A goal of any person seeking a liberal education is an understanding of the workings – phonemic, semantic, syntactic, stylistic – of language. Study of a modern language, for sake of contrast and comparison with one’s mother tongue, is highly desirable in producing such an understanding. In addition, study of a modern language is needed more than ever today for transcending cultural barriers. Study of modern languages and cultures promotes rapprochement among nations and peoples.
Consider a major or minor in Spanish at Salem College. Spanish is the official language in 21 countries, an official language of the United Nations and is used worldwide on the Internet. Learning Spanish allows you to communicate with a half-billion people throughout the world. The Spanish language plays a major role in the arts, architecture, literature and business of the world, and knowing it will allow you to learn more about its influence worldwide.
Spanish is one of the two languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages. Foreign study forms a valuable part of education, and the department strongly encourages students to spend their junior year abroad. The department maintains a file of the many summer, semester and year-long programs abroad in which our students can participate so that each one can choose the type of program and location which best suits her interests.Both a major and a minor in Spanish are offered.
When you study Spanish as a major or minor at Salem, you will learn to converse effectively and comfortably with native speakers in a program that focuses on language proficiency. In addition, you will increase your cultural awareness of the diversity of Hispanic peoples in the United States and abroad.
As our society becomes more global, the ability to communicate in other languages and to understand other cultures is vital to your future success in nearly any profession. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 49 million Hispanics currently reside in the United States, making up nearly 15 percent of the population. In the job market, bilingual employees increasingly will have an advantage over other candidates, especially in the service sector, according to the Census Bureau.As a graduate, you can:
- Work in any sector of industry where verbal and written skills are critical
- Work in private, nonprofit, or governmental organizations that service Spanish-speaking communities
- Work in the health, travel and communications industries where second language proficiency is a valuable asset
- Pursue advanced graduate study in literature, translation, or film studies
- Join the Peace Corps
- Attend law school
In your language courses, great care is taken to integrate technology into the classroom, and classes are small, personal and led by full-fledged faculty members, not teaching assistants. These same professors will help you find internships, craft research projects, even travel abroad to widen your experience with Spanish language and culture.
Spanish Major (B.A.)
All Spanish courses offered above SPAN 030 may count toward the major and are conducted primarily in Spanish unless otherwise indicated. Nine such courses are required for the major. These must include SPAN 105, 206, and 390, unless exemptions are granted by the department. At least three of the required SPAN courses, including at least one 200-level course, must be completed at Salem. All majors will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of oral and written proficiency in Spanish.
Students are strongly urged to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Salem annually offers January term course in Mexico, a total immersion program in which students live with Mexican families and attend four daily hours of classes. (See course description for SPAN 300.)
The minor in Spanish requires five courses above SPAN 030. These must include SPAN 105, SPAN 206 and one culture and civilization course (SPAN 222 or 228). At least three of the five courses must be taken at Salem.
Spanish Courses (SPAN)
010. Spanish, First Level One course
Introduction to the basic elements of understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish with emphasis on cultural awareness of the Hispanic world. Fall.
020. Spanish, Second Level One course
Continuation of Spanish 10. Further development of the basic elements of understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish with emphasis on cultural awareness of the Hispanic world. Prerequisite: Spanish 010 or proficiency equivalent. Spring.
025. Intensive Elementary Spanish One course
A comprehensive and intensive study of the basics of Spanish pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and structure. Practice in speaking, understanding, writing and reading Spanish of increasing difficulty. This class covers the same material as Spanish 010 and 020 combined. Designed for entering students with two or more years of Spanish who do not meet the proficiency requirement to enter Spanish 030. Fall.
030. Spanish, Third Level One course
Intermediate development of skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish through grammar review and cultural readings. Prerequisite: SPAN 020 or SPAN 025 or proficiency equivalent. Fall and Spring.
105. Verbal Communication One course
Continuation of Spanish 030. Emphasizes speaking and listening ability, while deepening knowledge of Spanish grammar and understanding of Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN 030 or placement by language test. Fall and Spring.
110. Introductory Spanish Readings One course
An introduction to cultural, literary and journalistic readings. This course emphasizes reading comprehension and vocabulary-building in order to prepare students for more advanced readings. Prerequisite: SPAN 105 or permission of instructor. Spring.
111. Conversational Practice in Spanish One course
An opportunity for students to speak Spanish in an informal setting. Topics may include current events, work, cultural issues and one’s personal life. Prerequisite: SPAN 105 or permission of instructor.
200. Independent Study in Spanish One-quarter to one course
Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average or higher and permission of the chair of the department. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conference, project and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a total of four courses, no more than two in any term. Prerequisite: previous study in Spanish or permission of the department.
206. Spanish Grammar and Conversation One course
Advanced study and practice of some of the finer points of grammar, stylistics, idiomatic expressions, pronunciation and translation. Further development of writing skills involving grammar review, writing, reading and conversation. Prerequisite: SPAN 105 or permission of the instructor. Fall and Spring.
209. Advanced Composition and Introduction to Literary Analysis One course
Focus on complex grammar structures and introduction to literary analysis. This is a bridge course required for advanced work in all areas. Prerequisite: SPAN 206.
210. Business Spanish One course
Practice in both oral and written forms of communication, with emphasis on their application to practical problems encountered in social or business situations. Attention to social and economic practices which differ from those of the U.S. Prerequisite: SPAN 206 or permission of the instructor. Spring.
212. Spanish Translation One course
Concepts, guidelines and practice of translation from English to Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 206.
