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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

BS, Spanish for the Professions

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/languages/spanish/programs/bsprof.html

Spanish for the Professions is a degree that prepares students to work in a variety of careers where a high level of Spanish language and cultural competency associated with the Spanish-speakers of the 21st century are required. The required coursework emphasizes the development of communicative competency, cultural competency and literacy (reading skills, translation of documents for the professions, etc.) to work in the 21st century workplace where Spanish is required. Required general education courses in a variety of areas (geography, ethnic studies, anthropology, philosophy, environmental studies, for example) and advanced courses in culture, civilization and history enhance the student’s understanding of the people, cultures, and environments where Spanish is used in the workplace (here in the US and in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America and South America). Core competencies include demonstration of skills in written and oral communication and competencies in literacy and cultures. This program requires study abroad immersion in a Spanish-speaking country.

Completion of the Spanish BS For the Professions requires 120 credits, distributed as follows:

Required General Education

Course # Course Title
Credits
ANTH 240 Languages and Culture

4

CMST 203 Intercultural Communication

3

CMST 212 Professional Communication and Interviewing

3

ENVR 101 Perspectives in Environmental Science

4

ETHN 150 Multi-Cultural/Ethnic Experience

3

ETHN 204W Perspectives on Latinos/Hispanic

3

GEOG 103 Introductory Cultural Geography

3

Select Two - Choose 6-8 Credits
Course # Course Title
Credits
BLAW 131 Consumer Law & Ethics

3

PHIL 224W Business Ethics

3

PHIL 240W Law, Justice & Society

3

PHIL 321W Social & Political Philosophy

3

Prerequesite to the Major:

Spanish Language Equivalency - Choose 4-5 Credits

Students must have the equivalent prociency level of 102 to enter the major. One language course 101-202 may be used in General Education. Students whose proficiency level exceeds the minimum required should complete an elective course in Spanish or course at the appropriate level in another language of their choice

Course # Course Title
Credits
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

4

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

4

SPAN 193 Individual Study Abroad: Elementary Spanish I

1-6

SPAN 194 Individual Study Abroad: Elementary Spanish II

1-6

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I

4

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

4

SPAN 293 Individual Study Abroad: Elementary Spanish I

1-6

SPAN 294 Individual Study Abroad: Elementary Spanish II

1-6

Major Common Core

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 272W Business Communication

4

SPAN 210W Composition & Conversation

4

SPAN 450 Spanish for the Professions

4

Major Restricted Electives

Integrative Skills - Choose 14 Credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
SPAN 393 Individual Study Abroad: Advanced Spanish I

1-6

SPAN 394 Supervised Study Abroad: Advanced Spanish II

1-6

SPAN 396 Experiencing Diverse Cultures

1-3

SPAN 407 Topics in Translation

1-4

SPAN 498 Internship: Spanish for the Professions

1-4

Cultural Competency- Choose 7-8 Credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
HIST 442 History of Latin Americas

4

SPAN 355 Spanish Civilization

1-4

SPAN 356 Latin American Civilization

1-4

SPAN 496 Individual Study Abroad: Topics in Spanish American Culture

1-6

SPAN 497 Individual Study Abroad: Topics in Spanish Peninsular Culture

1-6

Literacy Competency- Choose 8 Credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
SPAN 365 Selected Readings

1-4

SPAN 395 Individual Study Abroad: Reading in Hispanic Literature

1-4

SPAN 402 Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature

1-4

SPAN 403 Topics in Spanish American Literature

1-4

Major Unrestricted Electives

Spanish Electives

Course # Course Title
Credits
SPAN 256 Individual Study Abroad: Supervised Project

1-6

SPAN 301 Topics in Language

1-4

SPAN 310 Conversation and Composition

1-4

SPAN 365 Selected Readings

1-4

SPAN 395 Individual Study Abroad: Readings in Hispanic Literature

1-6

SPAN 401 Topics in Linguistics

1-4

SPAN 402 Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature

1-4

SPAN 403 Topics in Spanish American Literature

1-4

SPAN 464 Internship: FLES

1-6

SPAN 492 Individual Study

1-3

SPAN 493 Ind. Study Abroad: Topics in Language and Linguistics

1-6

SPAN 494 Ind. Study Abroad: Topics in Spanish American Literature

1-6

Number of elective credits will depend upon total number of credits completed in the core and restricted and unrestricted electives. SPAN 201 through SPAN 499.

Required Minor: Yes. Any.

Recommended minors for Spanish for the Professions vary in credit length. The following minors fit within the 120 credit limit as they are 20 credits or less and pair well with this major: Corrections, Environmental Studies, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Political Science, Social Welfare and Technical Communication. Other minors that exceed 20 credits that would also be an appropriate pair for this major are: Business Administration, Community Health, French, German, International Relations, Non-profit leadership, Psychology, Scandinavian Studies, Social Welfare, Sports Medicine.