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Student Learning Objectives Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

  • Students will be able to speak, understand, read, and write Spanish at an advanced level for the purposes of daily life and to present ideas and opinions in an academic or professional setting.
  • Students will develop an understanding of Spanish as a multidisciplinary field and its research methods.
  • Students will be able to produce research that incorporates the critical analysis of texts/data and the application of established research methods to them.
  • Students will develop the ability to analyze cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world, realized through its cultural developments and products (literature culture track).
  • Students will understand the major structural contrasts between Spanish and English and be able to identify and analyze dialect version within Spanish (linguistics track).
  • Students will understand the processes of seconds language acquisition and the nature and qualities of bilingualism (linguistics track).
  • Student will develop the ability to analyze Spanish-language literature texts that engage issues of class, race, and gender difference and their effect on production (literature culture track).

Master of Arts, Spanish 

  • Students will demonstrate full competency in the discourses of the Spanish language common to functioning in a professional or academic environment.
  • Students will understand the theoretical underpinnings of their chosen concentration (Hispanic literatures or Spanish linguistics).
  • Students will develop skills attendant to language teaching and the application of linguistic analysis to it.
  • Students will demonstrate having attained a focused, in-depth preparation in one of the two above research areas (Hispanic literatures or Spanish linguistics).
  • Students will develop a general familiarity in an area outside their concentration.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of critical and theoretical currents that enable either the interpretation of literature, cinema and other arts as cultural and aesthetic phenomena, or the analysis of linguistic data as a product of language use in a specific context.

Ph.D., Spanish 

  • Students will be able to apply a high degree of competency in the discourses of the Spanish language common to functioning in a professional or academic environment.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the problems, issues and research in either Hispanic literatures or Spanish linguistics.
  • Students will be able to apply to their research knowledge of the texts and critical issues that define their chosen field.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to define a thesis, select a coherent methodological framework, and complete original, independent research.
  • Students will show that they are prepared for the types of teaching expected of candidates for professional positions at the university level.
  • Students will show that they are prepared for the types of research expected of candidates for professional positions at the university level