The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Shippensburg University prepares you in interpersonal communication, interpretive listening, interpretive reading, oral and written presentations in Spanish. Our students also study the culture and literature of Spanish-speaking countries including their products, practices and perspectives. Our world languages curriculum strengthens critical thinking skills and global and intercultural awareness. The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with Secondary Certification prepares graduates to teach Spanish in secondary schools.
A minor in Spanish helps you develop cross-cultural competency, along with an ability to communicate in Spanish to the proficiency level of Intermediate Mid (at a minimum), following the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. This is an important component of education if you choose a career in such fields as services (health, international organizations, volunteering); industry (import/export, marketing and advertising, overseas investments); and government (foreign service, department of state, FBI, CIA, homeland security).
The Department of Modern Languages has a thirty-five-position computerized multimedia audio-video language-learning center for both classroom sessions and individual work. Some of the computers are equipped with Webcams and Skype to facilitate live interactions with native speakers. Practicing in a multimedia center accelerates your learning process and transforms the most tedious aspects of language learning into an enjoyable experience. Both the department and Ezra Lehman Library maintain an excellent collection of books, magazines, maps, and DVDs on the language, literature, and culture of foreign countries.
Shippensburg Spanish majors have hadinternships in social service agencies, museums, businesses, community organizations, and government.
Students who wish to study abroad will find that there are many opportunities available. Spanish majors are especially encouraged to study at least one semester in a Spanish-speaking country. Study abroad is highly encouraged but not required for the minor.