The various languages included in the curriculum are given as an integral part of a liberal arts education to help students attain their full potential. The world language courses are structured in accordance with the following program goals:

  1. To develop the ability to communicate orally and in writing with people using other languages;
  2. To teach the students to read the target language with comprehension, so that they may keep informed on modern publications and research;
  3. To cultivate the students’ verbal self-expression and to develop their awareness of the functioning of their own language;
  4. To increase the students’ culture through their direct study of literature and civilization; and
  5. To give the students a better understanding of other peoples’ ways of life.

Major Sequence for Spanish:

Thirty-three (33) semester hours of courses given in Spanish, above the 100 level are required for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Spanish, including:

If a student places into the 200 level, she will first take: SP 211, Sp 212, SP 221, SP 222 and then the following:

300 Level: (6 credits minimum)

SP 312:Modern Hispanic Cinema

SP 322: Spanish for Careers in Business
SP 345: Advanced Language Study I
SP 346: Advanced Language Study II
SP 350: Hispanic Women in Life and Literature

Civilization and Culture (3 credits minimum)

SP 415: Spanish Civilization
SP 418: Contemporary Latin American Culture
SP 419: Latin America: Past and Present

Literature and Literary Analysis (3 credits minimum)

SP 405: Survey of Spanish Literature I
SP 406: Survey of Spanish Literature II
SP 425: Mosaics of Hispanic American Literature I
SP 426: Mosaics of Hispanic American Literature II

Capstone Course in Literature (3 credits)

SP 450: Literary Seminar

For those who will teach, SP 361 Trends in Methodology is also required.
The Minor in Spanish is 18 credits above the 100 level.

BA in Latino/a Business Studies:

Bachelor of Arts Degree Latino/ and Business Studies will prepare students for careers in businesses whose clients or employees are from Spanish-speaking cultures, particularly those in the Americas. The program provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in the Spanish language and cultures which speak it while acquiring a strong foundation in business and experience working in a Spanish business environment either through a study abroad or internship experience. With this preparation students can matriculate directly into GCU’s MBA program. This combination of courses and experiential learning, with careful mentoring, will develop students who are successful in both Business and the cultures of the Spanish speaking world.

The goals of the program are to prepare students to 1) enter graduate programs in Spanish, business or international/global business, 2) work in/start a business that employs Spanish-speakers from diverse cultural backgrounds, and 3) work for/start a business that caters to Spanish-speaking clients or operates in a Spanish-speaking culture. The goals will be accomplished by producing graduates who know the principles of finance, management, marketing, economics, financial accounting and statistics as they relate to a business setting, apply their knowledge of business in a practical setting through an internship or study abroad experience, communicate professionally in Spanish orally and in writing, read and understand Spanish business terminology, identify common themes and distinguish similarities and differences between the countries and cultures that comprise the Spanish-speaking Americas, and comprehend the historical, political and social contexts of the past and present Latino populations in the U.S. and in Latin America.

The program will include 36 credits in business, comprised of the business minor plus BU114 Intro to Business, and either one semester of 15 credits of study on How to Market Business in Latin America at UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa), or a 15 credit concentration in business at GCU, chosen from among management, marketing, finance, and sports management. Each 15 credit concentration includes 3 credits of internship and the student would be expected to have an internship placement that would enable the student to apply what was learned in both Spanish and business courses. The Spanish component of the program will be 33 credits at the 300 level or higher, including a course on Spanish for careers in business. Specifically, the requirements are:

21 credits at GCU in Business:

BU114 Intro to Business

AC476 Financial Accounting

EC476 Economic Survey

BU476 Statistical Analysis

BU477 Marketing Fundamentals

BU478 Principles of Management

BU479 Principles of Finance

Plus 15 credits Abroad (Latin America) or a 15 credit concentration in management, marketing,finance or sports management at GCU.

