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College
College of Arts and Sciences
Department
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/mcls
 

Description

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature, Culture and Translation explore the rich diversity of Spanish cultures, develop written and oral skills in the Spanish language and increase their understanding of the cultures and history of Spain and Latin America through the analysis of literary and nonliterary texts. Additionally, students are introduced to basic skills and theory of translating short texts from Spanish to English.

Career Opportunities

In the age of globalization, proficiency in the Spanish language and awareness of aspects of Hispanic cultures are valuable assets, both internationally and domestically, in many majors and careers, including international relations, international business, journalism and mass communication, health care, government, education, justice studies, law service industries and travel and tourism. Graduates with linguistic and cultural proficiency in Spanish may be prepared to work abroad in Spain, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Domestically, more than 50 million Hispanics or Latinos, 16% of the total U.S. population, reside in the U.S( U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Data).

For those interested in teaching, employment of K-12 teachers is expected to grow 13% between 2008 and 2018, and bilingual education is considered to be one of the high-demand fields (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011). Students interested in obtaining teaching licensure in Spanish should pursue a B.A. in Spanish, Literature, Culture and Translation combined with an education minor.
 

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students:Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

All Spanish Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the Spanish Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in Spanish Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated Spanish faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Perform tasks at Intermediate High and Advanced Low levels of proficiency using the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Proficiency in ACTFL terms is understood to describe a range of qualities rather than an absolute norm and will vary according to task type, language function, topic, skill (listening, speaking, reading, writing), and so forth.

2. Contribute to most informal and some formal conversations with sufficient accuracy, clarity, and precision to convey their intended message without misrepresentation or confusion. They will for the most part be understood by native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.

3. Vary the register (formality level) of their speech.

4. Talk about personal interests, topics of general interest, literature and culture, and so forth in the target language

5. Listen to connected discourse on a variety of topics and understand main ideas and most details. This requires processing of different tenses, knowledge of discourse structure, cohesive devices, pronoun systems, and more.

6. Read somewhat longer and more complex prose that have been written for native speakers and not edited or adapted for students. They will be able to read a wide variety of text types such as poems, plays, novels, magazine articles, newspaper articles, brochures, pamphlets, menus, letters, and so forth, Some texts they will understand completely; for others they will be able to grasp the main idea and some or most details.

7. Compose routine social correspondence, take notes, write cohesive summaries and resumes, as well as narratives and descriptions of a factual nature in the target language. Additionally, they will be able to complete course-related writing tasks such as essays and term papers in the target language. They will be able to defend a thesis statement and make stylistic decisions based on the needs of specific audiences and on specific writing purposes.

8.  Demonstrate a historical knowledge of Spanish history and culture and to understand the diverse nature of culture throughout the ages.

9. Discuss cultural differences, distinguishing between fact, opinion, stereotyping, etc.

10. Learn to recognize and esteem diversity as they gain the skills necessary for sensitive, effective interpersonal and intercultural interaction. To this end, study abroad will be encouraged.

11. Learn to view concepts, issues, events, and themes from the perspectives of diverse ethnic and cultural groups and to esteem diversity as they gain the skills necessary for sensitive, effective interpersonal and intercultural communication. Additionally, in learning to recognize and accept cultural differences, they are able to maintain an ongoing assessment of their own cultural values and behaviors. A successful program will instill in our students a lifetime commitment and desire to continue learning about languages, literatures, and cultures different from their own.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Iota

Advanced Degree Programs

Spanish (M.A.), Secondary Education: Spanish (M.A.T.), Translation: Spanish (M.A., Ph.D.)
 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS*
Type Course Title Credits
  SPAN 18201 Elementary Spanish I (4)  
    18202 Elementary Spanish II (4)  
    28201 Intermediate Spanish I (3)  
    28202 Intermediate Spanish II (3)  
III. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (40 credits)**  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  SPAN 38211 Spanish Grammar and Composition 3
    38213 Spanish Reading and Conversation 3
    38215 Spanish Phonetics and Diction 3
    38231 Translation Practice: Spanish 1
    38421 Civilization of Spain 3
    38424 Culture and Civilization of Latin America 3
    48215 Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation 3
  TRST 30230 Approaches to Translation 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness (3)  
    30420 Foreign Language and Culture Studies (3)+  
  Choose from the following: Spanish Survey Literature*** 3
WIC SPAN 38330 Early Spanish Literature (3)  
WIC   38331 Recent Spanish Literature (3)  
  Choose from the following: Spanish-American Survey Literature 3
WIC   38334 Early Spanish-American Literature (3)  
WIC   38335 Recent Spanish-American Literature (3)  
  Choose from the following Spanish Literature or Cultural Electives:
6 hours must be at the 40000 level
9
  SPAN 38240 Conversation for Business (3)  
    38330 Early Spanish Literature (3)  
    38331 Recent Spanish Literature (3)  
    38334 Early Spanish-American Literature (3)  
    38335 Recent Spanish-American Literature (3)  
    48216 Contemporary Hispanic Culture (3)  
    48230 Advanced Translation Practice: Spanish (3)  
    48240 Business and Special Texts: Spanish (3)  
    48340 Medieval Spanish Poetry (3)  
    48351 Minor Works of Cervantes (3)  
    48352 Medieval Spanish Prose (3)  
    48354 Neoclassicism and Romanticism (3)  
    48356 Golden Age Prose (3)  
    48358 Nineteenth-Century Novel (3)  
    48360 Twentieth-Century Spanish Drama (3)  
    48364 Generation of '98 and After (3)  
    48366 The Novel of the Mexican Revolution (3)  
    48372 Spanish-American Novel I (3)  
    48373 Spanish-American Novel II (3)  
    48374 Modern Spanish-American Drama (3)  
    48376 Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story (3)  
    48378 U.S. Latina/o Writers (3)  
    48422 Early Spanish-American Discourse (3)  
    48423 Spanish-American Indian Discourse (3)  
  TRST 38303 Medical Spanish Translation and Interpreting (3)  
IV.  ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (80 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language or General Electives**** 14
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 6
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences)***** 3
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)****** 3
  General Electives (minimum 10 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
24
MINIMUM TOTAL 
121

 

* Many students begin their university studies with substantial proficiency in Spanish and therefore, should begin their program of study with the first course in the Spanish major, SPAN 38211. Other students may need to complete one or more of the prerequisite courses: SPAN 18201, SPAN 18202, SPAN 28201, SPAN 28202. Starting Spanish studies in the appropriate courses(s) is critical to on-time graduation. All students intending to major in Spanish should contact a Spanish faculty advisor in the department of Modern and Classical Language Studies for individualized placement and advising information prior to enrolling in their first Spanish course. Students entering the university with substantial knowledge of Spanish should consider taking the College-Level Examination Program (http://career.kent.edu/home/testing/t_clep.cfm ) through which they may receive up to 14 hours of university credit. Students wishing to earn credit through CLEP should take the exam several weeks prior to enrolling in their first Spanish course to ensure eligibility, timely granting of credits, and timely placement into the correct Spanish courses(s).

** All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

*** One course must be passed with minimum C grade to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. Survey literature courses not applied to this category may be used to fulfill one requirement in the 3/40000 elective category.

**** Students who fulfill the language requirement in fewer than 14 hours as a result of starting their Spanish studies in a course higher than SPAN 28202, will complete remaining hours with general electives.

*****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.

******One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

+ Spanish teaching licensure candidates completing an Education minor should take MCLS 30420.

Note: All Spanish Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the Spanish Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in Spanish Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated Spanish faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, and the Spanish Literature, Culture and Translation major requires Intermediate I and II of the same language. All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.