Spanish

Spanish

Spanish, the second language of the United States, is an excellent choice for students pursuing a career in any field. A variety of courses are offered at every level in grammar, composition, conversation and literature, as well as those reflecting current issues and promoting cultural awareness. Medical and Business Spanish courses provide the necessary knowledge to meet professional goals. The summer abroad program in Madrid, Encuentro Español, offers the opportunity to earn six credit hours toward the major or minor, while experiencing total immersion in the language and culture of Spain. Students may also spend a semester of study and service in the Dominican Republic through Encuentro Dominicano, or profit from other study abroad opportunities through the Office of International Programs. Finally, many opportunities for involvement and practice of the Spanish language abound on campus: a Latino Student Association, the Spanish Table, a Spanish Club, and activities offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Why study Spanish?

Knowing any second language is important; but when you choose Spanish, there are added benefits due to several factors:

  • Spanish, together with English and Chinese, is among the most spoken languages in the world. It is the second most spoken language in terms of native speakers.
  • Spanish is the second most used language in business and in international communication, and an official language of the UN and other organizations.
  • In the US alone close to 35 million people speak Spanish, making the US the fourth largest Spanish-speaking country.
  • As this world is rapidly becoming multicultural, Spanish, together with Arabic and Chinese, has been recognized as a key language for the future.

Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment in the United States and their population has grown by more than 60% in the last decade. Their buying power is expected to exceed $926 million by the end of this year. Therefore, learning Spanish is rapidly becoming a professional necessity. More and more companies value employees with a knowledge of Spanish since it gives them access to one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Knowledge in this language gives you an advantage in employment opportunities and promising salary potential.

On a more personal level, the ability to speak Spanish gives you:

  • An enhanced travel experience to over 21 countries and 4 continents
  • An advantage and head start in learning other Latin-based languages such as Portuguese, French and Italian.
  • A unique exposure to a rich cultural and linguistic history. Everyone has heard of the most acclaimed writer of the Spanish Golden Age, Miguel de Cervantes and his novel El Quijote. Many know of the painters Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, movie director Pedro Almodovar, writers like Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez and numerous pop artists who have influenced the main stream of American Culture, such as Ricky Martin, Jennifer López, Marc Anthony, Zelma Hyek, Chakira, Penelope Cruz, Celia Cruz, Tito Puentes, Andy García, Antonio Banderas and many more.

Courses

Go to the Registrar's site for the current Schedule of Courses and the Course Bulletin.

B.A., Major in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

B.A., Major in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

The major in Spanish and Hispanic Studies has both a literary and a professional track, each offering advanced language and culture courses. In addition, the literary track has a strong literary component.

Admission to the Spanish Major: Completion of SPN 201 or higher with a grade of "C" or better.

 

Creighton University Courses

CREDITS

Equivalent

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

 

 

0-3

 A maximum of 3 credits  at this level (202 or 203) may count towards Major

 

___ SPN 202   Intermediate Spanish II

___ SPN 203   Interm. Hispanic Culture & Civilization

 

 

 

Pre-requisite:

SPN 201 or by placement

Students placed at the 300 level or above may not take this course for credit in Major

 

 

 

ADVANCED SPANISH COURSES

 

0-9

A maximum of 9 credits  at the 300 level (or 12 if placed at this level) may count towards Major

300 Courses

 

 

___ SPN 311   Advanced Spanish I

___ SPN 312   Spanish Grammar in Context

___ SPN 313   Advanced Spanish Conversation

___ SPN 314   Business Spanish I

___ SPN 316   Spanish Immersion I (travel course)

___ SPN 317   Spanish Immersion II (travel course)

___ SPN 331   Medical Spanish I

___ SPN 340   Special Topics in Hispanic Cultures

___ SPN 341   Introduction to Translation

 

 

Pre-requisite:

SPN 202 or 203 or by placement or IC

Advanced students may replace 300 with 400 level courses with departmental permission

