BA and Minor in Spanish

Undergraduate Program in Spanish

Introduction

The Spanish Program at Howard University is housed in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.​  Students can take Spanish language courses as well as courses on literature, culture, film and music.  

Students interested in choosing a major or minor in Spanish should contact the program coordinator.

Why Study Spanish?

The second most spoken language in the world, Spanish plays an important role in politics, commerce and cultural exchange.  According to the Pew Research Center, over 37 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish as their first language, and it is projected that the Latino population will reach almost 130 million by 2060, likely making it the largest Spanish speaking country in the world. By adding a Spanish Major or Minor to a major in the fields of business, health sciences, education, and communication, you will be competitive for job opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Mercedes Tibbits

mtibbits@howard.edu

Locke Hall, 332

Course Requirements

Capstone Experience

“Capstone Experience” for DWLC Spanish Majors

Approved: Fall 2007

TO QUALIFY FOR GRADUATION, SPANISH MAJORS MUST COMPLETE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

1. Comprehensive Examination

            FORMAT

  1. A set of 10 questions on each area [Afro-Hispanic, Latin-America, Peninsular] will be given to students by 15 September / 15 January of the semester when they plan to take the exam. Up to the end of October / February, students are welcome to consult with faculty members regarding the questions. The exam will include 3-4 of those questions in each area, which students will answer in essay form, in Spanish.
  2. A composition in Spanish on a subject indicated to the students the day of the exam.
  3. An oral interview of about ten minutes in Spanish on general and academic issues to be conducted by a panel of two or more professors.

2.  Capstone Community Project

            By 10 November / 30 March of their graduation semester, and with the supervision of a tenured faculty member, student will have performed a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer work for an organization which serves the Hispanic community. Students will have written a 5-10 page report on their work, in Spanish. At the end of their graduation semester, students who select this option will make a 10 minute presentation to the DWLC on their experience.

3.  Capstone Essay

            By 30 October / 15 March of their graduation semester, students will complete a 15-20 page research essay. Students will work with the supervision of two full-time professors, one of which must be a tenured professor. The essay must include sources other than textbooks, and it must follow the MLA format. At the end of their graduation semester, students who select this option will make a 10 minute presentation to the DWLC on their research.

*  Students must inform the Spanish Coordinator of their choice as soon as they have made a decision, but no later than the end of the semester before they plan to graduate.

**  Please check “Timetable” for deadlines. Students who do not meet the deadlines will not be allowed to graduate.

***  Spanish Coordinator: Dr. Mercedes Tibbits  [Locke #332]  mtibbits@howard.edu

 

Major

SPANISH MAJOR

TOTAL HOURS:  36 credit hours                                                             Required: 30 credit hours

Electives: 6 credit hours

Required

           SPAN 040         Intensive Grammar Review (3)                                        [Fall & Spring]

            SPAN 050         Oral Expression I (3)                                                      [Fall & Spring]

            SPAN 052         Reading/Writing Workshop (3)                                      [Fall & Spring]

            SPAN 060         Textual Analysis (3)                                                       [Fall and Spring]

            SPAN 077         Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)                       [Spring]

            SPAN 080         Survey of Spanish Lit & Civ I (3)                                      [Fall]

            SPAN 081         Survey of Spanish Lit & Civ II (3)                                     [Spring]

            SPAN 083         Survey of Latin American Lit & Civ I (3)                           [Fall]

            SPAN 084         Survey of Latin American Lit & Civ II (3)                          [Spring]

            SPAN 085         Survey of Afro-Hispanic Lit & Civ (3)       {hybrid}            [Fall & Spring]

           

Electives

SPAN 051         Oral Expression II (3)                                                     [Fall & Spring]*

SPAN 064         Spanish for the News Media (3)                                     [Fall]

SPAN 065         Simultaneous Interpretation (3)                                     [Fall]*              

SPAN 066         Simultaneous Interpretation II (3)                                  [Spring] *

SPAN 078         Business Spanish (3)                                                      [Spring]

SPAN 161         Migrations and Identities in Hispanophone Africana Films                           [NEW]

SPAN 177         Introduction to Spanish-English Translation (3)               [Fall]*

SPAN 178         Advanced Spanish-English Translation (3)                       [Spring]*

SPAN 194         Spain & Latin America through Film (3)                          [Fall]

 

* The semester when courses are offered, especially those with an asterisk (*) might change due to scheduling needs.

NOTE: Other Spanish courses are listed in the Catalogue. They are rarely offered, but can be used as electives if taken in an approved study abroad program or at another accredited institution. Consult the Spanish Coordinator for more information.

Minor

SPANISH MINOR

TOTAL HOURS: 18 credit hours                                                               Required: 12 credit hours

Electives: 6 credit hours

REQUIRED        These Three Courses               and          One of These Three

SPAN    040      Intensive Grammar Review (3)               SPAN    060      Textual Analysis (3)  / or  /

SPAN    050      Oral Expression I (3)                              SPAN    078      Business Spanish (3)  /  or  /      

SPAN    052      Reading/Writing Workshop (3)              SPAN     064      Spanish for the News Media (3)

                                   

PLUS TWO ELECTIVES ABOVE SPAN 050 (from the list for majors, above)

[080, 081, 083, 084 are especially geared towards Spanish majors]

 

2015 Capstone Presentations

Graduation Party for Spanish Majors - 2017