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Open your eyes to a world of cultures

With a degree in Spanish from Alfred University, you'll be equipped to enter and contribute to the many diverse cultures in a vast worldwide marketplace immediately upon graduation. Get an edge on the competition and stand out from peers with a similar plan of study. Our challenging program is designed to provide small, interactive classes where students integrate communication skills with cultural exploration. Here, you'll become a world traveler -- not a tourist.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Spanish (BA)

Minor

Spanish

Why a degree in Spanish from AU?

International Travel

Take a faculty-led Global Perspectives course to Spain or Spanish America. Study Abroad for a semester or more in a Spanish-speaking country like Argentina, or Costa Rica.

Language House

Immerse yourself into your studies. Live with a native speaker of Spanish by moving into the Language House, which hosts a variety of events like foreign movie nights, discussion groups, dinners, games, and lectures.

Engaging Activities

Join Poder Latino and enjoy Hispanic cultural events on campus. Attend El Cafecito, AU's Spanish Culture & Conversation Club, held weekly at the Language House.

(Prerequisites: SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202 or equivalent)

Required Courses:

  • SPAN 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition
  • SPAN 311 Peninsular Culture and Literature I
  • SPAN 312 Peninsular Culture and Literature II
  • SPAN 315 Latin American Culture and Literature I
  • SPAN 316 Latin American Culture and Literature II
  • SPAN 360 Literary Theory Seminar

Elective Courses:

  • SPAN 400 Topics in Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 402 Readings in Modern Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 404 Latinos/as in the United States
  • SPAN 450 Independent Study

Spanish majors must complete a capstone exam given by the division.

It is expected that Spanish majors will pursue some independent study, although not strictly required.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in Spanish, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

(Prerequisites: SPAN 101, 102, 201, or equivalent)

  • SPAN 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition
  • SPAN 311 Peninsular Culture and Literature I
    or SPAN 312 Peninsular Culture and Literature II
  • SPAN 315 Latin American Culture and Literature I
    or SPAN 316 Latin American Culture and Literature II
  • SPAN 360 Literary Theory Seminar

Choose 4 credit hours from*:

  • LING 120 Introduction to Linguistics
  • SPAN 202 Spanish IV

*Or any of the Elective Courses listed below:

  • SPAN 400 Topics in Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 402 Readings in Modern Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 404 Latinos/as in the United States
  • SPAN 450 Independent Study

Who needs to take the Placement Exam?

  • Students who have taken more than two years of a language in high school and who intend to take the same language at AU must take the exam.
  • Students who are bilingual or native speakers of the language they wish to take or who have spoken the language at home.
  • Students do not need to take the exam if they did not study a language previously or if they are planning to take a different language in college.

Exams are given in French, German and Spanish. Results will be posted for the Advisors only on Banner under Test Scores. Students cannot access their own scores.

Foreign Language Placement Exam Dates for the 2018 - 2019 Year:

  • Friday, August 24th @ 3:30 – 4:30 in Roon Lecture Hall, 247 Science Center
  • Monday, August 27th @ 7:00  8:00 in Roon Lecture Hall, 247 Science Center
  • Tuesday, October 30th @ 7:30 – 8:30 in 112 Perlman Hall
  • Tuesday, January 22nd @6:00 – 7:00 in 112 Perlman Hall
  • Wednesday, April 3rd @7:00 – 8:00 in 112 Perlman Hall

Procedure to Demonstrate Proficiency in a Language other than French, German and Spanish:

Once you have obtained test scores from Banner, please use the following guidelines for registration:

  • 0 - 40% Student should register for 101
  • 41 - 60% Student should register for 102
  • 61 - 100% Student has completed the foreign language requirement.
  • Students who have completed the foreign language requirement are encouraged to continue their foreign language studies. Please contact any faculty member or the office of Modern Languages for guidance choosing which level would be most appropriate.
  • Please Note: To be considered for membership in Phi Beta Kappa students must have, among other qualifications, demonstrated intermediate proficiency in a foreign language through 200-level coursework or scoring 80% on the language placement exam.

International Students:

Foreign Language Requirement Waiver Request Policy and Form

Modern Languages - Online Course Policy

General Education Foreign Language Competency (III)

The Division of Modern Languages does not accept courses taken online for transfer credit in fulfillment of the General Education Foreign Language Competency (III). The position of the Division of Modern Languages regarding courses taken online is based upon the National Standards for Language Learning as delineated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). In exceptional circumstances, the Division of Modern Languages may choose to review this policy on a case by case basis. 

World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

Knowledge of a foreign language can be a major advantage as you pursue career opportunities in a variety of fields. While many language students are interested in teaching or translating, others use their language skills in areas as diverse as international business, journalism or environmental studies. Alfred University provides students with the flexibility to combine a major or minor in modern languages with other disciplines, or to enhance a major in other divisions with a basic proficiency in French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Chinese or Spanish.

Recent examples include:

  • Web Developer – Left-click
  • Teacher – Kennedy Bi-Lingual School
  • Project Management and Planning – Northrop Grumman IT
  • Proofreader – Intekras, Inc.
  • ESL Teacher – JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching) Program
  • Volunteer - PeaceCorps
  • Spanish Teacher – Corning-Painted Post Central School
  • French Teacher/Spanish Teacher – Wellsville Central School
  • Marketing Analyst – Control Risk, Inc.
  • Personnel Coordinator – Employment Trends
  • Assistant to Portfolio Manager – Fiduciary Trust Company International
  • Legal Assistant – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP
  • English Language Instructor – Academie de Lyon

Faculty / Staff

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