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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 bachelorís degree in Spanish and a bachelorís in Spanish education, as well as minors and interdisciplinary components in American Sign Language, French, linguistics, and Spanish. The program also offers courses in 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.

We have a combination of native speakers and second language learners as instructors. Our professors come from Venezuela, Egypt, England, and the U.S. We have also had professors from Cuba, Chile, Colombia, India, and Saudi Arabia. In addition, our current professors have done study abroad programs in Spain, Honduras, and Guatemala. We continue to strive for maintaining this well-balanced mix of national and international faculty.

Tracks / Concentrations

 

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

 

Minors

 

 

Scholarships

 

 

Electives

 

The Spanish major course sequence contains 15 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
    • International Banker
    • Interpreter
    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Liaison for U.S. Government
    • Professor
    • Translator
    • Travel Agent
    • Travel Guide

    Postgraduate Studies

     

    • North Greenville University Graduate School
    • Converse College
    • Dallas Theological Seminary
    • Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL)
    • Messiah College
    • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Texas Tech
    • University of Georgia
    • University of South Carolina

    Potential Employers

     

    • BOSCH
    • Center for Community Services
    • Global Language Center
    • Greenville Health System
    • Greenville County Schools
    • Mannington Township School
    • Nicaragua Christian Academy
    • Spartanburg County Schools
    • Spartanburg Medical Center

    Learning 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 & Resources

    EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

    First Semester

    ENGL 1310 English Comp. & Rhet. (3 hours)
    Christian studies elective (3 hours)
    Mathematics elective (3 hours)
    Fine arts appreciation elective (3 hours)
    SPAN 1320 Spanish II (3 hours)   
    OLL1100 1st-year/HNRS1210 Freshman Honors (1-2 hours)

    Second Semester

    ENGL 1320 English Comp. & Lit. (3 hours)
    Christian studies elective (3 hours)   
    Biological science course (4 hours)
    PHED 1200 Physical Education (1 hour)
    SPAN 2310 Spanish III (3 hours)
    HIST 1350 Western Civilizations I (3 hours) 


    *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel for up to 8 semesters of full-time enrollment and cultural events for up 4 semesters.

    EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

    First Semester    

    ENGL 2300 Introduction to Multicultural Literature (3 hours)    
    HIST 1360 Western Civilizations II (3 hours)
    Physical science course (4 hours)
    SPAN 2320 Spanish IV (3 hours)
    LING 2310 Introduction to Language (3 hours)   

    Second Semester

    COMM 2300 Oral Communication (3 hours)
    CSCI 1305 Intro. to I.T. (3 hours)
    SPAN 2360 Intermediate Gramm. & Comp. (3 hours)
    SPAN 2330 Intermediate Conversation (3 hours)
    LING 2320 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)
    Open elective (3 hours) 

    *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel for up to 8 semesters of full-time enrollment and cultural events for up 4 semesters.

    EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

    First Semester

    SPAN 3360 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 hours)
    Open elective (3 hours)
    SPAN 3335 Introduction to Spanish Literature (3 hours)
    Spanish elective, 3000 to 4000 level (3 hours)   
    SPAN 4320 Spanish Linguistics (3 hours)   

    Second Semester

    SPAN 3365 Advanced Gramm. & Comp. (3 hours)
    Open elective (3 hours)
    Masterpieces of Span. Lit. SPAN 3340-43  (3 hours)
    Spanish elective, 3000 to 4000 level (3 hours)
    SPAN 4310 Spanish Phonetics (3 hours)

    In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel for up to 8 semesters of full-time enrollment and cultural events for up 4 semesters.

    EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

    First Semester

    SPAN 4390 Spanish Senior Seminar (3 hours)
    Short story (SPAN3337 or SPAN3336) (3 hours)
    SPAN 3375 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 hours)
    Open elective (3 hours)

    Second Semester

    SPAN 4380 Spanish Internship (3 hours)
    SPAN 3350 Cultural study of a Span. speaking Country (3 hours)
    Open elective (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.

     

    Resources

     

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