Student Learning Goals for Hispanic Studies majors & minors :
Communication: Students will demonstrate an advanced level of communication in Spanish speaking, reading, listening and writing. They will be able to communicate effectively in both speech and writing; develop and express an extended argument using linguistic data, historical or literary text analysis.
Cultural Understanding: Students will gain an understanding of the variety and complexity of Hispanic cultures around the globe. In addition to learning about Hispanic culture in the classroom, majors are required to spend at least one semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.
Critical Thinking: Students will read and interpret Spanish texts/sources, examine cultural interactions/nuances, and learn to make evaluative judgments. Students will learn to synthesize arguments, articulate their opinions and think analytically about the underlying grammatical Spanish system literary, cultural and linguistic topics in Spanish both in speaking and writing; distinguish and appreciate different literary styles and linguistic phenomenon; and make connections between literature and culture.
A minimum of 10 courses beyond the basic sequence including:
1) Spanish 280 - Reading and Writing Culture
2) Spanish 303 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
3) Spanish 308 - Intro. to Literature
4) Spanish 314 and 316 - Iberian Culture and Civilization/Latin American Culture and Civilization
5) Two courses at 400 level (one must be a literature course)
6) Senior Seminar
7) A minimum of one semester abroad in a program chosen in consultation with the director of International Office and approved by the student's advisor and the Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies.
8) Two electives beyond the basic sequence
Six Hispanic Studies courses beyond the basic sequence including:
1) Spanish 280
minor for Nursing Majors
minor for Business Majors
1) Spanish 280
All Hispanic Studies minors are strongly encouraged to enroll in the IWU Spain Program in Spring of their Sophomore year.
Major Minor Checklist (pdf)