Learning Objectives

The major in Spanish and the Certificate in Spanish are an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the opportunity to acquire advanced language proficiency, as well as skills and knowledge of the literary, cultural, socio-historical, and political traditions of the Spanish-speaking world.

Upon graduation, Spanish majors should have achieved the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to read critically, interpret analytically, speak persuasively, and write coherently about both visual and verbal texts produced in the Spanish-speaking world.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with methodological approaches in the study of literary and cultural texts, such as close reading, socio-historical contextualization, and literary and cultural theory.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of literary and cultural traditions, such as major movements, writers, and works of the Spanish-speaking world, focusing on at least one and ideally multiple traditions: Latin American, Spanish and US/Latin@ cultures.
  5. Demonstrate the skills necessary for scholarly research and writing in the Humanities.

In addition, we welcome and encourage the development of skills in linguistics, translation and comparative studies.