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Why should I learn Spanish?

  • Being fully bilingual in a global world makes you a more competitive force in society for jobs and international business. Hospitals, Law Firms, Schools, and Global companies like IBM, Google, Vale, Rio Tinto, Suncor, Dell, Proctor & Gamble, are looking for people with certified language skills.

  • It is the second most commonly spoken language in U.S.You are bound to run into someone who speaks only Spanish in your daily life

  • It helps improve your English: Learning Spanish will boost your vocabulary by familiarizing you with words that have fallen out of everyday use in English, but have common equivalents in Spanish.

  • It is not a hard language to learn. Spanish is mostly phonetic and has some cool quirks. For example if you already speak Spanish, did you know that “va a hacer” is not the same as “va a ser” or “vaser” which by the way, its’ not even a word?! Another common example is “vez” and “ves” which might sound the same but have totally different meanings!

  • Makes you smarter. That's right -- the latest research shows that speaking another language and being bilingual improves cognitive skills unrelated to language.

  • It improves cultural understanding Latinos are one of the fast-growing populations in the United States. We come from all around the world, and some 50 million of us have our roots in Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish can often help you get to know your neighbors.

  • You can teach it to your children!


The Spanish Program

The Department of Chicano/Chicana & Hemispheric Studies invites you to declare Spanish as a major (30 credit hours) or minor (18 credit hours).

The new program has:

A Major or Minor in Spanish as a Heritage or Native Language

Designed for students who have been exposed to Spanish at home. Some students may have full oral fluency and literacy in the heritage language; others may have full oral fluency, but their written literacy was not developed because they were usually schooled in English. Another group of students -- typically third- or fourth-generation -- can have difficulty expressing themselves on a wide range of topics. The courses for this track are specifically designed to help students question, probe, and inquire about the intricacies of their Heritage language and culture.

A Minor in Spanish as a Second Language.

Designed to offer students the ability to learn a new language and gain full fluency. Additionally the upper lever courses are designed to integrate language skills with writing and critical thinking skills pertaining to diverse aspects of Hispanic culture.

Depending on their degree plan students can choose from these courses:

SPAN 101 Introduction to Spanish I
SPAN 102 Introduction to Spanish II
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
SPAN 303 Hispanic Culture
SPAN 308 Advanced Composition & Grammar
SPAN 310 Oral Communication in Spanish
SPAN 320 Spanish/ English Bilingualism
SPAN 402 Spanish in the Community
SPAN 405 Spanish for the Professions
SPAN 435 Intensive
Spanish Language Development
SPAN 450 Chicano Literature
SPAN 400 Guided Elective

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Spanish Concentration

A concentration in Spanish is offered as part of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.) program. Students need a minimum of 36 hours to complete the program and are required to select two or three fields of study. It is recommended that at least 18 hours are completed in one of the fields of study. For a field of study to be listed on a student’s transcript as a concentration, at least nine credit hours must be completed in that field.

Upon the completion of 18 credit hours in Spanish, students will receive a certificate of completion in the concentration of Spanish.

The following courses with the exception of Translation Studies are taught entirely in Spanish:

Literature focus:

SPAN 510 Survey of Latin American Literature I

SPAN 511 Survey of Latin American Literature II

SPAN 550 Chicano Literature

SPAN 515 Biliteracy: A Journey Through Children’s Literature

SPAN 580 Directed Study


Language focus:

SPAN 500 Introduction to Translation Studies

SPAN 502 Spanish in the Community: Service- Learning & Study Abroad

SPAN 505 Spanish for the Professions Intensive

SPAN 535 Spanish Language Development


Contact

Margarita Wulftange, PhD
Assistant Professor, Elementary Education School of Education Chair,
Dept. of Chicana/Chicano & Hemispheric Studies
Western New Mexico University
email: wulftangem1@wnmu.edu

Professor Patricia Cano
Full Professor, Chicana/Chicano Studies
Dept. of Chicana/Chicano & Hemispheric Studies
Western New Mexico University

email: Patricia.Cano@wnmu.edu

María Eugenia Trillo, PhD
Associate Professor, Spanish
Graduate Spanish Advisor
Dept. of Chicana/Chicano & Hemispheric Studies
Western New Mexico University

email: Maria.Trillo@wnmu.edu

Lydia Huerta Moreno, PhD
Assistant Professor, Spanish and Chicana/Chicano Studies
Undergraduate Spanish Advisor
Dept. of Chicana/Chicano & Hemispheric Studies
Western New Mexico University

email: lydia.huerta@wnmu.edu





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