Modern Languages

Faculty/Staff

R. Steven Jones, Chair; Roberto Valencia

Aims of the Program

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

  • B.A. European Civilization
  • B.A. Social Science, emphasis in International Affairs
  • Minor in Spanish

Social Science, B.A., emphasis in International Affairs

Prerequisite: Intermediate-level language: Spanish, French, German, or  Italian.

ACA program language study:  9 hours, 3 hours upper division

Social Science courses: 22 hours

Choose from:

HIST 112 American History History 1866 - Present 3
HIST 201 Historical Methods: Research and Historiography 3
HIST 212 History of Western Civilization II 3
HIST 312 Historical and Political Geography 3
HIST 365 Global Power: America 1917 to Present 3
HIST 424 Modern Europe or
SPAN 315 Spanish Civilization and Culture  or
SPAN 317 Spanish American Civilization 3
HIST 475 Portfolio Development 1
POLS 320 American International Relations 3

Students will also complete and present a Senior Thesis.

European Civilization, B.A.

Prerequisite: Intermediate-level language: Spanish, French, German, or Italian.

ACA program language study: 18 hours, at least 6 hours upper division

Humanities courses: 16 hours

Choose from:

ENGL 451 Studies in Renaissance Literature 3
ENGL 452 Studies in 17th Century Literature 3
ENGL 453 Studies in 18th Century Literature 3
ENGL 454 Studies in Medieval Literature 3
ENGL 455 Studies in Romantic Literature 3
ENGL 456 Studies in Victorian Literature 3
HIST 201 Historical Methods: Research and Historiography 3
HIST 221 History of Western Art 3
HIST 364 Ancient Cultures 3
HIST 424 Modern Europe or
HIST 414 Early Modern Europe or
HIST 430 Medieval Europe or 3
SPAN 315 Spanish Civilization and Culture 3
HIST 475 Portfolio Development 1
MUHL 221 Survey of Music 3

Students will also complete and present a Senior Thesis.

Minor in Spanish

A minor consists of 18 hours, exclusive of the elementary course or its equivalent, 12 hours of which must be upper division and includes 3 hours of literary analysis.

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.

Courses

SPAN 111 - Elementary Spanish I (4 hours)

SPAN 112 - Elementary Spanish II (4 hours)

The sound and sentence patterns of Spanish are learned through drills, dialogues, readings and models, both live and recorded. 4 Lec 1 Lab.

SPAN 211 - Intermediate Spanish I (3 hours)

SPAN 212 - Intermediate Spanish II (3 hours)

Prerequisite: SPAN 112 or demonstrated proficiency

A thorough review of Spanish grammar through oral and written composition as well as cultural and literary readings. Attention is given to the history, customs, and traditions of the Spanish-speaking people. 3 Lec 1 Lab. (SPAN 211 Fall, SPAN 212 Spring)

SPAN 291 - Selected Topics (1-3 hours)

Prerequisite: Approval by department chair.

 Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study or research. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

SPAN 311 - Spanish Composition and Conversation (3 hours)

Prerequisite: SPAN 212 or demonstrated proficiency

The development of confidence in accepted oral and written expression, based on topics of current interest and cultural significance. (Fall)

SPAN 315 - Spanish Civilization and Culture (3 hours)

Prerequisite: SPAN 311 or demonstrated proficiency

A presentation of some of the dominant themes, personalities, and creative achievements in Hispanic history, civilization and culture. (Spring, even years)

SPAN 317 - Spanish American Civilization (3 hours)

Prerequisite: SPAN 311 or demonstrated proficiency

A presentation of some of the dominant themes, personalities, and creative achievements in Latin-American history, civilization, and culture. (Spring, odd years)

SPAN 411 - Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature I (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Three years of college Spanish, including SPAN 311, or permission of the instructor

A presentation of the history of Spanish-American literature from the discovery of America to Romanticism. (Fall, even years)

SPAN 412 - Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature II (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Three years of college Spanish, including SPAN 311, or permission of instructor

A presentation of the history of Spanish-American literature from Modernism to contemporary literature. (Spring, odd years)

SPAN 413 - Masterpieces of Spanish Literature I (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Three years of college Spanish, including SPAN 311, or permission of the instructor

A survey of peninsular Spanish literature with selections from the Middle Ages to the Spanish Golden Age. (Fall, odd years)

SPAN 414 - Masterpieces of Spanish Literature II (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Three years of college Spanish, including SPAN 311, or permission of the instructor

A survey of peninsular Spanish literature with selections from the Romanticism to contemporary literature. (Spring, even years)

SPAN 491 - Selected Topics (1-3 hours)

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair

Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study or research. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.