OSRHE Program Code: 082
CIP Code: 160905
Major Code: 4850
The mission of the Spanish Bachelor of Arts degree program is to assist students in acquiring an advanced level of proficiency (as defined by ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in all four language domains and in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational forms of communication. The program also has the goal of helping students gain a high level of familiarity with both the products and practices of Hispanic cultures so that they can interact successfully with members of these cultures and appreciate their history and achievements. Finally, the Spanish Bachelor of Arts program seeks to prepare students to utilize their language skills professionally and to become lifelong language learners.
Student Learning Outcomes
ACTFL Standard 1: Language Profeciency
- Speak in the interpersonal mode at a proficiency level of at least Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.
- Interpret informational texts at a proficiency level of at least Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.
- Speak extemporaneously in the presentational mode at a proficiency level of at least Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.
- Write in the presentational mode at a proficiency level of at least Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.
ACTFL Standard 2: Cultures, Linguistics, Literatures, and Concepts from Other Disciplines
- Analyze elements of word and sentence formation in an authentic informational text on an interdisciplinary topic.
- Analyze phonological, morphological, syntactic, and dialectical elements of the speech of an authentic videotext.
- Examine the relationship between traditional and contemporary cultural products and practices of specific locations in the Spanish-speaking world and the perspectives of Hispanic cultures.
- Interpret literary texts that represent the traditions and contemporary issues of Hispanic cultures
- Research a previously unexplored cultural, literary, or cross-disciplinary topic from the Spanish-speaking world.
ACTFL Standard 6: Professional Development, Advocacy, and Ethics
- Use technology and face-to-face experiences to develop their language skills and cultural awareness.
- Plan for continued improvement of their language skills and cultural awareness.
- Devise a rationale for world language study that includes the cognitive, academic, affective, and economic benefits to P-12 students.
- Reflect on the value of continued participation in professional learning communities.
Additional Program Requirements
Students in the Spanish B.A. degree program will participate in and complete program assessment procedures. These procedures include, but may not be limited to, periodic evaluations of speaking and writing proficiency and the creation of a portfolio of artifacts from the student's upper-division Spanish courses. Assessment procedures are administered by Spanish faculty without cost to the student.
Minimum Grade Requirement
Students must earn a grade of C or better in courses used for major or minor credit. Grades lower than a C from NSU or transfer institutions will not apply for major or minor credit.