Spanish Language & Culture


  • Spanish Language and Culture

    The Spanish Major is a versatile major that develops advanced proficiency in Spanish and fosters intercultural sophistication to function comfortably and effectively in a Spanish-speaking environment, and prepares students for a choice of careers. Proficiency in another language and understanding of other peoples and cultures are essential tools in many careers, such as Secondary Education, as a Spanish or TESOL teacher, as well as with the federal, state or city government which employs those with Spanish speaking ability in both civil service and diplomatic areas. Additionally, many fields that involve contact with the public will also require knowledge of Spanish. These types of public contact fields include law enforcement, medicine, banking, business, tourism, government, library positions, science, foreign affairs, public relations, journalism, advertising, secretarial work, missionary/ministerial assignments, and social services.



    Spanish Core (27 units)

    COMM 1260S Oral Communication in Spanish(3)

    LING 4330S Communicating Cross-Culturally(3)

    *LANG 2530 Spanish III (3, F)

    *LANG 2540 Spanish IV (3, S)

    *LANG 3100 Advanced Spanish Grammar (3)

    *LANG 3200 Advanced Spanish Oral Expression (3)

    *LANG 4100 Film in Spain and Latin America (3)

    *LANG 4500W Advanced Spanish Composition (3)

    *LANG 4510 Seminar in Spanish Communication: Capstone (3)

    Spanish Culture (9 credits)
    Choose three of the following:

    *LANG 2580 Civilization and Culture of Spain (3)

    *LANG 2585 Civilization and Culture of Latin America (3)

    *LANG 3025 Hispanic Short Stories (3)

    *LANG 3580 Literature of Spain (3)

    *LANG 3585 Literature of Latin America (3)

    Spanish Application (3 credits)
    Take at least three credits of the following:

    *LANG 4000 Field Experience (3)

    *LANG 4530 Spanish Practicum (3)

    Spanish Electives (3 credits)

    Consult with the communication chair or Spanish advisor


    *Course has prerequisites; check course descriptions in catalog.

    Foundational Studies 54
    Spanish Major (at least 24 UPPER DIVISION) 42
    Unrestrictive Electives 28
    TOTAL (at least 36 UPPER DIVISION) 124

  • Spanish Journalism

    The Spanish Journalism Major allows students to explore a broad-based liberal arts degree, while also earning a skills- and theory-based degree backed up with practical experience. The Spanish Journalism Major provides foundational knowledge in composing professional level articles ready for print and online publishing while preparing students to report on Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and to write about those communities for the Spanish-language and English-language news media.



    Take the following course under BASIC LITERACY:

    COMM 1260 Oral Communication (3)

    Take the following course under SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES:

    *COMM 4330S Communicating Cross-Culturally in Spanish (3)


    COMM 2100 Survey of Mass Media (3, EF)

    COMM 2300 Photojournalism (3)

    COMM 2230 Fundamentals of Journalism (3)

    COMM 3005 Convergent Media (3, F)

    COMM 3100 Editing (3, ESp)

    *COMM 3230 Communication Theory (3, F)

    *COMM 3240 Communication Ethics (3, Sp)

    *COMM 3270 Desktop Publishing (3, OF)

    *LANG 3100 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (3, ESp)

    *LANG 4500W Advanced Spanish Composition (3, EF)

    *LANG 4510 Seminar in Spanish Composition (3; OSp)

    One of the following Communication Methods courses:

    *COMM 3060 Argumentation and Debate (3, ESp)

    *COMM 4130 Nonverbal Communication (3, OSp)

    *COMM 4290 Advanced Public Communication (3, EF)

    At least one of the following Professional Studies courses

    +ENGL 2231/3231 Newspaper Practicum (2)

    COMM 3275S Magazine Studies (3, TBA)

    COMM 4010S Special Assignments in Journalism (1-3)

    ELECTIVES (3-5 credits)

    Choose from the following:

    COMM 2210 Writing for Mass Media (3, OSp)

    *COMM 2250/4120 Communication Practicum (1-4, TBA)

    *COMM 3310 Making Short Movies I (3, TBA)

    *COMM 3315 Making Short Movies II (3, TBA)

    *COMM 4920/4922 Field Experience (1-9, TBA)

    +ENGL 2240/3241 Yearbook Practicum (2)

    *ENGL 3360 Technical Writing (3, Sp)

    ENGL 3XXX or 4XXXX Writing Course (3)

    *LANG 3XXX or 4XXX Language Course (3)


    Consider taking additional communication courses as electives

    +Course may be taken for upper-division credit after the first two semesters at lower-division level.

    *Course has prerequisites; check course descriptions in catalog.

    Foundational Studies 62
    Spanish Journalism Major (at least 24 UPPER DIVISION) 42
    Unrestrictive Electives 28
    TOTAL (at least 36 UPPER DIVISION) 124


Learning Outcomes

  • Communication
    • Standard 1.1: Students will be able to engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
    • Standard 1.2: Students will be able to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 1.3: Students will be able to present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Cultures
    • Standard 2.1: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
    • Standard 2.2: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Connections
    • Standard 3.1: Students will be able to reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
    • Standard 3.2: Students will be able to acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
  • Comparisons
    • Standard 4.1: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
    • Standard 4.2: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
  • Communities
    • Standard 5.1: Students will be able to use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
    • Standard 5.2: Students will be able to show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

“The professors within and outside of my major were really supportive and really cared. They were really amazing examples of what I truly think it means to be an educator.” Erika Villegas, class of 2010

"Taking Spanish at Simpson University is a very beneficial way to improve your Spanish as well as broaden your understanding and knowledge of the Spanish speaking culture. The classes focus on communication and conversation, which are key factors while learning another language. It offers a safe environment to discover and grow in Spanish speaking with the help and encouragement of the professor. Spanish classes have a productive balance between writing, interactive speaking, and reading comprehension, whether you are a beginner or advanced in the language."Cortney McLeod, Current Student

"Here at Simpson University, we are proud to be the gateway to world service to develop and expand the kingdom of the Lord our God. The best opportunity in my opinion that we have here to develop ourselves as well equipped servants of Him, is to study Spanish. This skill alone has its practical perks such as higher salary and job priority but more so, it allows us to be able to communicate with more people we encounter in our daily endeavors. Simpson University’s Spanish department seeks to develop our language skills while emphasizing the development of us as better Christians, thus making it the best place to study the language."Brooke Mejorado, Current Student