Spanish, B.S.

Program Code: SPNBS_BS

Program Description

This major encourages students to prepare for careers in which fluency in Spanish can be combined with training in other academic disciplines.

Applied Spanish Option

This option is designed to develop basic skills in Spanish (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and to provide Spanish majors with concentration in a professional area where a command of Spanish can be particularly relevant and useful. Students are eligible to participate in the University's Education Abroad Programs.

Business Option

This option is designed to develop basic skills in Spanish (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and to acquaint students with a number of fields essential to business, especially in the international area. Courses in translation techniques, Spanish civilization, and Ibero-American civilization are an integral part of the option. Students are eligible to participate in the University's Education Abroad Programs.

What is Spanish?

Spanish is the native language of nearly 500 million people, making it the second-most widely spoken language in the world. It is an official language in 21 countries, each with a rich history and culture that are reflected in the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation of this one language in its many dialectal variations. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is the second most spoken language in the United States, which currently ranks as the third largest Spanish-speaking country in the world (after Mexico and Colombia).

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are passionate about Spanish and eager to use it professionally.
  • You understand that proficiency in Spanish opens a lot of doors.
  • You love to travel.
  • You want to make your passion for the Spanish language and culture work for you, and for your future employer.
  • You look forward to serving the Spanish-speaking community in the United States as a bilingual professional.

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish, a minimum of 122 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 17-19
Requirements for the Major 60-71

0-13 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 0-4 credits of GQ courses; 0-6 credits of GS courses, 0-3 credits of GWS courses.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
SPAN 215Introduction to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 253WIntroduction to Hispanic Literature3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Intermediate Grammar and Composition
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Spanish Bilinguals 1
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Medical-Related Fields
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Communication-related Fields
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Intensive Grammar and Composition
Advanced Writing and Stylistics in Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Readings in Iberian Civilization
Readings in Ibero-American Civilization
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Intermediate Conversational Spanish
Advanced Grammar and Composition Through Reading
Spanish for Social Services
Spanish Sounds
Building Words and Sentences in Spanish
Topics in the Cultures of Spain
Topics in Border Studies
Topics in the Cultures of Latin America
Topics in the Cultures of the Americas
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Spanish
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option39-50

Requirements for the Option

Applied Spanish Option (39 credits)

This option is designed to develop basic skills in Spanish (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and to provide Spanish majors with concentration in a professional area where a command of Spanish can be particularly relevant and useful. Students are eligible to participate in the University's Education Abroad Programs.

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Spanish Literature
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Don Quijote
The Contemporary Spanish American Novel
Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
U.S. Latina/o Culture en Espanol Keystone/General Education Course
War, Revolution, and the Struggles for Modernity: Spain 1898-1939
Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
Special Topics
Spanish Linguistics
Select 3 credits from the following:3
The Evolution of Spanish
Special Topics
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Advanced Oral Expression and Communication
Translation
Interpretation
The Evolution of Spanish
Spanish for Business and International Trade
Don Quijote
The Contemporary Spanish American Novel
Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
U.S. Latina/o Culture en Espanol Keystone/General Education Course
War, Revolution, and the Struggles for Modernity: Spain 1898-1939
Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Spanish
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 21 credits (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) in consultation with the adviser in any related area of study such as social services, the teaching of English as a second language, or in any other professional area in which competency in Spanish is desirable21
Business Option (50 credits)

This option is designed to develop basic skills in Spanish (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and to acquaint students with a number of fields essential to business, especially in the international area. Courses in translation techniques, Spanish civilization, and Ibero-American civilization are an integral part of the option. Students are eligible to participate in the University's Education Abroad Programs.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 333International Economics Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 202DEffective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
IB 303International Business Operations3
IB 403International Business and National Policies3
SPAN 420Spanish for Business and International Trade3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BA 301Finance3
or FIN 301 Corporation Finance
BA 304Management and Organization3
or MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts
BA 303Marketing3
or MKTG 301 Principles of Marketing
SCM 200Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Advanced Oral Expression and Communication
Translation
Interpretation
The Evolution of Spanish
Don Quijote
The Contemporary Spanish American Novel
Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
U.S. Latina/o Culture en Espanol Keystone/General Education Course
War, Revolution, and the Struggles for Modernity: Spain 1898-1939
Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Spanish

