Bachelor of Arts

Division of Humanities

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is one of several humanities degrees offered at YHC. The B.A. in Spanish is designed to provide preparation in the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will achieve a level of proficiency in Spanish adequate for both academic and professional purposes. The major focuses on the development of the speaking, reading, listening and writing skills in order to converse in Spanish on non-specialized and everyday life topics, as well as to read and understand Spanish in specialized fields. The program will also enable students to achieve cultural awareness and understanding of the Hispanic world through the study of major fictional and nonfictional works both in Peninsular and Latin American culture.

The humanities majors are all built on the same liberal arts core, and students majoring in Spanish have opportunities to study abroad in Spain (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona; travel & education in Salamanca and Latin America).

Spanish is also offered as a minor; details are below.

When viewing requirements for your major, please select appropriate catalog year.

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What classes will you take?

  • A diverse set of classes in the liberal arts core
  • Major classes in The Department of Literature and languages, including:
    • Spanish for Business and International Relations (SPAN 3200 is a course for developing communication skills in Spanish for business purposes. Emphasis is on language skills for the global marketplace: Specialized terminology, writing, and comprehension of cultural practices in the Spanish-speaking business world.
    • Hispanic Cultural Heritage in the United States (SPAN 3500 is a course that explores the artistic, intellectual, and social aspects of the cultural Hispanic heritage in the United States. It reviews the presence and influence of Spanish culture in North America from the colonial period to the present, with primary emphasis on contemporary figures and trends).
    • Introduction to Modern Hispanic Cinema (SPAN3300 The course will screen and analyze award-winning films from Spain and Latin America that address important issues in contemporary Hispanic culture. Screenings include feature, documentary, and short-footage films.
    • Hispanic Short Fiction (Span 3700 In this course, we shall read a selection of short stories by prominent Hispanic writers such as, Borges, Cortázar, Cisnero, García Márquez, Poniatowska, Quiroga and Santos-Febres. We shall explore the specific literary strategies and techniques through which these writers approach what they consider to be the most important sociopolitical, cultural and literary issues in the Hispanic world of their time, and their specific imaginative answers to such issues.

What can you do with a degree Spanish? 

The B.A. in Spanish is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in business, translation, law, social work, education, medicine, medical interpreter, creative writing, dramatic performance as well as graduate study in the humanities and social sciences.  

You can also minor in Spanish!

Click here to view the minor curriculum.