400-24 Courses

6

A maximum of 6 credits at the 400-24 level may count towards Major

___ SPN 401   Advanced Spanish Composition

___ SPN 421   Civilization & Culture of Spain

___ SPN 422   Latin American Culture & Civilization

___ SPN 423   Encuentro Hispano I (travel course)

___ SPN 424   Encuentro Español I (travel course)

 

 

Pre-requisite:

6 credits  at the 300 level

___ SPN 425   Introduction to Literary Analysis

3

Required to all Majors

Pre-requisite:   3 credits  at the 401-424 level

426-599 Courses

 

9

Track Electives: A minimum of 9 credits at the 426-599 level must be taken in Major

 

Pre-requisite:  6 credits  at the 401-25 level

___ SPN 426   Survey of Latin-American Literature

___ SPN 427   Survey of Peninsular Literature

___ SPN 430   Business Spanish II

___ SPN 431   Medical Spanish II

___ SPN 502   Advanced Spanish Translation

 

___ SPN ___   Electives (426-599)

___ SPN ___   Electives (426-599)

 

 

Professional Track

Any Non-Literature Based Courses

 

Substitutions may be approved by the Department

 

 

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___ SPN 426   Survey of Latin-American Literature

___ SPN 427   Survey of Peninsular Literature

 

___ SPN ___    Electives (426-599)

___ SPN ___    Electives (426-599)

___ SPN ___    Electives (426-599)

 

 

Literary Track

Any Literature & Linguistics Based Courses

 

Substitutions may be approved by the Department

 

SEE  UNDERGRADUATE   BULLETIN

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

30

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                    ** At least 18 credits must be taken at Creighton

Revised April 24, 2012

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Minor in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Minor in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

The Spanish and Hispanic Studies Minor offers students the opportunity to explore the broad interdisciplinary field of the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.  The Minor, designed to complement the students' areas of specialization, will allow them to develop the linguistic and cultural proficiency necessary to work professionally in the United States and in all Spanish-speaking countries, and make significant contributions to their communities.  In addition to obtaining a greater mastery of all language skills (reading, writing, comprehension, speaking), students will also acquire and apply terminology specific to their field.  Finally, the minor, in introducing students to diverse Hispanic literatures and cultures, will not only develop their analytical skills, but also teach them to recognize, negotiate, and appreciate cultural differences.

Declare your Spanish minor right here.

 

SPANISH MINOR

 

Creighton University Courses

CREDITS

Equivalent

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

 

 

0-3

 A maximum of 3 credits  at this level (202 or 203) may count towards Minor

 

___ SPN 202   Intermediate Spanish II

___ SPN 203   Interm. Hispanic Culture & Civilization

 

 

 

Pre-requisite:

SPN 201 or by placement

Students placed at the 300 level or above may not take this course for credit in Minor

 

 

 

ADVANCED SPANISH COURSES

 

0-9

A maximum of 9 credits  at the 300 level (or 12 if placed at this level) may count towards Minor

300 Courses

 

 

___ SPN 311   Advanced Spanish I

___ SPN 312   Spanish Grammar in Context

___ SPN 313   Advanced Spanish Conversation

___ SPN 314   Business Spanish I

___ SPN 316   Spanish Immersion I (travel course)

___ SPN 317   Spanish Immersion II (travel course)

___ SPN 331   Medical Spanish I

___ SPN 340  Special Topics in Hispanic Cultures

___ SPN 341  Introduction to Translation

 

 

Pre-requisite:

SPN 202 or 203 or by placement or IC

Advanced students may replace 300 with 400 level courses with departmental permission

400-425 Courses

6

Electives
At least 6 credits at the 400-25 level may be taken in Minor

___ SPN 401   Advanced Spanish Composition

___ SPN 421   Civilization & Culture of Spain

___ SPN 422   Latin American Culture & Civilization

___ SPN 423   Encuentro Hispano I (travel course)

___ SPN 424   Encuentro Español I (travel course)

 

___ SPN 425   Introduction to Literary Analysis

 

 

 

Pre-requisite:

6 credits  at the 300 level

 

 

 

 

Pre-requisite:  3 credits  at the 401-24 level

 

 

___ SPN ___   Electives (426-599)

 

 

 

Pre-requisite:  6 credits  at the 401-25 level

TOTAL

18

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                    ** At least 12 credits must be taken at Creighton

Revised April 24, 2012

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More Information

For more information on why you should learn Spanish, visit the following links:

www.studyspanish.com

www.spanish.about.com/cs/forbeginners/a/whylearnspanish.htm

Clubs and Honor Societies

Club de Espanõl

Service
Completely Kids (formerly known as Campfire USA) is an after school program for students of all ages. They are in need of volunteers to help with homework/play with the students. We have two sites set up with this program that we will need weekly volunteers for.

