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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies offers a major in Spanish which consist of 30 credits in language, linguistics and literature. The department also offers an interdisciplinary 36 credit major in Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies.
Learning Goals for All Students
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is committed to four primary educational goals: (1) to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the literatures, languages and cultures of Latin America, the Hispanic Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Latina/o and Lusophone populations in the United States; (2) to provide rigorous liberal-arts training to all of our students, by honing critical thinking and writing skills; (3) to develop our students' academic proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese, a particular need for our many students who are heritage speakers of these languages; (4) to provide students with training in preparation for careers as teachers, professors, or a myriad of other professional roles which require superior proficiency in Portuguese and Spanish. In each of these areas, the faculty of the department is committed to providing students with a high level of mentorship and support.
In addition to these more general abilities, literature and linguistics classes introduce students to the methods and modes of inquiry of their respective disciplines.
Goals for Student Learning in Literature and Cultural Studies Classes
Literature, as well as expressive and material culture, can be enjoyed by anyone, without any special training. Literary, cinematic and performative analysis, however, are activities for which skills, knowledge, and preparation are needed. Students of literature and culture should not only to be able to “read” texts, images and performances in Spanish or Portuguese, but to read critically: in essence, they need to become professional readers. Becoming proficient in analyzing literature and culture includes the following abilities:
Goals for Student Learning in Linguistics Classes
Linguistic analysis allows us to understand how people use and acquire languages, the quintessentially human abilities that set us apart from other species. It also provides us with tools for studying language in a rigorous, precise way that uncovers its structure and hidden patterns. In linguistics classes, students will learn how to:
Goals for Student Learning in Language Classes
The learning goals for language students take as benchmarks the 2012 Proficiency Guidelines established by ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) for speaking, reading, writing and listening in a language, as well as gaining knowledge of the target language culture.
Introductory or Elementary Language Instruction
Intermediate Language Instruction
Advanced Language Instruction (Spanish 203, 204, 307, Portuguese 204)