Spanish Language & Culture

Spanish opens vistas of thinking and learning enabling those who master it to create communities of ideas and culture around the world. Spanish has more native speakers worldwide than any other language except Mandarin. In the United States, being able to speak Spanish is not only an employable asset, but a life-enhancing skill, worthy of obtaining and mastering.

Reasons for studying Spanish include:

  • Fourth most widely spoken language in the world
  • Second most frequently used language in the United States
  • Used in professions such as journalism, ministry and teaching
  • Beneficial for travel or recreation related activities and professions
  • Increased opportunity in Spanish-speaking countries

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.

GENERAL EDUCATION (54)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (42)


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 communicaiton chair or Spanish advisor

URESTRICTED ELECTIVES (28)

*Course has prerequisites; check course descriptions in catalog.

SAMPLE TOTAL PROGRAM
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.

GENERAL EDUCATION (54)

Exceptions:

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)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (42)

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 Assignements 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)

UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVES (28)

Consider taking additional communicaiton 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.

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

Debora J. Rager, M.A.T.L.

Assistant Professor of Spanish


drager@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4973

Profile:

Professor Rager is Simpson University’s full-time instructor of Spanish. She teaches all levels of Spanish for the university. She has over 25 years of experience teaching Spanish and French. She has taught in the Redding area for 15 years. She has a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages in both Spanish and French.

Educational Background:

  • M.A.T.L., University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.A., California State University of San Diego

Courses Taught:

  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • Hispanic Short Stories
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • Advanced Spanish Oral Expression
  • Film in Spain and Latin America
  • Spanish Practicum
  • Advanced Spanish Composition
  • Oral Communication in Spanish
  • Communicating Cross-Culturally

Links:

Mónica María Spillane, M.A.

Instructor of Spanish


mspillane@simpsonu.edu<

Profile:

Instructor Spillane is our Part-time Instructor of Spanish. She teaches all levels of Spanish for the university. She was born and raised in Guadalajara, México and has travelled extensively throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Her research interests include the history and use of the retablo, first as a devotional and evangelical instrument and more recently as a testimonial art form in Perú. Instructor Spillane especially enjoys helping students bridge cultures in an effort to establish wider community and understanding.

Educational Background:

  • M.A. in Spanish, Sacramento State University
  • B.A. in Spanish, University of California, Davis
  • A.A. in University Studies, Shasta College

Courses Taught:

  • Spanish I
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Literature of Spain
  • Advanced Spanish Composition
  • Civilization and Culture of Latin America

Links:

  • Communication Models & Theory: Students will comprehend, understand, and apply communication models and theory in diverse practical contexts.
  • Ethically Appropriate Communication:
    • Students will be able to develop content that reflects ethically appropriate communication in multiple contexts.
    • Students will be able to understand and demonstrate appreciation of the cultural values, diversity and unity of a multicultural world.
  • Communication Artifacts: Students will be able to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize communication artifacts with skill in relating them to similar communication products.
  • Information Literacy: Students are able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to use the appropriate methodology to discover, evaluate, and utilize the appropriate evidence in communicating messages.
  • Communication Ability: Students will be able to communicate orally and in writing with advanced proficiency.

"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