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Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

The General Major is a comprehensive degree that gives students a thorough preparation in language, literature, linguistics, and  culture. The language courses help students develop their writing and speaking skills. The culture courses introduce students to the art, history, politics, music and social trends of the major Spanish-speaking countries. In the literature courses students read major works by many different authors, improve their language and analytical skill and scan a whole spectrum of cultural and social issues.

The Spanish-for the Professions major tract offers students the training to connect with clients, customers and patient of another culture by acquiring language skill in the professional fields and also by gaining knowledge of that culture’s traditions, values and practices.

Learning Objectives

Communication

  • Students will be able to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Students will be able to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Students will be able to present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Cultures

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products (artifacts) and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Connections

  • Students will be able to reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  • Students will be able to acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

Comparisons

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Communities

  • Students will be able to use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Students will be able to show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Career Possibilities

The world has become more interrelated. New alliances are being formed among many different countries, and e merging nations are displaying new economic and cultural strengths. In the United States, businesses are expanding their international scope and ethnic diversity is increasing. On an individual level, advances in electronic technology and ease of travel expedite communication among the citizens of the world. These developments have intensified the need to understand other cultures and to become proficient in another language.

This international dimension has also affected Las Vegas. The city has experienced a growth in visitors from a wide range of cultures. Among the minorities, Hispanics make up the largest group, with estimates placing their number at fifteen percent of the population of Southern Nevada. Working with Hispanics has become a reality for many different professionals-for those in the hotel industry, in business, in the medical profession, in the legal field, and in a wide range of social services. The need to connect with clients, customers, and patients of another culture is met not merely by acquiring language skills but also by gaining knowledge of that culture’s traditions, values, and practices.