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Overview

Languages fascinate you. You naturally gravitate toward multiple-language environments. You find yourself automatically wondering what is being expressed when you read or hear another language. You wonder how common expressions in English are structured in Spanish.  You experience a strong desire to travel abroad to discover how other cultures operate. You dream about walking down streets where you hear Spanish speaking and singing.

If this describes you, then the Spanish degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Modern Languages and Linguistics Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a Spanish communicator.

 

Major Description 

 

As a Spanish major at NGU, you will spend much of your time using the Spanish language; studying the grammar, vocabulary, and cultural differences in peoples who speak Spanish; improving your proficiency in Spanish; and you will even take an abroad trip to immerse yourself in the language.

You will learn about the Spanish language, its grammar and vocabulary, word meanings in different contexts, the differences in cultural activities and culturally acceptable actions in different Spanish-speaking countries, and foreign language teaching techniques and procedures, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own career.

In your Spanish senior seminar class, you will synthesize everything that you have learned in your Spanish studies and organize that knowledge so that it is useful to you and so that you can effectively communicate it to others. You will also experience using Spanish in a work environment during your internship class.

Ultimately, the Spanish degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of pursuits that require knowledge of the Spanish language. 
 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum in the Modern Languages and Linguistics Department at NGU is divided into four sections: general education, core studies, supporting courses, and electives.

The general education section of our curriculum helps you to develop into an informed and productive member of society. The required supporting courses teach you a basic understanding of linguistics. In the core curriculum, you will consolidate your knowledge and skills in your specialty.  

The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department offers a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a bachelor's in Spanish education, as well as minors and interdisciplinary components in French, Linguistics, and Spanish. The program also offers courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, German, and Mandarin Chinese.


Faculty Strengths

 

Our Modern Languages and Linguistics Department faculty members possess a very wide range of strengths and experiences, as well as very rigorous academic understandings of the languages and cultures they teach.

Half of our full-time faculty are native speakers, while the other half learned their specialty as a second language. Both types of instructors bring different sets of experience, knowledge, and worldviews to our students. Most of the native speakers were born abroad, so they bring to the classroom significantly different perspectives than individuals who were born and grew up in the United States.
 

Tracks / Concentrations

 

There are no tracks or concentrations with this major available at this time.

Electives

 

The Spanish major course sequence contains 30 credit hours of open electives, which will enable you to prepare for graduate school in Spanish or a related field. The electives can also be used to prepare you for a career using both Spanish and another discipline, such as business, Christian studies, English as a second language, missionary work, or many other possibilities.
 

 

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Bilingual educator
  • Court interpreter
  • Customer support specialist
  • Foreign service officer
  • Hospital interpreter
  • Importer/Exporter
  • International account manager or banker
  • Interpreter
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Liaison for U.S. government
  • Professor
  • Translator
  • Travel agent/Guide

 

Postgraduate Studies

 

University of South Carolina
 

Potential Employers

 

  • BOSCH
  • Center for Community Services
  • Global Language Center
  • Greenville Health System
  • Spartanburg Medical Center

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

 

Study Abroad

The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department offers students an opportunity to travel and study abroad in order to experience immersion within the language and culture of their specialty.
 
Internship

Our internship course requires students to apply their knowledge of experience to a practical world environment.  

Local Churches

The Modern Languages and Linguistics Department encourages our students to worship with and to become involved in a church where the language they are studying is spoken.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

SPAN 1320 Spanish II (3 hours)
ENGL 1310 English Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
HIST 1350 Western Civilizations I (3 hours)
Christian studies elective (3 hours)
Mathematics elective (3 hours)
COLL 1100 First-Year Experience or HNRS 1210 Freshman Honors (1 to 2 hours)

Second Semester

SPAN 2310 Spanish III (3 hours)
ENGL 1320 English Composition and Literature (3 hours)
HIST 1360 Western Civilizations II (3 hours)
Christian studies elective (3 hours)
PHED 1200 Physical Education (1 hour)
CSCI 1305 Introduction to Information Technology (2 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester    

SPAN 2320 Spanish IV (3 hours)
COMM 2300 Oral Communication (3 hours)
ENGL 2300 Introduction to Multicultural Literature (3 hours)
Fine arts appreciation elective (3 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)

Second Semester

SPAN 2330 Intermediate Spanish Conversation (3 hours)
SPAN 3335 Introduction to Spanish Literature (3 hours)
SPAN 2360 Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition (3 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)
LING 2310 Introduction to Language (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

SPAN 3360 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 hours)
SPAN 3365 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (3 hours)
SPAN 3375 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 hours)
SPAN 3340 Masterpieces of Spanish Literature (3 hours)
Physical science course (4 hours)

Second Semester

LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)
Open electives (6 hours)
Spanish elective, 2000 to 4000 level (3 hours)
Biological science course (4 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

SPAN 4320 Spanish Linguistics (3 hours)
General electives (9 hours)
Spanish elective - 3000- to 4000-level course (3 hours)
Open electives (6 hours)

Second Semester

SPAN 4390 Spanish Senior Seminar (3 hours)
SPAN 4310 Spanish Phonetics (3 hours)
SPAN 4380 Spanish Internship (3 hours)

Note: Students in the Spanish major are strongly urged to take BUSN 3300 Personal Finance, SOCY 3310 Marriage and the Family, and PHED 1150 Self-Defense.


 

Program Objectives

 

  • Achieve at least an intermediate high level on the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview).
  • Demonstrate significant cultural knowledge of at least one native Spanish-speaking environment.
  • Write Spanish with at least an intermediate high level of proficiency.  
  • Read Spanish with at least an intermediate high level of proficiency.
  • Possess a linguistics understanding of the Spanish language.

 

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