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What Classes Do I Need to Take If I Want to Get a B.A. in Spanish?

by Flora Richards-Gustafson

According to George Fox University, Spanish ranks third among the most spoken languages in the world and second in the United States. The classes that you take to get a B.A. in Spanish prepare you to pursue professional goals using bilingualism as an advantage. The degree-related courses give you a better understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and can open doors to professional opportunities overseas.

Spanish Language

If you don’t already know how to speak Spanish, you need to pass the beginning and intermediate Spanish classes so you’re prepared to take the required advanced Spanish classes. The beginning Spanish classes introduce you to the cultures of Spain and Latin America, and teach you how to listen, read, write and speak in Spanish. The intermediate courses help you become more proficient and fluent in the Spanish language as you polish your grammar, pronunciation and conversation skills. In the advanced courses, you may study different texts and learn how to understand and express abstract ideas.

Linguistics

Spanish-related linguistics courses teach you about the scientific study of the language. You’ll learn about the structure of the Spanish language and its morphology, the formation and origins of words, in addition to the phonetics and syntax of words and phrases. The linguistics courses may also examine the history of the Spanish language in general or its evolution within the U.S. Some colleges even offer translation classes as linguistics courses.

Spanish Literature

Spanish literature classes are similar to English literature classes, but you study the works of Latin American and Spanish writers like García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Miguel de Cervantes, Isabel Allende and Mateo Alemán. In the classes, you’ll read selected texts, discuss them during class sessions and write reports about the works. The texts that you study demonstrate the different dialects that Spanish-speaking cultures use and provide insight into cultural or political events that an author may have experienced.

Latin American and Spanish Culture

In classes related to the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, you’ll learn about the roles of governmental systems, art, music, history and gender differences in past and present civilizations. A class may focus on the pre-Columbian period or the modern cultures across different countries. Some universities also offer courses that study the Hispanic culture in the U.S. or show Spanish-language films. Depending on the university, you may be required to spend a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

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