On Tuesdays, we will be going to Marrs Middle School @ 3:30-5:15pm. They need about 3 volunteers each week.

On Thursdays, we will be going to Gomez Heritage Middle School @ 4-6 pm. If you are interested in/have any questions about these opportunities, please contact: SpencerCloud@creighton.edu and/or MorganFreilich@creighton.edu

Beginning the week after fall break, we will also need volunteers for the Intercultural Senior Center. Volunteers will spend time interacting/practicing English with senior residents at this site every other week for approximately 2 hours. The day & time for this site will be established and emailed out to you all soon.
If you are interested in/have any questions about this opportunity, please contact:TBA

De la cocina
De La Cocina is a fun, deliciously cultural event where students learn to create different dishes from a variety of Hispanic cultures. Each event costs $5 (a major steal!) and is held at someone's house/apartment/dorm . We have experienced food from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain.

The next de la Cocina will take place in early December and will feature food/drink from Mexico. More details about this event will be sent out as the date gets closer.

Free Academic Tutoring
Skutt Center room 209 will be reserved every Tuesday 6-7pm for members of the Spanish Club. Feel free to stop by throughout the semester to work on homework, work with a tutor and practice your español! If you are interested in/have questions about this opportunity, please contact: BrianFarrell@creighton.edu

Translation
Throughout the year the Spanish Club tries to put its skills to use by helping translate for various organizations in the community. Club members have helped out with projects for the Joslyn Art Museum, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Creighton Dental School's "Give Kids a Smile" and the Juan Diego Center. For more information, please email the Spanish Club representative.

Membership
To request membership into the club and be placed on the ListServe, please contact our current president, chloesmith@creighton.edu.

Other Information
If you have any extra Spanish-English dictionaries lying around - the CCSJ will take them off your hands and donate them to Pixan Ixim's ELL program. Please bring them to the CCSJ office on the 2nd floor of Harper - there will be a collection box awaiting you there.

Calendar of Events

 

Honor Society-Sigma Delta Pi

¡Feria sin fronteras!

This year we held our first annual Hispanic Cultural Event, Feria sin fronteras, put on by the Creighton chapter of the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Feria sin fronteras hosted a number of cultural events ranging from music and dance to poetry recitations. We served food from a number of Spanish-speaking countries, including tamales, empanadas, chori-pan, tortilla española, frijoles negros with arroz, horchata and tamarindo. The best part is that it was all free! 

What: Feria sin fronteras (Festival Without Borders)
Where: Lower Saint John's (west side entrance)
When: Tuesday, September 27th from 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

See pictures from the event

Video from the event

Spanish Honor Society - Sigma Delta Pi
Creighton University Chapter - Psi Xi

Events
Initiation Ceremony
On Wednesday, November 16th, we will be holding our Initiation Ceremony for entrance into Sigma Delta Pi. More information will be coming forth shortly.

Application



Requirements for Membership
1. Have at least Sophomore status with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
2. Have completed at least 18 semester hours of Spanish, including one course in literature (Span 425, 426, 427 or above) or culture (Span 421 or 422). AP credit may count as part of the 18 credit hour requirement.
3. Be committed to the encouraging, understanding and appreciating of Hispanic cultures in the English-speaking world.
4. Pay the one time initiation and national membership fee of $50 (payable with the application for membership). This fee covers the cost of a gold honor key, certificate, local dues, and also endows a local and national scholarship program.
5. Attend the Initiation Ceremony normally held in the Spring.


Spanish Club
Sigma Delta Pi (Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica)