The Spanish major at York College is an applied language major that allows the student the opportunity to become proficient in the language and to select an area of concentration from a wide range of disciplines. This curriculum recognizes the increasing demand in practically every work setting for individuals who are competent in Spanish. The primary emphasis in this major is the acquisition of Spanish language proficiency, the appreciation of Spanish and Spanish-American literature, and the understanding of the many cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. The secondary emphasis is on applying this knowledge by choosing a minor in which the student plans to use Spanish in the future. Students may also choose to pursue a double major by combining Spanish with another field. Through their choices in courses, Spanish majors have the flexibility to construct a unique program that best suits their needs and interests.
Students are required to complete an independent research project or participate in an internship that serves as a capstone experience in the major. The study abroad requirement is an essential component to experiencing the Spanish language and Hispanic culture firsthand. While a full semester abroad is recommended, participation in a brief, intensive immersion program abroad is also an option.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the major, the career direction of graduates from this program varies considerably. Students may wish to pursue graduate studies or enter a career in international relations, social services, public relations, or business just to name a few.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Spanish must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.
Spanish majors must complete at least six elective credits in Spanish in an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country.