brazil Adventist University (UNASP), Brazil; Campus Adventiste du Saleve, France; Friendensau Adventist University, Germany (academic year only); Instituto Avventista Villa Aurora, Italy; Escuela Superior de Espanol (ESDES), Spain; Athens Study Center, Greece (Greek and Hebrew, summer program only); Saniku Gakuin College, Japan (Chinese, summer program); Universidad de Montemorelos, Mexico (summer program only); Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand (summer program); Ukrainian Institute of Arts & Sciences, Ukraine (summer program).  The ACA bulletin, which is available at the Records Office, contains a listing of courses offered on each campus.

Meeting the Intermediate Language Requirement

Students may meet the reqirement for intermediate language by passing a CLEP test at the approved level. There is a fee for CLEP testing and recording.

Courses (Click for more info)

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Classes Numbered Above 300 (Click for more info)

All classes numbered above 300 are conducted in Spanish. The instructor may require a demonstrated ability in the language before granting permission to enroll.

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