Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Humanities; Foreign Languages
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Spanish Degree Program Overview

Since its founding, the University of Mary has supported the need to form students with key values of the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine tradition, sending forth students as leaders who serve Truth with moral courage.

The Spanish Program offers students the opportunity to expand their thinking and living by learning and experiencing a language and culture outside their own. The program prepares liberal arts students to be citizens of a global community. We offer them the opportunity to expand their concepts of language, culture, civilization, geography, philosophy and art while enhancing their job opportunities in a market that aims for excellence.

 

Spanish degree Program Highlights

Students are able to:

 A.  Communicate orally in Spanish in real-life situations. 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the comprehension of oral messages.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral expression in Spanish including presentation to an audience of listeners on a veriety of topics studied (i.e. linguistics, literature, culture).
  • Understand someone else speaking about a discipline-related topic and be able to engage that person in discussion.
  • Evaluate the use of language to convey meaning, to inform, and to persuade.
  • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.  

B.  Communicate in writing with minimal errors in grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of writing. 

  • Write clear and coherent essays in Spanish on various topics related to everyday situations and work.
  • Exhibit research skills for producing papers including familiarity with library resources such as online databases and catalogs, the ability to gather and synthesize information, the ability to properly quote, paraphrase and summarize other texts, and familiarity with basic documentation formats.

C.  Read critically, interpret analytically, and write coherently about literature produced in Spanish.  

  • Analyze and interpret a variety of literary and cultural texts.
  • Write clear and coherent essays in Spanish on literary topics.
  • Interpret the use of rhetorical and literary techniques.
  • Demonstrate a broad and deep knowledge of literary and cultural traditions: major movements, genres, writers and works of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Apply critical thinking skills as they read texts.

D.  Read critically, interpret analytically, and write coherently about fundamental principles of the Spanish language.  

  • Identify and explain distinctive linguistic features of Spanish.
  • Identify and analyze some distinctive stylistic and dialectal features of Spanish.
  • Synthesize selected scholarly work in Spanish linguistics, and Spanish Applied Linguistics.
  • Apply Spanish linguistics theory to textual analysis.

E.  Understand and demonstrate appreciation of the cultural values of the Spanish-speaking world.  

  • Identify significant individuals, key eras, and major historical events and developments within Spanish-speaking nations and cultures.
  • Describe and compare political, religious, social, economic and educational systems and institutions in Spanish-speaking nations and cultures.
  • Discuss how the major physical and geographical features of Spanish-speaking countries have shaped their development and evolution of their cultures.
  • Analyze social, ethnic and linguistic diversity in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Compare and contrast the differences and similarities between the U.S. and the Spanish-speaking cultures.
  • Draw connections with other disciplines.
  • Acquire information about other disciplines using the Spanish language.

Study Abroad Program

Travel abroad is open to students who have completed a language at the intermediate level and have completed an acceptable preparatory exploration for travel abroad. Students who major and/or minor in Spanish are strongly advised to deepen their knowledge of the language by taking classes and experience culture immersion abroad. A variety of graduate and undergraduate courses may be offered at partner institutions. A semester abroad may also be available and may be applied to a minor sequence. Consult the Program Coordinator for more information.

State of the Art Language Lab

The University of Mary offers its students the best in technology with a portable, wireless language lab providing instant immersion from anywhere with an internet connection. 

 

Major in Spanish:

SPA 101, 102, 201, 202, 304, 306, 401, 402, plus one or more summers abroad of upper level classes; ALU 499. Twenty-four semester credits must be at the upper level.

Minor in Spanish:

Twelve semester credits beyond the intermediate level (beyond 202) in Spanish.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Placement Test

Students who have studied a foreign language for two years or more in high school before enrolling at the University of Mary receive advanced standing by passing a CLEP test or a placement test. Please contact the Program Coordinator.  

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

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We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

Program Advisors: Angela De La Cruz