222. Spain One course
An overview of the geography, history, culture and government of Spain. Prerequisite: SPAN 206. Spring, alternate years.
228. Latin America One course
An overview of the geography, history, culture and governments of Latin America. Prerequisite: SPAN 206. Spring, alternate years.
250. Special Topics in Spanish One course
A special period, issue or theme in Spanish or Hispanic American literature or culture is to be studied in depth. Topic and course content will be announced prior to registration. Course may be taught in English or Spanish. Spanish majors will be required to do their reading and writing in Spanish whenever possible. Prerequisite: SPAN 206. Offered as needed.
261. Spanish Literature One course
Reading and analysis of significant literary texts representative of important Spanish authors and literary movements from the Middle Ages to the present. Use of MLA style research methods. Prerequisite: SPAN 209. Fall, alternate years.
263. Hispanic American Literature One course
Reading and analysis of literary works written in Spanish in Latin America, from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis on recent fiction. Use of MLA style and research methods. Prerequisite: SPAN 209. Fall, alternate years.
270. Internship in Spanish One course
An opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills the student has learned in courses to real work settings; the apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative average; may be taken only once for credit toward the major or minor; admission by application only. Fall and Spring.
290. Honors Independent Study in Spanish One course
Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 major average in Spanish. Subject to the approval of the chair of the department. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of two courses.
300. Mexico Immersion Program One course
Language and cultural immersion in Mexico during Salem College’s January term program. This course may substitute for SPAN 010, 020, 030 or 250, depending on the level of coursework completed.
If you are interested in any of these internship opportunities, please contact Professor Hines or Dr. Yoon.
Legal Aid of NC / Ayuda Legal de Carolina del Norte
Provides legal assistance in matters of housing, employment & consumer issues, as well as government benefits. Spanish Translators and interpreters needed.
Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad / Liga Hispana
To facilitate the inclusion, education, health and well-being of Hispanics / Latinos, and to become advocates of Hispanic / Latino issues within a diverse society, while promoting mutual cultural understanding, dignity, and respect." Organizes Fiesta (Hispanic Festival) which is held in September with over 20,000 attendees.
Helping people to reach their God-given potential in mind, body, and spirit. 21st Century Community Learning Centers: Be a tutor or mentor to a youth in need. Anyone can help. Schools include Cook Elementary, Forest Park Elementary, Hill Middle, & Philo Middle.
Helping people to reach their God-given potential in mind, body, and spirit. Community Outreach Services: Hispanic family mentoring program provides training and mentoring to help with cultural transition to the educational system of the USA. Aims to increase parental participation in education in order to increase HS graduation rates and college enrollment amongst Hispanic youth.
Provide collaborative leadership in assisting our underserved Hispanic/International people within Forsyth County to create and support a thriving and enriched community of equal respect, self-sufficiency, and fulfilled potential.
Casa Guadalupe; Catholic Social Services
Provides support services to Forsyth County residents regardless of denomination as an outreach of the Diocese of Charlotte.
Forsyth Tech Hispanic Center / Centro Hispano
ESL and GED classes, specialized classes, including computer, hair cutting, Personal Care Assistant One-on-one counseling for start-up or existing small businesses, Monthly Housing Workshops in conjunction with The Home Ownership Center, Life Education Workshops, including "Know your Legal Rights" and "Credit Issues," Job Counseling, Career or educational counseling, Help with personal problems, including legal, social or physical.
Community Care Center / Centro Clínico
Provides free services to low-income residents of our community who do not have health insurance. 60% of patients are Hispanic/non-English speakers.
Services to women include prenatal, postnatal, abuse, goal setting, growth & development, community awareness of women’s issues, faith based collaborations, assistance to low income mothers, Doula’s educational programs for pregnant mothers, empowerment programs, support groups, as well as educational programs on various health and social issues.
What brought you to Salem?I came to Salem first as a student. My former professor at another college recommended Salem to me to study Spanish. I loved it so much I stayed as a professor.
What do you see as the strengths of a women's college?Empowering women, engaging women in critical pedagogy, being free to be who you are.
What are your research interests?My interest is Afro-Hispanic culture or the African history, influences, and contributions in/to Latin America.
What kind of advice would you give to a student thinking about entering your discipline?
Take language classes consecutively and each semester with no gaps in between. Speak, speak, speak. Keep practicing. Study abroad.
Do you have a favorite quote?
"I pray for all of us the strength to teach our students what they must learn, and the humility and wisdom to learn from them so that we might better teach." Lisa Delpit
Rachel Harris, Class of 2014
Rachel Harris is obtaining her Masters degree in Hispanic Literature at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Whitney Pritchard, Class of 2012
Whitney Pritchard has been accepted into the Charlotte School of Law.
Misti Rusk, Class of 2011
Misti Rusk is an In-House Clinical Research Associate at PRA International.
Laura Booth, Class of 2011
Laura Booth is a High School Spanish teacher for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
Ama Frimpong, Class of 2011
Ama Frimpong was accepted into Wake Forest Law School and is currently working at EMP Law Firm.
Amy Barnhardt, Class of 2007
Amy Barnhardt was formerly the Executive Director of the Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad, COO and Marketing Director at Outfitters4, and the Regional Sales Manager at Savers Adminstrative Services.
Camellia Flores, Class of 2006
Camellia Flores was accepted into Wake Forest University Divinity School and is working as a bilingual assistant in a law firm.
Cynthia Gonzalez, Class of 2006
Cynthia Gonzalez is an interpreter with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.