33 credits at GCU in Spanish

SP 310 Hispanic/Latino Presence in the United States

SP 312: Modern Hispanic Cinema
SP 322: Spanish for Careers in Business

SP 345: Advanced Language Study I
SP 346: Advanced Language Study II
SP 350: Hispanic Women in Life and Literature

Civilization and Culture
SP 418: Contemporary Latin American Culture
SP 419: Latin America: Past and Present

Literature and Literary Analysis
SP 425: Mosaics of Hispanic American Literature I
SP 426: Mosaics of Hispanic American Literature II

Capstone Course

SP 450: Literary Seminar

Teacher of Language Certification:

A state-approved program leading to a teaching certificate is offered in Spanish. For certification, 30 credits are required in the language. Course work must include language, conversation, composition, phonology, literature and civilization with a minimum of twelve credits in 300-and 400-level courses. An OPI (oral proficiency interview) is required, achievement of “advanced low”.

For required professional courses in education, please refer to the School of Education section of this catalog.

State-approved programs leading to a bilingual endorsement and/or English as a second language certificate are also offered. For requirements, refer to the School of Education section of this catalog. (E)

Minor Sequence:

In keeping with the internationalization trend in higher education, students are encouraged to consider either a modern language minor in Spanish, requiring 18 semester hours of courses given in the target language, above the 100 level, or an interdisciplinary minor in Latina/o and Caribbean Studies.

As a nation, we tend to homogenize Hispanics; even the term itself is problematic, due to the fact that it removes the specificity belonging to each Spanish-speaking nation and the cultures within it. As a multicultural nation, there is much to learn from Latinos and as our society expands to include these unique cultures, we hope this program in Latina/o and Caribbean Studies will do its part in effacing stereotypes and prejudices that sadly, are still common-place today.

New Jersey has become the home of many Spanish speaking immigrants whose distinct customs find their origins within the postcolonial Caribbean and Latin America. Consequently, to reflect these participants of our society, this minor includes the Francophone members of the Caribbean diaspora as well as Latinas/os.

Latina/o and Caribbean Studies (LCS) is by its very nature an interdisciplinary field which studies the cultural products and experiences of the peoples of the Americas, who, although originally from Latin America or the Francophone Caribbean, find themselves living and working in the U.S.A. Latinas and Caribbean peoples represent a variety of ethnicities: African, Asian, Indigenous, and European. Moreover, they are linguistically diverse, speaking English, Creole, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Spanglish, African, Asian and Indigenous languages. However, LCS cannot be confined within the borders of one nation due to the constant movement, crossing of borders and boundaries by these very peoples. Heterogeneity characterizes LCS as it encompasses and incorporates the cultural products as well as the socio-economic and political experiences of such diverse peoples.

The LCS Minor allows students to share their research and class projects with interdisciplinary peers and professors outside the classroom. Faculty and students will participate in a think-tank atmosphere on campus. Students will be required to attend two events per semester as part of the program. We envision that faculty will facilitate one such event each semester.

The Minor in Latina/o and Caribbean Studies includes courses from a variety of disciplines, such as sociology, art, music, philosophy, criminal justice, English, Spanish, and social work. We require that a minimum of 1/3 of the material covered in the course directly represent the Latina/o and/or Caribbean people. New courses will be added as they are created and become available.

18 credits. Six credits must be in Spanish. The other 12 credits must be selected from the list of courses below. No more than 6 of the 18 credits may count simultaneously towards the LCS minor and another program or GCU requirement. Courses should be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Latina/o and Caribbean Studies:

AR 310 Women, Art and Society

CJ 351 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
CJ 355 Political Crimes and Terrorism

EN190 Global Literature
EN 375 Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US
EN 418 Writers from the African Diaspora (incl. the Caribbean)

FR 211/212 Writing and Speaking French
FR 213/214 Aspects of French and Francophone Literature I and II
FR 315/316 French and Francophone Civilization I and II

LC 301 Bridges Cultures in the Caribbean

HI 261 History of Latin America 

HI 344 Women and Gender Issues in Western History
HI 361 American Foreign Relations Since 1898
HI 390 Special Topics in History (when appropriate)

MU 215 Music of Other Cultures

MU 222 Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

PL 130 Philosophy of the Arts

SO 305 Society and Change in Latin America

SP 212 Cultural Identity and Diversity in the Hispanic World
SP 310 Hispanic/Latino Presence
SP 312 Modern Hispanic Cinema
SP 350 Hispanic Women in Life and Literature
SP 418 Contemporary Latin American Culture
SP 450 Literary Seminar

SW 253 Majority-Minority Relations

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