Bachelor of Arts in Spanish for the Professions

The Spanish for the Professions major 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.

Degree Requirements

36 credits in total, with the following distribution:

  • 21 of the required 36 credits MUST be taken at UNLV
  • 30 credits must be 300-400 level courses
  • Courses labeled topics (SPAN 350, 410, 425, 450) may be repeated for credit with a different topic
  • SPAN 302 and SPAN 425 (6 total credits) are required for all students in the Spanish for the Professions major

Required Courses

Grammar and Composition (up to 12 credits)
SPAN 300, SPAN 302, SPAN 401, SPAN 402
Spanish for the Professions (minimum of 12 credits)
SPAN 315, SPAN 317, SPAN 364, SPAN 365, SPAN 366, SPAN 367, SPAN 368, SPAN 369, SPAN 370, SPAN 412, SPAN 413
Literature (minimum of 3 credits)
SPAN 341, SPAN 342, SPAN 343, SPAN 344, SPAN 350, SPAN 450
Linguistics (minimum of 3 credits)
SPAN 304, SPAN 312, SPAN 410, SPAN 496, WLC 311, WLC 414, WLC 416, WLC 499
Culture and Civilization (minimum of 3 credits)
SPAN 425
Language Prerequisites (up to 9 credits)
Credit toward the major is granted for these courses, following specific placement determined by a departmental placement exam. The exam is free and is online.
Non-heritage speakers: depending on placement exam results, students will take one, some, or all of the following courses: SPAN 213, SPAN 214, SPAN 301.
Heritage speakers: depending on placement exam results, students will take one or both of the following courses: SPAN 226, SPAN 227.

Electives in the Major

In consultation with the Spanish major advisor, students will determine how best to complete any remaining credits to reach the total of 36 credits. For example, students who place higher on the departmental placement exam will replace those lower-level credits with further upper-division courses.

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.