Integrated B.S. in Spanish and M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Spanish and M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Students will have developed oral skills in Spanish that allow them to communicate efficiently in a range of settings from informal to professional.
  • Students will have developed literacy skills that allow them to read texts written for native speakers of Spanish.  Majors should be able to understand and interpret a variety of media ranging from newspapers to literary texts to formal academic prose.
  • Students will have developed control of Spanish grammar and syntax as demonstrated in written work.
  • Students will have developed a broad cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Students will be familiar with major authors and literary works from Spain and Latin America.
  • Students will have been strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad immersed in the target language and its culture through a study abroad program.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Applied Spanish Option: Spanish, B.S. at University Park Campus and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, 137H, CAS 137H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A, 100B, 100C, 138T, or ENGL 138T (GWS)‡†3
General Education Course (GQ)‡†3General Education Course (N)3
General Education Course (N)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective2
SPAN 114SPAN 214
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course (GQ)‡†3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5SPAN 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C*3
Applied Option Course*23Applied Option Course*23
SPAN 34Elective (US)3
 14.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SPAN 200 or 301*3SPAN 253W*3
SPAN 215*3200- or 300-Level Course in SPAN*23
Applied Option Course*23200- or 300-Level Course in SPAN*23
Applied Option Course*23Applied Option Course*23
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202 (GWS)3400-Level SPAN Course*23
General Education Course (GHW)1.5400-Level SPAN Course*23
200- or 300-level course in SPAN*23400-Level SPAN Course*23
400-Level SPAN Literature*23400-Level SPAN Course*23
400-Level SPAN Linguistics*23400-Level Applied Option Course*23
400-Level Applied Option Course*23 
 16.5 15
Total Credits 122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.
  • Students pursuing this major at a Commonwealth Campus might require summer attendance, study abroad, or additional semesters to complete the major coursework. Students should contact the University Park adviser to plan their major courses accordingly.

Business Option: Spanish, B.S. at University Park Campus and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, 137H, CAS 137H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A, 100B, 100C, 138T, or ENGL 138T (GWS)‡†3
General Education Course (GQ)‡†3General Education Course (N)3
General Education Course (N)3General Education Course3
ECON 102 (GS)*†3ECON 104 (GS)*†3
SPAN 114SPAN 214
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200 (GQ)*†‡4General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
Elective3SPAN 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C*3
SPAN 34Elective (US)3
 ACCTG 211*4
 14 14.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SPAN 200 or 301*3SPAN 253W*3
SPAN 215*3ECON 333*3
BA 303 or MKTG 301*3200- or 300-Level Course in SPAN*23
BA 304 or MGMT 301*3200- or 300-Level Course in SPAN*23
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202D (GWS)‡†3400-Level SPAN Course*23
SPAN 420*3400-Level SPAN Course*23
IB 303*3400-Level SPAN Course*23
General Education Course (GHW)1.5BA 303 or FIN 301*3
200- or 300-Level Course in SPAN*23IB 403*3
400-Level SPAN Course*23 
 16.5 15
Total Credits 122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.
  • Students pursuing this major at a Commonwealth Campus might require summer attendance, study abroad, or additional semesters to complete the major coursework. Students should contact the University Park adviser to plan their major courses accordingly.

Career Paths

A Bachelor of Science in Spanish will prepare you to shape the career your want, combining strong Spanish skills with a depth of knowledge in another discipline. Whether choosing the Business or Applied Option, majors will find careers in medicine, law, government, education, sociology, psychology, agriculture, international relations, politics, or business, especially those companies with a strong international presence or those whose market includes the US Hispanic Community. As a complement to any major, this major will improve your communication skills as well as your international awareness, making you a stronger candidate in today's global market.

Careers

Your Bachelor of Science in Spanish will be valued by employers who seek international expertise, including global corporations in finance and accounting, the travel industry, high tech companies, automobile companies, and import/export companies. Increasing numbers of U.S. companies are looking for Spanish speakers to work in telecommunications, health care services, real estate, and advertising and marketing to domestic Spanish-speaking consumers. Human Resource Directors need Spanish-speakers on their teams, and the hospitality industry hires many Spanish-speakers to fill management, sales, and marketing positions. Spanish is in great demand in the burgeoning business of eco-tourism, but students with this degree are also prepared to be teachers of Spanish, social workers whose work requires proficiency in Spanish, counselors whose clients include Spanish speakers, as well as doctors, lawyers, psychologists, foreign service officers, and other government officials.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students wishing to continue on to graduate study will find that this degree may lead to advanced degrees in business administration, labor and employment relations, hotel and restaurant management, environmental and sustainability studies, public relations, second language acquisition, Spanish linguistics, and translation and interpretation. This degree is also excellent preparation for advanced degrees in anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, medicine, law, international relations or politics.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH, ITALIAN AND PORTUGUESE
442 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-4252
sp-it-port@psu.edu

http://www.sip.la.psu.edu